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- Did the Raiders really total a whole 179 yards Sunday at Candlestick Park? Did Jason Campbell actually go 8 of 21 passing for a 10.7 QB rating against a winless team? Was JaMarcus Russell laughing so hard in the fourth quarter that he fell off the mattress of money he was laying on? Did he land right on the dessert table he keeps beside it? Ummm ... yes, yes, yes and probably.
- Paging Doc Halladay. Paging “Doc-tober” Halladay. Your postseason, once in “perfect” health, may be dying on the table.
- Would someone please pass a tissue to the nearest New York Yankees fan fretting about possibly losing to Cliff Lee and the Rangers tonight in the now-knotted ALCS? Soothe their tender feelings by reminding them that Lee will be in pinstripes soon enough, thanks to the Yankees’ $205 million motto: If you can’t beat ’em, sign ’em.
- The caption to a photo accompanying the AP story of Wisconsin’s win over top-ranked Ohio State on Saturday read, “Ohio State saw its national championship dreams slip away in Madison.” The team crowned the best in the land one week earlier is suddenly no longer in the title picture? Huh? Well, that’s what you get with the ridiculous B(C)S.
That photo caption should have read, “Ohio State’s chance of earning a top seed in the NCAA playoffs took a hit in Madison.” And the same caption should have applied to Nebraska on Saturday and Alabama a week ago. Any system that declares, accurately, a Top 10 team’s championship quest ended by a single loss in mid-October is a system that shouldn’t be.
- On a related note, let’s hope the only two unbeaten teams in the country after it’s all said and done are Boise State and TCU, so we can watch as the commissioners of every BCS conference, along with BCS executive director Bill Hancock, beat one another to bloody pulps when the Broncos and Horned Frogs kick off in their title game on Jan. 10.
- Congratulations to Pittsburgh Steelers fans for lowering the bar further for our sports society. Just as Eagle fans embraced dog-fighter Michael Vick with full-throated cheers when they realized he could help them win games, Steelers Nation rolled out the red carpet for Ben Roethlisberger as he returned from suspension after his second sexual misconduct allegation.
The same Pittsburghers who were ready to run Pig Pen, er, Big Ben out of town a few months ago were singing a different tune Sunday after Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon combined to lead the Steelers to the 32nd-best passing offense in the league in his absence.
- Speaking of misconduct, the infamous bikini model masquerading as a sports reporter is back on the job — sort of. Ines Sainz has informed anyone who cares that she will conduct interviews only on the sidelines or on the field from now on because working inside the locker room “isn’t a good place for me right now.” Hey, Ines: Having you dressed provocatively inside a room full of naked men isn’t a good place for anyone right now. Or ever.
- Meanwhile, back at the Alameda ranch, word is the Raiders have informed several teams that every player on their roster is available for trade by Tuesday’s deadline. Isn’t that a bit like having a garage sale inside an empty garage? Not gonna find many shoppers.
Bob Frantz is a freelance journalist and regular contributor to The Examiner. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.