Britney's free, NCAA MVP, booing protocol and more
Posted: Wednesday November 8, 2006 10:31AM; Updated: Wednesday November 8, 2006 11:45AM
Gentlemen, Britney Spears is back on the market.
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Can you comment on the big story of the day: Britney and K-Fed? Thanks -- Darren, Kings Park, N.Y.
Much to the delight of teenie-bop fans everywhere, pop-princess Britney Spears gave husband Kevin Federline the Donald Trump treatment Tuesday, filing a petition of divorce. She will seeking both legal and physical custody of her kids. My thoughts? Thank you, Britney, for coming to your senses, and dropping the dead weight that has plagued your career for the past three years. It's time to catch up to the rest of your Mouseketeers, release a new hit, and focus on being there for your kids. And for God's sake, stay away from wannabe rappers, who steal other people's beats and call themselves "artists." Because the last thing any of us want to say is, Oops, we told ya so... again.
And as for you, Kevin, it was fun while it lasted, but there is only so much crap a woman trying to raise a family can take before she gets ... well, "K-Fed up." Oh well, I am sure there are plenty of more popular young starlettes out there waiting for you to blow through their lives, careers, and piggybanks. Then again, you could always pitch to someone an idea for your next venture in reality TV: Who wants to be Mrs. Federline. Any volunteers? Didn't think so. Now on to the Mailbag ...
Who would you pick as college football's MVP? I don't want the Heisman winner (that award is often position prejudiced and a popularity contest), but who is the Most Valuable Player for their team at any position? -- Sean Branigan, Hope Mills, N.C.
I have a soft spot for an underdog, especially one that makes an ordinary team accomplish extraordinary things. That's probably why I'd nominate Ray Rice (Rutgers) or Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech) for MVP. Rice is the nation's second-leading rusher, and has catapulted his team into the national spotlight. If he can break through Louisville's defense Thursday night, then Rutgers stands a chance at spoiling the Cardinals' run at the BCS title bowl and increasing Rice's stock tenfold.
Johnson has two things going against him as far as Heisman candidacy goes: He's not a quarterback or a running back. Thus, his success depends on Reggie Ball's getting him the ball. Still, when a guy puts up numbers like Johnson's (eight TDs, 35 catches for 550-plus yards in six games), someone is bound to take notice.
Good to read your column every week about football-mad Tallahassee. Meanwhile, up here in Minnesota we have a mediocre Big Ten team, and the chants of "Fire Mason" have become louder with every loss -- or in a worse case, a one-point squeaker over a I-AA team. The question I have for you is this: To what extent do you believe in booing at games? -- Jason, Minneapolis
Sitting in the student section of Doak, I have had my fair share of experiences with the boo-birds recently, but there is something terribly wrong with out of shape, middle-aged men who come out to jeer collegiate athletes who play the for their love of the game, school pride, and perhaps a higher education. Booing a coaching staff ,on the other hand, is an entirely different story.
Since yesterday was election day, I'll put it this way: We, the people of the United States, live in a democracy, and just as much as you have a right to protest the way our country is being run, paying ticketholders, alumnus and students have the right to express discontent with the way a program is being coached.