Posted: Monday December 4, 2006 10:23AM; Updated: Monday December 4, 2006 10:23AM
Have a question or opinion for Pete? He might answer/address it in his mailbag.
1. Thanks in part to Urban Meyer's politicking, Florida, rather than Michigan, will play Ohio State in the BCS title game. With Florida involved, though, we should have known the vote would end poorly for a (Maize and) Blue state.
2. Unlike Meyer, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr declined to lobby for votes. That's surprising, considering Carr's bubbly back-slapping personality.
3. Citing a potential conflict of interest, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel decided not to cast a vote in the final coaches poll. That might lead to Tressel being stripped of the right to have a flunky fill out his ballot next year.
4.Allen Iverson, fined by the 76ers for skipping a bowling event, says that he was groggy from taking too many painkillers after having two abscessed teeth pulled. That's what's known in the biz as the "T.O. excuse."
5. Titans quarterback Vince Young led a dramatic comeback against Peyton Manning and the Colts on Sunday, a week after he did the same against Eli Manning's Giants. Still, it probably wasn't necessary for Young to spike Archie Manning's bran flakes on Monday morning.
6. New Cowboys kicker Martin Gramatica hit a 46-yard field goal, his third of the day, with one second remaining in Dallas's 23-20 win over the Giants on Sunday. At least now Mike Vanderjagt has good reason to get liquored up.
7. Baseball's winter meetings opened Monday at Disney World. First up is a review of the sport's airtight steroids policy in Fantasyland.
8. NBA players have filed a lawsuit over the league's crackdown on complaining. The suit will be tossed on the grounds of irony.
9.Tiger Woods said Sunday he will develop his first golf course in Dubai. Ah, it is just as many foresaw -- Tiger is once again bringing golf to the masses.
10. New Mexico State recap: It's a shame the season has to end just as the Aggies are getting the hang of things. NMSU spotted Louisiana Tech an early touchdown Saturday before scoring 50 of the game's next 52 points in rolling to a 50-23 season-closing victory. That enabled the Aggies to finish at 4-8 with a two-game winning streak (and as 10 Spot reader Dave Tuley of the Daily Racing Form points out, a solid 6-4 against the spread vs. Division I opponents). The future looks bright with quarterback Chase Holbrook, who threw for 514 yards and three scores while completing 41 of 54 passes. Holbrook set NCAA records for a sophomore with 4,619 passing yards and 4,541 yards of total offense despite missing big chunks of two games with injuries. The Aggies hope the final show was particularly impressive for the high school players that were visiting. "I think the recruits had to like what they saw," says NMSU junior right tackle James Farrelly, i.e. my cousin. "For a skill position guy, you know if you come here that you're going to get your yards." The closing two-game win streak will also make the 6 a.m. offseason workouts somewhat more palatable, though better the Aggies than me.