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A guy in a Yankees cap sitting in front of us didn't have the under, but offers his sympathy:
"That is f----- up."
Must. Get. Outdoors. After watching the Honey Badger take over the SEC title game, I head for the exit, seeking fresh air.
I'm always blown away by the metamorphosis of the Strip at sundown. The eye is drawn up, to all those amazing lights, rather than down to the panhandlers and the guys on street corners handing out cards for escorts. To fully enjoy Vegas, it helps to suspend one's disbelief—I'm on a heater, I can't lose!—to check your cynicism at the bell desk.
The same holds true for college football, a sport that captivates in spite of the adults in charge of it. Any moment now, we can expect a self-congratulating memo from BCS executive director Bill Hancock, who will dismiss criticisms of the system as "balderdash" and repeat the canard that "Every Game Counts."
Oklahoma State looked every inch a national-title contender in manhandling the Sooners. But the Cowboys won't get a chance to play for that honor. It's not that Alabama's less deserving. It's that we all deserve a better, fairer system.
The game is rigged, as Oklahoma State learned on Sunday night, when the Cowboys found out that they were headed for Glendale, Ariz., rather than New Orleans. Life isn't fair. The house always wins.