Enter the Warzone, a little kick in your eggnog.
- Hard to keep up with all the conference-realignment rumors flying around this past week.
Boise State pitting the Mountain West against the Big East in "a game of chicken" over television rights. The Big East making overtures to Fresno State and UNLV. New Mexico and Colorado State forming their own conference.
Believe each and every word. Or consider that some of these unnamed sources leak information to better their negotiating leverage or simply muddy the waters.
- MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson is pulling out all the stops to get Boise State to stay. He even restructured the league's pitiful TV contract with CBS.
But if Boise State insists on keeping the TV rights to all its home games (as is being reported by espn.com), hope the Broncos enjoy life as an independent. Access to the Bowl Championship Series and more television money were the biggest reasons Boise State (and San Diego State) jumped ship.
Well, the BCS goes the way of the dodo bird after next year and the Big East still doesn't have a TV deal. Sometimes, that greener grass on the other side of the street is spray paint. Spending a week in Hawaii sure beats all those years in cold, rainy San Jose on New Year's Eve covering something called the Silicon Valley Football Classic.
Not that we're jealous of B.J. Anteola or anything ... Glad to see Tim DeRuyter giving his players a little freedom during their time in Honolulu.
It's a bowl game, for goodness sake. If this were a conference game, they'd be stashed in some remote hotel and locked up like veal. SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason, a Fresno State assistant from 2001-07, admits to stealing some 3-4 concepts from DeRuyter.
Not only is Mason a good man, he's a smart one, too. Still, no way no how does Mason's bunch slow up Derek Carr, Robbie Rouse & Co.
Prediction: Fresno State 45, SMU 24 UCLA's Tevin McDonald won't play in Thursday's Holiday Bowl because of a violation of team rules.
No Fresno State suspensions so far. It's a long, long way to swim. From Ole Miss to Clovis East High? What a major fall from grace for Adrian Wiggins.
That said, if it happens, a darn good hire. For no particular reason: Jim Zorn Olympic distance runner Suzy Favor Hamilton admitted to living a double life as a high-priced call girl.
Going for the gold, just in a different way. New A's shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima lit up his introductory news conference by saying he picked Oakland because "(General Manager) Billy Beane is extremely sexy and cool."
Just wait till he gets a load of those white cleats.
The Mayan Apocalypse, what a dud. We all survived, even Skip Bayless. Commiserate at firstname.lastname@example.org
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