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-- Fresno State will play the Texas Longhorns in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl. So says Collegefootballnews.com in its "way too early BCS picks."
Immediate thought: Does New Year's Eve in Phoenix get cold enough for a jacket?
-- The Bulldogs, according to the website, will "make a bit of a statement" by beating Rutgers, "run by Colorado on the road" and "blow through the Mountain West Conference schedule."
Hard to tell if this is a prediction or science fiction. Either way, it's out there.
-- Not to say it's impossible Fresno State cracks the Bowl Championship Series. (In its final year, too. How ironic would that be?)
But first, it might be prudent to figure out who's going to run the ball.
-- When Adrian Wiggins left, it was easy to assume that the next Fresno State women's basketball coach would struggle to maintain the NCAA Tournament standard.
A lazy assumption, as things turned out.
-- When you haven't watched much college basketball, it's tougher to get amped about the NCAA's Big Dance.
We're willing to give it our best shot, though.
-- Fresno State fans steamed over Robert Upshaw's season-ending suspension for violating "athletic department policies." (Hmm) Say, it harkens back to the days of Jerry Tarkanian.
Sure, except those teams won 20 games.
-- These Bulldogs went 11-19, but hung tough against a rugged Colorado State squad in the first round of the Mountain West Tournament after winning three of their last five MW games.
Brought to you by the Department of Silver Linings ...
-- Next time you hear some voice on the radio say the San Antonio Spurs are "boring," understand you're not listening to a real basketball fan.
Nothing boring about Tim Duncan's unstoppable post moves, even at 36. Nothing boring about Manu Ginobli's clever fakes and use of angles, or how Tony Parker can blow past anyone off the dribble.
Unless, of course, your appreciation doesn't extend past alley-oop dunks.
-- Congrats to Clovis High baseball coach James Patrick on his 600th victory.
That's a lot of Rolaids.
-- Had no idea the Netherlands was so good at baseball.
Wood shoes ... wood bats. Huh. Makes perfect sense.
-- For no particular reason: Leon Spinks
-- When Gateway Ice Center closes, will the Fresno Monsters switch to roller hockey?
-- Eighty tons of dead fish were found floating belly up in the lagoon that will be used for rowing events at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Introducing the newest Olympic sport: hillbilly handfishin'.
The Warzone is too attached to his fingers all 10 of them to give that a try. Point him out at (559) 441-6218 or firstname.lastname@example.org