Fresno State went into Saturday's second-to-last football game of the season with a losing record -- and still had every chance to win a Mountain West division title. That isn't a reflection on the Bulldogs. That's an indictment on a conference that suddenly woke up as the Western Athletic Conference reincarnate. Somewhere, Karl Benson smiles.
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Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders finally won a game after an 0-10 start. There is no truth to the rumor that the 2008 Lions gathered to toast their continued reign as the only 0-16 team in NFL history.
Forget Black Friday. Grab a blanket and follow the Friday night lights to a Central Section football playoff game near you this week. Remember that being a part of any local community is much, much more than trampling your neighbor in the electronic aisle at Wal-Mart.