Enter the Warzone, foggy inside and out.
• Ohio State left no doubt who would be crowned college football’s first playoff-decided national champion by pounding Oregon 42-20.
The Buckeyes looked less like a stereotypical Big Ten team (big and slow) than one of Urban Meyer’s former Florida squads.
• Somebody’s got it better than you, Jim Harbaugh.
• If Cardale Jones is Ohio State’s third-best quarterback, no one wants any part of the scout team, either.
• So many folks thought the referee looked like Bob Newhart, the legendary comedian replied on Twitter with a wry joke.
Of course he did.
• By some measures the Pac-12 was the best conference in college football this season. Just not the one that matters most.
• After going 12 years without defeating a ranked men’s basketball team, Fresno State will have the chance to do it for the second time in two weeks Saturday night against No. 25 Wyoming.
There. Maybe that’ll spark a little fan interest.
• Bulldogs guard Marvelle Harris leads the Mountain West Conference in scoring (18.5 points per game), steals (2.0) and minutes (36.2). He’s also tied for third in assists (3.6) and 13th in rebounds (5.2).
Reports that Harris also drives the team bus are unconfirmed.
• The play Dez Bryant made was a catch in every football game on Earth. Except the NFL.
• Sunday afternoon, for about 15-20 minutes, the human being writing this sentence actually sympathized with the Dallas Cowboys for getting screwed by an absurd rule.
Goes to show if one lives long enough, anything is possible.
• After Tyler Clutts and Davante Adams each scored touchdowns for the Cowboys and Packers, you expected Isaiah Burse to take one to the house for the Broncos.
C’mon. Admit it.
• The 49ers’ search for a new coach is starting to resemble the Raiders’. Which isn’t meant as a compliment.
• 49ers fans presumed owner Jed York and GM Trent Baalke formulated a plan before they ushered out a coach who won 70% of his games.
Evidently not. (Unless it’s in-house lackey Jim Tomsula.)
• Whenever an NFL team terms a coach’s departure as “mutual” you can be fairly certain they meant “unilateral.”
See Fox, John.
• Many scoffed when the Warriors refused to include Klay Thompson in a trade package for Kevin Love. They look brilliant now. Thanks to anew array of moves
, Thompson has blossomed into one of the NBA’s best two guards.
• While California’s other MLB teams (especially the Padres, A’s and Dodgers) are busy remaking their rosters, the Giants are taking their three World Series trophies on tour.
They sure are shiny.
• Harold Reynolds will be the featured speaker at next month’s 54th annual Grizzlies Hot Stove Gala.
Sounds good. Just as long as broadcast partner Joe Buck stays far, far away.
• During the same week baseball’s Hall off Fame rejected Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens (not to mention Pete Rose), college football’s version found room for Brian Bosworth (steroids), Jim Tressel (NCAA sanctions through 2016) and Ricky Williams (weed).
• Those two rock climbers scaling the sheer face of Yosemite’s El Capitan had better trademark the name “Dawn Wall.” Before those Delaware North lawyers get any ideas ...
• Welcome to the central San Joaquin Valley on bad-air days. When spending an afternoon on the couch eating chips is better for your health than outside getting exercise.
• For no particular reason: Muggsy Bogues
• Meathead Rob Lowe and the Pushy Viagra Lady would be perfect for one another.
• A reader tells us she reads the Warzone aloud to her daughters as they get ready for school.
Sincere apologies to their teachers.