The Picker: Here's our holiday list for your consideration
BY The Picker
Thursday, December 01, 2011
12/01/11 at 4:56 AM
What turns out to be one of the most boring things about the end of the year?
What's hot and what's rot, best and worst.
There's only one list that really matters.
The first list out.
Here are our most debatable stories of the year.
10. Former OU coaches continue to tank elsewhere.
The most recent is Indiana's Wilson, who brought basketball season to the Hoosier state in September.
9. Ryan brothers bore NFL.
Dallas can't cover a hill of beans, the Jets can't score.
8. Urban Meyer must not take to family life.
He's out of coaching only a number of months.
7. Hoopless in the Heartland.
TU and OSU played basketball Wednesday night and hardly anybody even knew about it.
It wasn't on TV.
Is ORU, playing in the Outer Space Conference, the area's best chance to get to the NCAA Tourney?
6. Mack Brown loses it.
The one-hit wonder at Texas seems to have made something of a mockery of the best coaching job in the land.
5. Caddies are sports stories.
Caddies? People who carry bags and replace grass chunks? Really? People who rake sand are considered interesting? That's everybody's neighbor's kid.
4. TV commercials are much better than TV shows.
The Mayhem insurance spots are the best.
3. OSU football team gets no understanding in the national media after airplane disaster.
Who wouldn't have lost to Iowa State.
2. OU loses at home to Texas Tech.
A Top Ten Worst Loss Ever contender.
1. BCS ruins college football.
It's college football's big weekend.
Conference championships are on the line.
And not a single game matters.
Georgia 75, LSU 0? OSU 50, OU 0?
Doesn't matter, it's Alabama-LSU in the finale.
In the conference title games, the winners go to a slightly warmer place than the losers.
Nationally, not a single moment of any of the games will mean a thing.
Try defending that, BCS shills.
West Virginia at South Florida (-1): The favorite has a 5-6 record.
The former OSU coordinator now at WV looks like a hothead.
Imagine the Big 12 "student athletes" having to leave Tuesday for a volleyball game Thursday in Morgantown.
WV by 4.
Ohio versus Northern Illinois (-3 1/2): Remember Frank Solich?
Ohio does, he's the coach.
NI by 3.
UCLA at Oregon (-30): The National Guard should parachute in and stop this national disgrace.
Oregon by 31.
OU at OSU (-3): Will OSU choke?
OU has lost its best offensive player and its best defensive player, the game is in Stillwater, and the Venables Einstein Defense seems tough to memorize.
So if OSU loses, what's a more compassionate description?
Being a little brother?
There have been some little brother football teams that have never been too competitive with rivals, UCLA versus USC and Oregon State versus Oregon, for openers.
So it's possible OU could dominate as much in the future as it has in the past.
Rotten weather would seem to favor OU, as it would shrink the field and sharpen the Sooner defensive focus.
But there's still that haunting loss to Tech.
Won't OSU have to think: If Texas Tech can beat these guys, who can't?
OSU by 6.
Iowa State at Kansas State (-12 1/2): To resemble rugby scrum.
K-State by 13.
Texas at Baylor (-7): Mack should consider firing himself.
Baylor by 13.
Southern Miss at Houston (-13 1/2): Houston does the hat dance on Fedora's team.
Houston by 17.
Georgia versus LSU at Atlanta (-12): Hardly even matters.
LSU by 14.
Clemson versus Virginia Tech at Charlotte, N.C. (-7): Winner and loser go a few miles to a regional bowl, big deal.
Tech by 13.
Michigan State versus Wisconsin at Indianapolis (-9 1/2): This means a little something, but only to the winner, which gets to max out charge cards at the Rose in LA.
Wisky by 13.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (-7 1/2): New cheer: We want a field goal.
Steelers by 7.
Atlanta at Houston (-2): Battle of the fakers.
Atlanta by 3.
Detroit at New Orleans (-7 1/2): Punt free zone.
New Orleans by 7.
Dallas (-6 1/2) at Arizona: Guy named Skelton has been quarterbacking Arizona.
Played at Fordham, whatever that is.
Dallas by 4.
Indianapolis at New England (-21): Another Sunday wreck.
NE by 24.
San Diego (-3) at Jacksonville: Another Monday night disaster.
SD by 2.
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