The Picker: Answering questions about present and future
BY The Picker
Thursday, December 20, 2012
12/20/12 at 6:17 AM
Question: Is Tulsa a bad sports town?
Given the economy, can you name one city that supports teams that don't win big?
Losing is anti-social.
Winning is contagious.
Q: What has benefited Bob Stoops' well-being the most in the minds of even the most ardent Sooner supporters?
A: The Oklahoma City Thunder.
So it's another three-loss year for the Sooners. So they haven't won a national title in more than a decade. So they're behind Arkansas State in recruiting. Next year they'll win eight or nine or 10. Go to the Alamo Bowl. It'll be fine.
Go Thunder, win it all!
Q: Will the Thunder win the NBA title this year?
Too much inside boxing punch, not enough inside scoring punch.
And Westbrook doesn't shoot too much, he misses too much.
The playoff with Memphis will be a classic.
Q: If you were a high school defensive lineman with NFL potential, where is the last place you'd sign?
A: With any Big 12 school, ground zero for the spread offenses.
Would you like to spend two or three years running in circles?
Q: Who wins the Super Bowl?
The bad news about this Super Bowl is that it is on CBS, the home of the worst announcing team ever, Phil Simms, who must be paid by the shrill word, and Augusta National flagstick hugger Jim Nantz.
This duo has perfected the unnecessary art of explaining what we just saw.
Q: Is Sam Bradford a bust?
A: Close. But not yet.
Given the raging successes of other young quarterbacks, another year without a playoff trip will cause serious pressure.
Q: Does TU basketball have a chance?
Just don't get any more specific with the question than that.
Poinsettia Bowl, BYU (-2) versus San Diego State: Who, what, when, where, why?
BYU by 1.
The Beef O' Brady Bowl, Central Florida (-7) versus Ball State: Quick, to the computer, to look up another bowl.
Beef O' Brady's is a Irish pub chain that started in Florida in 1985.
Central Florida by 9.
New Orleans Bowl, Louisiana Lafayette (-4) versus East Carolina: Some of these entry-level bowls are so lame, it takes a home state team to attract a crowd, even to a place like NO.
LL by 7.
Las Vegas Bowl, Washington (-8) versus Boise State: One of the more pleasant things about the current season is the manner in which Boise State has returned to being average.
Wash by 10.
Cincinnati at the Steelers (-5): Big Ben is running about 10 seconds slow.
Defenses could outscore offenses in this one.
Steelers by 4.
New Orleans at Dallas (-3): Dallas only looks fresh and improved, as the Steelers fumbled away the win last week.
Romo's stats are improved as he has gone to his five-yard pass attack.
The game at Washington in a week has Cowboy heartbreak written all over it.
Dallas by 2.
Washington (-3 1/2) at the Eagles: An adoring media gave RG3 credit for the Skin win last week even though he didn't play.
Redskins by 3.
Giants at Baltimore (-1): Peyton is better than Eli.
Who isn't better than Baltimore?
Giants by 4.
San Francisco at Seattle (-2): Seattle coach Carroll is such a punk, it's almost a shame his team is so salty.
Home team by 4.
The Hawaii Bowl, Fresno State (-12) versus SMU: One of four bowl sites that offer genuine rewards, the others being Vegas, Miami and New Orleans.
Fresno State by 10.
Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl, Western Kentucky (-6) versus Central Michigan: For the directional championship of the world.
Western KY by 7.
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