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Something … Anti-Climatic … About New Year’s Day Bowl Games Taking Place January 2

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So it’s been a few days since the January 1 bowl games/Winter Classic, and all I can say is … wow. What a great time to be a sports fan. Below are my thoughts on the day’s events:

— Houston started things out right by laying a beatdown to State Penn. I was tuning in and out of the game, so I’m not sure if the Lions ran a jailbreak screen play.

— Ohio State/Florida was the only game I didn’t bother watching at all. No way should two 6-6 teams be playing on New Year’s Day (or January 2). The contest took place in Florida, so I can understand why the organizers would want the Gators to play in this game. But Ohio State? Please. And teams like Boise State and TCU got passed over and had to play earlier in the Bowel Season. What a joke.

— In-between football games there was a little hockey event called the Winter Classic between the Rangers and Flyers. Due to weather issues, the 1 pm start time got moved to later in the afternoon (around 3 pm, I believe). You know, I’m actually a fan of the game starting a littler later in the afternoon. Sure it was put up against the Rose Bowl, but at least it wasn’t up against several other games at once.

Seeing how I don’t really care for either team, I wasn’t sure who I wanted to win. Then after the Flyers scored their first goal, I started pulling for the Rangers. My reason? Because I wanted to hear the Flyer fans start booing. I wasn’t disappointed. And LOL at Philadelphia for getting butthurt over at Mike Rupp’s “Jagr Salute.”

— I’m normally not a Big 10 fan. I think the conference is vastly overrated and prefer the SEC. However, I was pulling for Michigan State to beat Georgia. MSU has had some tough bowl games in the past, and while some may think Georgia gave that game away I think the Spartans earned that win.

— South Carolina reached 11 wins for the first time ever. Good for the Ol’ Ball Coach.

— I generally prefer watching the several games at once leading up to the Rose Bowl. However, this year’s contest was great. Although I will say it seems the difficulty sliders needed adjusting after the first half. I didn’t care who won this game.

— The final game of the night was the one I had some attachment toward. After Mike Gundy’s “I’m a man — I’m 40!” rant a few years ago, I’ve become endeared to the guy. (I love it when people lose their cool over a reporter and that reporter just sits there dumbfounded.) However, I didn’t think OSU was going to beat Stanford. I’m glad I was wrong, even though it took two missed kicks from a red-shirted freshman kicker to pull out the win.

All in all, an excellent day of entertainment. I’m especially glad I took the next day off of work to “recover” from staying up past midnight. One thing I do have to wonder about, though. If Oklahoma State would play Oregon, just how long would THAT game last?

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January 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

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Discounting This Promotion

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So earlier today I heard some business pimping its “tax rebate” sale. Basically, the store will pay your sales tax.

Is it really worth it to buy airtime over a promotion that amounts to a 7 percent discount? I remember years ago when I worked a few weeks at a store that was going out of business. Customers would come up with their discounted items and would be bewildered when their “10 percent off” products didn’t result in a lower price. How quickly we forget about that good ol’ sales tax.

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January 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

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Tale Of The Wild-Card Tape

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Wild-Card Weekend in Denver: One quarterback stalls drives, the other drives into bathroom stalls.

And the Denver home-field advantage is going to take effect, considering Steeler free safety Ryan Clark can’t play in that mile-high altitude due to a health matter.

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January 2, 2012 at 7:35 am

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At Least The Plex Gunshot Celebration Was Funny

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If Steve Johnson failed to reach some contract incentives due to his in-game stunt, I’m going to laugh.

Actually, I’m laughing already. If the coach tells the team a player will be benched for doing something like this, then expect to pay the piper.

Bills coach Chan Gailey benched Johnson for drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Sunday when he celebrated a touchdown catch by lifting his jersey to reveal an undershirt that said, “Happy New Year!” The Bills added another TD before New England scored the next 49 points to win 49-21.

“The coach told me I was out of the game. I have to respect his decision,” said Johnson, who had four catches for 40 yards to become the first Bills receiver with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. “I can’t complain about it or whine or pout. He made his decision and I am going with it. … I have to take that, and I will.”

Undershirt decoration has become something of a hobby for Johnson, who wore one against Cincinnati last season that said, “Why So Serious?” The NFL fined him $5,000, but he was not penalized; that’s why Johnson said he thought he could get away with it this time.

“I didn’t know it was going to draw a penalty,” he told reporters.

Johnson was also fined $10,000 for pretending to shoot off a rifle against the Patriots last year, mocking the costumed Minutemen who celebrate a New England score. And he drew an excessive celebration penalty against the Jets this season when he pretended to shoot himself in the legs — mimicking New York receiver Plaxico Burress — then imitated an airplane crashing into the turf.

After that one, Gailey warned the team that anyone who drew a demonstration penalty would be benched.

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January 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm

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I like Hines Ward and all that, and I do think he is Hall-of-Fame material. His stats may not be as gaudy as he peers, but for whatever reason when I hear his name and “Hall of Fame” I think “yes.” (Never said I was the most stats-obsessed person roaming this planet.)

With that being said, would you really want your 1000th NFL catch to be THAT — a “gimnmie” shovel pass for a negative gain? Even Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record thinks that’s lame.

Then again, it was the fourth-quarter of the final regular-season game. Who knows if Ward is coming back to the Steelers next year. Still, that play just seemed so … anti-Hines.

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January 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm

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It’s The End Of The World As We Know It … Depending On Who’s Elected

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No matter who wins this year’s presidential election, can we please refrain from any, “OMG the Mayans were right about the end of the world happening at year’s end” comments?

I promise not to use this line if you promise not to use this line.

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January 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm

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New Year’s Eve 2011

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Last night, much like 13 of the previous 14 New Year’s Eves, the better half and I stayed home, got Chinese/Italian take-out and watched movies.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Neither one of us has been a fan of December 31, and this was even before we met. We just don’t have any desire to deal with a bunch of drunk, obnoxious assholes in public — we deal with that enough already.

So what did we watch? First up was “Shutter Island.” It was OK; I knew what was going to happen at the end. Extremeley overrated and a bit on the long side, in my opinion, but perfectly acceptable.

Next up was, “The New World.” Holy wow was this movie terrible. Less than 15 minutes into this three-hour flick I was seriously thinking of turning it off, which NEVER happens. Guess it was one of those instances where I had the thing on so I might as well get the viewing experience over with.

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January 1, 2012 at 9:12 am

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