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Monday, June 14, 2004

Field set for College World Series
The SEC is sending four teams to this year's College World Series, tying a record we set back in 1997 when we had four teams go also. The "best" series of the weekend--Vandy vs Texas--turned out to not to be as great as predicted. Texas just rolled over Vandy, which is a shame. I hated to see Vandy's season come to an end the way it did here--running into a buzzsaw. For my money, the most entertaining games were those between LSU and Texas A&M. Saturday night's game was a scoring fest with both teams running up a high number of runs and neither team really gaining control until LSU did late in the game. And then yesterday's game which was a pitcher's duel until the top of the 9th when LSU got four runs (including a three-run homer that pretty much sealed the deal) was a good one.

Q&A with Phillip Fulmer and Bobby Johnson
The Tennessean published a series of questions and answers between sports editor Bob McClellan and the head football coaches for the Vols and Vandy. Reading these comments by Phillip Fulmer and Bobby Johnson were certainly very intersting. Check outPart 1 andPart 2, which ran yesterday and today. Fulmer's thoughts on a possible playoff system are interesting. He's not necessarily in favor of it nor does he think the college presidents will go for it anytime soon (as evidenced by the tweaking done to the BCS system a couple of weeks ago). Also, Fulmer's assertion that all the conferences need a championship game is a good one. In order for it to be a level field, all the conferences need to have a championship game. And Fulmer would know that the way its set up now, it can help you greatly or it can hurt you greatly. Of course, there's the concept that you should win on the field and it will all take care of itself, but it's wrong to penalize a team for having success and putting it on the line in a conference championship game while others sit at home and reap the rewards of one team or the other winning or losing. And Fulmer's thought that the current system creates "debate and discussion" is certainly true--imagine how dull sports call in shows would be without it. And would there be as many sports call in shows without the BCS to debate into the ground? Also, the thoughts on recruiting and the graduation rates by both coaches was enlightening.

ABC skips playoff, hits hazard with golf coverage
As important as it is that all of American gets to see the latest footage of someone falling over in a funny way or guys getting beaned in the crotch with a baseball bat, surely ABC could've delayed the start of America's Funniest Home Video (my first thought--is it even STILL on that air?!?) for the playoff of the tournament. (As the columnist here points out--had it been Tiger Woods in it, you can bet ABC would have stayed with the coverage).

posted by Michael Hickerson at 6/14/2004 08:50:00 AM | |
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