Welcome to "Case Of The Mondays," a new weekly feature here at CBR. Every Monday morning, we'll give you 10 thoughts to help you start your week off right.
Here we go...
1. NEWS FLASH: It's Super Bowl week.
As was the case in the amateur ranks, the pros' championship game features a rematch of a game we've already seen played this season. Oddly enough, we have yet to hear the same complaining about a rematch's inherent lameness that we heard during bowl season.
The reason no one cares? Transparency.
The rules for determining a champ in the NFL couldn't be more clear. The qualifications for making the playoffs are explicitly defined. Contrast that with the BCS and its alchemy of human sentiment and calculated, algorithmic rationality.
As the powers that be ponder changes to college football's postseason, no matter what kind of changes they make, hopefully they realize the need to improve transparency. Critics primarily hate the BCS because its not a tournament. However, the fact that no one really understands how the system works sure as hell doesn't help it.
At minimum, the public needs a neck to grab when the decision of who plays for the national championship comes down. A selection committee to determine the participants, similar to the NCAA basketball tournament, strikes me as a no-brainer.
(Oh, yeah, Patriots, 30-23.)
2. If National Signing Day is Christmas for college football fans, that makes today Christmas Eve's eve.
Like a 12-year-old kid who has already found the stash of presents, though, you probably already know what's going to be under the tree. Chances are your favorite team has come close to filling its scholarship allotment with commitments.
If you're still hoping for some surprises on Wednesday, you should probably step away from the computer today. The past weekend was the final chance for recruits to go on official visits, which means there should be a slew of commitments coming in today.
3. On the insufferable scale, I'd give this little recruiting ditty from Grantland's John Brandon a solid 8.5.
Who the hell does the editing at that joint? (Wait, don't tell me.)
And what is with the obsession with The Bachelor around there?
4. Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti sounded so sharp during his interview with Bill King on Friday morning that I almost forgot his athletic department is so horrendously mismanaged.
Whatever cash flow issues the Scarlet Knights may have, it doesn't appear as though they are going to let that stop them from from hiring a new head coach to replace the recently departed Greg Schiano. Rutgers has already gotten the "look but don't touch" from Temple head coach Steve Addazio. (Two years ago, who would've thought programs would be fighting over Addazio?)
Sounds as though Mario Cristobal is up next.
5. Caught The Ides of March Saturday night.
It's a fitting "thriller" for primary season, with the action – if you want to call it that – building up slowly to an unsatisfying conclusion.
And, George Clooney, while I've got you here, a piece of advice: You can't just have people in a movie say a character is hot **** and then expect everyone to go with it. Ryan Gosling gets played for a chump awfully easily for a guy who we're told is a whiz-kid political strategist.
All in all, not a terrible flick, but no need to rush out and see it. I'll give it a C+.
6. I don't get all hot and bothered about the Super Bowl, but I do love the prop bets.
A couple that have caught my eye already:
- Rob Gronkowski will not score a touchdown (+140).
- LeBron James will have more made free throws than Wes Welker's total catches (+120). You're even getting a half point!
- Jake Ballard will score the first touchdown (20/1).
7. Speaking of Vegas, Villanova gave me a nice little gut punch over the weekend.
Getting 3.5 in Philly against Marquette on Saturday, the Wildcats blew an 18-point lead and ended up losing to the Golden Eagles by four.
But I really want to talk about Marquette. Come March, watch out for the Golden Eagles. (That's what they're called now, right? I always remember them as the Warriors. But I digress.)
As usual, Buzz Williams' team is undersized. However, Williams has not one, but two of college basketball's most precious commodities these days – star seniors in guard Darius Johnson-Odom and forward Jae Crowder.
This team is going to be a tough, tough out in tourney play.
8. I also got a chance to watch one of my favorite teams in the country, Saint Mary's, on Saturday night.
The Gaels dismantled BYU in front a shockingly inhospitable crowd at the Marriott Center.
Their players look like extras from the movie Trainspotting, but the Gaels can ball. They get balanced scoring from their salty inside-outside game, especially the outside part – five players shoot better than 30 percent from three-point range.
For hoops junkies, this well-coached team is a joy to behold.
9. Someone is going to have to explain Luck to me.
If this show is nothing but a bunch of losers in sweatpants sitting around playing the ponies, I'm going to pass.
P.S. Needs more Nolte. And I mean Nolte Nolte.
10. Hope you guys enjoyed that.
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