Buckeyes Take Title; Globes Disappoint
January 12, 2015

Any time more teams qualify for a chance at a championship, that means that more teams can win it. The San Francisco Giants were the final team in baseball's playoff picture, and won the World Series. This year, college football went to a four-team playoff format, and it was the number four team that gets to celebrate. Ohio State defeated Oregon tonight 42-20, and are the first champion of the four-team playoff era.

Football is a sport, and college football especially, where so many teams play so few games, that it is really difficult to determine who is the best overall. Under last year's system, the fourth seeded Buckeyes wouldn't have had a chance to win it all, and this year, there was some controversy over whether they should have been ranked that high. TCU was ranked higher after Thanksgiving, and won their last game. The Horned Frogs even won their bowl game in a 42-3 rout over Mississippi after not being selected to college football's Final Four.

Ohio State, though, to their credit, made the most of their opportunity. Any team that can defeat Alabama and Oregon (the top two ranked teams) in an eleven-day period has to be pretty good. Perhaps you can still say the Buckeyes didn't deserve to be in the playoff, but you can't say they don't deserve the title once they got in.

Every team has its story lines, and Ohio State is no exception. Coach Urban Meyer became the second in NCAA history to win championships at two different schools (Ohio State, Florida), they committed four turnovers against Oregon and still won the game, but the biggest story has to be quarterback Cardale Jones, who was third string this year, saw both guys ahead of him get hurt, and then went out and won the Big Ten Championship, the Sugar Bowl, and the National Championship in his only three starts. Statistically, the story line was Ezekiel Elliot. The running back rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns, and was the game's MVP.

This year, the new format deprived us of a one versus two matchup (Alabama-Oregon), but did provide plenty of drama. They may have been the four seed, and maybe shouldn't have jumped TCU in the rankings, but it would be hard to call this an upset. The Ohio State Buckeyes finish with a 14-1 record, and become the first champions of a new era.

Pro got conned: I don't like the Dallas Cowboys, but let's face it, Dez Bryant got robbed. Whatever the rule is, Bryant caught that ball late in the fourth quarter that should have given the Cowboys a go-ahead touchdown against Green Bay. After making the leaping grab, Bryant came down with the ball, extended his hand toward the goal line, and the ball touched the ground. You can look at it a thousand times and see he had control all the way. If the wording of the rule made that an incomplete pass, the rule should be changed. There's too many video reviews in sports anyway...All four NFL games this weekend were great, and were close. Seattle's 31-17 win over Carolina was the biggest blowout, and it took a 17-point fourth quarter for that to happen.

Monumental mistake: It used to be that the worst trade in Los Angeles Dodgers history was the one that sent pitcher Pedro Martinez to Montreal for Delino Deshields. Now it's the one that sent Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez to Montreal for Delino Deshields. Martinez was elected to baseball's hall of fame last week along with Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio. A definite sign you are getting old when you watched Hall-of-Famers in their prime.

Walton's World: I'm one of the few people I know who likes Bill Walton as a basketball announcer, but enough is enough. Walton definitely marches to his own beat, but he just wouldn't shut up during the UCLA-Stanford telecast on Thursday. He kept talking even when play-by-play partner Dave Pasch was introducing Walton's own feature! He's still one of sports most interesting people, though.

Global yawning: If you watched the first ten minutes of the Golden Globe Awards last night, you really saw what you needed to see. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's monologue (well, dialog I guess) was good, but you hardly saw them again after that, and there weren't very many other memorable moments. It's also hard to believe that neither Big Bang Theory nor Modern Family were nominated for Best Comedy Series, and none of the cast members from either show were up for any awards. It was also stunning that there was no 'In Memoriam' segment (or death montage as I call it), which also meant no tribute to Robin Williams. The show ran a little long, so perhaps it got cut, but that's truly a shame. Fey and Pohler have announced that this would be the final time for the duo as hosts, and other than the opening segment, it seems like they mailed it in.

More globes: Best speech—Billy Bob Thornton, winner of Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV movie for Fargo. “These days you get in a lot of trouble no matter what you say. You know what I mean? You can say anything in the world and get in trouble. I know this for a fact. So I'm just gonna say thank you.”...Most heart-felt speech—Gina Rodriguez of Jane the Virgin. “This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.”... Oddest presenter—Prince. In his own weird soft-spoken way, the music icon presented for Original Song, and that was it. It made you wonder what just happened, or if you missed something. He got quite an ovation from the crowd, though...Best Tina and Amy line—from Fey about Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient George Clooney. “George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an advisor to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. Tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.”

Last add Golden Globes: That was comedienne Margaret Cho as the North Korean Hollywood Foreign Press member in Tina and Amy's skits. Cho has taken some heat as being racist, even though she is of Korean decent...Was Jennifer Lopez trying to create the same buzz as she did when she wore that cut-down-to-there green dress at the Grammy Awards almost 15 years ago? She may have pulled it off, too. Jeremy Renner certainly thought so. Lopez is 45 now, by the way.

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