October 29, 2014 |
TO ALL THOSE folks who figured the selection committee for that new four-team playoff was going to somehow reinvent the wheel - and you know who you are - it might be time to reconsider. I keep hearing how the panel, which is down to 12 members now that Archie Manning has taken a leave of absence due to health issues, will be able to weigh all the information differently than the way voters and the even-more-dreaded computers did before. And thereby, I'm assuming, come up with better answers/solutions.
November 3, 2012
The jockeying over the second slot in the BCS standings behind Alabama continues on Saturday with two of the contenders playing ranked teams. Kansas State, currently in second place, hosts high-scoring Oklahoma State (No. 24 in the BCS rankings) and fourth-rated Oregon visits No. 17 Southern California. Notre Dame, ranked third and fresh off its dismantling of Oklahoma, has a relative breather at home against Pittsburgh. One must feel a bit sorry for the Ducks, who were looking forward to engaging a top-ranked Southern Cal team to give their computer ranking a boost.
November 28, 2011 |
ONLY A MAJOR upset or a dramatic shift by voters can prevent a rematch between LSU and Alabama in the BCS national championship game. LSU defeated Alabama, 9-6, in overtime on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers and Crimson Tide hold down the top two spots for the second straight week, and by a wide margin over third-place Oklahoma State. Stanford is fourth and Virginia Tech fifth. LSU (1.000 BCS average) is a unanimous No. 1 in both the coaches' poll and the Harris poll, and is top-ranked in the computer ratings.
October 17, 2010 |
NEW YORK - Hereafter , Clint Eastwood's 31st feature film as a director in 40 years, drew enthusiastic applause at Lincoln Center, where it closed the New York Film Festival last Sunday night. The next morning found the actor/director, the planet's most unassuming movie star, lounging on a banquette outside the Warner Brothers screening room as members of the National Board of Review, an awards group, previewed his new film inside. The movie, opening Friday, stars Matt Damon as a moody psychic and Cécile De France as a broadcaster shaken by a near-death experience.
October 13, 2010
THE DALLAS Cowboys remain America's Team, and the popularity of the Eagles nationally is falling, according to a Harris poll released yesterday. The Birds are ranked 13th, the first time they have been in double digits since being ranked 20th in 2003. The Eagles were fifth in 2004 and 2005 when they were in the Super Bowl and its aftermath, and they were seventh last year. The national poll reflects the responses of 2,620 adults surveyed online from Sept. 14 to 20 by Harris Interactive.
August 8, 2010
Vacation Destinations Outside the U.S. If Americans could vacation in any country in the world outside the U.S. without worrying about the cost, here's where they'd go, based on a Harris Poll of 2,227 adults (last year's ranking in parentheses): 1. Italy (2) 2. Australia (1) 3. Ireland (5) 4. Britain (3) 5. France (4) Germany (6) - tie 10. New Zealand (9) Geoquiz Frankfurt, an important German financial and travel hub, is located on the Main River just upstream from its confluence with which other river?
June 13, 2010
Kevin R. Kosar is a political scientist in Washington who blogs at www.kevinrkosar.com Sharron Angle's Senate primary victory Tuesday in Nevada was the latest in a string of high-profile tea party movement victories. Last week, the insurgency also helped Nikki Haley finish first in South Carolina's GOP gubernatorial primary. Tea party voters helped Rand Paul defeat an establishment GOP Senate candidate in Kentucky last month, drove Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter out of GOP primary races, and sank the reelection bid of Utah Republican Sen. Robert Bennett.
October 26, 2009
Perhaps the biggest news in the second BCS standings is that Iowa moved from sixth to fourth, despite dropping from seventh to eighth in the Harris poll, one of two votes that are used in this formula. The Hawkeyes did, however, go from from third to first in computer average, are are first in five of those six rankings. Never underestimate the value of a last-play win at Michigan State. What that means, of course, remains anyone's guess at this juncture. Not shockingly, Florida, Alabama and Texas maintained their hold on your top three spots.
October 5, 2009 |
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said yesterday he isn't planning to quit any time soon. That could leave school officials in a difficult situation. Florida State is 2-3 for the first time since Bowden's inaugural season at the school 33 years ago, and 0-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time, prompting questions about his future at a program he transformed into a collegiate powerhouse. After Saturday's 28-21 loss at Boston College, two Florida newspapers, including the hometown Tallahassee Democrat, said Bowden should call it a career at the end of this season.
July 22, 2005 |
According to the latest Harris Poll, the rating of President Bush's handling of Iraq continues to decline. Almost two-thirds (64%) of U.S. adults now rate the president negatively.