Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

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Byline: Jason Schneider

2CENTS

As much as the Bowl Championship Series is a sham, the outrage exhibited by coaches and the media every year is getting a little old.

Do we know the BCS is quite possibly the worst thing in sports? Yep. Has the BCS messed things up every year since its implementation? Yes. Do we all know it's going to happen again? Of course.

So why does everyone not in an ugly bowl jacket jump and down, screaming at the unfairness of it all? It's like getting mad at your dog after it wets the carpet when you haven't taken it for a walk all day. You know it's inevitable so why get so worked up?

Sure, Auburn has a right to be ticked off about last year, and so will Texas when the Longhorns get left out in the national-championship cold this year, but should any of us, Mack Brown included, be surprised? Of course not.

BCS blunders are becoming a rite of fall.

The air chills. The leaves change. The first BCS poll comes out. Writers cringe. Coaches whine. Turkeys are sliced. Cranberries are sauced. The final BCS poll comes out. Writers rail. Coaches cry.

Yawn.

It's the BCS. It stinks. It's not changing any time in the near future. Get over it.

MORE MISERY ENDED?

It seems predetermined that either the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians will win the next World Series. Just look at the last two champions. The Boston Red Sox break the 86-year-old Curse of the Bambino in 2004, and the Chicago White Sox end their misery, winning their first World Series in 88 years. Coincidence? I think not. But which hard-luck team is next? A Tale of the Tape will decide.

CUBS************CATEGORY************INDIANS

1908************LAST CHAMPIONSHIP******1948

1945************LAST WORLD SERIES******1997

2002 NLCS*********STOMACH PUNCH*********1997 World Series

Bartman*********HANGING IN EFFIGY******Jose Mesa

Watching Chi-Sox celebrate***SALT IN WOUND*********Ditto

Dusty Baker*********SAVIOR TO SOUR*********Jack McDowell

Rookie of the Year******ARTISTIC LICENCE*********Major League

Greg Maddux*********TRAITOROUS DOG*********Manny Ramirez

James Belushi*********FUNNY FAN************Drew Carey

Billy Goat*********CURSE************Rocky Colavito

Seventh-inning stretch***ENOUGH ALREADY******Chief Wahoo

Ernie Banks*********WIN ONE FOR*********Cleveland sports fans

The winner: In an upset, it's the Indians! …

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