Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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Byline: Scott Kendrick

MATCHMAKERS

Seems like everybody wants to get Tim Tebow a date.

The latest matchmaker was talk show host Rosie O'Donnell, who introduced Tebow, 24, to newly single Jenny McCarthy, 39, on Radio Row in Indianapolis last week. (So it's a lesbian setting up a former Playboy playmate with a very Christian NFL player. What a strange world we live in.)

Meanwhile, Tebow was spotted getting to know "Extra" reporter Maria Menounos, 33, at Super Bowl events.

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RELEVANCE OF COLLEGE BOWLS CLOSE TO A WARRANTED DEATH

The college football bowl system as we know it could be about to die. And their leaders only have themselves to blame.

The scandal involving Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker has made college administrators think hard about their alliances with the bowls, and hopefully no Caribbean cruise junket or expensive lobbying effort will keep us from a playoff, which (finally!) looks like it's about to happen.

The Big Ten has been the stick in the mud, and they're getting on board with a system that seems likely to shuttle the bowls to the second tier.

The plan they're championing, first reported by the Chicago Tribune: A four-team playoff, with home sites in the semifinals, and a Super Bowl-like site for the championship game. Everybody else plays in a bowl, with the traditional tie-ins, such as the Rose Bowl still being a destination for the Big Ten and Pac-10. So the bowls will still be around, but not in a relevant way.

So why now? As their fans have tired of traveling to bowls (just three of their nine eligible teams sold their allotment), the Big Ten sees it as a big money-maker.

Playing at a home site for the semifinals works on several levels, especially for the Big Ten and SEC. Can you imagine the ticket demand at a huge stadium such as Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama or Tennessee for a national semifinal? …

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