Snow and Football

Back this afternoon from a two night/three day stay at the Sagamore in Bolton Landing on Lake George. While we were up there, eastern New York (among other places) got whacked by the first big snow storm of the season. The roads coming home this afternoon were in pretty good shape, considering what fell over the past two days. My driveway, however, was a disaster.

But no worries this year, since during the summer I finally broke down and bought a snow blower. For the first ten winters that I lived up here, I was mucho macho, out there with my shovel, tossing snow and ice and slush hither and yon in between grunts and chest thumps. Last winter, though, was a savage one, and by the end of the season my back and my shoulder (the left one, the bad one) were a mess. So I sucked it up, swallowed my pride and bought machinery.

It worked pretty well today, thank god. I didn’t even use the electric start, but turned it over by hand, with the rip cord. It’s the least that I can do to maintain my manly manliness.

A couple of college football screeds, and a couple of huzzahs to balance them:

Oklahoma vs. LSU for the national championship? Gimme a freakin’ break. If this doesn’t bury the BCS under a pile of torch and pitchfork bearing townspeople, then I can’t imagine what will. Oklahoma couldn’t win its conference (which is over-rated, by the way). LSU and poor, poor pitiful Southern Cal delivered the goods, and the coaches and writers of America say “Yea verily, USC is Number One,” yet . . . they don’t get a crack at the trophy, because some geek’s computer tells him that Oklahoma’s a better team, this weekend’s dismantling by Kansas State notwithstanding.

So that sets up a pretty pitifully inept National Championship game, but looking at the overall list of bowl games that was announced today, the depths of the Big Six conferences control of the postseason goes far deeper than just the championship game. I mean, look at some of the lame teams that got bowl bids: Northwestern (6-6 overall, 4-4 in the Big 10) going to the Motor City Bowl, Kansas (6-6 overall, 3-5 in the Big 12) going to the Tangerine Bowl, California (7-6 overall, 5-3 in the Pac 10) going to the Insight Bowl, UCLA (6-6 overall, 4-4 in the Pac 10) going to the Silicon Valley Classic. All of them from BCS conferences, all of them buried deep in the standings of their own conferences, none of them deserving post-season opportunity. Especially while Connecticut (9-3 as an independent), South Florida, (7-4, from Conference USA) and the MAC’s Northern Illinois (10-2), Marshall (8-4) and Toledo (8-4) all stay at home, because they’re not in the money conferences. I sure hope that Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio) kick the snot out of their opponents this year, just to avenge the MAC. Same goes for all of the non-BCS conference schools. Go teams. Fight!

On the upside though: RPI won this weekend, sending them on to the Division III national semifinals, playing St. John’s in Collegeville, Minnesota next weekend. The weather out there shouldn’t faze ’em none, given the conditions as they beat Ithaca this weekend. Also, Navy beat Army to win the Commander in Chief’s trophy for the first team since the year before I got there! And that’s a long dang time, chilluns!

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