Two legendary programs are undefeated and on a collision course for the national title.
We just saw one of the greatest finishes ever with Auburn upsetting Alabama.
This has become one of the better college football seasons in recent memory.
Yet the whole thing is fouled up.
The BCS is a mess. The new four-team playoff isn't even in place, yet you can already see the potential cracks in that system. It's time to flush it all down the tubes and start over with a new way of determining a national champion....
The greatest last play in sports history.
That's what it was. The end of the Auburn-Alabama game on Saturday was the greatest last play ever.
Better than any Hail Mary. Better than any walkoff homer. Better than any buzzer-beater in basketball.
In case you missed it — and, if so, welcome back from your weekend in a cave — here was what happened:
Auburn upset top-ranked, undefeated and defending national champion Alabama when Chris Davis returned a failed 57-yard field goal attempt 109 yards for a touchdown. The only reason the play even happened was because officials put one second back on the clock after a long replay review of the previous play....
12/01/13 TV and Radio
What a weekend in college football. And it was made even more outstanding by the terrific work turned in by all the networks. It was a shining moment for college football and for those who broadcast it. Here's a quick snapshot of the weekend's highlights in college football.
• Let's start with the play of the day from the game of the day. Auburn's Chris Davis returned a missed 57-yard field goal 109 yards (though it officially counts as 100) for a touchdown for the incredible winning score. The direction on the final play — meaning the decision to stick with the end-zone camera as Davis went on his magical return — was masterful. That shot allowed viewers to watch Davis tiptoe the sideline and to see if any tacklers were in his way....
Down and almost out
And just like that, everything is awful again.
The Bucs' seesaw season hit the ground again Sunday, and that thud was a noncompetitive loss to the Panthers. All of a sudden, Greg Schiano can't coach again. Mike Glennon can't play quarterback. The offensive line stinks, and the defense, led by invisible man Gerald McCoy, can't stop anyone. Okay, so maybe it's not that bad, but here's a depressing thought: Sunday's game was probably a more accurate gauge of the 2013 Bucs than the three preceding victories over bad-to-mediocre teams....
The latest NHL television contract in Canada affects the legendary Hockey Night in Canada, the most famous sports show in that country's history. And it got me thinking about legendary sports shows in the United States. What are the most famous, the most iconic sports shows in American history? Here's one opinion.
Monday Night Football
This became a national phenomena in the 1970s, mostly because of the announcing team of Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and "Dandy'' Don Meredith. Some 43 years later, the game doesn't quite have the same hold as in the '70s, but just the words — Monday Night Football —are deep-rooted in every football fan....
11/27/13 Human Interest
Today is a day when we give thanks. We gather with family and friends, share food and appreciate all the good things we have. Well, that's what some of us do. Thanksgiving is also about turkeys. Acted like a blockhead? Said something stupid? Tweeted something stupid? Congratulations, you've been nominated for Sports Turkey of the Year.
Here are the nominees and our pick for the 2013 Sports Turkey of the Year....
11/25/13 Lightning Strikes
In the dark days following the gruesome injury that just about snapped his right tibia in two, Lightning star Steven Stamkos felt it all.
Pain. Frustration. Helplessness. Anger.
But one emotion pretty much summed it up.
"Miserable," Stamkos said.
It was pure agony just to go to the restroom, or get a drink from the kitchen. Just sitting up took all his might....
TAMPA — Exactly two weeks after breaking his right tibia, Lightning star Steven Stamkos walked without any aids into a news conference Monday and said he still hopes to play this season.
"That's the goal and hopefully that's the reality when it is all said and done," Stamkos said in his first public comments since breaking his leg in a game at Boston on Nov. 11 when he slammed into the goalpost....
11/24/13 TV and Radio
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave coach Jason Garrett the dreaded vote of confidence last week, saying Garrett would be back next season. Not so fast, says CBS NFL Today insider Jason La Canfora.
"That's being met with a lot of skepticism around the league," La Canfora said. "If Garrett doesn't finish strong, no one I've talked to necessarily believes he's going to be back. Jones has done this in the past, said a guy's going to be back and he's gone. Mike Holmgren is one former coach, a Super Bowl winner, who would be interested in going there."...
Raise a glass
The Bucs appear to have found themselves a quarterback and, in the process, rediscovered their head coach.
Mike Glennon has thrown a TD in his first eight starts — the first NFL rookie to do so — and has as many interceptions all season (four) as the Lions' Matt Stafford had Sunday. The Bucs have won three straight after losing their first eight, just the second team to do that after the 1978 Cardinals....
tom jones' two cents
It's a word so offensive and controversial that most of us don't even say it or write it in full.
Instead, we call it the "n-word.''
In recent weeks, use of that word has again made its way into sports news.
Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who is white, referred to teammate Jonathan Martin as a "half" n-word. NBA player Matt Barnes (above), who is black, used the word on Twitter. Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams, who is black, has denied accusations he directed the n-word at an official during a game. ...
The Bucs are about to face the best receiver on the planet.
His name is Calvin Johnson. They call him Megatron. He's big and fast and strong and probably could catch a small plane if he tried.
For games like this, the Bucs have safety Dashon Goldson. He, too, is big and fast and strong and it's his job to help stop receivers such as Johnson. In fact, the Bucs gave Goldson a lot of money — a little more than $41 million — to do so....
11/18/13 Lightning Strikes
How in the world did little Marty St. Louis get here?
Tonight, the Lightning captain plays in his 1,000th National Hockey League game.
A thousand games. That's a big deal in hockey circles. Not many have made it that far. Fewer than 300, in fact.
So you look at St. Louis and you don't understand how he has done it. It makes no sense.
He wasn't drafted. His first team gave up on him. He's listed at 5 feet 8, but he must have been wearing skates when they measured him. He's a decent skater, but not a burner. His shot is good, but not wicked....
Take it easy. The Bucs have now won two in a row against a couple of junior varsity teams, the Dolphins and Falcons. So let's not pat each other on the back just yet. Okay, I'm kidding. Sort of.
Victories are victories in the NFL no matter how you get them and no matter who you play. Still, the two victories against a couple of teams in disarray do make you wonder what this all means.
Does this mean the Bucs are improving? Does it mean coach Greg Schiano has a chance to save his job? Does it mean Mike Glennon has a shot at being this team's long-term quarterback?...
11/15/13 Lightning Strikes
tom jones' two cents
At some point, Lightning coach Jon Cooper and his team are going to grow tired of talking about the devastating injury to star Steven Stamkos, but part of the reason the Lightning seems to be dealing with the bad news better than expected is because it isn't running away from it.
The easy thing to do is bury heads in the sand and say, "Steven is out. We're not going to talk about it. We're going to be just fine.''...