made arguably the greatest catch in the league history.
ACC commissioner John Swofford, the current BCS puba, wrote an editorial in Friday's edition of USA Today defending major college football's system for determining a national champion. Since Swofford considers the system so swell, maybe we should expand it to other sports. Let's imagine, for a moment, that all the major U.S. sports used a BCS-style system ...
NCAA Basketball: Top-ranked North Carolina outlasts No. 2 Memphis in a classic NCAA championship game that will forever be remembered for a matchup at the point between Ty Lawson and Derrick Rose and a frightening encounter between an enraged Tyler Hansbrough and a cackling Joey Dorsey under the basket. Days earlier, Big East champ Pitt shocks No. 3 Kansas in the Tee Pee Mexican Restaurant Invitational at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix. "Our hearts just weren't in it," Kansas coach Bill Self says. The Jayhawks have only themselves to blame. A Feb. 23 loss at Oklahoma State damaged Kansas so badly in the computer polls that the Jayhawks had no chance to reach No. 2 again. Meanwhile, at the Ford/GM/Chrysler Bailout Shootout in Detroit, Davidson guard Stephen Curry scores 74 points in a win against Butler seen by 247 viewers on ESPNU.
Major League Baseball: Voters and computers select the Angels to represent the American League against the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, who spent the previous three weeks mounting a media campaign to prove to poll voters that his team had a better strength of schedule, calls for a complete overhaul of the system before quitting to become a Buddhist monk. Don Zimmer is immediately named Rays manager for the Mons Venus Classic, an exhibition series between the Rays and National League No. 2 Philadelphia at Tropicana Field. "We look forward to welcoming Phillies fans to sunny Florida," Mons Venus Classic CEO Jimmy Lapdance says. "We know they're disappointed about the World Series, but we're hoping a best-of-seven series by the beach will make them forget all their worries."
NFL: By the narrowest margin, the Green Bay Packers are selected over the Dallas Cowboys to face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl despite an identical record (13-3) and a head-to-head loss to the Cowboys. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones claims the Packers were selected only because they were ranked higher in the preseason. Tom Coughlin, the coach of the 10th-ranked New York Giants, issues a bizarre public statement. "You know, I wish we could play some more games," Coughlin says. "I thought we were really about to take off."
NBA: Eastern Conference No. 1 Boston defeats the Western Conference No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers in six games. In other national news, a blind squirrel living in the yard of Andalusia, Ala., CPA Howard Jones finds a nut.