Now it’s going to get interesting.
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff told USA Today he plans to sue the Bowl Championship Series this summer for alleged antitrust violations.
Shurtleff launched his investigation when Utah was left out of the 2008 national championship picture despite being the nation’s only undefeated team.
Shurtleff thinks other states will join his lawsuit “as they have a chance to look at what we’re talking about — that this isn’t about bragging rights, it isn’t some kind of frivolous deal, there are serious antitrust violations that are harming taxpayer-funded institutions to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.”
Playoff proponents have longed for a big break that would create a gridiron version of the NCAA Tournament.
It could happen if Shurtleff is successful. Of course, if he’s not, the BCS cartel could become further entrenched.
n STAYING PUT – By rejecting an opportunity to join the Western Athletic Conference last year, Montana showed that moving up isn’t always the smart call.
The Grizzlies are better off remaining a lower-level football power instead of joining a conference that brags about adding Texas State.
Massachusetts, another lower-level football power, should have followed Montana’s lead. But the Minutemen decided to join the Mid-American Conference.
The “reward” of playing in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl isn’t the worst part of the move. UMass will play most of its home games 1½ hours away at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
And UNLV fans complain about the drive to Sam Boyd Stadium.
n WHAT’S THE USE? – Excited about the release of the NFL’s 2011 schedule?
Neither are we. And neither is Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark.
During an appearance on ESPN2’s “First Take,” Clark criticized the league for announcing its slate of games while its players are locked out and there’s no collective bargaining agreement in sight.
He also blasted the commissioner for failing to take a more prominent role in labor negotiations.
“Roger Goodell has to leave for hours to make conference calls and call people who can make decisions,” said Clark, the Steelers’ player representative.
n OH BABY – Baseball’s regular season is 162 games long, and starting pitchers miss turns in the rotation for numerous reasons.
Texas Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis recently skipped a start to be present for the birth of his second child.
Seems reasonable enough. Well, not to Dallas Observer blogger Richie Whitt, who took Lewis to task and called it “wrong” and “weird,” prompting Internet outrage against the writer.
Rob Neyer, a writer for SB Nation, defended Whitt by saying NFL fans wouldn’t want their starting quarterback to take paternity leave.
True, but baseball hasn’t even hit the summer months, and the NFL season is just 16 games.
That pales at least a little to the miracle of childbirth.
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