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January 11, 2013

Crunch Time

Don’t trust the computers

If the BCS had any credibility left it may have just lost it.

Alabama left no doubt who the best team in college football was this week with a 42-14 drubbing of Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship. Fortunately the title is decided on the field in the championship game and not by the same computers that put the two teams together.

The web site calculated what the BCS standings would look like after the bowl season and somehow the computers would still have Notre Dame ranked No. 1 and Alabama coming in at No. 2. The same Notre Dame that didn’t belong on the same field as Alabama is still the top team according to the BCS forumla.

This goes to show that the BCS computer is incapable of picking the best teams and an expanded playoff needs to be implemented with the computers taken out of the equation.

HGH testing

in MLB

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Union took huge steps on Thursday towards cleaning up the game.

MLB and the MLB Players Union agreed to in-season blood tests for Human Grown Hormone (HGH). HGH can only be traced through blood tests and Major League Baseball has never tested its players for the substance, but will be the first professional sports league in America to test for it.

“The Players are determined to do all they can to continually improve the sport’s Joint Drug Agreement,” MLBPA head Michael Weiner said. “Players want a program that is tough, scientifically accurate, backed by the latest proven scientific methods, and fair; I believe these changes firmly support the players’ desires while protecting their legal rights.”

It may be long overdue but doing the right thing is doing the right thing and both the MLB and its players union deserve credit for coming to a deal.

First timers

Sunday will mark the first career playoff game for a pair of Patriots vets. Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd and cornerback Aqib Talib will be taking the field for the first time in the postseason Sunday when the Texans visit Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Playoffs (4:30 p.m.).

This is Lloyd’s tenth season in the league and Talib’s fifth.

— Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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