, Gloucester, MA

December 4, 2012

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

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honor Light

Recently retired offensive tackle Matt Light will be honored by the Patriots at halftime of Monday’s game against the Houston Texans. Light was a multiple time Pro Bowl selection playing his entire career in New England and protecting Tom Brady’s blind side for 11 seasons.

Light was apart of five Patriots Super Bowl teams and three Super Bowl championship teams with the Pats.

Price too high

The Red Sox best chance at improving its starting pitching this offseason was landing Dan Haren, but Haren signed a one year $13M deal with the Nationals on Tuesday.

The Red Sox reportedly were not willing to give Haren $13M. Haren had a down year in 2012 (12-13, 4.33 ERA) and that apparently concerned the Red Sox.

BCS dud

The BCS National Championship game between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama may be one of the highest rated if not the highest rated college football game of all time. Two storied programs, two fierce defenses and two rabid fan-bases battling for football supremacy.

The rest of the BCS, however, is looking as bad as its ever looked and really calls into question the system. The BCS is supposed to feature the best teams in college football and we get that with the title game and the Fiesta Bowl clash between Oregon and Kansas St., but the other three matchups are downright terrible if we are looking for marquee teams in marquee matchups.

Five loss Wisconsin, who won the Big Ten conference and qualified for the Big Ten championship only because the two teams in front of it, Ohio St. and Penn St., are under NCAA sanctions, will square off against Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

Florida will face off with Louisville of the hapless Big East in the Sugar Bowl and Florida St. will meet Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl, a matchup nobody is excited to see.

This season there are far better matchups in non-BCS bowl games such as the Cotton Bowl (Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M), the Chick fil-A Bowl (LSU vs. Clemson), the Outback Bowl (Michigan vs. South Carolina), and the Capital One Bowl (Georgia vs. Nebraska).

The BCS is supposed to feature the five best matchups, this year three of those bowl games don’t live up to the billing, not even close.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru