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Question 1: With this year’s BCS stir-up bigger than ever, who deserves to be in the college football championship game?
If it were up to me, I’d put Utah and Boise State in the championship game in hopes of destroying the BCS all together. Alabama because they have the momentum with John Parker Wilson to propel them to the big game. Plus, if I rooted for anyone else, my girlfriend would kill me. Me. I’ll stir up all them bowls. The winner of the ‘Bama, Florida game should play Oklahoma – assuming they win the Big 12 title. Unfortunately, I think it’ll be Florida holding the crystal trophy when it’s all said and done.
Question 2: With both Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson out for the remainder of the season, can Ken Dorsey save Romeo Crennel’s job?
No. Dorsey is a human stick figure with a noodle arm. Does Romeo have Bernie Kosar’s phone
The only thing saving Crennel’s job is if Lebron James all of sudden decides he can be the king of two sports. Maybe if Barbie helps him. Then again I’m not sure anybody, much less the both of them, could stop Romeo’s suicidal tendencies on the field. He wasn’t very good in college, and won’t be very good in the pros. But I don’t think it’s possible to play much worse than what Anderson and Quinn have shown this season.
Question 3: Brandon Jennings is one of basketball’s hottest commodities after skipping college ball in the U.S. and going straight to the pros in Rome. Does playing in Europe hurt or help his chances of reaching the NBA?
Who cares? Someone alert me when the Knicks are good again. Seriously though, the European leagues preach more fundamental basketball, so I can’t see his playing in Rome to be a detriment. What ever happens in Europe anymore? It would hurt him in the long run because he is going to a place where the only focus is on the big-name self centered stars in the NBA. Personally, I’ve never heard of anyone going to Europe and coming back upset about it. While the Europeans are great ballers, he could have gained more playing Division I ball at a major program. The experience of a March tournament is immeasurable when it comes to crunch time in the NBA.
Question 4: The Boston Red Sox recently acquired Japanese pitcher Junichi Tazawa through a three-year, $3 million contract. Has Japan become the place to go for hot sports commodities?
Japan has imported its share of quality pitchers, but aside from Ichiro, the success rate of position players has been limited. For my money, the Dominican Republic is still the hotbed for MLB prospects, surpassing the U.S. It is baseball’s golden gem where people we’ve never heard of can become instant roleplayers going into next season. Without Japan who would replace Ichiro, Hideki Matsui, and Daisuke Matsuzaka? There’s talent everywhere. We should start sending scouts to Liechtenstein and Uzbekistan. It’s the trendy thing to do after the success of “Dice K.” But it’s not always the right thing to do. Just ask the Yankees; their multi-million dollar Japanese pitcher is almost as over-paid as the third baseman
dating Madonna.

Compiled by John Weidner.