Runner-up Bowl a Sham in Nickname Only

Getty Images

So now we get to the Sham Bowl, which should come as a steep compliment. "Sham" here refers not to any fraudulence, for we know there has never been any of that in college athletics, but to the name of a late and noble racehorse.

When Secretariat in 1973 became the first being to run a Kentucky Derby in less than two minutes, Sham might have become the second in the frantic hoofbeats just behind. Nobody knew for sure because those were savage, primitive days in which snooty human beings timed only the winners and nobody else.

So I do like to honor Sham by invoking his name for anything commendably second-best, so that even if Alabama-Notre Dame is no Secretariat in the pantheon of title games, Oregon-Kansas State here on Thursday night is a pretty damned good...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

K-State Beats 2nd-Half Struggles in Upset

Kellis Robinett, Kansas City Star - December 23, 2012

Kansas State has its first marquee victory of the Bruce Weber era.   Behind Will Spradling and Jordan Henriquez, and in front of the most vocal friendly crowd of the year, the Wildcats beat No. 8 Florida 67-61 on Saturday at... more »

Ducks Face K-State, Then Uncertainty

Rob Moseley, Eugene Register-Guard - January 2, 2013

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Four seasons, 45 wins, three conference titles and oodles of offense already are in the books, with Thursday’s Fiesta Bowl to come. Might that then be the end of the road for the Chip Kelly era at... more »

Mariota Missed Out on Showdown With Te'o

Jeremy Fowler, CBS Sports - December 31, 2012

Marcus Mariota is still watching Te'o, though he wishes he would be able to see him through his helmet, scrambling from the linebacker's grasp under the Miami sky and national title lights on Jan. 7. This won't happen, of... more »

Enjoying a Fiesta Over Kelly's Future

Aaron Fentress, Oregonian - December 27, 2012

Oregon coach Chip Kelly to the Philadelphia Eagles?   Carolina Panthers?   Any NFL team?   Kelly's not saying, at least not beyond the framing of his iconic mantra, "Win the day."   "I'm coaching the Fiesta Bowl," he said... more »

Panthers Would Be Best Gift for Kelly

Aaron Fentress, Oregonian - December 25, 2012

The Chip Kelly-NFL talk is picking up steam and the two teams swirling with the most velocity within the rumor mill are Philadelphia and Carolina. If it down to those two franchises, the Panthers would be the no-brainer choice... more »