FIRST, YOUR LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS:
-Andy will have a Virginia Tech football chat at 12:30 p.m. today. Join in here.
-Keith Couch fires six scoreless innings as the Salem Red Sox blank Lynchburg 5-0 to move to .500. Game report — much more extensive than paper version — is here. Game 2 of the series is 7:05 p.m. today at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
-Anybody who’s read this paper/site for a while knows Ray has a unique writing style. Classic line from today’s notebook: The injury was a strange one involving an overheated bottle of pop and an unfortunate uncapping of same that ended up blasting into Raymond’s eye and sending his contact lens knifing into soft tissue.
-Ouch. But Ray somehow makes it seem elegant.
-Zdeno Chara scores with 1:53 left as the Bruins beat the Caps 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead.
-Tonight on TV: Florida-N.J. (7 p.m., NHL Network); Nasville-Detroit (7:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network); Phoenix-Chicago (9 p.m., CNBC).
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF FORMAT
-Scanning the usual suspect sites, I don’t see a whole lot of national stuff that makes for great discussion with the possible exception of this Tony Barnhart piece on college football playoff possibilities.
-Barnhart quotes former SEC commish Roy Kramer thusly: “I understand the emphasis on and the desire for change is greater now because of what happened last season [when both sides of the BCS championship game came from the SEC],” said Kramer, still razor sharp at 82. “But wanting to change and actually finding a way to change are two different things. I think it probably gets done, but right now I wouldn’t bet the whole ranch on it. There are a lot of details to be worked out. A lot of people still have to say yes.”
-That’s OK. Our blog community already bet the ranch on Bubba Watson in The Masters and got rich.
-Kramer told Barnhart that the way to go is to pick the three highest-rated conference champions. The fourth spot would be a wildcard that would go to the highest-rated non-conference champion.
-Do you guys like this proposed format? Or would you prefer just the four highest-rated teams regardless of whether they’re conference champs?
THIS OR THAT?
-A few other questions for you on this slow news day. Do you prefer:
-A 1-0 pitchers’ duel or a 11-10 slugfest?
-The NFL keeping kickoffs or just putting the ball on the 20?
-Seth Greenberg or Jim Weaver?
-Managers who speak their mind regardless of the consequences (Valentine, Guillen) or the PR-savvy types (Torre, Francona)?
-Nachos or popcorn?
READER COMMENT O’ THE DAY
-From Ralph: Seeing Bubba`s picture makes me think of the Masters Champions dinner next year. Appetizers of Gator bites and Bud Lites. The traditional toasts saluted with chilled red Ripple in green solo cups. Born again Bubba giving the blessing followed, of course, by a chorus of Amens. Main course of grilled catfish under glass and flowering collards. Both dishes being Bubba`s latest hook to again please the Augusta National members. Finally, Moon Pies around the General Lee. Phil would be talking about a hazard he hadn`t been in, and Tiger would be saying how much he would like to play a round with Daisy Duke. Ring the bell, Bubba.
NAME THAT TUNE
-The easier it is, the less you get:
And it’s a long day
Livin’ in Reseda
There’s a freeway
Runnin’ through the yard…