The usual Monday craziness in today's SN column.
As bad as I feel for Cubs fans, I feel great for Phillies fans -- last year's "Why bother?" depression turns into this year's "That's why" motivation.
Meanwhile, I'd like to see both the Red Sox and Rays win their series, but how can you not love the idea of needing a do-or-die Game 5 to make it happen?
I grew up in D.C. hating the Redskins, which settled into more of an ambivalence in adulthood. But their wins the last two weeks have made me take notice -- a drop-off is inevitable, but you can be sure Skins fans are enjoying the now.
Meanwhile, I am slightly obsessed with the Dolphins' successful "Wildcat" formation, and now I'm even more convinced that some team can draft Tim Tebow and just have him run that -- hell, as an RB. (In fact, why can't Vince Young run something similar? Oh, right: The Titans don't have the imagination. And I know it's crazy to say that about a 5-0 team.)
You can check out my CFB posts from the weekend, below, but I put Oklahoma into the No. 1 spot, with Missouri and Texas right behind. It almost doesn't matter -- the Oklahoma-Texas winner will be No. 1 on my ballot next week...as they should be for every voter.
I will say: How can you not love the Vanderbilt story. It reminds me a lot of Northwestern in 1995. Vandy has a ways to go before they reach potential BCS status.
Again, I think back to when Northwestern was 5-1 in 1995: All we really thought about was bowl-eligibility. VU fans need to keep their expectations in check: First, just get into a bowl. Then, ponder which bowl that might be.
More later. Complete SN column here.