Thumbing my nose at McCants, the BCS

October 24, 2004|by MARK KELLER

It's time for another installment of "Thumbs up, thumbs down," an occasional semi-regular feature in this space.

Let's get to it.

· Thumbs UP to the Boston Red Sox for proving emphatically that it's really not over until it's over.

Trailing 3-0 in games in the series and down to their final three outs, the Sox made an unprecedented comeback to beat the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series and advance to the World Series for the first time since 1986.

The team's mantra was "Keep the faith." Their attitude should be an inspiration to teams at every level from the pros to the youngest youth league teams: Don't stop fighting for what you believe in.

· Thumbs DOWN to University of North Carolina basketball player Rashad McCants, who earlier in the week likened playing at the school to a job and being in prison.


"You're not allowed to do certain things. You're not allowed to say certain things. ... I'm in my sentence and I'm doing my time," McCants said in a television interview with a Raleigh, N.C., station.

I'm sure there are lots of people in prison who would disagree with that assessment.

"I have a 9-to-5 (job). It's to get up and go to school, get here and lift weights and play basketball. That's my 9-to-5," McCants said.

Whew ... sorry. I just finished benching. Squats are next, then some lay-up and free throw drills.

That's a 9-to-5? Going to school (for free), working out and playing basketball?

I'm not buying that, just like I'm not buying your apology and the standard cop-out that you were "taken out of context."

Tell that to the Duke fans when you play there this season. Have fun with that.

· Thumbs DOWN to the BCS, again. How in the world can a team (Oklahoma) that's second in both polls not be second in the BCS standings?

Until there is a football playoff - which doesn't appear to be anywhere on the horizon - there will always be problems with the system.

Tweak it one way this off-season and another situation will crop up next year that will have fans screaming for more tweaks.

The only solution is to have a playoff, be it four teams or eight, to decide the national championship in the same fashion as every other college sport.

Gosh, if the MPSSAA can change its system, college football should at least be able to get this right.

Mark Keller is sports editor of The Herald-Mail. His column appears every Sunday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2332, or by e-mail at

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