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Second Thoughts: If ‘Catholic 7’ adds five, Flyers have a shot


As the Northeast digs out from the mother of all blizzards, the NFL might want to reconsider staging the Super Bowl in New Jersey next year. A power outage in New Orleans proved to be inconvenient; just image how a foot of snow would impact the big game. Come to think of it, stick to the plan. I’d love to see those pampered corporate types who get most of the tickets freeze their BlackBerrys off.

UD’s timing isn’t good, not to mention its production in the last minute of close games. The Flyers’ short-term issues, including what the heck to do when two defenders swarm Kevin Dillard, are not easily solved. Because of this, UD is looking at its worst season in several years.

Will this brutal audition make a difference as the “Catholic 7” adds schools? I doubt it. UD’s future conference affiliation comes down to numbers: 10 or 12. If the new Big East is content with 10 schools, I suspect the Flyers will stay in the Atlantic 10 because the new league would snap up Xavier, Butler and Saint Louis (bigger TV markets). If it goes to 12, UD is in.

Super Bowl XLVII was wildy entertaining. It featured a great comeback (nice try, 49ers), great commercials (Paul Harvey) and some horrendous play-calling in the final minute (let Colin Kapernick run). I did not detect any lip-syncing at halftime, but it was unclear whether Beyonce was real. She looked like a Victoria’s Secret hologram. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Major League Baseball has outlawed that play when a pitcher fakes a pickoff move to third, then wheels to first in an attempt to catch a baserunner napping. It never works and only confuses half the crowd, which yells “balk” out of tradition. This action now will be ruled a balk. For some reason, maybe just to be disagreeable, the players’ union voted against the change.

So who’s No. 1 in college basketball? How about Miami? The Hurricanes are destroying everyone and haven’t lost since dropping two games in Hawaii over Christmas. … It’s about time to put Wisconsin in the Top 25, don’t you think? … Woody Hayes would’ve turned 100 on Valentine’s Day.

Ohio State doesn’t look like a top-10 team, but the Buckeyes could maintain their spot among the nation’s elite with a victory today against Indiana. The key: Deshaun Thomas can’t force shots. He can take 20, but they need to be good looks.



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