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Dickson's Week in Review, Jan. 6-12

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Dickson's Week in Review, Jan. 6-12

Alabama coach Nick Saban hugs quarterback AJ McCarron in the final seconds of the BCS National Championship college football game against Notre Dame Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami. Alabama won 42-14.


Alabama coach Nick Saban sent two reserve linebackers home before the BCS championship game because they missed curfew. If they had been starters, they could have been caught selling government secrets to Russia and Saban would’ve played ’em.

Saban reportedly had Alabama players’ TV sets in their hotel rooms configured so they did not receive ESPN. How can I get one of those TVs?

ESPN apologized for Brent Musburger gushing about A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend. Musburger is 73, she is 23. 73 and 23 — that just sounds like the final score of a Wisconsin-Nebraska Big Ten championship game.

Bowl attendance was down again this year. To try and determine the problem, a group of athletic directors from 6-6 teams that played in bowls 3,000 miles from campus and sponsored by tradition-rich names like Bridgepoint Education are huddling.

There was a streaker at the Alamo Bowl. Then, a few days later, it was reported that there were 11 separate streakers during the GoDaddy.com Bowl. It turns out those were the commercials.

At the conclusion of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, potatoes were shot into the crowd. I’m just glad the game wasn’t sponsored by the Harvard vault company.

Oregon coach Chip Kelly turned down the NFL. He realized he can achieve his dream of coaching against professionals in the annual game with USC.

Defensive lineman Kylie Fitts decommitted from USC reportedly because he sensed something shady. That’s like a player decommitting from Idaho after learning there are potatoes there.

The Chicago Bears fired Lovie Smith, whose team was 10-6 this season. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills hired Doug Marrone, who was 25-25 at Syracuse. Only in the NFL do you get fired for going 10-6 vs. the Patriots and 49ers and hired for playing .500 vs. Pitt and Wake Forest.

The Bears interviewed Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman. He said his first move would be to make Solider Field 110 yards long.

Creighton has yet to receive an invitation to join the seven Catholic schools in their new league. Until the invite comes, Creighton A.D. Bruce Rasmussen vowed to continue answering every phone call with, “Yes! Yes! We’ll do it!”

Last week, UNO men’s basketball played against IPFW and IUPUI. An interesting stat: Those are also the top two lines on the DMV eye test chart.

Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim passed Bob Knight with his 903rd career victory. Then, to really rub it in, Boeheim threw a folding chair 294 feet across a wood floor, breaking Knight’s old record by three feet.

Danica Patrick announced she is going to skip this year’s Indianapolis 500. Which immediately threw the ABC broadcast team into chaos now that it won’t have 37 cameras trained on the car in 24th place.

And finally: The University of Nebraska will soon play its first beach volleyball game. OK, this is when you know they put too much sand on the streets.

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