Û So let's get this straight, we need only nine people for the U.S. Supreme Court, but we need 13 to pick the college football final four?
Û Condoleezza Rice, who's on the panel for reasons still unclear, already has sent in her four picks for next year: Stanford, Alabama, Navy and -- oh, what the heck -- Rice.
Û We were rooting for "ESPN GameDay—'s Lee Corso to make the committee. We wanted to see if he could jam four giant heads on his shoulders at once.
Û No members of the current college football media are on the panel (one "ex"). But there is a lieutenant general, presumably for the inevitable committee headquarters invasion by angry fans.
Û USC athletic director Pat Haden had better pick a good football coach before he starts messing around picking teams for these playoffs.
Û Nice to see Tyrone Willingham on there, after completely falling off the planet following his 0-12 season at Washington in 2008.
Û It must have been a tough choice between Willingham and Lane Kiffin.
Û Coliseum City is back in the news. Yawn. Until we see cash and contractors as opposed to renderings and rhetoric, we're not getting a single goose pimple.
Û Nope, sorry, we tested it a few times. Not even "Dubai financier" gets an accelerated pulse reading.
Û Still the best thing about the Coliseum City plan is that it will be serviced by BART. Oh, wait ...
Û If the Raiders' offensive line situation gets any worse, they're going to have to start pulling some of the bigger dudes out of the Black Hole to play.
Û The Raiders need the return of the Terrelle Pryor from before last Sunday. Fortunately for them, they have a bye week to try to find him.
Û Pryor said he deserved to be "pile-driven into the ground" for his poor performance in Kansas City. Now that's definitely what you would call being brutally honest.
Û We're taking a head count of Raiders fans who went to the 49ers-Arizona game last weekend just to boo Carson Palmer.
Û Palmer had 14 interceptions with the Raiders last year in 15 games. He already has 13 in seven games with the Cardinals, so now they're cursin' Carson in Phoenix, too.
Û Two hangnails for Colin Kaepernick seems a minor issue compared with still not having two dependable wideouts.
Û Brandon Belt is breathing a sigh of relief after the Chicago White Sox signed Cuban slugger Jose Abreu. He can put away his left fielder's glove, at least for now.
Û The Giants are still reportedly in the hunt for Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, but with several teams interested and Scott Boras now serving as Guerrero's agent, Marco Scutaro probably shouldn't be hyperventilating, either.
Û While the A's haven't been named as Guerrero suitors, it wouldn't be surprising if Billy Beane were lurking amid everyone else's green.
Û That Game 5 Mike Napoli jackhammer blast to center in Detroit might be the most awesome homer we've seen since the height of the steroid era. Fear that beard, for sure, if you throw him a hit-me fastball.
Û Speaking of baseball's current goofy Grizzly Adams craze, Brian Wilson just seems like another hairy face in the crowd these days.
Û If this mountain man facial hair boom keeps up, pretty soon the only player we'll be able to recognize is Sonny Gray.
Û Maxim Lapierre, the NHL's version of Scott Cousins? Amazing that so many hockey fans outside of San Jose say no, that Dan Boyle's chin was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Kind of like Gerry Cooney's, from a bygone era.
Û Pac-12 preseason men's basketball poll: Cal fifth, Stanford sixth. Ah, but wait until the women's poll comes out next week.
Û Yeah, it just figured the Sharks' first loss (but hey, they got a point) would come after they scored nine seconds into the game against Dallas.
Û The Warriors owned the Las Vegas summer league, and now they've whipped the Lakers twice in China. Hey, save some for Oakland and the regular season, lads.
Û Andrew Bogut's back strain in Shanghai shouldn't affect extension talks, as long as he can still extend and touch his toes.
Û Finally, Rice just checked in and says she wants to change one of her teams. Vassar now, for Alabama.
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