34 BOWL GAMES FOR THIS COMING SEASON!

     It's official.  College football will have 34 division one bowl games this next season-- up two from last year with the addition of the inaugural Congressional Bowl in Washington, D. C. and the St. Petersburg Bowl in Florida, to be played at Tropicana Field.  The Big Ten is involved in neither addition.  The Big Ten still has a seven bowl line up and is looking for more since Iowa and Northwestern were both bowl eligible last year at 6-6 and had nowhere to go.  The Motor City Bowl will play its 13th game in December and is still gets the 7th pick of Big Ten teams.  Last December, the game saw Purdue edge Central Michigan 51-48.  There will be no changes at the top of the BCS match ups because a proposal to have two semi final games was voted down this week at meetings in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

     Congratulations to area high school umpires for both softball and baseball.  All of their fees from Thursday games in mid Michigan, for the second straight year, went to Sparrow Hospital's Children's Miracle Network, via the Officials for Kids organization.  It was founded in 2002.  Last year some $10,000 was raised.  Officials make between $55 to $75 per day, depending on the games they work. 

     After watching major league baseball through April only one American League team impressed me-- the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who might meet the Tigers in the American League's play offs.  Detroit is 13-15 and on the rise and playing the New York Yankees this week sure didn't remind me of the Bronx Bombers from the days when I grew up.  The teams have the two highest payrolls in all of baseball, but the Tigers sure do look like the better team between the two, even allowing for the fact that the Yankees have some key injuries.  The Yankees look like they have their usual litany of pitching issues which will keep them from having a banner year.

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