MY FINAL FOOTBALL POLL

     I'm close to the final Associated Press football poll out Friday-- but after Florida, I had USC second and Utah third.  I just don't think head to head that Utah would beat the Trojans.  The Big Ten had four teams in the top 24 and Michigan State finished 24th.  There were eight teams with 9-4 records including the Spartans and they were the lowest ranked of the 9-4 teams.

     I saw George Perles after lunch on Friday-- him going out and me going in.  He is still dead serious about a possible run for Governor on the Democratic ticket.  He is exploring all his options and says his health is fine for such an effort.

     Michigan State will beat Kansas Saturday.  And it's as simple as the difference is the venue-- MSU has won 26 straight home games.  MSU just doesn't lose big games at home-- simple as that.  In fact the Spartans will go into next season with a 35-game homecourt winning streak because, barring injuries, I don't see any other Big Ten team who will come to town and win.

     The Michigan vs. Miami of Ohio hockey game at Yost Arena in Ann Arbor Friday night has been postponed to Sunday.  There are damages at the arena from the weather this week that must be repaired.  MSU is off this week end but plays twice at Miami next week end.

     If the college football awards would have been voted on after the bowl games would Tim Tebow of Florida replaced Sam Bradford of Oklahome in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy?  Regardless I think all the post season awards should be presented after the bowl games.  Nick Saban won two prestigious national coach of the year honors and his team lost its last two games-- and Kyle Whittingham of Utah was 13-0-- what does he have to do to capture such an honor?

     The New Year's Day national TV ratings are in-- the MSU vs. Georgia football game averaged a 7.7 rating, down 27 per cent from the same game a year earlier when Michigan beat Florida.  And the Red Wings vs. Chicago hockey game at Wrigley Field drew a paltry 2.9 number well under half the number of viewers who watched the Spartans.  Hockey just does not draw well on television.

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