Once upon a time, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the signal caller for California. And with USC headed to the Orange Bowl to play Oklahoma for the BCS National Championship back in 2004, a potential berth in the Rose Bowl opened up for Cal — a program that hadn't played in The Grandaddy of Them All since Jan. 1, 1959. Of course, former University of Texas head coach Mack Brown famously lobbied for an at-large spot in Pasadena and that politicking paid off, leaving the Golden Bears to settle for the Holiday Bowl (where they were blown out by Texas Tech). Evidently, that sequence of events has left Rodgers with a bitter taste in his mouth after nearly a decade (and a Super Bowl championship).
While appearing on his weekly radio show on ESPN Wisconsin Tuesday, Rodgers was asked about his thoughts regarding the Bowl Championship Series coming to an end by host Jason Wilde — and the 2011 NFL MVP didn't mince words:
"I think the BCS is an absolute joke. Always have," said Rodgers. "And the fact that they think they've rectified it now with four teams is kind of a joke to me as well."
Rodgers believes a 16-team field, including mid-major programs and conference champions, is the best way to determine a true national champion.
He did it again!
Moving to the NBA, New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was back to his old tricks. Two nights after untying the shoelace of Shawn Marion during a game, Smith attempted to pull the same move on Detroit Pistons big man Greg Monroe. He was unsuccessful.
Finally in college hoops, No. 5 Michigan State needed overtime but the Spartans beat No. 3 Ohio State 72-68 to give the Buckeyes their first loss of the season.