Last NFC spot? Call it mild card

Bill's Rants

Last Word

December 04, 2007|By BILL ORDINE

On Sunday, five NFL teams that desperately needed to win to help their playoff chances -- the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions -- all failed to do so. Yet, one of them could still find itself in the postseason, and there's a likelihood the conference's second wild-card team will finish 8-8. Mediocrity personified.

On Saturday, Bob Knight's Texas Tech lost to tiny Centenary (enrollment: 903 undergraduate students), 70-66, in Bossier City, La., and, of course, it wouldn't be complete without a Knight fracas. The coach, whose reputation recently took another hit when birdshot fired by him or a companion while they were hunting allegedly went into a man's yard, left the Centenary game early because he was feeling ill. But, as he left, he stopped to, ahem, chat with some hecklers. Reportedly, Knight wanted to let them know how gracious Texas Tech had been for even deigning to play Centenary.

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