Not to go all Andy Rooney on you, but I miss January 1 bowl games. And while I'm at it, Cotton, Rose, Sugar and Orange only, thank you very much.
Do you realize it is Jan. 1 and there are still 12 bowl games left? They include the Dallas TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2, the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 7 and the perfect matchup to get you ready for the national championhip, the Go Daddy Bowl pitting Arkansas State against Northern Illinois on Jan. 8. It's madness.
•Best of luck to Jake as he relaunches his Columbia blog. Find out how to subscribe here.
•A happy and healthy New Year's to all. And by the way, it would be OK with me if we referred to this year as "twenty-twelve," rather than the overly wordy "two-thousand and twelve." (I blame the 1968 file 2001: A Space Odyssey for that ;-)