Tis the season for crappy bowl games and new ways to capitalize on amateur athletes.
I went to Ohio University. My editor went to Ohio University. Our football team stunk to high heaven most of the time we were in Athens.
Ohio played in the New Orleans Bowl against Troy. It’s the second straight bowl game for the Bobcats. I should care. I don’t.
Since I don’t care about my alma mater playing, I don’t care about the other 30 irrelevant games going on in the next two weeks. Call me when Cam Newton runs for 400 yards on Oregon. Until then, some NASCAR prop bets to percolate in your mind this holiday season.
Odds more teams make the Chase in 2011 than 2010: 2/1
Six race teams had a driver make the Chase in 2010. That doesn’t include Earnhardt Ganassi and Red Bull Racing, each of which had a driver in the 2009 Chase that featured eight different teams.
I tend to believe Kahne or Brian Vickers sneaks in come 2011. I also can’t imagine Earnhardt Ganassi Racing not getting a team in, especially if NASCAR changes its points system to reward winners. Plus, Michael Waltrip Racing has to take the leap. Or maybe not.
Still, I take the odds. NASCAR knows it needs a broader field of contenders. Therefore, NASCAR will have a broader field of contenders.
Odds Joey Logano makes the 2011 Chase: 6/1
Odds Ray Evernham becomes a crew chief again: 3/1
If I had an opening, Evernham is the first guy I call. He was Chad Knaus before Chad Knaus, owning the sport with Jeff Gordon. Evernham helped build Kasey Kahne into a relevant driver. Now, he’s finally a free agent.
Matt Kenseth goes through crew chiefs like Don Draper goes through cigarettes. Kyle Busch needs a slap of stability. And what a story would it be if Evernham reunited with Jeff Gordon. This needs to happen. I’ll start a bake sale to make the finances work.
Odds Scott Speed will stop using Twitter: 123,975,674,132/1
Unless these Wikieaks yahoos crash Twitter’s server forever, take the free money.
Odds New York gets another NASCAR race 541/1
More fodder this week
from people who want to build a track near New York City. But if Atlanta can’t support two races in the heart of NASCAR country, how in the blue heck is New York City going to support one race? Name me a driver from New York? Name me the people clamoring for NASCAR in that metropolitan area? Los Angeles will have two NFL teams before New York gets one track, let alone a Sprint Cup race.
Odds this is my last column of the year: Really good
Have a Merry Christmas. Yes, I said Christmas, and insert random catchphrase here.