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2007-01-15 11:49
by Bob Timmermann

Lyle Overbay got a 4-year, $24 million contract extension from the Blue Jays.

Ryan Madson got a one-year contract from the Phillies.

Josh Bard avoided arbitration with San Diego.

Matt Miller signed with Cleveland for another year.

David Ross cashed in on his career year in 2006 to the tune of $4.5 million over two years.

In non-baseball news, not everyone wants a college football playoff.

And there appear to be no articles on Slate telling me that Martin Luther King was overrated.

2007-01-15 12:24:11
1.   Greg Brock
I believe they're saving that bit of contrarian pablum for Gandhi.
2007-01-15 12:46:02
2.   Daniel Zappala
I'm not a big believer in a college football playoff system simply because team schedules vary way too much and are under the control of the teams. There is no way to compare how good teams are (in order to seed the playoff system) because they don't play opponents of similar strengths nor do they play the same amount of home games. Florida can stock up its schedule with three non-conference home games because the SEC has a strong reputation. Boise State plays in the WAC, then tries to put together a decent non-conference schedule, but teams like Florida are afraid to play them and jeopardize their chance at an undefeated season. They're apples and oranges.

One of the few ways that makes sense to me is to hold a tournament among conference winners. Seeding would be determined by how people determine the strength of your conference. If I cared about equity, I would also like to see the NCAA in charge of scheduling non-conference games and ensuring an equal amount of home/away games and roughly comparable schedule strengths.

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