First Down: Most dysfunctional sports franchises
THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS
No. 16 Utah at No. 4 TCU
The Horned Frogs present the best chance for a non-BCS school to snare a top-two ranking and earn a berth in the BCS title game. But no one knows more than the Utes what it’s like to go undefeated and still be left out.
Patriots at Colts
New England ran the table in the regular season two years ago and would love nothing more than to hand the Colts their first loss of the season. Consider this a possible preview of the AFC championship game.
Bengals at Steelers
Hard to believe the Bengals would have sole possession of the AFC North lead with a win. They’re for real, but the Steelers have a little more experience in these tough division games.
Capitals at Devils
There is a horde of teams battling for Eastern Conference supremacy, and New Jersey and Washington are in the middle of it. It will be a good battle featuring the league’s highest-scoring team against the Devils, who kill penalties better than almost anyone.
TWT FIVE MOST DYSFUNCTIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN SPORTS
1. NHL Players’ Association - Five directors in three years. Firings. Resignations. The hiring of former baseball union chief Donald Fehr as an adviser may help, but chaos runs deep in hockey’s union.
2.U.S. Olympic Committee - A flurry of leadership changes, followed by the premature announcement of a new USOC cable network. And that was before Chicago finished a humiliating fourth in the voting for the 2016 Summer Games. Former NFL commish Paul Tagliabue will chair a committee in an effort to fix it.
3.Phoenix Coyotes - Now owned by the NHL after previous owners tried to sneak their way to Southern Ontario. Hockey and deserts don’t mix.
4.Oakland Raiders - To call Oakland an “organization” suggests it is even remotely organized. Owner Al Davis calls all the shots, but coach Tom Cable throws all the punches (reportedly).
5. Washington Redskins - No explanation needed, is there?