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Dec 3, 2012 12:18am
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Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the
world of sports. Daryl Washington Jersey . This week, they
discuss the possible playoff format in NCAA football, the honouring of Russ
Jackson, goal line technology in soccer and the year-end NHL awards. Dave
Naylor, TSN: My thumb is up to the NCAA for trying its best to establish a true
champion in college football by proposing a four-team playoff format starting in
2014. The only problem is that a previously imperfect system is going to be
replaced by one that is, well, imperfect. In college basketball, no one
complains when Murray State is granted a 16th seed ahead of College of
Charleston,  because neither one of them is going to win a title. But what about
when Alabama gets the nod for one of four football playoff spots ahead of LSU?
Its going to lead to bickering, whining and complaining … ah but in a sport
where tradition means so much, what would college football be without that?
Steve Simmons, Sun Media: My thumb is up to Canadas Walk of Fame for the
honouring of Russ Jackson this year, however overdue as this may be. In this,
the year of the 100th Grey Cup, it is ever important to look back at our history
and theres no better place to start than with the greatest Canadian player in
the history of the Canadian league. Russ Jackson played quarterback like few
before him and no one since and for four decades weve searched for a Canadian,
anyone, to replace him. There has been no replacement. Maybe there never will
be. Now Canadians who dont know, never saw him play, maybe never heard of him,
will have a chance to understand what once was. Michael Farber, Sports
Illustrated: With some trepidation, my thumb is up to soccer goal line
technology. Ukraines non-goal against England in Euro 2012 this week nudged me
over the edge. I fret when technology overwhelms sport like in the NFL, where
replay challenges initially designed to overturn serious errors are used to
determine the spot of the ball. But goals in soccer are so relatively rare, it
is incumbent on FIFA to get it right. The irony, of course, is officials blew an
offside call on Ukraines non-goal. But soccer can live with that. A ball
crossing the line and not counting, even this luddite knows its time for
technology. Dave Hodge, TSN: I could get a lot more interested in the NHLs
individual trophies if they were awarded while hockey was still being played,
but a couple of results from Las Vegas caught my eye. A while back, I predicted
my reaction to a Lady Byng win by Brian Campbell (good for him), but the first
defenceman to win the award should have been, some time in his great career,
Nick Lidstrom. And I cant say I was surprised when Gabriel Landeskog won the
Calder Trophy, because voters saw a lot more of him than Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. A
bit facetious there, because the Edmonton rookie had the same number of points
as Landeskog while playing 20 fewer games. Injuries should not have cost RNH the
Calder. Michael Floyd Jersey . The story of the year,
from an individual standpoint, has to be Angels centre fielder Mike Trout, the
recently-turned-21-year-old, who has been the games top prospect for the last
couple seasons while hes been in the minors and then he showed up in the majors
and exceeded all expectations. Patrick Peterson Jersey . —Brandt Snedeker
is earnestly polite, and he could pass for Opie Taylors big brother with his
reddish-blond hair and sunny smile. http://www.nikearizonacardinalsproshop.com/pat-tillman-jersey
. Sale pitched a five-hitter for his first major league complete game and
Chicago beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Sunday for its 10th win in 11 tries. Andre Roberts Jersey .J. —Lightweight Nate
Diaz choked out Jim Miller in the second round to win the main event of a
televised UFC card at the Izod Centre on Saturday night. John Skelton Jersey . —The Oakland
Athletics have called up left-hander Sean Doolittle from Triple-A Sacramento to
cap a rapid rise less than a year after making a switch to pitcher.QINHUANGDAO,
China—Mandy Bujold and Sandra Bizier wont be fighting for Canada at the
London Games after the pair lost their first bouts at the world womens boxing
championships Saturday. Bujold, of Kitchener, Ont., dropped an 11-9 decision to
South Koreas Hye Song Kim in the 51-kilogram division. Meanwhile, Quebec Citys
Bizier was defeated 15-10 by Mexicos Erika Cruz Hernandez in 60-kilogram weight
class. Womens boxing is making its debut at the Summer Olympics, with the worlds
in China is serving as a qualification event. Mary Spencer of Windsor, Ont.,
considered a medal favourite for Canada in the 75-kilogram category at the
Games, still needs to qualify. The 27-year-old takes on Swedens Anna Rosalie
Laurell in her first bout on Monday. The championships are being held in 10
divisions, but the focus is on three: 51-killogram flyweight, 60-kilogram
lightweight and 75-kilogram middleweight. Larry Fitzgerald Womens Jersey. They are the
only three classes that will be part of the sports Olympic debut. Eight places
are up for grabs in each of the three categories. In other action Saturday,
two-time world champion Sofya Ochigava of Russia and Olympic test event winner
Natasha Jonas of England won their first bouts in the 60-kilogram weight class.
Ochigava scored a 19-7 win over Kiria Tapia of Puerto Rico, while Jonas beat
Rebecca Price of Wales 18-8. In the lightweight division, Quanita Lee Underwood
of the United States defeated Dayana Sanchez of Argentina, 24-13. In the
welterweight, Raquel Miller of the U.S. defeated Daena Stephenson of New
Zealand, 20-12. In the middleweight, American Claressa Maria Shields defeated
Pooja Rani of India, 27-10. ’ ’ ’ 

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