By Steve Harvey
Bottom Ten Travel Editor
It was a weekend in which Big Ten teams lost to Northern Ill, Central Michigan and Virginia Tech_and barely squeezed by McNeese State and Western Kentucky.
A perfect example of futility was Purdon’t, which fell 17-38 to Central Michigan, a school that is so obscure no one knows what state it is in.
With Ohio State and Michigan State losing, the Big Ten pulled off the remarkable feat of eliminating itself from contention for the championship playoff_in the second week of the season.
Thus, it came as no particular surprise when the desperate Big Ten agreed to a merger with the Bottom Ten. The new conference will be known as the Big/Bottom Ten (BBT).
Who’s more deserving of recognition:
Jacksonville, a team that gives up 34 straight points?
Washington, a team that snaps an opponent’s 14-game losing streak?
Dallas, a team that drew a huge, cheering crowd (mostly of red-clad 49ers fans)?
Or Oakland, a team so disrespected that, after its 19-14 loss to the Jets, winning coach Rex Ryan snarled: “It should have been a rat kill.” (Uh coach, they're the Oakland RAIDERS not the Oakland RODENTS.)
What the heck. Let’s give each of the above a share of the Bottom Ten lead.
Right behind them is Olde England, quarterbacked by Olde Tom, a 20-33 loser to Miami (Fla.).
Team, Record............. Last Loss.................. Next Loss
1. Jacksonville (0-1)...17-34, Philadelphia....Washington
1. Washington (0-1)..... 6-17, Houston..........Jacksonville
1. Dallas (0-1)............. 17-28, S.F................ Tennessee
1. Rodents (0-1) ...........14-19, Jets................Houston
5. Olde England (0-1).. 20-33, Miami (Fla.)... Minnehaha
6. St. Louis (0-1); 7. Grampa Bay (0-1); 8. N.J. Giants (0-1); 9. Baltimore (0-1); 10. Indianapolis (0-1).
Crummy Game of the Week: Jacksonville vs. Washington.
Rout of the Week: Seattle over San Diego.
No thanks! NY Times says new Bills owner Terry Pegula vows to keep team in Buffalo, easing fears that "a new owner would move the team out of the area, perhaps to Los Angeles."
Many fans in Los Angeles feared the very same thing!