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Mulling my Monday morning options

So there's no reason you should care that I spent my last two years of college at Northern Arizona University.


But it will matter to me tomorrow because NAU's football team was selected today to be one of the 24 squads taking part in the annual tournament for directional schools and other institutions not quite so sports obsessed as the ones whose teams show up on TV. And, more to the point, EWU's team was not selected.

I happen to work with a number of Eastern graduates, some of whom care about this stuff. So I'm certain I will hear about the hideous injustice that was done when NAU was selected for the championship playoff and EWU was not.

In truth, they could make a case. I'm no expert. Though, from what I read today, NAU was not one of the last two teams to make it in, and Eastern was not one of the last two schools left out. Go figure.

Whatever. I'll need to have some sort of answer when EWU alums ask me what I think of the selection committee's corrupt, immoral decision to pick NAU over THE Eastern Washington University. (The two teams did not play each other this year.)

Here's what I've come up with so far.

A) Cry me a river. B) The selection committee must have wanted a team whose quarterback was once ejected from a game for targeting in the first quarter. Yes, the quarterback. C) The selection committee wanted to pick a team whose longtime coach was forced by his administration to say this would be his last season after NAU stepped off to an 0-2 start. D) What, did you want it to be Montana again? E) The selection committee was concerned about teams thought to have a criminal element. (Hey, don't get mad at me. I just know what I read in the paper.) E) Somebody on the committee got that old "Monty Python" song -- "I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK" -- stuck in his head and experienced temporary insanity. F) There was some sort of confusion resulting from NAU winning its second straight cross-country national championship (big schools included) this weekend.       



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