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TOYS AND GAMES: A True Viking, College Football Playoff, Fantasy Football

How about Bud Grant’s appearance at the coin toss prior to Sunday’s Seattle-Minnesota playoff game? The long-time Viking coach, who is now 88, showed up in a short-sleeve shirt looking like he was ready to tee off at Makaha West. What’s the big deal? Well, how about the fact that the temperature in Minneapolis was 6 below zero with a minus 25 chill factor. Talk about a true Viking.

Monday night’s Clemson-Alabama game seemingly will pit the nation’s top two college football teams against one another, which ultimately means the four-playoff scenario got it right. Nevertheless, I’d still like to see a six-team playoff that included the five major conference champions and one at-large bid — which can’t come from one of the major five. All the committee would do is pick the at-large team and seed the six teams. The top two teams would receive byes while playoff games would take place between No. 3 and No. 6 and No. 4 and No. 5 to reach the semifinals against the Nos. 1 and 2 teams.

Had that format been in place this season, Stanford would have been added since the Cardinal won the Pac-12 while Houston would have been the at-large team. Those two teams could have added a little jump into the equation.

I’m looking forward to watching tonight’s game, though I’m sure a nap will be required for me to conquer the 8:30 kickoff.

Finally, I’ve talked to and observed fantasy football players who put in at least an hour a day doing their homework to pick their teams. Lets do the math. That’s five hours a week times 17 (number of regular-season NFL weeks on the schedule), which equates to 85 hours of work. I wonder how many participants figure out at the end of the season that the payout for winning their league probably doesn’t equate to the pay they would receive for two full weeks of work.

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