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  • Bill Chastain

TOYS AND GAMES: Marriage, Security, Cantore, and Six-Team Playoff

After 32 years of marriage, I’ve learned that I can do whatever I want–I just have to ask Patti what I want.

During the Rays’ final series of the season in Arlington, I followed the routine familiar to all baseball beat writers by arriving to the empty ballpark hours before the game and heading for the press box. Choosing a route that included an escalator, I began to walk up the moving stairs, which brought stern words from a security official–equipped with a flashlight and walky talky: “Walking on the escalator is strictly forbidden!”

Happily he did not have a taser.

You’ve got to agree that Jim Cantore reporting from your front lawn is far more disconcerting than any spaghetti model.

Nothing has changed my opinion that college football should have a six-team playoff that would include automatic bids to the champions of the power five conferences, plus one at-large team selected by the committee (no teams from the power five conferences would be eligible to become the at-large selection). The committee would slot the six teams with the top two receiving a bye week. I’ve yet to hear a good argument against this train of thought.