Monday, December 01, 2003

And now back to football ...

Big props to one John Adams of the Knoxville News Sentinel. In his column about the BCS today, he not only explains why LSU should be rated ahead of USC, but he - an AP voter - goes on the record as having moved LSU ahead of USC on his AP ballot this week:
After going through the schedules and the numbers, I moved LSU ahead of USC on my AP ballot. And if LSU beats Georgia again in the SEC championship game, I expect other voters will do the same.
It's about freaking time the notion that a 12-1 LSU would be better than an 11-1 USC starts getting some play in the press. The AJC's Tony Barnhart - also an AP voter - wrote a piece about what LSU needs to make the Sugar Bowl this morning, and nowhere did he even mention the idea that LSU could pass USC in the human polls.

So, obviously, what we need here is a little education and maybe a bit of a grass-roots movement. Below you will find the names and MailTo links for the other 64 sportswriters who cast votes in the AP poll and haven't made their No. 2 vote known. If you are so inclined, I invite you to write to these folks and express your opinions about who should end up No. 2 if both USC and LSU win this coming Saturday.

For the convenience-minded among you, here's a link to email the whole bunch at once.

Elton Alexander, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

Neil Amato, The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C.

Greg Archuleta, Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal

Paul Arnett, Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Lee Barfknecht, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald

Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal and Constitution

Steve Batterson, Quad City (Iowa) Times

Joe Biddle, The Tennessean, Nashville

Jack Bogaczyk, Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail

B.G. Brooks, Rocky Mountain News, Denver

Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram

Scott Cain, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock

Jenni Carlson, The Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

Jim Cnockaert, The Ann Arbor (Mich.) News

Chuck Cooperstein, KESN-FM Radio, Arlington, Texas

Paul Coro, Arizona Republic

Barker Davis, The Washington Times

Pat Dooley, Gainesville (Fla.) Sun

Pat Forde, The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.

Chris Fowler, ESPN

Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cheyenne

Artie Gigantino, Fox Sports Net

Adam Gold, WRBZ-AM, Raleigh, N.C.

Charles Goldberg, The Birmingham (Ala.) News

Lee Gordon, WCTV-TV, Tallahassee, Fla.

Herb Gould, Chicago Sun-Times

Lance Griffin, The Dothan (Ala.) Eagle

Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News

Brian Hamilton, St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press

Todd Harmonson, The Orange County Register, Santa Ana, Calif.

Doug Harris, Dayton (Ohio) Daily News

Kevin Haskin, Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal

Joseph Hawk, Las Vegas Review-Journal

John Hoover, Tulsa (Okla.) World

Kirk Johannesen, The Columbus (Ind.) Republic

Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News

Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

George Lehner, WTVN-AM, Columbus, Ohio

Mike Lewis, The Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune

Tom Luicci, The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.

Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald

Ted Miller, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Tom Mulhern, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison

John Niyo, Detroit News

Neill Ostrout, Connecticut Post, Bridgeport

Tim Peeler, News & Record of Greensboro (N.C.)

Mike Prater, The Idaho Statesman, Boise

Scott Rabalais, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

Dave Rahme, The Post-Standard, Syracuse, N.Y.

Ray Ratto, San Francisco Chronicle

Rick Scoppe, The Greenville (S.C.) News

Mike Shalin, The Boston Herald

Bob Smizik, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jerome Solomon, Houston Chronicle

Mark Tupper, Decatur (Ill.) Herald & Review Bee

Michael Wallace, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss.

Steve Warden, The Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette

Marek Warszawski, Fresno (Calif.) Bee

Jeff White, Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch

Ryan White, The Oregonian, Portland

Jason Whitlock, Kansas City (Mo.) Star

Keith Whitmire, Dallas Morning News

Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News

Lee Zurik, WWLTV, New Orleans.

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