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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

the meme

Following the USC-Oklahoma college football game, Salon's King Kaufman -- who used to review print columns by this very blogger -- debunks a promiment meme.

It's kind of a national religion east of the Rockies to say that the Pac-10 is soft, whichever team wins it -- in any sport -- is overrated and everybody else is merely second-rate. That won't change with this National Championship Game butt-kicking any more than any of the other butt-kickings administered by Pac-10 teams over the years have changed it. But it's as silly an idea as ever.

Indeed. As Gregg Doyel has noted, Oregon State may be Tournament-bound. Ditto for Oregon. And UCLA is much-improved. Not to mention Arizona and Washington, both underappreciated in current polls.