I didn't have a horse in this year's BCS title game until I read "Alabama quarterback touching all the bases" by Chris Dufresne at the LA Times:
[Alabama QB] Greg McElroy knows the names, dates, facts, figures and all-time starting lineups for his favorite franchise.
Cut a vein and watch him bleed Crimson?
Actually, Think Blue.
"I can tell you the Dodgers' lineup right now, top to bottom," McElroy boasted in a meeting room not far from the Alabama trophy room where Mark Ingram's Heisman Trophy just moved in.
OK, then, do it.
"James Loney at first," McElroy said, "Second base we've got [still unsigned] Orlando Hudson, shortstop we've got, obviously, the great Rafael Furcal, third base we've got Casey Blake. Left field we've got Manny, who else, and Juan Pierre when Manny was on his 'vacation'; I can't believe they traded him [Pierre], he was great.
"Center field we have Kemp and then right field, Andre Ethier, he's my favorite."
Alabama and Texas are playing Thursday for the Bowl Championship Series national title at the Rose Bowl.
If former Dodger Raul Mondesi, the Alabama quarterback's idol, was flipping the pregame coin, well, McElroy might have to collect himself before the first snap.
It's almost too funny.
The guy leading the Crimson Tide into Pasadena was born in Los Angeles, raised in Texas, and made his name in the state where the stars fell.
And now he's leading 13-0 Alabama against 13-0 Texas, not far from where he lived his first decade.
The only thing that would make this better? If Colt McCoy were a Giants fan.