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Monday's odds and ends

* Were you as turned off by the Carolina-San Francisco NFC divisional playoff game Sunday as I was?

The game was fine, especially until Panthers quarterback Cam Newton seemed to fold tent, as former Wichita State basketball coach Randy Smithson would say, midway through the third quarter after two damaging SF sacks.

The behavior in the game, from start to finish, was deplorable. It was mostly the Carolina defensive players at first, but it soon became almost everyone on the field. The game was a chippy, chirpy mess. And, of course, San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh had to get in his two cents, drawing an unsportsmanlike penalty late in the game.

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick went way overboard when he imitated Newton after scoring a rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Kaepernick later explained that being chosen 36 picks behind Newton in the 2011 draft continues to serve as motivation.

Really? Get over it, Colin. And play with some class.

* Wichita State is ranked No. 5 in the country after pulling off a miracle comeback Saturday night at Missouri State to beat the Bears in overtime.

Heady stuff for the Shockers, who play at home against Bradley on Tuesday night and meet Indiana State on Saturday afternoon at Koch Arena in what could be a battle of Missouri Valley Conference unbeatens.

But just what would have happened to WSU’s ranking had the Shockers lost at Missouri State? It’s an interesting question. I say Wichita State would have fallen to the 12-to-15 range. That’s the fine line the Shockers are walking by playing in a relatively weak conference.

* I watched the Golden Globes from start to finish Sunday night, mainly to see how funny hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler would be. They didn’t disappoint. Their opening monologue had me ROFL (notJacqueline Bisset is one of the most glamorous stars in movie history. She didn’t do so well with her acceptance speech at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards show, though.literally). It was an overall good show except for the first acceptance speech of the night, I believe, from Jacqueline Bisset. Oh my. They must have been serving some good stuff in the bar. Honestly, I was not aware Bisset was still working. She won for her role on the BBC drama Dancing on the Edge, about a black jazz band in London in the 1930s. She rambled during her speech and later explained that she was unaware her category was coming up that soon in the show.

* My take on the 60 Minutes piece on Alex Rodriguez from Sunday night is that MLB is still a pretty messed up place and I hope it can get all of the junk and debris removed from its game. It’s an ongoing process. Listening to Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch describe his relationship with Rodriguez was chilling.

He spoke in detail. Yes, MLB went to great lengths to secure his testimony and one could easily construe that part of his motivation is the payoff from baseball. But the mountain of evidence against Rodriguez is, in my opinion, irrefutable. Let’s put it this way: I was 99.99 percent sure Rodriguez was guilty of violating baseball’s anti-doping policy before the interview on 60 Minutes. Now I’m 99.999 percent sure.

I just hope Rodriguez shuts his yap now, although that’s wishful thinking. He vows to continue his fight and Monday afternoon sued MLB, which goes to show how completely out of touch his money and fame have made him. He no longer seems to relate to anything in his life other than being a baseball superstar. That is apparently the only thing that matters to him. It’s sad, even though Rodriguez is not a sympathetic character.

* The debut episode of HBO’s True Detective was a bit methodical. But that’s understandable. I’ll definitely give it the time Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson have earned with their stellar careers.

* Can’t wait for Kansas at Iowa State tonight. Always one of the best games of the college basketball season, it seems. I’ll be posting a blog after the game tonight so check back.

* Thanks for reading, everyone. I’m going to analyze another Shocker Invitational team on the blog today, too. That tournament is going to begin on Feb. 9 with eight first-round games to be played on a big screen at Side Pockets starting at 1 p.m. and going all day and into the night. At least that’s the plan. Stay tuned for more details.