By Berry Tramel Published: November 29, 2007
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Cheers
•To San Antonio, the best big-event city in America. Only New Orleans can match San Antonio as a site that can bring fans to a common ground, other than a parking lot, before the ballgame. For convenience and atmosphere, you can't beat the Riverwalk. And finally, Saturday for the first time ever, the Sooners play a football game in Alamo City.

•To Missouri, the first new face in the Big 12 title game since 2001, when Colorado made its debut. Until Missouri, only half the league's teams had won a division.

Jeers
•To Big 12 football coaches, who made both dubious and curious decisions on their all-conference team. The coaches showed no discipline in picking 13 players for the first-team offense and 12 for the first-team defense, which only waters down the honor. Then the coaches picked flankers Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech and Jeremy Maclin of Missouri as co-offensive freshmen of the year. Crabtree I'll give you, but where's OU quarterback Sam Bradford, a 70-percent passer whose team is in the Big 12 title game?

•To the Dallas-Green Bay game on the NFL Network. This game of chicken between the NFL and major cable providers is a turnoff to the fans who made pro football the greatest show on Earth. Get the games off premium cable or risk taking football down the disastrous road that boxing trod.




Missouri's Jeremy Maclin, left, was one of the Big 12 co-offensive freshmen of the year. Associated Press

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