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December 27, 2012

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Fans of North Andover’s Zak DeOssie and the world champion Giants still cling to their playoff life. But the G-Men must win at home against Philly, then hope for Minnesota, Chicago and Dallas all to tumble.

It could happen, right?

MINCEY MEAT

Football fans in these parts love to speak of how their Patriots rarely if ever make personnel mistakes.

But in the spirit of ex-Pats DB Darius Butler, who just might make the Pro Bowl for the Colts this year, I have to bring up the game played Sunday by Jacksonville defensive end Jeremy Mincey, a 2006 sixth-round pick by New England.

Mincey had a pair of solo tackles against his old team, a sack, three quarterback hits and three passes broken up from his hybrid end/outside linebacker spot. The kid was everywhere.

BOWL BARRAGE

The college bowl season hits high gear today with three games, opening a burst of 11 bowls total between today and Saturday.

Today’s slate:

3 p.m. — Military Bowl at Washington, D.C. ... San Jose State vs. Bowling Green

6:30 p.m. Belk Bowl at Charlotte, N.C. ... Cincinnati vs. Duke

9:45 p.m. Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl at San Diego ... Baylor vs. UCLA

Note: All three games will be on ESPN-TV.

ONE FOR JACK

I often wonder how many 40-or-50-something sports writers out there today were pointed to the business by the fictional character “Oscar Madison” in the classic 1970s TV Show, “The Odd Couple.”

Madison, the slob/star sports columnist in New York, was played perfectly by Jack Klugman, who passed away this week at age 90.

Who can forget the classic “Odd Couple” episodes, whether Oscar was shooting commercials with Deacon Jones, pestering the great Howard Cosell in the Monday Night Football box or even losing his roommate Felix in a bet with tennis hustler Bobby Riggs?

My favorite Odd Couple? It had to be when Oscar won a racing greyhound, “Golden Earring” in a card game.

Best line? When Felix professes the desire to put the greyhound on the national circuit and tells Oscar, “I want to race him.”

To which Klugman snapped, “You’ll probably beat him.”

Rest in peace, Jack. And thanks for making this job look so darn glamorous.

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