Mitch Perry Report 1.7.13 - Alabama & Notre Dame, finally

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Although 'futbol' or soccer is considered the world's most popular sport, football has become America's passion over the past three decades, and has been ubiquitous during this holiday season. Since the day after Christmas, there has been at least one football game on prime-time television, mostly bowl games of some repute, though that was interrupted this weekend with the NFL playoffs.

This long run of consecutive games ends tonight with the overly hyped collegiate national championship game between the dominant team of the era, Alabama, and one of the game's most storied programs, Notre Dame — the latter being back in the championship game for the first time in over two decades.

Even though the Fighting Irish are undefeated and ranked number one, Alabama is a stunning 10-point favorite. But would it be that huge of an upset if Notre Dame won? We think the Irish at least beat the spread ...

Former St. Petersburg City Councilman Bob Kersteen died this weekend of a heart attack. He was 75.

President Obama will announce today two new members of his foreign policy/intelligence team. John Brennan is the choice at CIA, and former Nebraska GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel is Obama's choice at Defense. Choosing Hagel is controversial, with a host of Republican senators who will have a vote on the matter telling television viewers yesterday that they won't vote for the Vietnam veteran who voted for the war in Iraq but then turned strongly against it.

Whatever your opinion, the Tampa Tribune's move to publish an edition for St. Petersburg citizens was a big surprise that nobody saw coming. The Trib, who hired former CL contributor Kate Bradshaw a month ago as part of their new push in St. Pete, quietly worked to pull a big surprise on everyone, coming out yesterday with the first edition of the St. Petersburg Tribune.

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