This could have actually happened. The 16th-ranked Miami Hurricanes could have beaten visiting Savannah State by, say, 61-3 on Saturday night and, somewhere, a losing bettor would have been cursing UM and coach Al Golden for whatever smidgen of mercy might have been evident even in such a rout.
See, Miami was favored by 60 points (no, seriously), so anybody betting the Canes to win by more than that amount (to cover) wanted nothing of sportsmanship. You didnt want backups, you wanted blood.
Savannah State has made quite a cottage industry of selling itself as a punching bag. Last year, the Tigers lost to Oklahoma State 84-0 and to Florida State 55-0 the latter score kept down only because the game was called by lightning in the third quarter, the bolts cast by a merciful God (or one whod bet the under).
This time it was Miamis turn to be firm yet gentle with an opponent that is 18-104 since 2002 and has no business sharing a field with major college powers. They do it for money, of course. Savannah State cleared about $350,000 from this trip, a major chunk of its annual budget.
UM in turn gets a stats-padding, polls-pleasing victory and a chance for reserves to play.
FIU was in a similar spot Saturday, but on the wrong end, a 42 1/2-point underdog at No. 7 Louisville.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins face a typical NFL alley fight Sunday, thrilled to win by one point. (No Savannah States work Sundays although the Jacksonville Jaguars are getting there.)
College football demeans itself when the betting point spreads climb into the 40s, 50s, 60s and even beyond. You dont see such hopeless long-shots anywhere else.
Well, Im not counting that one time one of my Random Evidence notes columns accidentally was submitted to the Pulitzer Prize judging committee.
• Floyd Mayweather easily beat Canelo Alvarez in last weeks big fight in Vegas, but one judge, C.J. Ross, drew ridicule for scoring it a draw. (I hear Ross also had Savannah State ahead on points Saturday.)
• Congratulations to LeBron James on his marriage and I hope he and his new bride enjoy my gift, a lovely toaster. (This just in: Savannah Brinson is an opening-line, 34-point favorite over Savannah State.)
• Heat owner Micky Arison and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross rank among the 100 wealthiest Americans at $5.9 billion and $4.8 billion, respectively. Um, Steve, best to keep that quiet as you make another stab at public tax dollars for your stadium improvements.
• Miami is bidding to host the January 2017 college football national championship game. Is that too soon, Al Golden? Not trying to place undo pressure or hurry you or anything.
• FIU football was 0-3 and outscored 115-23 facing another clobbering Saturday by Louisville and Teddy Bridgewater. If fired coach Mario Cristobal isnt smiling, well, he probably should be.
• The Dodgers and Red Sox became the first teams to clinch playoff berths. But that was one day after the Marlins clinched last place in the NL East again. So we did beat em at that!
• Diana Nyad defends herself against doubts about her record Cuba-to-Key-West swim. The latest: A grainy Zapruder film appears to show Nyad traversing the straits on a chaise lounge aboard a cruise ship.