Aerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois, Pasadena, California, January 2, 1984. UCLA won the game, 45 – 9. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)With bowl games only a week away from starting, everyone is analyzing matchups to see which ones are going to be the most compelling to sit down and watch.There are certainly some games that, on paper, look like they could be instant classics: Michigan vs. Florida in the Peach Bowl, Penn State vs. Kentucky in the Outback Bowl, LSU vs. UCF in the Fiesta Bowl, and, of course the two College Football Playoff games.But ESPN analyst David M. Hale decided to take it a step further by analyzing all 40 bowl games and selecting the one that fans would likely find the most entertaining.Hale ultimately chose the Alabama-Oklahoma matchup in the Capital One Orange Bowl as the No. 1 most entertaining matchup.Here’s the rationale he gave for the selection:Tua vs. Kyler. Heisman winner vs. Heisman runner-up, we presume. What’s not to like? Sure, we heard all the stories about Oklahoma’s shoddy defense, but who cares? Aren’t we tuning in to see Tagovailoa throw for 800 yards? And what could be better than seeing Murray’s athleticism put to the test by Alabama’s ferocious defense, led by Quinnen Williams? Sure, the SEC folks wanted Georgia again. Of course they did. They know Alabama can win that one. But Murray is exactly the type of quarterback who has challenged Nick Saban in the past, and Oklahoma’s offensive line will likely be the best one Alabama has faced this season. This game really has it all — from the high stakes to the elite QB play to the potential for offensive fireworks from the opening kick. Whether or not Oklahoma deserved to be the fourth team in, the playoff committee ensured it created one heck of a matchup.The game certainly looks to be one of the highest-scoring games of the year, pitting two of the nation’s top scoring offenses against each other.
Denise Smith has been appointed deputy director of the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service. “The Public Prosecution Service is privileged to have someone of Ms. Smith’s experience and ability take on this key management position,” said Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions, today, Feb. 11. “Ms. Smith has been a Crown attorney for 23 years. She has extensive knowledge of criminal law and has successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases including many serious criminal offences. “As chief Crown attorney for the Halifax region for the past six years, she has effectively led an outstanding team of more than 30 Crown attorneys.” Ms. Smith will develop prosecution policy, manage case-specific issues and oversee administration. She will also represent the Public Prosecution Service on several national and provincial criminal justice committees. Ms. Smith, a Halifax native, graduated in 1986 from Dalhousie University and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto in 1989. She articled with Patterson Kitz in Halifax and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1990. Ms. Smith was appointed a Crown attorney in 1991 was appointed a senior Crown counsel, and regional Crown attorney for Halifax in 2003 and chief Crown attorney for Halifax five years later. Ms. Smith represents the Public Prosecution Service on a number of justice sector committees and also sits on numerous internal committees and several committees of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society. She has been an assessor for: the McKelvey Cup, Atlantic Law Schools’ trial advocacy competition; a past-chair of the Sopinka Cup National Law Schools’ trial advocacy competition; and an instructor with the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Université de Moncton. She is also a Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association mentor to first-year female law students. Ms. Smith will replace Adrian Reid, deputy director since 2003, who retires this spring.