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SOUTH BEND, Ind. Adam Cimber Jersey . -- Ara Parseghian still bristles 50 years later at the notion No. 1 Notre Dame played for a tie against No. 2 Michigan State in one of the most famous games in college football history.The only play that we ran that would be suggestive of going for a tie was the last play of the game, the 93-year-old coaching great said.The Irish were without their top running back, quarterback Terry Hanratty had a separated shoulder after being hit by defensive lineman Bubba Smith, several other players were injured and backup quarterback Coley OBrien was ailing. Notre Dame didnt throw a pass in the final six plays and ran a quarterback sneak on the final play, leading to criticism of Parseghian.The Irish, who beat No. 10 USC 51-0 a week later, were named national champions by The Associated Press and in the coaches poll, while the Spartans, whose season was over, finished No. 2. Michigan State was declared national champions by others.Its been 21 years since college football had its last tie, so todays players and many fans might wonder how any game that ended without resolution could be so memorable. But they are. And they served as linchpins in many an argument over who was best, too.That 1966 game has been described as the Game of the Century, as was another Notre Dame tie , a 0-0 game between top-rated Army and the second-ranked Irish at Yankee Stadium in 1946. The Irish finished No. 1 both times while their undefeated opponent finished No. 2 in the AP poll -- the only two times thats happened. In 1953, top-ranked Notre Dame fell to No. 2 following a 14-14 tie with No. 20 Iowa in a game where two players were accused of faking injuries to stop the clock at the end of both halves to score. Maryland won the title that season with the Irish No. 2.Other famous ties include fourth-ranked Michigan tying No. 1 Ohio State 10-10 in 1973, No. 1 Texas holding on for a 15-15 tie with No. 3 Oklahoma in 1984 and a game in 1968 that led the Harvard school newspaper to run the famous headline Harvard Beats Yale 29-29.Without an outcome, the debate of who the better team was lasts forever, said Kent Stephens, historian at the College Football Hall of Fame. The teams will always debate who was better Michigan State or Notre Dame? Its a question that remains in some peoples minds unresolved.Most of todays players werent alive when the last tie was played and find a game with national championship implications ending without a winner incomprehensible.I couldnt imagine that, Michigan State linebacker Riley Bullough said. I think the fans would be even more upset probably than the players, because theyre crazy down there and up here.Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey said it would be frustrating.That would absolutely drive me in insane. It was 1 versus 2, and the game ends in a tie, he said. I dont know if Id be able to stomach that one.Michigan State defensive back Demetrious Cox said hes not sure he could let a game end in a tie.We might meet somewhere else. We might play in the parking lot or something, he said.Former Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson, working as a color commentator at the 10-10 game, said in the closing seconds of the broadcast : If the game does end in a tie, Chris, it makes you feel they ought to have an extra period in college football.Those who played in those games said ties were just accepted.There was no discussion about overtime. A tie was a tie, said Terry Brennan, who played in the 0-0 tie against Army.Not going for a tie had its consequences. In the 1984 Orange Bowl, top-ranked Nebraska cut No. 5 Miamis lead to 31-30 with 48 seconds left on a 24-yard touchdown run by Jeff Smith on fourth and 8. Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer remembers watching on television and seeing Nebraska coach Tom Osborne call for a two-point conversion.Im saying, `Tom, dont do this, You were No. 1 going in. If its a tie, you dont lose the national championship, Switzer said.Osborne, though, says that is simply conjecture.I remember the controversy over the 10-10 tie with Notre Dame and Michigan State, and the idea of one coach or the other settling for a tie, I dont think I would have voted for a coach who had a chance to win and settle for a tie, he said.Stephens, the college football historian, said he thinks todays FBS overtime is contrived because it eliminates field position from strategy.I dont think it really and truly reflects the abilities of the teams with this overtime system, said Stephens, saying he prefers ties.Most, though, prefer overtime.I think that its better to declare a winner, Brennan said You want to win. You dont want to be tied.----AP Sports Writers Eric Olson in Omaha, Nebraska, and Noah Trister in East Lansing, Michigan, contributed to this report.---AP college football site: http://collegefootball.ap.org ;Tom Candiotti Indians Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Bob Ojeda Jersey . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. https:///...-jersey-indians.html .C. -- Rodney Hood connected from all over the court while freshman Jabari Parker was busy swatting shots and scoring in transition.LAS VEGAS -- Charlotte is the home of the Hornets once again. The NBA unanimously approved Charlottes nickname change from Bobcats to Hornets on Thursday at the leagues Board of Governors meeting. The original Hornets built a supportive fan base in Charlotte from the time they entered the league in 1988 until they moved to New Orleans in 2002. But the new owners in New Orleans have changed the teams name to the Pelicans. That opened the door for owner Michael Jordan to bring the Hornets name back to Charlotte. The change will take place after the 2013-14 season. "Were thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas," Jordan said in a statement issued by the team. "The passion and enthusiasm around this name change by fans in this market has been unmatched. They overwhelmingly told us what they wanted, we listened and we couldnt be happier with the Board of Governors approval of the name change. With the young team we are developing on the court, the direction of our business and the return of the Hornets name, we are extremely excited about our future. The buzz is back!" The city, and the franchise, has been looking for a fresh start. The Hornets were a ticket-selling powerhouse for years, leading the league in attendance eight times and selling out 364 straight games in their turquoise, white and purple uniforms. The city bonded with a charismatic team that included such as stars Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson and fan favourite Muggsy Bogues. But the franchise fell on hard times under previous owner George Shinn, who took to the team, and the Hornets name, to New Orleans. The NBA brought an expansion team back to Charlotte two years later, a team nicknamed the Bobcats in part due to founding owner Bob Johnsons name. The brand never resonated with the people the way the Hornets did, in large part because the team only has had one winning season and one playoff appearance in its first nine years of existence. The Bobcats, with their nondescript orange and grey colour scheme, won just seven games two years ago and only 21 last season. So they are hoping the energy brought by the name change, even if it will take another year to set in, will somehow help galvanize a young team. "We want to reach back and grab some of that equity that the Hornets earned in our community," Charlotte COO Fred Whitfield said. "They did a lot of great things off the court. They were involved in the community. They became very accessible to the Charlotte fans and citizens of Charlotte. We want to reach back and grab some heritage and use it as we move forward to build a brand with our young team that continues to improve. James Hoyt Jersey. " The Bobcats website hailed the return of "Buzz City" and team officials said 2,000 season-ticket holders turned out at a downtown party that turned into a celebration of the name change. Bogues and other former Hornets including Rex Chapman, Kelly Tripucka, Dell Curry and Kendall Gill attended as well. Commissioner David Stern said that he had heard pleas from Charlotte basketball fans for years to give them back the Hornets nickname, and he initially brushed those aside with a "get over it" view of the complaining. In time, however, he came to understand how important the name was to the community. "It stayed there, bubbling below the surface, and there is something to it," Stern said. "I think that the team is going to receive support from fans who think that this is a step in the direction that the fans have been asking for, and this is an attempt to both satisfy the fans and its accompanied by a kind of very specific market research that allows the Hornets to say, yes, this is what the market is asking for and theyre very much serving their market by making this change." The board also gave final approval to several rules changes, most notably expanding instant replay in the final two minutes to help officials with the block/charge call, perhaps the most difficult judgment in the game. If an official reviews a play to see if a defenders feet were in the restricted area or not on a block/charge, the official can now also review whether the defenders feet were set for a charge or if his body was still moving for a blocking foul. "You always try to level the playing field and basically get it right," said Kiki Vandeweghe, the leagues new vice-president of basketball operations. "Thats the main focus is getting calls right." Officials now will also be able to review whether an off-the-ball foul occurred before or after a player started his shooting motion on a made shot, or before or after an inbounds pass. And during any review, the referees will also be able to now decide if any unsportsmanlike or "unnecessary" acts, including flagrant fouls, merit further punishment. Two rules changes were adopted as well: --It will no longer be a clear path foul if the defender gets ahead of the offensive player in the frontcourt before the foul is committed. --If a player on offence stands out of bounds on purpose to create more spacing for his teammates, the offensive team will lose possession of the ball. ' ' '