Complete NFL Wrap-Up coming later this morning, but a few thoughts on yesterday's games:
(1) Devin Hester's 108-yard TD return off of a Giants missed FG was the Play of the Year in the NFL. (Sort of like how Nathan Vasher's similar play was the Play of the Year in the NFL in 2005. Coincidence?)
(2) The Chargers' 21-point comeback (via 42 points in the second half) was the Half of the Year in the NFL. Not quite sure if that's an actual award, but it was an absolutely sick game, particularly from Philip Rivers. Any more doubters about him? Didn't think so.
(3) Who had protege-turned-nemesis Eric Mangini beating Bill Belichick in Foxboro? The student has become the master, and you could tell by the look on Darth Hoodies' face as he refused to look Mangini in the eye (let alone say anything) during the post-game handshake that Bill B. didn't think it would happen.
More NFL later this a.m.
BCS Update: USC leap-frogs
FanIQ has the type of column I love to see: A detailed analysis of individual AP voters' ballots. They've ID'ed some really f'ed up ballots that make you question why these folks get to be part of a group that determines its own national champ. It's worth a look.
(Meanwhile, I was thinking about the strength-of-schedule hit that BCS No. 4 Florida will take for playing
Ohio St-Michigan Countdown: Yes, you WILL be completely sick of this story by, say, Wednesday. But it's the closest thing college football will get to an actual playoff: The winner will be in the national title game. (It remains to be seen if the system is so broken that it would allow for a ridiculous rematch in the national-title game. Honestly, that would suck.)
MLB Awards Season! Today: Rookie
1. Justin Verlander
2. Francisco Liriano
3. Jonathan Papelbon
NL: Ryan Zimmerman might have the best career, but this season, the success of the "AAA Marlins" was remarkable, making the NL award a run-off between a
1. Dan Uggla
2. Josh Johnson
3. Ryan Zimmerman
MLB GM Meetings begin today: The guy everyone wants to talk to is Marlins GM Larry Beinfest, who will determine where (if anywhere) Dontrelle Willis is traded.
Manny Acta to manage Nats: Great hire to go the opposite direction of Frank Robinson's old/stodgy and import Acta's young/fresh. He's only 37. He coached a few of these players (as the Expos) earlier this decade. And he brings a winner's vibe from the Mets.
Aramis Ramirez re-signs with Cubs: For whopping 5Y/$73M, putting him in the "cornerstone NL 3B" category with others like David Wright and Ryan Zimmerman. That the Cubs re-signed Kerry Wood is almost an afterthought.
Duke wins opener: Most notably, three Duke frosh accounted for 42 of Duke's 86 points. (12 points on four 3's from my favorite CBB frosh of the year, Jon Scheyer, who is apparently the new Redick. You can appreciate my conflicted feelings -- on so many levels -- about this.)
NBA: I'm still getting over Michael Redd's sick scoring binge from the other night. Meanwhile: (1)