Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Wednesday 11/22 A.M. Quickie:
What are YOU Thankful For?

This year it's easy: I'm truly thankful for all of you who were readers of the Quickie who followed me over here to the new blog. I can't begin to express my appreciation, and I hope you've enjoyed reading (and interacting) as much as I've enjoyed putting it together every day. Now, with that out of the way, in the Comments section, I'd like to hear your nominations of what in the SPORTS world to be thankful for. (And, yes: Clever trumps earnest.)

On to the spin on today's top storylines:

Morneau tops Jeter for AL MVP: Doesn't this just reaffirm your faith in humankind (and the usually wacked BBWAA voting system)?

It's always fun to see the "extreme outlier" voters. This time, it was Joe Cowley from the Chicago Sun-Times, who voted Jeter 6th. When he next visits New York, he'll either get a punch (from Yankees fans) or a free drink (from everyone else). Check out this must-read voter analysis from FanIQ.

Is anyone really surprised that T.O. would refuse to send a get-well message to Donovan McNabb?

What does it say when it's news that the Giants aren't going to bench Eli Manning?

College Hoops: Marquette beats Duke. File that away for next March. This Marquette team was underrated, and Duke was... well, Duke was ranked like Duke. But it's a young team not yet ready for prime time. Marquette should be in the Top 10.

Plus: GA Tech beats Memphis, to face No. 5 UCLA tonight. When Tech beats UCLA and becomes everyone's favorite "young team to break out," just know that you and I were already there last week.

(No. 1 Gators win 94-33: I watched this on ESPN Full Court, and it WAS as ridiculous as the score implies.)

NBA: Sizzling Mavs win 7th in a row. Unfortunately, it came at the expense of my Wiz. I'll be home in D.C. for Thanksgiving. Maybe I'll swing by Gilbert's house to try to cheer him up. Plus: Is Kobe ready for an explosion? Scores season-high 40 in win over rival Clips. Plus-plus: Rising prep-to-pro JR Smith has career-high 36 in Nuggets win, which should completely mystify both his fans and haters alike.

The best position to be in? The top remaining free agent available in an exceptionally frothy MLB hot-stove market. Carlos Lee is going to get p-a-i-d by someone. The O's, Phillies and Astros are hot for him.

CFB Awards Finalists: For the Doak (Top RB), give my vote to Arkansas' Darren McFadden, who should be getting more Heisman love. For the Thorpe (Top DB), any choice other than Florida's Reggie Nelson is insane. Obviously, I'm biased, but I've never seen a better defensive player ever.

-- D.S.


Unknown said...'re obviously biased on the Thorpe. I've never heard of the guy.

Honestly, I'm thankful that I don't have to go work and can go home and stuff myself with good food.

not clever...but that's the truth. heh

Jon said...

I'm thankful for Alabama football.

TBender said...

Thankful for: A surprise World Series title for St. Louis.

GT. WOW. 62 in a half...over a legit team. Just WOW.

The BBWAA MVP voting reaffirms that the writers still don't understand the game they cover.

I'm thinking about declaring myself as a MLB FA just to see if a team will offer a couple million as a Pavlovian reflex.

Anonymous said...

Reggie Nelson, best defensive player ever??? Obviously you're biased since no one outside of Florida, save maybe the SEC, has even heard of the guy.

RevScottDeMangeMD said...

I am thankful for Michigan being a shithole. It's fun to beat up on that craphole of a state.

"That Derek Jeter is so hot!"
-David Wells

"Nah, he doesn't do it for me. It's as if the Rock and a muppet had sex."
-Derek Jeter

Anonymous said...

Where's the "Romo is thankful for Jessica Simpson's dad" quip?

Im thankful for 4 days off.

Mikepcfl said...

I'm thankful that Peter Angelos cant live forever.

Jon said...

The sad part about that Florida game is that the scored was tied at 15 at one the Gators went on a 79-18 run. I hope Donovan had the walk ons in with about 10 minutes to go.

Why are people calling the Marquette win an upset? Wasn't it 8 vs 13?

How about Cincinnati losing to Wofford and Rutgers losing to Jackson State? That'll hurt the Big East's power rating.

Mauer should have been the Twin that beat Jeter.

Matt T said...

I'm thankful for being one of the few that has the NFL network.

Thank you Comcast.

dawg gone round the world said...

I'm thankful Reggie Ball is still playing for Georgia Tech. I heard he might be hurt, so I sent out an email to all living UGA alums to add him to their prayer lists, wishing him a speedy recovery.

Re: Nelson for Thorpe, he's good, but he gets away with a LOT of contact downfield. He has all year and I haven't understood why he doesn't get flagged.

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Big D said...

I'm thankful that I'm not a Boston-area broadcaster getting screwed for the next 3-4 years trying to pronounce Daisuke Matsuzaka

Brien said...

I am thankful for NIU offensive coordinator John Bond, who managed to ruin a potential Heisman Trophy for RB Garrett Wolfe by refusing to modify his offense to prevent the "eight-in-the-box" schemes that prevented Wolfe from leaving the backfield.

It would have really, really sucked to see Garrett at the Heisman ceremony, so I am glad that Bond did what he could to prevent that from happening.

Brien "Oh, but I'm not bitter, or anything ..."

Kevin said...

I'm thankfull that John Mellencamp constantly reminds everyone whose country this is.

Anonymous said...

Is anybody else thankful that "the Manninghams" aren't around anymore?

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful that I won't have to hear that Brett Favre needs to step down so we can see what Aaron Rodgers can do for the rest of this season.

Gary said...

if Jeter was second best, then he is in his rightful place. Right?

Ftrain said...

I'm thankful that I don't have the NFL Network and therefore I don't have to pay for something I will not watch. Premium Sports-Tier channel is where you belong!!!

Thanks Time-Warner.

OH thankful for Barry Melrose.For his awesome hair and His '3 out of 4 major sports MVPs are Canadian segment on ESPN was gold

And for the Knicks losing ways. See Ya Isiah!!

Sheldiz said...

I'm thankful that the Ravens are winning, that the Steelers are losing, and that I have a roof over my head under which i can watch both.

Unknown said...

I'm thankful for Michigan fan tunnel vision.

Noone throws at Leon Hall? I'm pretty sure he got burned several times against OSU...

Gary said...

I am thankful that my cable providor in RI finally gave us ESPN2 in High Def and NFL Network in High Def...a nice early Christmas present!

john (east lansing, mi) said...

I'm thankful for 3 very strong regular seasons. Keep rocking until it matters, Detroit sports.

Josh said...

I am thankful that I don't feel the same hate in my heart for their teams that Ravens, Bengals, and Browns fans feel for my Steelers.

Five time champs by the way.

Mikepcfl said...

I'm also thankful for Steve McNair being the greatest Quarterback in Ravens history (of course that is like being the smartest Simpson sister).

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for helmet-to-helmet hits against Troy Smith that keep drives alive.

I'm thankful that Chris Berman once said "you're with me, leather."

I'm thankful that Carl Monday is not patrolling the streets of my city.

Precourt said...

Here's what I USED to be thankful for:

A somewhat UNBIASED article/column/blog from Dan. Obviously we all have our favorites, but come on dude. Nelson as best defensive player ever??? He's good and I think he deserves the award this year. But EVER? Did you watch college football before 2006?

Here's some others that were really tough to think of.

Deion Sanders
Roy Williams
Julius Peppers
Lavar Arrington
AJ Hawk
Brian Urlacher
Charles Woodson
Derrick Johnson
Paul Posluszny
Terrell Suggs

OK you said the best YOU'VE ever seen so I guess you've been too busy slurping the GAYtor's ball sacs to watch other teams. So....

Mike Peterson
Lito Sheppard
Keiwan Ratliff
Eric Wilbur

I used to look forward to reading the quickie every morning, and enjoying a unique perspective on the hot stories. Now I'm scared to click on my bookmark every morning.

Keep up the good work Dan.

Precourt said...

Javon Kearse
Dan Morgan
Sean Taylor

Anonymous said...

Why is everyone knocking UCLA?!?! The only piece lost from last year's team is Farmar, and his replacement, Collison, might be a better. I'll admit he's not as good of a passer (though has 24 AST in 3 games), but he's faster and has a better shot (13.7ppg). Everyone is also overlooking the return of Josh Shipp who sat last yer with an injury and has added 13ppg of his own. I expect a DQ apology Wednesday night when the Bruins win the Maui Invitational.

Anonymous said...

McFadden will be on the short list of Heisman candidates at the beginning of next season.

Trey (formerly TF) said...

I think Reggie Nelson might be the best defensive player every to come out of UF, but ever? Not just yet.

For those who need some names of other UF Defensive players:

Jack Youngblood
Wilbur Marshall
Jevon Kearse
Alex Brown
Lito Sheppard

Nelson will be a force the NFL, could be an Ed Reed type safty in a few seasons.

I'm thankful for him being in our defensive backfield.

Also Thankful that I get to go home to Florida this weekend to not only 70s with sunny skys, but see all my friends and family. Then watch the Fins win Thursday, the Gators win Saturday (at noon and 11pm; gonna be a LONG day).

Have a good Thanksgiving all.

Joe (dayton)

Unknown said...

I'm thankful for...

The elixir of life not hitting the market and therefore the knowledge that Peter Angelos will die

Derek Jeter not winning the MVP

The Yankees spending a billion dollars to not win a world series

the prospect of the new super-duper-slow-motion camera catching Daisuke Matsuzaka's gyroball in all its glory

idea that a 38 year-old can sign a 3-year 30 million dollar deal

the fact that there are two real players named Milton Bradley and Coco Crisp

being able to watch the development of the careers of verlander, liriano, weaver the younger, papelbon, lester, sanchez, johnson, and zumaya


being able to watch barry bonds, one of if not the best hitter of all time

jason campbell not sucking

the possibility of eli manning getting benched

Brett Favre doing just well enough this year so that he can REALLY MAKE A FOOL OF HIMSELF NEXT YEAR

the vikings stopped taking boat rides

the in inevitability of reggie bush rocking everyone to sleep this year and then absolutly dominating next year

steve mcnair stickin it to the titans

the prospect of little joey harrington sticking it to the lions

the ocho cinco

the exposure of the suckitude that is big ben

the inevitability that peyton will find someway to blow it again

the comedy that is the art shell face

the comedy that is the oakland raiders

being alive in time to watch the greatness that is LeBron James

the invention of the 720 dunk

Gilbert Arenas and all the voices in his head

the idea that the Indiana Pacers might soon have team branded firearms

the comedy that is Isiah Thomas

the return to no one going to, caring about, or watching hockey after last season

Duke losing

Greg Oden's existance

the ability to see full games of OJ MAYO on espn this year

Maryland being a good basketball team again

the Missuori Valley Conference

the fact that there are TWO hiesman candidates with the first name "Colt"

Rutgers losing a football game

the vanishing act the "manningham"s pulled

the feeling I get when I see that there's a new Sports Guy or DJ Gallo column

marcomarco said...

I'm thankful for Momma Shanoff, giving birth to a fine young lad who fills my day with useful sports information.

I'm tankful for Momma Shanoff, who polishes my johnson on occasion.

Jokes aside Dan, great job on this and the Quickie, a staple of my morning surf for 4 years and counting.

Kevin said...


After seeing how poorly Rodgers faired Sunday, I'm not sure I understand how you think the Packers would be better off in his hands.

Big D said...

I'm also thankful for the fact that I will not be the person responsible for signing the paychecks of Alfonso Soriano and Gary Matthews Jr. when their respective contracts are in the final two years.

5-years, $50M for Matthews... This vexes me. I'm very vexed.

I’ve still got a strong arm, I can hit (occasionally), and I play pretty good defense.

That oughtta be worth at least 3 years and $12M guaranteed. Maybe I'll declare for free agency next week, just in case.

Kevin said...

Holy crap...5/$50 mill for Gary Matthews, Jr?

That was quite a catch, but eight digits per year is way too much.

Anonymous said...

My Michigan-themed list:
Thankful that my Ann Arbor fans and friends love their team more than they hate their rival *ahem*OSU*ahem*

Thankful that the press, even if they hate Michigan, even if they want to see them play in the Bluebonnet Bowl before they play the NC game, still admits for now that they are the number two team

Thankful for Bo

Thankful that Troy Smith will graduate this year

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for the Buckeyes. Ahhh. Imagine if you hadn't won a National Title in 20ish years like ND.

Ingrid and Jim said...

I'm thankful that my fantasy team sucks ass yet is still in 2nd place.

Unknown said...

Thankful that Clarret will be in jail for a long time.

Seriously, do you want that deranged MFer walking around free?

Thankful that an American won the Tour de France for the 8th straight year (even if he did test positive).

Anonymous said...

thankful for:

Bill Simmons and Dan Shanoff;

the resurgence of the LA Clippers;

and Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao

Jennifer said...

"the return to no one going to, caring about, or watching hockey after last season"

I Care!

I am thankful for the confetti that fell in my hair as the final buzzer buzzed in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Yes, they are currently being out shot 200-1 by the Islanders, but it's a holiday, so we won't cry :)

Unknown said...

it's funny cause i think you will soon have to sit through your wife's usc basketball wins

but enjoy OJ MAYO's crazy talents while you can, i doubt he'll stay more than 1 year

Jen said...

I'm thankful for:

-Jimmy Tressel and my beloved Buckeye football team
-My healthy family and friends
-My wonderful son
-The win my high school alma mater had Saturday night with 33 seconds left to put them in the state championship game for the first time

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