Today's Names to Know: Brett Favre, Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers, Missouri, West Virginia, Redskins, Dolphins, Tom Osborne, Tommy Tuberville, Darren McFadden, Johan Santana, Jose Reyes, Phil Jackson, Isiah Thomas, OJ Mayo, Michael Beasley and More! TONS to talk about today...
Cowboys beat Packers: The big story is that Brett Favre is hurt (twice: throwing-arm elbow, non-throwing shoulder), putting his consecutive-start streak at risk and putting the Packers' dream season in jeopardy. Adding insult to injury: T.O. has a pretty fun TD celebration, pouring a fan's popcorn into his facemask, and Tony Romo has eclipsed Brett Favre as the NFC's top QB.
CFB Weekend Preview and Picks: It's very simple. If
If both lose... you don't really want to think about that: I have a hard time giving it to a team that didn't even play for its conference title (
UPDATE: Upon further review, if LSU wins (even over an over-matched Tennessee team), you can't possibly take VT over the team that waxed it head-to-head. People will scream "SEC bias" and the "losing-to-two-unranked-teams" thing still bothers, but an 11-win SEC champ has a pretty strong claim.
See? You really don't want to think about it.
(Good thing it'll be a moot point:
The Picks (BCS Implications):
7 LSU over 13
8 USC over UCLA (Rose Bowl clincher)
More Top 25 Picks:
19 BYU over
Non-Top 25 Bonus:
Central Florida over
Navy over Army
NFL Weekend Preview and Picks:
This Week's Top Storyline:
(1) Redskins Grieving: How will they respond?
(2) Dolphins 0-16 Watch: Home vs. 2-win Jets
(3) Pats 19-0 Watch: It will be ugly in Balto.
(4) Game of the Week: Jags at Colts
(5) Star Watch: D. Hester! A. Peterson? K. Smith.
At Titans over Texans
At Colts over Jags
Chargers over at Chiefs
At Rams over Falcons
Jets over at Dolphins
Lions over at Vikings
At Eagles over Seahawks
At Redskins over Bills
49ers over at
Broncos over at Raiders
Browns over at Cards
At Bears over Giants
At Saints over Bucs
At Steelers over Bengals
Pats over at Ravens
More NFL: Do Packers fans feel better about Aaron Rodgers, after his substitute performance for Favre? 18 of 26 for 201 yards, a TD and zero INTs. He also had 5 rushes for 30 yards. I'm sure the PT was unexpected, but he aquitted himself well, even in a Packers loss.
CFB Coaching Carousel: Tom Osborne names HIMSELF the interim coach. That's one way to handle things. I appreciate the need (recruiting), but wouldn't it be easier just to make the hard decision of naming a real coach? (Far better: I want Osborne to come back and coach the season next year; he'll make Bobby Bowden look involved, which is a trick.)
Meanwhile, is Tommy Tuberville headed for
Joe Paterno makes $500,000: My first reaction, like many of you... THAT'S ALL?!
Will Darren McFadden turn pro? He would be crazy not to, given his status as the top running back in college football and guaranteed spot in the Top 5 of the draft (No. 1, depending on who is doing the picking.) Given the way teams are regretting not taking Adrian Peterson higher than 7th (7th!) and that McFadden is even better than Peterson, he will go really high. Anyway, McFadden's "I'll wait until the season is over" is nice to say, but this is a done deal.
MLB Hot Stove: Johan Santana to the... Red Sox?! The most shocking part is what little the Red Sox seem to have to give up. Crisp? Lester? A top position-player prospect? Seriously, that's all?!
That would be a robbery, and I'm quite sure the Twins know a deal like that is a quick way to get the Yankees to pony up a better package.
Meanwhile, the Mets say they won't trade Jose Reyes for Santana. Cripes: Of COURSE not. Do you see the Red Sox dangling ANYONE they REALLY value in trying to get Santana? Hell no.
Is Santana more valuable to the Mets than Reyes (or more valuable to the Red Sox than most any position player they currently have)? Probably. But the market price for Santana has been set: And it is NOT a superstar in return.
MLB PED Scandal: HBO to turn "Game of Shadows" into a movie. I think it would make a much better documentary, but if they insist on fictionalizing it, it begs the question: Who plays Barry?
NBA: Phil Jackson staying with the Lakers for 2Y/$24M. You'd think he wouldn't want to stick with the mess in
Celtics obliterate Knicks, 104-59: The score is relevant not just because it is a massive ass-kicking, but because the 45-point win was the Celtics' largest since 1970.
It's a good thing Bill Belichick wasn't coaching THIS
Will Isiah be fired... finally? If there was ever a symbolic moment to fire Isiah, this is it. (As symbols go, it also is the biggest one yet representing the Celtics' dramatic single-season turnaround.)
It was one of the Knicks' worst losses ever, but for all intents and purposes, it was the Knicks' worst loss ever -- the nadir of the Isiah Thomas regime.
CBB Last Night: Spotlight on Mayo and Beasley. The USC Mayos, playing at home, beat
CBB This Weekend: Game of the Weekend (Sunday):
CFB Last Night:
Coming Monday: A bold new experiment in Commenting. (Intrigued, Commenter "Regulars?" See you Monday.)