Today's Names to Know: Tim Tebow, Jason Campbell, Rex Grossman, Jose Guillen, Mike Ditka, Jim Grobe, Lute Olson, Allen Iverson, More!
Will Tebow win the Heisman? Breaking the "Class Ceiling" – the historical (and ridiculous) Heisman voter-bias against freshman and sophomores – is the biggest reason everyone should be rooting for him to win the award (presuming you think his on-field qualifications are worthy, too, which they undeniably are).
Herschel Walker. Marshall Faulk. Larry Fitzgerald. Adrian Peterson. Darren McFadden. All were the best players in the country as freshman and sophomores, but were denied the Heisman, presumably because of their age. (Who knows how many others never even got as far as the Top 2 or 3 because they were instantly discounted because of their class year?)
It should be the end of a stodgy era: Thank goodness. Now, with that taboo eliminated, we can get down to the business of actually giving the Heisman to the best PLAYER in college football. Not the "best junior or senior" in college football.
I'm sure Herschel Walker approves.
UPDATE: I'm not sure I made a big enough deal out of this Schiano-Michigan story. He interviewed there. (I'm not sure why Michigan AD "Buffoonish Bill" Martin -- the punchline of this entire process -- didn't make an offer on the spot.) He wouldn't interview if he didn't have interest. And if he's interested, Michigan needs to grab him NOW. This would be a huge score for Michigan -- it might even make me lose the "Buffoonish" tag for AD Martin.
UPDATE 2: Apparently, Schiano is out of the running. Buffoonish Bill screw up again.
MLB "PED Stove": Jose Guillen (and Jay Gibbons) suspended for first 15 games of next season's debut with the Royals for being involved with HGH. That was quite the offseason pickup for KC.
NFL Preview and Picks: Top Storylines
1. Playoff Chase: 6-6, 7-5 teams need wins
2. Pats 19-0 Watch: On line vs. Steelers
3. Fins 0-16 Watch: On road vs. Bills
4."Sportsman" Curse: How's Favre's injury?
5. Fantasy playoffs begin: Are you in?
Picks (home team in ALLCAPS):
BILLS over Dolphins
BENGALS over Rams
Cowboys over LIONS
PACKERS over Raiders
Chargers over TITANS
EAGLES over Giants
JAGS over Panthers
Bucs over TEXANS
Vikings over 49ERS
SEAHAWKS over Cards
BRONCOS over Chiefs
PATS over Steelers
Browns over JETS
Colts over RAVENS
Saints over FALCONS
Sports Media: Pats-Ravens ended up being the highest-rated show in cable TV history. Not bad. (Yeah, I'm a day late on this.)
Meanwhile, this idea to have students provide content to ESPNU is genius: Free, pre-qualified content for a channel that needs the cheap inventory, all in exchange for a cost-free byline. That's not criticism; meanwhile, the college kids get some exposure in the ESPN universe.
NFL vs. Retirees: Mike Ditka a hypocrite? Ditka has been an outspoken critic of the league and supporter of NFL retirees. So why, then, has his charity dedicated to the cause only given out $57,000 on $1.3 million in collections? Just asking.
More CFB Coaching Carousel: No, Jim Grobe doesn't want to coach at
CFB Awards Season: Big night last night for the SEC. Tebow for Davey O'Brien and Maxwell. Darren McFadden for Doak Walker and Walter Camp. Glenn Dorsey for Outland (but Dorsey lost the Bednarik to
CBB: Lute Olson to extend his leave of absence to the entire season. This now becomes "newsy" enough that aren't you curious WHY? Yes, it's "personal family matters," but it feels like Olson gets a level of deference from mainstream media that another coach in another sport wouldn't get.
NBA Stud: Allen Iverson... for the second straight day! 35 points and 12 assists in a huge Nuggets win in
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