Today's Names to Know: Bobby Petrino, Kosuke Fukudome, LeBron James, Tim Tebow, Rex Grossman, Jamie Mottram, Twitter, College Bowl Mania, More!
Bobby Petrino quits the Falcons to go to...
First, that's kind of dickish on Petrino's part. If he didn't want to leave college, he never should have taken Arthur Blank's millions. (Fans all saw the college-to-pro failure coming a mile away.)
Meanwhile, by leaving
He moves to an
(Wow: How much of a chump does former
And the SEC gets yet another ridiculously high-profile coach. In the SEC West alone, that's Bobby Petrino, Les Miles, Nick Saban, Tommy Tuberville, Houston Nutt and Sylvester Croom. Wow.
Speaking of which...
Les Miles-to-Michigan rumor flares up, then is quashed by Miles himself, who said he was only "helping" the search. If he was so helpful, why didn't he tell them Petrino could've been available?
(Wasn't it in Miles' best interests to make sure Petrino didn't end up in the SEC... in Miles' own division, no less?)
News flash to increasingly stupefied
MLB Hot Stove: Cubs get Kosuke Fukudome, the high-profile outfielder from
Meanwhile, MLB gets a sneak-peek of the Mitchell Report: Would they leak any of it to try to mitigate damage control? No word... yet.
AP CFB All-America Team: Tebow is the QB, McFadden is the RB (a two-timer, along with Long, Dorsey and Laurinitis). Texas Tech freshman WR sensation Michael Crabtree made the team, as did former walk-on Jordy Nelson, a WR from
Nice to see the uber-talented Jeremy Maclin make the team as an all-purpose player. On defense, nice to see
Big Ten moving to a 13-week schedule: Wow, it's almost like they were... envious that the leagues with a conference title game got all the juice while the Big Ten season ended weeks before. No!
(Surprise, surprise: Jim Tressel and Lloyd Carr were the only two coaches who supported keeping the season as-is.)
NBA: David Stern won't punish the Knicks or Isiah Thomas. That's too bad. Stern was fans' last best hope to see the team rid itself of Isiah and turn the corner.
(Isiah on the Knicks' troubles as the fans' fault: I haven't talked about this this week, which is my bad. What a story: Yeah, blame it on the fans. That has to qualify for the stupidest thing to say of 2007.)
NFL: Mike Ditka will get rid of his fund to help NFL alums, after it was uncovered that his charity didn't, y'know, give out any.
More NFL: If Rex Grossman is done for the season, is he done in
Meanwhile, the Bears HAVE to be thinking "franchise QB" with a Top 10 pick in a draft loaded with great QBs. (Unfortunately, as many as 5 teams ahead of them could use a new franchise QB, too.)
NBA Stud of the Night: LeBron James... 6th Man of the Year?
TJ Ford injury: Here's to a full and healthy recovery to one of the best injury-comeback stories in sports of the decade.
Sports Media: Jamie Mottram has been at Yahoo Sports running their blogs and social media programming, and the results are starting to show: Yahoo Sports suddenly has one of the best NBA blogs around, hubbed by two characters you need in a great multi-voice blog product:
Kelly Dwyer, whose fanatically detailed knowledge of the NBA has been on display for a while as a TrueHoop fill-in, and Rod Benson, who is the NBA D-League's version of Gilbert Arenas and a rising star. Definitely worth keeping an eye (or RSS feed) on. Great start, guys.
CFB: Final fan voting for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year is open until this Saturday, December 15. The 10 finalists are listed for I-A, with 5 finalists each for 1-AA, DII and DIII. Go to coachoftheyear.com to vote (and, while you're there, check out the special blog I did with them).
Twitter Experiment: So I've been dabbling with Twitter off and on for the last however long, and I'm finally going to give it a real effort, which will hopefully supplement the signature morning post. If you are into Twitter, see the link to the side to get the subscriber info.
College Bowl Mania: Don't forget to use the link on the right to sign up for the College Bowl Pick 'Em game (through ESPN.com). Group name, as always: Daily Quickie Readers. And, as always, no password needed; it's a public group. Hope to see you in there!
(I just made my picks yesterday. I'm fine on the picks themselves; I'm sketchy on the "confidence" ranking. If I'm so sure LSU is going to wax