The Pats are still cheaters. Some want to use yesterday's Walsh tapes situation to argue that the scandal is put to bed, but I think it even more officially diminishes their accomplishments.
That's the lead of today's Sporting News column.
(By the way, if I was a Steelers fan, I would be demanding that my owners -- the venerated Rooneys -- come down a little harder on this than "No big deal." What Would Cuban Do?)
Meanwhile, Kobe must have watched Chris Paul and Kevin Garnett and said, "But I'm the MVP." So he put on an MVP display against the Jazz. The best thing that could happen to the Lakers is for the Hornets to oust the Spurs.
On MLB, here's an interesting debate posed in the question: What is more exciting -- Hitting for the cycle (a la Carlos Gomez) or hitting 3 HR in one game (a la Joey Votto)? SABRmetrically, it's a no-brainer (3 HR). The cycle has more romance, but give me the triple-shot of longball.
There's a lot more in the column today: Barry Zito, Vicente Padilla, Carmelo Anthony, DC United (yes, soccer!), the Olympic torch on Mt. Everest, Alabama State's 600-plus NCAA violations and more. Check it out here.