The Giants' win in Super Bowl XLII is arguably the most important result in the NFL in the last three decades. Why? Because it shattered the smog of inevitability that had descended on the league in the wake of the Pats' "perfect season." It reminded fans that anything can happen.
That is the lead of today's SN column, Part 1 of a two-day preview of the NFL season (continuing tomorrow with my playoff picks, which I'll try to preview here today but will certainly discuss tomorrow).
Meanwhile, I can't get worked up over USC jumping Georgia for No. 1 in the CFB polls for two reasons: (1) I did the same thing in my BlogPoll ballot (below), and (2) Georgia, no matter how it did these first 3 weeks, was going to get jumped by the USC-Ohio State winner anyway.
Tatum Bell stealing Rudi Johnson's bags when Johnson got to Detroit is one of the funniest stories I have heard all year.
Dustin Pedroia for AL MVP? Let's start with AL Player of the Week, how about that? If the White Sox fall short of the playoffs and voters hold that against Carlos Quentin, I could actually see Pedroia gathering some momentum -- but only if he maintains his ludicrous pace of the last week.
Speaking of momentum, should Cubs fans get worried? That's 4 Ls in a row and arm trouble for Carlos Zambrano. (I'm going to Chicago this weekend for the first time this year, and I'm looking forward to taking the temperature of fans out there -- even if the Cubs aren't in town...d'oh.)
It's Oklahoma City Thunder. Consider yourself spoiled.
Congrats to Tiger and Elin on her latest pregnancy. What I would like to see is a double-date featuring Tiger, Elin, Bristol and Levi.
Complete SN column here.