Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Wednesday 11/05 A.M. Quickie:
President Barack Obama. Enough Said.

I remain utterly elated over the result of yesterday's election. That lingering feeling is kind of remarkable, actually. Maybe I'm projecting, but people on the street seem to be perma-smiling.

It shouldn't surprise you that I led today's SN column with an attempt to put President Barack Obama into his proper sports context.

Needless to say, it is a new dawn when the First Fan is a real sports fan, much closer to how you or I consume sports than recent times.

And it has massive implications for a longtime Shanoff construction about the state of "Big" sports. I will republish the lead item in full later this morning.

Meanwhile, what you'll find in the rest of the column:

*NBA: The Celtics exposed the Rockets as not-yet-ready to challenge for a championship. Maybe in six months, but not now.

*CFB: Pete Carroll is a whiner: There is an easy way to master the BCS system when you have the most talented team in CFB playing the least challenging schedule of any contender: Win.

(Why doesn't Carroll flex some of his muscle as the biggest big dog in the Pac-10 to influence his conference's commissioner, who is one of the biggest playoff obstructionists in the country?)

*NFL: The state of the Raiders is so bad that it may finally be necessary for the NFL to step in. The pending purge could be the lowest moment yet.

*MLB: There will be some high-payroll team out there willing to give AJ Burnett a deal worth him opting out for. And they will pay for it, all right. Call it the "Pavano Effect."

*Schadenfreude: A roster of experts have determined that Derek Jeter is the worst fielder in baseball, which is a label that is a long time coming. Jeter fans are going to go insane.

More later. Complete SN column here.

President Barack Obama. Yes.

-- D.S.


DougOLis said...

For all criticisms you can throw at W, I don't think "not a sports fan" is one of them. He was a cheerleader, owned a team, and only seems legitimately happy/competent at sporting events (i.e. throwing out first pitches, that Nats game he was in the booth, the Olympics).

Randvek said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the biggest reason not to have a CFB playoff is that it would be played by kids, most of who will never have a pro career. I can't imagine getting a catastrophic injury when all I want to do is get my degree because a bunch of grown men can't handle the BCS.

"Won't somebody PUH-LEASE thing of the children?!"