Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday 01/12 A.M. Quickie:
Tebow, Eagles, Steelers, Cards, Wake

Refining yesterday's post about Tebow's return to Florida, in today's SN column I lead by laying out the dramatic stakes for him in 2009: Best Player Ever and Best Team Ever are both in the mix.

Then again, there is Matt Leinart and the 2005 USC Trojans as your cautionary tale.

Picking Florida to win the national championship in August may have been my best call of the 2008, but it might get competition from my pick of the Eagles to win the Super Bowl.

(Yes, I should go ahead and dismiss the Cardinals -- again, for the third straight week. Their D has been sensational, and Warner is probably a win from locking in a place in the Hall of Fame.)

Speaking of Hall of Fame: The question is which idiot BBWAA voters won't put Rickey Henderson into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility? You know they're out there.

You can thank the Steelers for maintaining some level of HFA pride in being the only home team to win this weekend; they'll have it next weekend, too -- the Ravens won't be scared.

I would like to revise my preseason pick of Louisville to win the NCAA Tournament and switch my vote to Wake Forest. (Caveats: They beat UNC at Wake; Ginyard didn't play; UNC shot 35 percent, which won't happen all the time -- including 3/12 from Hansbrough.)

Broncos hire Josh McDaniels: I know Denver needs help with D, but McDaniels can hire a top-flight assistant for that (Mike Nolan? Dom Capers?). He is one of the brightest young coaching talents in the NFL -- Lane Kiffin isn't a cautionary tale; he was entirely unsuited for the role. McDaniels is a career NFL assistant taught by the best -- he will do fantastic.

Complete SN column here. More later.

-- D.S.


Gregory said...

Lane Kiffin isn't the cautionary tale, Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis are.

cd said...

As a Steeler's fan I beg you to please pick the Ravens to win next the AFC championship game. I know you have to get the Eagles as your pick, since you had back in August. Please make it two for two on road picks. I need the Quickie Jinx!