Today's Names to Know: Drew Brees, Eric Spoelstra, Brian Westbrook, Derek Anderson, TCU, Andre Johnson, Virginia hoops, Derek Jeter, Troy Tulowitzki, Rafael Palmeiro, Rich Rodriguez and More.
Saints as 2010's Top Sportsmen: There is nothing more appropriate to capture 2010 than SI naming Drew Brees and the Saints as their Sportsman of the Year. And not, say, LeBron.
(In the absence of a Saints SB win, I think you could have made a good case for LeBron, but I wouldn't exactly call his story "heartwarming," like the Saints were.)
Heat rout Wiz: Meh. Miami's problem has never been beating the dregs; it's been beating the GOOD teams. And until that happens with more regularity, the fracturing will continue.
49ers rout Cards: Brian Westbrook! Last night totally would have helped your fantasy team... in 2008. I can't believe that SF is only a game out of 1st place in the NFC West.
YouTube Clip of the Day: Derek Anderson going off on a reporter, in response to Jon Gruden going off on Derek Anderson for seeming to laugh on the sidelines during the loss.
Money quote: "You think this is funny, I take this s--t serious. Real serious. I put my heart and soul into this s--t every single week... I don’t go out there and laugh... Nothing’s funny to me."
Next up: Coors Light endorsement deal! Honestly, watch this end up as the big story of the day. About 10 seconds after I wrote this, I flipped on "Morning Joe" and they were playing the clip.
TCU to Big East: Talked about this yesterday, but it's a total win-win. TCU gets the BCS legitimacy; the Big East gets a perennial national power. TCU will win the league every year.
Andre Johnson & Cortland Finnegan can agree on at least one thing: Their $25K fines were a slap on the wrist, compared to the threat of a game suspension or something harsher.
Big Ten/ACC Challenge: Watch for Ohio State to throttle Florida State tonight. (I'll have my eye on Northwestern-Georgia Tech.)
The ACC is off to a good start with UVA's upset of Minnesota last night; things should be equalized when UNC loses at Illinois tonight. (UVA > Minnesota > UNC? Really?)
Yankees vs. Derek Jeter: "Reality potion" is right. NY's offer is more than fair. At what point does this storyline become: "Why doesn't Jeter just take the deal?"
Troy Tulowitzki to get mega-deal: Like Jeter 10 years ago, Tulo is a player who deserves a mega-contract. Ironically, this one will pay Tulo less in his prime than Jeter wants now.
Baseball Hall: Rafael Palmeiro is on the ballot for the first time, and it is a litmus test for voters who have already rejected Mark McGwire. Like Mac, Raffy is -- on paper -- a HOF lock.
CFB Coaching Carousel: No word on Rich Rodriguez... yet. You have to believe the Michigan AD is busy figuring out if Jim Harbaugh would take the job (and he should).
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