Commentary

This and That

Updated: November 17, 2008, 3:07 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

Each week I'll give my thoughts on the world of sports:

•The Yankees have made a big-time offer to free agent CC Sabathia. It has been an offer reported at over $140 million, a bigger contract than the one the Mets signed with Johan Santana. It is incredible, and it is about dollars, dollars, dollars. Will Sabathia go to the Bronx for the cash or will he land in California, closer to home? You don't win championships with just stars; you need a supporting cast of role players. It should be an interesting off-season in the Bronx as Brian Cashman and company keep busy.

•Watch out for the Florida Gators as Urban Meyer's team has been incredible. This is an offensive machine with solid play at running back and Tim Tebow on a roll. To me, Florida is the team to beat for the national championship. Since the one-point loss to Mississippi in late September, Meyer's team has won six straight contests, by a total margin of 299-63. That's what I call incredible.

•This week's Texas Tech-Oklahoma game is another huge game in the hunt to make the BCS title game. Both of these teams are in the top five of the latest BCS standings and the two quarterbacks  Sam Bradford of the Sooners and Graham Harrell of the Red Raiders  have posted Heisman-type numbers. The Big 12 has had so many special moments this season, and potentially this could be a wild shootout.

•The Titans and Giants continue to impress. Kerry Collins is having a season to remember as a leader. Tom Coughlin's squad ran wild against a Ravens defense keyed by Ray Lewis. Wow...These two teams look like the clear frontrunners to make it to Tampa for the Super Bowl.

•Can you believe the job being done by Brett Favre and the New York Jets? Isn't that exactly why they brought Favre in, to win the big games? It was certainly as huge win when the Jets beat the Patriots last Thursday. He made the big plays at the right time and he responded because Matt Cassel was brilliant. Favre has Jets fans celebrating and exuberant.

•There have been a few shock-city results in college basketball already. What about VMI, which went into Rupp Arena and did the same thing Gardner-Webb did a year ago  stunning the 'Cats on their home floor. Kentucky got better as the season progressed after the Gardner-Webb loss. The Keydets led the nation in scoring last season and the mentality is simple ... you can score on us, but we will put up more points! Kentucky got `03, but VMI had 111. Jodie Meeks scored 39 for Kentucky, but Patrick Patterson attempted just four shots from the field. The Wildcats have to get him more good looks and field goal tries in the paint and down low.

•The upset bug bit in several places. SW Baptist, a Division II school from Missouri. The Bearcats stunned Utah in Salt Lake City, 80-79. Portland knocked off Washington and Northeastern stunned Providence. Wow, David took care of Golaith, baby!

•I can't believe the Tampa Bay Lightning fired coach Barry Melrose after just 16 games. Are you kidding me ... give me a break! You bring the guy out of the TV booth and that's how you judge and evaluate a guy ... 16 games? What a wild situation. That is an unfair situation and when a new owner comes into place, he can do whatever he wants. It is ridiculous and insane to fire a guy that early. Melrose was trying to bring a change to the mindset of the players.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.