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Updated: December 14, 2009, 9:00 AM ET
By Dick Vitale

Each week I talk about the world of sports:

• Congratulations to Alabama running back Mark Ingram on winning the Heisman Trophy, giving the Tide their first winner of that award. It was a great race and you could have made a legitimate case for several candidates. I was so impressed with Stanford's Toby Gerhart in the win over Notre Dame, rushing for 205 yards. At the end of the day, Ingram was aided by a solid performance against Florida in the SEC title game. Ingram is a vital reason Alabama faces Texas for the national title!

• What has happened to the Pittsburgh Steelers? This team was 6-2 and looked like lock city for the playoffs. Now the Steelers look like they will be watching the postseason from their living room. Pittsburgh lacked a sense of urgency during a stunning loss at Cleveland. The Browns played with the passion and emotion needed to get to the winner's circle as Ben Roethlisberger was sacked eight times!

• Wow, Brian Kelly was named the Notre Dame head coach! He was the choice from the get-go and now he is on the big stage. Kelly has been a big winner everywhere he has been; he will embrace the ND spirit. He brings Holtz-like spirit and love for the Irish-- plus he has energy! I hope Kelly keeps Ron Powlus on his staff. Powlus has great passion for the Golden Dome!

• I heard an interesting discussion on ESPN. The question was posed: Who is the QB of the decade? My choice is No. 18, Peyton Manning! He led the Colts to another win, a record 22nd-straight regular-season victory.

• Louisville's AD Tom Jurich struck gold with the hiring of Charlie Strong! The Cardinals get a coach who did a great job with Urban Meyer's staff, running the Florida defense.

• I had a real blast at a high school football game recently. It was shock city-- Manatee HS, 28 over top-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas, 20-- in the Florida state semifinals. Wow, it was fun! There were 28 future Division I football players in the contest...talk about a ton of talent, baby!

• Why in the world would the Tampa Bay Rays want Milton Bradley? I would rather take a shot on Pat Burrell returning to his 30-homer, 100 RBI years with the Phils!

• Just a note to all of Tyler Hansbrough's critics; he had 40 points in the last two Pacer wins. Hansbrough is a hard worker and a winner. I feel that he will prove he belongs, just like Tim Tebow will show the naysayers and prove that he can play in the NFL!

• Sorry to learn of broadcaster Bryant Gumbel's cancer. My prayers are with him.

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.