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Each week I talk about the world of sports:
• How about a salute to David Stern, commissioner of the NBA? He suspended Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas over his possession of guns and his reaction afterwards. The former Arizona star made a mockery of the situation, and I am sure that aggravated Stern, who is very aware of the league's image. There is simply no excuse for Arenas' behavior!
• Roll Tide as the Alabama Crimson Tide are National Champs! Congrats to coach Nick Saban and his team. Saban, the first man to coach two different schools to national championships, is worth all of the cash he is getting! Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram showed why he was picked as the nation's best player. It certainly was a tough break for Texas when quarterback Colt McCoy went out in the first quarter of the championship game. The Longhorns did not quit and came back to within three, 24-21, but Ingram put the game away with a late touchdown.
• Hey, winning the BCS Football title is fine, but it cannot compare to the Final Four in basketball! There is nothing in sports like March Madness. I told Rece Davis on College Gameday that it is no contest. Comparing BCS football with the Final Four is like Lady Gaga vs. Gisele Bundchen in a beauty contest -- a mismatch, baby!
• Congrats to Tony Romo and the Cowboys. Now their team will not have to hear about that long stretch since they won a playoff game. Wade Phillips can breath a sigh of relief as well! Dallas will give Minnesota a tough test in the next round of the playoffs.
• There was a lot of drama during Sunday's NFL playoff games. The Cardinals beat the Packers in overtime, 51-45 in a wild affair. Tom Brady threw three interceptions and it was struggle city as the Patriots fell behind 24-0 and lost to the Ravens.
• It was certainly no surprise that Peyton Manning won his fourth MVP award. He became the first player to win that honor on four different occasions. You could see the big difference in the Colts when he was out of the lineup for portions of the last two games of the season.
• Happy 85th birthday to former St. John's coach Lou Carnesecca. I really miss ex-coaching stars like Luigi, John Thompson and Rollie Massimino. They were so vibrant and brought personality to the sidelines. Carnesecca meant so much to the basketball scene in the Big Apple. When he was on the sidelines, Madison Square Garden was rocking and rolling!
• I was thrilled to hear that Andre Dawson is now a Hall of Famer. He did so much for the Expos, Cubs and Marlins. My friends, he deserves his place in Cooperstown. I was surprised to learn that Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven fell short of the required votes for induction. I believe Alomar was hurt by the spitting incident with umpire Mark Hirschbeck. It is heartbreaking to see Blyleven fall just five votes short.
• Fred McGriff is a Hall of Famer in my book. I know that people look at 500 HR's as a magical number and the Crime Dog fell short at 493. But he was clean and classy. For all of those stat fans, remember that he had 10 years in a row with 30 or more home runs! I would have also voted for Barry Larkin, an outstanding shortstop.
• With reports of Pete Carroll going to the Seahawks, is he thinking about possible NCAA sanctions? Is this decision because he wants to beat the posse?!
• Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton and coach Bruce Pearl sent a message to the Vols that criminal behavior will not be tolerated. They dismissed star player Tyler Smith. Hamilton also announced a tightening of policies for student-athletes. Then Tennessee went out and stunned No. 1 Kansas thanks to a nine-for-18 effort on three-pointers.
• It was certainly a wild weekend on the hoop hardwood. Go ask Kansas, Duke, Purdue, Mississippi, Kansas State, Florida State, New Mexico and West Virginia -- all of those ranked teams fell to defeat!