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Each week I will write about the world of sports:

• Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers as the Lombardi Trophy is heading to Wisconsin, baby! I said this was Aaron Rodgers' time to shine and, sure enough, he was named Super Bowl XLV MVP. Imagine if a few of his passes weren't dropped; he might have had 400 yards passing! Give credit to the Steelers for coming back from a 21-3 deficit to make it a very competitive game. My pick of Green Bay, 28-24 was pretty good.

• Also deserving of congratulations is the newest class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That group includes a pair of very exciting players in Deion Sanders and Marshall Faulk. To show how tough it is to get in, guys like Jerome "The Bus" Bettis, Curtis Martin and Cris Carter did not get enshrined this time around. All three are deserving of enshrinement in Canton, Ohio sometime down the line.

• The Yankees saw their pitching rotation change last week with the retirement of Andy Pettitte. Now the Bronx Bombers are trying to catch lightning in a bottle by signing veteran pitchers like Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon. They also tried to turn back the clock by adding the likes of Eric Chavez. The Red Sox have made major moves this off-season by adding Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez and Boston is the favorite in the AL East in my book.

• Despite losses at Mississippi and Florida last week, I think John Calipari's Wildcats can be dangerous come tourney time if he can get more production from his veterans. Guys like Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins have to step up and score more to help out the kiddie corps of Terence Jones, Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb. Kentucky may get a dangerous seed in the Big Dance. Calipari said he cares about preparing for the NCAA tournament more than anything.

• I was surprised with the timing of Larry Drew II's departure from North Carolina and disappointed that the young man did not go directly to coach Roy Williams with his decision. Kendall Marshall had 16 assists in a win over Florida State to soften the blow. I cannot wait to see the Tar Heels and Blue Devils on Wednesday night as that is the best rivalry in all of sports!