Top prep WR recruit from Roosevelt (MD) High will
announce his college choice on national TV (3:30,
ESPNews). Choices down to Florida, Texas and Penn St.
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Two Words For You:
Doesn't Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta know
that "doing what's right for the team" is supposed to
be code for "making the Yankees even more loaded?"
He's not playing by the NY-biased rules!
Instead, "Ho Ho Ho" DePo ruined Yankee fans'
holiday by scuttling MLB's most high-profile menage
a trois. He's even moved on: L.A. is
about to lock up J.D. Drew.
Don't blame the Dodgers. Looking for a
scapegoat? Try Javier Vazquez, whose questionable arm
-- either he's injured or he just plain stinks -- is
rumored to be at the core of L.A.'s
If you want to see the Big Unit in pinstripes (and try
not to look so bummed out, Red Sox Nation), find
another patsy for the D'backs and Yankees' conspiracy.
(Prediction? In the end, Randy will still end up in
Meanwhile, this almost guarantees that the Yankees
will have no qualms breaking the bank to land Carlos
Beltran. (Too bad he doesn't pitch.)
AP Out of BCS
Sets up four dynamics in '05:
(1) The BCS will assuredly switch to a
"selection committee" model, which allows it to share
cachet with the NCAA Tournament -- but still leaves
itself open to all sorts of "tilt" scenarios.
(2) The AP will crown its own champ, no matter
who the BCS selection committee picks; so we're back
to the old adjectives "mythical" and "split," which
were the reason the BCS started in the first
(3) Will ESPN and USA Today follow, removing
their journalism brands from the opaque coaches' poll?
Or, undercut by a BCS committee, spin off the poll as
its own title-knighting entity? That would make THREE
(4) Has the opportunity ever been more ripe for
the "Shanoff Fan Poll?" As long as everyone else will
now get to declare their own champ, why not the
Saban to Dolphins?
Nick Saban's job to turn down, reportedly
as early as today. Even though I'm sure Jim Bates had
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Phil Mickelson: Will skip 04-winners-only Mercedes Champ.
fine interview ("So, what did you do last
night? Beat the Patriots? Not bad ...").
LSU's Saban would have huge power -- and we know how
well THAT works out in the NFL (see: Holmgren, Gibbs,
etc.) What GM would want to come to a team overseen by
the coach? (Apparently, perhaps the Titans' GM.)
LeBron Tops KG
Passing the MVP torch: LeBron kept pace
with KG statistically (26/12/6 vs. 26/13/6), but his
Cavs thumped the T'wolves, a signal that Cleveland
is for real, mostly thanks to the Leap taken by
James heads into 2005 as the front-runner to
take KG's MVP award, a reminder that college
unnecessary for NBA success if the talent is big
MLB in D.C.
City Council vote was 7-6, in favor of
the revised plan to finance a new stadium (which
brings the team). Wow, what an overwhelming mandate!
Nats fans better pack RFK Stadium next season.
Darius Fined $75K
But no suspension for Jags
clothes-liner Donovin Darius. For a league so
concerned about its image, the NFL sure does try its
hardest to avoid suspending players from actual
games. The $75K fine raises the bar, but for guys who
make $4 mil, is it really a deterrent?
Brown Wanted Out?
PTI keeps delivering simply "must-see"
interviews. (5:30 ET, ESPN) Yesterday, Pistons coach
Larry Brown said he was so disturbed by The Brawl that
he thought about not returning to coach:
"I never thought I'd feel that way about going
to work," he said. "I never thought I'd feel that way
about my sport."
Brown agrees with me (from the Quickie on Monday after
the brawl) that the NBA is nuts to showcase the
Pistons and Pacers on Xmas Day.
Teams: B. Green vs. Memphis
Location: Mobile, AL
Time/TV: 8 pm, ESPN
Subplot: Offense rules!
Stud: UM RB DeAngelo Williams
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The arbitrator in charge of The Brawl suspensions will
announce a decision soon. Keep your calendar free for
the inevitable follow-up lawsuit ...
Tim Floyd is on USC's radar: Then again, so is Bob
Knight, George Karl, and Pitt coach Jamie Dixon. Bob
Knight in LA? Best. Scene. Ever ...
Ga Tech soph QB Reggie Ball had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 run)
in GT's Champs Sports rout of 'Cuse. Yet the coach says
his job is up for grabs in '05 ...
Bertuzzi cops a plea: No jail time? Will "community
service" deter future on-ice violators? Wait: What's
this "hockey" again? ...
It's rare when the Tennessee Lady Vols win in an
"upset," but they did, topping No. 2
Stanford on a 3 at the buzzer ...