In harsh glare of morning after the morning after, there's no question he has vaulted himself among the Pantheon of great NFL coaches.
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The old Frog/Scorpion parable (with a
Out-of-work legendary coach (with equally
legendary temper) wants to get back into the game.
Mid-level college hoops program wants to cross raging
river between mediocrity and the Top 25.
Coach says: I'll help you get there.
School says: Hmm, if we hire you, you'll bite us
once we're on the other side. Coach insists:
No, I won't. I'll be good. I promise.
School rises in prominence, coach restores rep
and the team is successful. But on the other side, the
coach has an "incident." With the school chancellor.
At a grocery store. Yesterday. (Allegedly.)
Realizing what they got themselves into, school
says: I thought we had a deal! Now you've
humiliated both of us! Why? Coach says: Because
I am Bob Knight ... and that is my nature.
Drew Henson to NFL
For those of us jumping on the "Tom
Brady Must Be Stopped" bandwagon this week, our hero
may have just materialized: Drew Henson, who is done
with baseball and will head to the NFL.
If there's one player who makes Brady nervous
it's Henson, a fellow member of the "Golden Boy" Club
who fearlessly went head-to-head with Brady when both
were at Michigan. Though Brady eventually won the
full-time starting job, there was a whole lot of
Henson's presence across the field might be the
only thing that can rattle Brady's Hall of Fame-worthy
cool and the Pats' next Super Bowl.
"Rightful place": Two loaded words that
any social critic -- and certainly any athlete --
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|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 Knight Watch: Texas Tech coach reportedly mixes it up|
2 Making Reserve-ations: NBA All-Star benches named today
3 "Breast-Case Scenario": Grammy-blacklist, FCC fallout?
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
1 NFL parity: Not with Pats simply reloading for next year|
2 Kobe missing his hearing: Didn't need to be there anyway
3 Shaq's cursing: No choice words you haven't heard before
Calling women golfers playing with men a
"marketing ploy" and lobbying for them to be excluded
from PGA events, Greg Norman leaps to the top of
sports' misogyny hierarchy.
Norman forgets that his bills are paid by those
same sponsors he criticizes for offering their
purchased exemptions to whomever they want.
And he seems to be in denial that 14-year-old
Michelle Wie may be as good as any PGA
golfer in 10 years. Maybe he's a little nervous that
she can out-hit him already.
But maybe he's just bummed he's a has-been who
needs to say outrageous things to get back in the
NBA All-Star Reserves
Named today. Top storylines:
* LeBron/Carmelo: Amazing rookie duo should make
it to the bench, then get lots of PT.
* First-timers: Sam Cassell, Lamar Odom, Andrei
Snubs: Way too many good guards that will be
left on the outside looking in.
Sincere or staged? No, not Janet
Jackson's risque "reveal" -- Monday's outrage from
critics and apologies from participants.
NFL? Just sorry they were snookered.
Networks: What, sorry their halftime show was
the talk of the nation yesterday?
FCC: Sorry their investigation looks so
ridiculous compared to the larger national issues
related to intelligence failures or the economy?
Timberlake: Sorry for one-upping ex-g/f
Janet: Sorry for hyping her brand with
a new CD coming out at the end of March?
I'm sorry to see all this mock morality -- or
is it mockery of morality?
Did someone have to die -- to DIE -- so that Pats fans could rage? Reason enough to root against the Red Sox winning the World Series.
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college hoops, and when they do, No. 3 St. Joe's
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career-high 38, Carmelo does him one better with
career-high 39 ...
Any Tigers wins over 55 should be attributed to Pudge
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be a package deal ...
Knight Commission today examining frosh ineligibility.
Right: Because Carmelo Anthony *definitely* seemed to
Repentant, swear-free Shaq sits out Lakers L to Pacers; next time, Shaq should just reveal his
boob and a nipple shield ...
Kobe's D going after police investigators, whose
tactics will prove in hindsight to be the turning
point of his acquittal ...
After amazing SB and buzzworthy halftime, NFL could
take huge loss this week, with decision on Clarett
case expected ...