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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The Weekly Best for 1/5

By Cam Martin
Special to Page 2

Welcome back to the Weekly Best, a look at the best in sports, pop culture and Curt Schilling endorsements.

Best decade ever: Never the one that just ended.

Best wild-card game next weekend: Cowboys versus Eagles.

Tony Romo
Now that the Curse of December is behind them, can the Cowboys shake the January Jinx?

Best NFC team with a lot left to prove: Cowboys.

Best AFC team with a lot left to prove: Chargers.

Best AFC team with a lot of golf to play: Steelers.

Best team that should finally win a Super Bowl: Chargers.

Best direction for the Pistons to go: The opposite.

Best car recently recalled: The Corvette.

Best indication that your priorities are slightly askew: You cruise Internet message boards eager to write, "First!"

Best "joke on a teammate": Gilbert Arenas.

Best conclusion to a Winter Classic: When the home team wins in overtime.

Best New Year's Eve entertainment: Travis Pastrana.

Best passing total in BCS history: 533 yards by Tim Tebow in the Sugar Bowl.

Best keep your head on a swivel: Old Miss quarterback Jevan Snead, who was blindsided on this interception return versus Oklahoma State.

Best college football game this week: Hopefully the one on Thursday night.

O.J. Mayo
Yet another O.J. that USC would rather forget.

Best USC alumnus: O.J. Mayo.

Best exhibition of pride: The New York Giants.

Best skipping his senior year at California to enter the NFL draft: Can you blame Jahvid?

Best test for the 12-2 Cornell men's basketball: When they face Kansas on Wednesday night.

Best impersonation of Wes Welker: Julian Edelman.

Best cornerback leaving college early: Florida's Joe Haden.

Best momentum going into the playoffs: Colts.

Best season in Houston Texans history: The one that just ended.

Best upcoming exposé on the NBA: "Basketball Wives," a VH1 series premiering in March.

Best country to see a boxing match on January 16: Uganda, where Evander Holyfield challenges Francois Botha for the WBF title.

Best stiff arm: Willis McGahee on Hiram Eugene.

Best yards-from-scrimmage total in one season: Chris Johnson, who surpassed Marshall Faulk's 10-year-old record.

Best-dressed man of the year: Robert Pattinson, according to GQ magazine.

Best take some notes, Gordon Brown: You, Mr. British prime minister, were named worst-dressed.

Best Rams' draft position since 1997: First!

Best Steelers fans could hope for Sunday afternoon: That the Raiders, Chiefs and Bengals would all come up big.

Best way to describe that hope: A final indignity in a disappointing season.

Best consolation for fans of non-playoff teams: Thanks to the balanced schedule, you already know your team's opponents in 2010.

Best NHL team currently foundering: The Penguins, losers of five straight.

Best conference in bowl games: Mountain West.

Best way to come out of tennis retirement: With a win, like Justine Henin.

Best single-season reception total in Football Subdivision history: 155 by Freddie Barnes of Bowling Green.

Tim Tebow
Come on, Tim. Walk off with your finger in the air! That's what George Constanza would do.

Best advice for Tim Tebow: Retire now?

Best former athlete on the new "Celebrity Apprentice": Darryl Strawberry.

Best-looking former athlete on the new "Celebrity Apprentice": Summer Sanders.

Best junior college transfer in college basketball: Darington Hobson of New Mexico, who spent the past two years at the College of Eastern Utah.

Best number of touchdowns by a tight end in one season: 13, Vernon Davis.

Best day of his life: Massachusetts Republican state Sen. Scott Brown learned Monday that Curt Schilling is endorsing his bid to fill the Senate seat vacated by the late Ted Kennedy.

Best bet to bounce back: The Eagles' offense, which just got shut out by the Cowboys.

Best television show you can study in college: "The Wire," which is a course of study at Harvard, Duke and Berkeley, among others.

Best baseball free agent still available: Matt Holliday.

Best team still getting no votes for No. 1 in the Associated Press men's basketball poll: Purdue.

Best time to see Vanderbilt play men's basketball on ESPN2: Saturday at noon versus Florida.

Best way to describe that last line: A shameless plug for Vandy, my alma mater.

Best thing about being a Vanderbilt sports fan: You get to watch superior athletes (usually playing for the other team).

Cam Martin is a contributor to Page 2. He previously worked for the Greenwich (Conn.) Time and The (Stamford, Conn.) Advocate, and has written online for CBS Sports and Comcast SportsNet New England. You can contact him at cdavidmartin@yahoo.com.

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