SEC -- Missouri vs. Auburn
If you claim to have predicted before the season started that it would be Auburn vs. Missouri in the SEC championship game, you either love tigers and hate LSU, or you're trying to be funny. Because this game, in the land of Alabama and Georgia and South Carolina, came out of nowhere. But it's here, and it could send a team to the BCS National Championship, if all things fall just right. Who gets it done in Atlanta?
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NFL Week 14 -- Panthers at Saints
The New Orleans Saints' consolation prize for a blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday? A home game against the team that might just steal away the NFC South title. That's right, Cam Newton & Co. have won eight in a row, pulling even with Drew Brees' team atop the division. Oh, and these teams meet again at Carolina in two weeks.
Gary Kubiak had a winning record with the Texans for most of his tenure in Houston, but an 11-game losing streak this season dropped him three games below .500. The Texans won't give him a chance to even the ledger, as they fired him after an embarrassing loss to the equally lowly Jaguars. Injuries decimated the Texans this season, and Matt Schaub's pick-six problem was difficult to foresee, but it's tough to justify keeping a coach whose team has fallen apart this dramatically.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
The Texans were generally respectable under Kubiak but were never really contenders for anything other than a quick playoff exit.
If the Texans land and keep the No. 1 pick, they could pick up one of several potentially franchise-changing players.
Mariners sign Robinson Cano
For the first time in a long time, the Yankees have been outspent on a player. Robinson Cano, perhaps New York's best player over the past five years, has signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. It's one of the largest contracts in baseball history and is a huge statement by the Mariners, who may be looking to establish themselves as a nationally relevant team again. Cano's skills are undeniable, but 10-year contracts have a way of backfiring on the teams that make them -- just ask Angels fans how Albert Pujols' contract is looking after his second year with the team.