But in my mind, this is the NCAA title game. And moreover, if Tebow runs it in on 4th and one against the Rebels, this is a #1 Florida versus #2 Alabama match-up instead of the current title game entrance. I don't see Texas, Texas Tech or Oklahoma standing in either team's way, but I have no desire to see Nick Saban raise another crystal ball. I believe Florida wins this one by pulling away in the second half.
Perhaps the most surprising part of the game is that #4 Florida is favored by more than a touchdown over Alabama (10 points to be exact). And say what you want about being #1 and undefeated but if there's any group of guys in the room who know more about football than anyone else, its the people setting the betting lines. You don't get respect in betting lines no matter who you are and fans or players getting upset by this are just fooling themselves, Florida is the better team.
Florida 42 Alabama 24
- A Minnesota County judge has issued a restraining order against the NFL for the Vikings' Williamses. The move could allow both Pat and Kevin to play, however the NFL could also move swiftly as said judge is open to a hearing as early as...right now. Should be a fascinating scenario. Good thing the Vikings have the Lions this weekend.
- Apparently Giants G.M. Jerry Reese is open to a Plaxico Burress return in 2009, assuming all his legal troubles are over. Again, an interesting scenario that will play out. Problem is I don't see this one working out for Plaxico by 2009.
- Big Ben is hurt again. This time a mild knee injury (probably a mild sprain) that ended his practice early and may keep him out today. Good thing the Steelers are getting the likes of Willie Parker and Troy Polamalu in the game (under the same scenario as Ben, not practicing but playing) because their schedule (and fight with the Ravens for the division) isn't getting any easier.
- From bad to worse in Philly. After getting handled by Lower Marion standout Kobe Bryant (who got his fair share of boos because he's such an asshole), Elton Brand went down with an injury. While the Sixers poor play may be a troubling sign, keep in mind it took a while for last year's team to gel, and this year's with a new superstar, could take a while as well.
- The Knicks, regardless of dumping Isiah Thomas, are still the butt of numerous jokes in the league. Besides Stephon Marbury's "Waive me or play me" statement, the Knicks are so desperate for a guard they may actually watch Cuttino Mobley retire,and try to sign Allan Houston, their assistant GM.
- As we said yesterday, Dustin Pedroia signed a 6 year, $40.5 million extension. Also, the Cardinals traded for the Padres Kalil Greene, The Braves acquired Javiar Vazquez, The Mets resigned Nelson Figueroa and Ben Sheets declined the Brewer's arbitration offer. The Sheets deal is most interesting because A) The Brewers appear set to lose their top two pitchers and B) Sheets, in my opinion, is the best free agent pitcher (by bang for buck) on the market. He'll cost you maybe 65% of what Sabathia will and his production will probably be close, especially if Sabathia signed in the A.L.
- Sean Avery apologized, but even his Stars teammates are sick of his shit. Even coach Dave Tippett doesn't see Avery making it back (easily) to a lockerroom already concerned about its season.
- Well that didn't take long, Barry Melrose, after being canned by the "Ning Dynasty" is on his way back to ESPN for the 3 minutes of hockey that talk about during each episode of sportscenter.
- EC's DMtShooter gives us the top 10 new sports words of 2008.
- And finally, another OJ verdict on TV, AA has the details.