In case you hadn't heard, and I'm sure you have, The New York Mets have won the Johan Santana sweepstakes. That is huge news for all Indians fans. Get him out of the American League. That was all we were hoping for. The Mets are the big winners here. They finally got their horse, perhaps the best pitcher in the last 20 years who is in his prime, and to get him, they didn't give up their top pitching prospect Mike Pelphrey or any major league talent. At first all you heard were names like Jacoby Ellsbury, Phil Hughes, and Melky Cabrera bandied about. But in the end, the Yankees and Red Sox wouldn't part with their top talent to get Santana, and watched him go to the National League. Ken Davidoff of Newsday says the Mets owe a tanks to the Yankees for getting this deal done.
Winning the Florida Republican Primary is a huge move for John McCain. We spent a good 90 minutes watching the coverage on MSNBC last night. Some interesting theories out there. McCain is the clear favorite now, especially with Rudy Giuliani dropping out of the race and reportedly going to give his endorsement to McCain. Mitt Romney, who is chasing McCain, but has more money, is possibly being hamstrung by Mike Huckabee voters still in the race, as he is the candidate for the religious right. Meanwhile, Huckabee continues to stay in the race, even though he is clearly in third. Interestingly, he has been very complimentary of McCain during this entire race, and longer he stays in, the better it is for McCain. As NBC's Tim Russert put it, "it's almost as if McCain is dangling the Vice Presidency in front of Huckabee saying 'come on Mikey, just stick it out a little longer, through Super Tuesday.'" Interesting.
Our best wishes go out to one of the greats in the sports media, Michael Wilbon who underwent an angioplasty to fix a minor blockage in Scottsdale. We'll miss you while you are recovering Mike.
Set your alarms Detroiters, your mayor, the great Kwame Kilpatrick will finally address all of these allegations of wrongdoing Wednesday at 7:30.
Props to The Big Lead for finding this first, but reading this article on the despicable Jerramy Stevens literally made us sick to our stomach. Just more proof that Universities are enablers to their star athletes and some lawyers are the scum of the earth. It's a must read.
One of our favorite writers, the KC Star's Joe Posnanski blogged another piece about Bill Belichick, the Cleveland years.
If you didn't see this nasty dunk by Alabama's Senario Hillman, you need to click on the link. One of the biggest posterization's we've ever seen.
Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson doing a duet of Don't Stop Believin'. All we can say is yikes. (SIDE NOTE: We cannot stand Journey. Steve Perry's voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard. It makes out skin crawl.
According to Tribe expert Tony Lastoria, the Indians window of opportunity is wide-open. An excellent analysis.
The lady about is Inez Sainz, the woman T.O. lifted his media ban for, last year st Super Bowl media day. Uh, yessah....
#16 Marquette 62 South Florida 54 - A much needed win for the struggling Golden Eagles. Lazar Hayward had his career high with 23 points to go along with eight rebounds. They needed it as their star PG Dominic James was way off, shooting 1-7 for three points. Wesley Matthews picked up the slack with 16, including two big threes down the stretch to seal the W.
#8 Tennessee 93 Alabama 86 - Games like this are the reason we love watching the Vols. How does a 60 point second half sound? Chris Lofton continues his emergence from his slump with his third straight great game. The preseason All-American nailed five threes on his way to 23 points. Jajuan Smith hit four threes, including back to back threes with just under four minutes left that keyed a late Vols run that iced the game. He had 22. Tyler Smith had a double-double with 17 and 11. Bama was game, thanks to Richard Hendrix's 20 and 12 and Alonzo Gee's 27, but they missed 11 free throws, committed 20 turnovers, and were outrebounded 41-32.
Ohio State 68 Penn State 56 - A time game at the half, the Buckeyes took over late and pulled away to get the road win. Jamar Butler played all 40 minutes and led all scorers with 20. The Buckeyes are now 15-6 and fighting for a tournament bid.
Wake Forest 70 Miami 68 - I'll ask this question again, how could the Canes have been ranked at any point this season, let alone last week? Freshman Jeff Teague had a career high 27 and Wake hit 10-19 from deep. Stat of the night: Miami shot 54% from the field and lost.