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Don’t look now, but the other Buckeye team is starting to make some quality noise. “After all, the 12th-ranked Boilermakers didn’t have third-leading scorer Robbie Hummel, while the Buckeyes got huge games from Evan Turner and William Buford. “It’s in the product. Those guys are fantastic,” Painter said. “You can’t allow Evan Turner to get to the basket or the free throw line 14 times. We did. But William Buford was amazing. That kid is good.” [...] Purdue (17-5, 6-3) had not permitted an opponent to shoot better than 43 percent all season. The Buckeyes shot 60 percent.” [Rusty Miller/Associated Press]
Perhaps it isn’t just Mangini? His successor in New York isn’t exactly one for history either: “The Blitz has learned that Rex Ryan has torn down the successes of the Eric Mangini year. Sources say Ryan had YouTube take down video highlights of the Jets 2004 AFC Wild Card Game (New York Jets 20, San Diego Chargers 17 (OT)) Ah, a fresh start for the Jets. Again.” [Bob's Blitz]
I may be in the minority, but I actually believe Stephen A. Smith here: “In case anyone didn’t comprehend what I reported first on ESPNews Sunday morning, then SportsCenter Monday night, let me be clear: My sources tell me Chris Bosh wants out of Toronto. Preferably before 2010, when he’s free to opt out of his contract. They’ve also informed me Bosh has quietly made the Raptors aware of this, that he wouldn’t mind interest from Miami or Dallas, at all, and that he’s hopeful his days as a Raptor will come to an end sooner than when the LeBron James’ Sweepstakes hits the fan in 2010.
Both Bosh and Raptors’ President, Bryan Colangelo have emphatically denied Bosh has made the Raptors aware of anything. Feel free to believe them if you want to. And while you’re at it, feel free to to conveniently forget that Damon Stoudamire, Marcus Camby, Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter all echoed similar sentiments before they skipped town, too.” [Stephen A. Smith via Awful Announcing]
DE-FENSE: “Because I see LeBron James play everyday sometimes it polarizes me. Even though I watch a lot of NBA basketball and am often amazed — such as last night when Kobe Bryant scored 61 points on 31 shots — LeBron seems to be able to do things that I don’t see anywhere else. Maybe I’m suckered in, but it’s hard for me to grasp it. ” [Brian Windhorst/Plain Dealer]
Yea, about that celebration: “One of the most overlooked aspects of the closing moments of Super Bowl XLIII is that Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes used the ball as a prop after his game-winning touchdown reception. Using the football as a make-believe can of talcum powder, Santonio held the ball in his right hand and pretended to shake the powder onto his left palm. He then threw the ball into the air, like the white cloud that LeBron James has become known for sending skyward.
Good stuff. But the move should have resulted in a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. For reasons still not known or apparent, the officials didn’t throw the flag.” [Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk]
(photo courtesy AP/Terry Gilliam)