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One of the year’s best: “The Big Ten’s Rose Bowl semifinal was supposed to be something of a foregone conclusion: Iowa, having survived a series of harrowing escapes to get to 9-0, had finally broken after losing starting quarterback Ricky Stanzi in a home loss to Northwestern and was trotting out a first-time starter, James Vandenberg, against the Big Ten’s best defense in a hostile road environment. But the Hawkeyes refused to fold… [Matt Hinton/Dr. Saturday]
The arrival of Mike Holmgren comes at a steep cost. Not only does team owner Randy Lerner dole out a speculated $50 million to the man known as “The Big Show”, but more cash is being laid out to bring in GM Tom Heckert, while the player personnel department is also being rebooted with new hires.
Instead of the Browns expansion-era approach of seeding the organization with unproven executives, this new Browns project injects proven football men at every position of importance. No expense is being spared.
That’s not unusual for the Lerner Browns. But this time, the money is buying experience. [Lane Adkins/The OBR – S/R]
How are Florida’s gun laws? “It’s widely assumed that Gilbert Arenas will never play another game for the Washington Wizards, even if no one seems quite sure yet how soon or by what means Arenas and the Wiz will ultimately part ways. So it’s also natural to start wondering which teams out there might be interested in Arenas when the 28-year-old is finished meeting all the sentencing requirements stemming from his felony gun-possession charge and receives his eventual clearance to return to work from NBA commissioner David Stern. […] For all the above unknowns in circulation, here’s something definitive I’ve heard from three separate folks close to the situation: Arenas would love to land with the Orlando Magic when this ordeal is over.” [Marc Stein/TrueHoop]
Turn back the clock… “This time last year, the Jets were reeling after starting 8-3 then losing six of its final seven games. The team fired head coach Eric Mangini and the rest is history. Well, Mangini’s finger prints were all over the Jets’ divisional playoff victory on Sunday from Darrelle Revis’ key interception to the team’s offensive line ushering the Jets’ running backs to gaining 169 yards on 39 carries.” [No Logo Needed]
And finally, LeBron James: The Most Consistent Scoring Option in the NBA [Stepien Rules]
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