Sunday, 4 a.m.
You can spend days arguing the best player in University of Alabama history: Joe Namath, Johnny Musso, Dwight Stephenson, John Hannah, Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, Ken Stabler. You can spend seconds on Clemson's: Deshaun Watson.
– The good news for Chuck Pagano is that he isn't fired. The bad news is that he's still coaching the Colts.
– Giants' defensive tackle Snacks Harrison says his time on Madden should count as playoff experience. Right. And Tom Hanks has military experience because of saving Pvt. Ryan.
– The Big Lead has the Bucs drafting Reuben Foster of Alabama, three picks after Dalvin Cook goes to Baltimore.
– NFL.com's rookie rankings at the three-quarter mark of the season had Noah Spence 10th and Vernon Hargreaves 22nd. Both dropped out of the top 25 in his latest list.
– People are betting that Tiger Woods can win the Masters? This year? What is it? 1997?
– Former Charger Shane Olivea said he spent $584,000 on drugs while in the NFL. Not counting Ibuprofen.
– One of the harshest comments about Duke coach Mike Kryzewski, who is having back surgery shortly after slapping star Grayson Allen on the wrist: “He's having surgery to have a backbone put in.” I'm a K fan, but that's funny.
– I'm catching up on the TV series “Supernatural,” where the stars try to exorcise demons. No word if they can visit the Rays' clubhouse.
– Former wrestler Ric Flair, 67, deadlifted 400 pounds this week. Translated to sportswriters' weight, that's 1,600 quarter pounders, minus the bacon.
– Tom Brady says he doesn't drink Gatorade, perferring a sugar-free lemon drink. Wait till Roger Goodell hears about this!
– Does it sound odd to anyone else that if Adam Gase leads the Dolphins to a Super Bowl win, he'll have half as many as Don Shula?
– Walterfootball.com has the Bucs picking Jabrill Peppers this year...and Travis Rudolph in 2018, for those of you who like distance to their silliness.
– This just in: The Bucs were two games over .500 this year. The Lighting is one game over.
– Anyone can draw an eight-team bracket. But can anyone persuade Alabama or Clemson to play another game after this one? Didn't think so.
– Whew. Not saying the Lightning are falling, but a player almost fell on me.
– Dwight Howard booed himself while returning to Orlando for a game this week. No, he wasn't alone.
– How do you define a crappy year? Jets' receiver Brandon Marshall said this year was like wearing a dirty diaper that was never changed.
– CBSsports.com ranks the leading candidates for each of the NFL openings. Good news for Bucs fans. Evidently, Mike Smith doesn't get a head coaching gig. All together now: Awwww. Smitty's a good guy, but most fans want to keep him.
– Vegas oddsmakers are making book on where Tony Romo plays next season. The top choice? Dallas. No. 2 is Denver. No. 3 is Arizona. No. 4 is Jerry Jones' backyard.
– Joe Theismann has ripped the 49ers for giving quarterback Colin Kaepernick an award for sitting down this season. He also wants the NFL to require players to stand. Theismann might have said more, but he was late for his job beside Waldorf on the Muppet Show.
– I'm going to miss USF running back Marlon Mack. Just assure me he didn't apply for the CFL draft.
– Bleacher Report says Ben Bishop is the third-most likely NHL player to be traded before the deadline. The down side of that is that the same report says Pittsburgh goal Mark-Andre Fleury is No. 1, which kinds of puts the ceiling on what the team could get for Bishop.
– Is it just me, or is Rondo Rousey playing defense for the Bolts these days?