It’s All Opinions Day
They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:
Sorry, but I’m not buying this new rumor that the Angels are suddenly in the thick of the Cliff Lee bidding. To me, Lee is as big a cinch to sign with the Yankees as Derek Jeter was . . .
It is beginning to feel, however, as if Arte Moreno is getting ready to bail on Carl Crawford . . .
You knew Jayson Werth’s jawdropping $126 million deal with the Nationals would inflate Crawford’s asking price. Some of us also suspected Moreno would be the first to say, “I’m out.” . . .
Go ahead, Arte. Prove me wrong. I’ll be glad to give you credit . . .
So this new McCourt decision just means more trial time? Great, just what all Dodger fans were hoping . . .
By the way, I know the Dodgers are denying it, but James Loney and Jonathan Broxton to Milwaukee for Prince Fielder sounds pretty good to me . . .
Here’s a deal I would explore if I were the Angels: Mike Napoli and maybe one of their many extra infielders to San Diego for Heath Bell . . .
The only Heisman Trophy suspense will be over who finishes third. Cam Newton and LaMichael James will be 1-2. Third place is between Boise State’s Kellen Moore and Stanford’s Andrew Luck . . .
I keep waiting to hear an NFL scout’s evaluation of Boise State’s Moore. I know they’re going to say he’s too small and not strong enough physically. I also know some wise coach is going to be very glad he took a chance on him in the second or third round . . .
To me, Moore is a left-handed Drew Brees . . .
The Lakers’ Ron Artest is making lots of excuses, but the truth is, his game is starting to fade some, especially on defense . . .
Is Bill Belichick a magician, or what? The guy keeps mixing up his personnel the way the rest of us mix a dinner salad and somehow he has the Patriots playing better than ever. Of course, it does help when you have Tom Brady . . .
You win some and you lose some, but two things this blog got right heading into the college football season: 1. Stanford was the most underrated team in the country (The Cardinal is ranked No. 4 nationally and headed to a BCS bowl), and 2. Robert Woods would be an immediate star at USC. (Woods was just named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year on offense) . . .
For followers of our weekly picks, which ended with the final week of college football’s regular season, we finished 14-10-2 picking college and pro games against the spread. Not great, but any time you’re ahead of the Vegas oddsmakers, you’re doing OK . . .
If Pete Carroll watched the USC-UCLA game, he has to be asking himself: “Why in the world didn’t I use Allen Bradford more?” Good question, Pete . . .
Did Rick Neuheisel actually say he’ll have to check to find out why tailback Johnathan Franklin wasn’t allowed to carry the ball much in the second half against USC? Uh, Rick, this just in: You’re the head coach . . .
Blake Griffin should be proud. He is the first actual, legitimate reason to watch the Clippers . . .
If I wasn’t convinced before, I am now: The Chargers will never get to the Super Bowl with Norv Turner as head coach . . .
Did you see them get penalized for having 12 men on the field on two consecutive plays against the Raiders? Unbelievable . . .
The Angels’ five best prospects according to Baseball America: 1. Mike Trout (big surprise). 2. Pitcher Tyler Chatwood. 3. Second baseman Jean Segura. 4. Catcher Hank Conger. 5. Reliever Jordan Walden. Kaleb Cowart, the high school kid they just drafted No. 1 out of Georgia, is already ranked No. 6 . . .
Redskins’ Albert Haynesworth should be the poster child for spoiled, overpaid, clueless athletes. Give Mike Shanahan credit for suspending this $100 million dud . . .
The late Dandy Don Meredith always brought a smile to your face. And you can’t say that about many TV commentators . . .
— STEVE BISHEFF