It’s All Opinions Day
They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:
If, as reports indicate, Norm Chow is out as UCLA offensive coordinator, I know what you’re going to ask. The answer is no, he won’t be coming back to USC. Not as long as Lane Kiffin is head coach. Trust me . . .
Imagine if Blake Griffin and LeBron James were on the same team. How much fun would that be to watch? . . .
Just in case you forgot what Kobe The Closer looks like, Wednesday night certainly offered a quick reminder . . .
Now his sister has been arrested in a meth lab raid. This really has been a bad year for Brett Favre . . .
So, exactly what is it you’re doing with all your time these days, Tony Reagins? . . .
I know the odds against it are humungous, but how funny would it be if Pete Carroll and Mark Sanchez wound up against each other in the Super Bowl? . . .
Sorry, but the real MVP of the BCS title game was defensive tackle Nick Fairley, not his Auburn teammate Michael Dyer . . .
College football’s Heisman Trophy race should be interesting next year with Andrew Luck returning to Stanford, LeMichael James back with Oregon and Boise State’s Kellen Moore, who is a slightly smaller version of Luck, also returning . . .
I can’t remember two college quarterbacks I loved to watch as much as Luck and Moore . . .
Ex-UCLA star Kevin Love now has six games of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Last year, no one in the NBA had more than three . . .
In terms of timing (all it did was seal the playoff victory for Seattle) and degree of difficulty (he only broke about eight tackles), Marshawn Lynch’s 67-yard fourth quarter rumble for the Seahawks has to rank among the top three postseason runs of all time . . .
So what precisely do the Jets think they’ll achieve by running their mouths about Tom Brady? It’s the kind of thing you’d expect from college kids, not from pros . . .
The will-he or won’t-he thing with Carmelo Anthony and a proposed trade is starting to get b-o-r-i-n-g . . .
In Jeff Sagarin’s latest computer basketball rankings, UCLA is 87th in the country. I wonder what the late John Wooden would have thought of that . . .
Good luck to Trevor Hoffman on his retirement, although it probably should have happened a year or two earlier. Either way, the most consistent relief pitcher this side of Mariano Rivera belongs in the Hall of Fame . . .
For what it’s worth, I like the Steelers minus three vs. Baltimore, the Packers plus three at Atlanta, the Bears minus 10 against the Seahawks and the Patriots minus 9 vs. the Jets this weekend . . .
The big heavyweight title fight on the horizon is Vitali Klitschko vs. Odlanier Solis. That’s all you need to know about the present state of boxing . . .
Someone explain to me why Auburn’s creative offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn isn’t a head coach already . . .
Are you listening, Stanford? Malzahn would be a perfect fit for you . . .
Seattle’s terrific little slot receiver Brandon Stokley admits to having suffered more than a dozen concussions in his career. And he still keeps playing? Hard to believe his family is happy about that . . .
On SI.com, they’re already out with a Top 25 college football poll for 2011. Three Pac-12 teams make it, but none of them is USC. That should give them a little extra incentive around Heritage Hall . . .
Ron Rivera leaves the Chargers staff to become the new head coach in Carolina. Too bad. I thought Rivera should have been hired instead of Norv Turner in San Diego in the first place . . .
Sparkling new helmets, fluorescent green shoes, flashy symbols on their jerseys. Oh well, at least Oregon was the best-dressed team in America . . .
— STEVE BISHEFF