martedì 30 novembre 2010
Filed under: SaintsDrew Brees is the 2010 Sportsman of the Year, the annual honor given by "Sports Illustrated" to the "athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement."
Brees is the 57th recipient of the award and will be honored at a ceremony Tuesday.
The Saints, of course, beat the Colts in the Super Bowl for the first championship in the team's history, less than five years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast region and forced the Saints to play an entire season away from the Superdome.
Brees was the primary catalyst in the team's turnaround, recovering from a bad shoulder injury when he joined the listless Saints in 2006. Since then, he's been one of the league's best quarterbacks. He's been a charitable force in the region, as well.
"I had a chance to see it with my own eyes when I came in on my visit to New Orleans in March of 2006, six months post-Katrina, and you sit there and look around and say, 'I had no idea it was this bad,'" Brees said in response to the honor. "You feel a sense of responsibility and a sense that this is a calling. This is an opportunity that most people don't get in a lifetime, and yet it's staring me in the face right now. I have this opportunity."
lunedì 29 novembre 2010
Meanwhile, UConn completed the biggest rise in the polls' rankings since 1989, vaulting from unranked to No. 7. The Huskies toppled then-No. 2 Michigan State and then-No. 8 Kentucky in the Maui Invitational. It was the biggest jump since Kansas vaulted from unranked to No. 4 after winning the 1989 preseason NIT.
Duke received all but seven first-place votes a week ago. Six went to Michigan State and the last went to Kansas State, which the Blue Devils defeated to win the CBE Classic. The Blue Devils are the first unanimous No. 1 team since Kansas finished the regular season with all first place votes last season.
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In one city, we find the Denver Broncos, who are 3-8 and losers of 16 of 21.
In another city, we find the Chicago Bears, 8-3 and so far under the radar they don't even qualify as stealth.
In the middle of both teams: Josh McDaniels. He's the guy who gutted the Denver Broncos' roster upon his arrival and sent the team's one-time franchise quarterback to Chicago. There, Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo accepted the quarterback and have the opposite record of the dismal Broncos.
Sunday, the Bears beat the mighty Mike -- Vick -- in Chicago. They did it with defense, especially in the red zone, and with four touchdown passes from Jay Cutler, who would be the guy McDaniels could not wait to get rid of once he took over in Denver.
McDaniels alienated Cutler by first trying to acquire Matt Cassel. So Cutler got into a hissy fit and was traded to the Bears. Then, McDaniels alienated the standout wide receiver, Brandon Marshall, who lasted one season, then was traded to Miami.
In the offseason, McDaniels wanted Brady Quinn from the Browns. He gave Cleveland a couple draft picks and a throw-in running back by the name of Peyton Hillis. Few saw Hillis having the season he's having in Cleveland, but if anyone could have it would have been McDaniels. He coached Hillis for a season in Denver.
Imagine an offense that starts with Cutler, Marshall and Hillis. It's not hard to imagine. Denver had it. Except McDaniels got rid of it -- all of it.
Matt Bryant kicked a 47-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining to lift the Falcons to the win. It was his third game-winning field goal of the season, the 12th of his career.
Atlanta is 9-2. Green Bay is 7-4.
o. The Falcons are 19-3 at home under coach Mike Smith.
o. Smith has talked about how much the team benefits from having return man Eric Weems. After Green Bay tied the score, 17-17, with 56 seconds to play, Weems took the ensuing kickoff up the middle for a solid return. A face-mask penalty on the Packers' Matt Wilhelm gave the Falcons the ball at the Green Bay 49.
domenica 28 novembre 2010
NEW YORK (AP) -- Boise State dropped six spots to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll after having its 24-game winning streak snapped.
For the third straight week, No. 1 Oregon and Auburn hold the top two spots in the rankings. No. 3 TCU moved up one spot.
The gap between the Ducks and Tigers shrank to 19 points. The Ducks have 36 first-place votes and 1,475 points, while Auburn has 23 and 1,456 from the media panel.
Wisconsin is fourth and Stanford is fifth.