The 49ers-Packers game is still not sold out as you read this. In addition, an updated forecast for Sunday has a high of four degrees and a low of minus-15. I take this to mean that the people of Wisconsin are getting smarter about how they regard their extremities.
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At some point, some Stanford fans will look at this Rose Bowl and hold it against David Shaw, because nobody – even people with two brains and four wallets – ever resists the temptation to claim greater football knowledge than someone who only spent his whole life doing it. Our guess: When he finally takes that NFL job a couple of years down the road and is replaced by Shayne Skov.
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Approximately 85,000 of the 105,491 at Michigan Stadium for the Winter Classic will learn of Toronto’s shootout win sometime today. Money well blown, I’d say.
On the other hand, it should now be an NHL rule, along with mandatory visors, that goalies wear toques as Toronto’s Jonathan Bernier did Wednesday. And yes, the little yarn ball on the top is also mandatory. Our Canadian brethren can call it the Cherry On Top.
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Headline in tomorrow’s Ann Arbor News sports front: LEAFS WIN IN SHOOTOUT; IOWA, WISCONSIN LOSE.
And at the bottom of the page:
THING HAPPENS TO STATE SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA, SEE PAGE 9D.
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Headline in tomorrow’s Toronto Sun, Star, Globe And Mail and the National Post sports front:
LEAFS WIN; RAPTORS WIN; AND PAGE ONE IS NOT JOKING – ROB FORD IS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION.
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Bill O’Brien, now the coach of the Houston Texans, evidently had his nose full of the Paterno Legacy well before he left Penn State. In an off-the-record conversation with David Jones of the Patriot News of Harrisburg nearly a month ago, he said he would have probably gone inside that month (http://bit.ly/JISRj9).
When Jones asked him if he was concerned about any backlash from Paterno loyalists after he fired assistant coach Ron Vanderlinden, he said, “You can print this: You can print that I don't really give a (merry Christmas) what the ‘Paterno people’ think about what I do with this program. I've done everything I can to show respect to Coach Paterno. Everything in my power. So I could really care less about what the Paterno faction of people, or whatever you call them, think about what I do with the program. I'm tired of it. For any ‘Paterno person’ to have any objection to what I'm doing, it makes me wanna put my fist through this windshield right now.”
Thus inspired, he continued. “I'm trying to field the most competitive football team I can with near-death penalty (happy new year) sanctions. Every time I say something like that and somebody prints it, it's skewed as an excuse. And I'm not an excuse-maker.”
And then, he finished strong: “That's why, in probably about a month, they're gonna be (happy Valentine’s day) looking for a new coach.”
And now, clearly, they are. No statue for you, Irish.
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And finally, good for Jeff Tedford’s new gig with Lovie Smith in Tampa. Now he finally can work with a desktop for all his offensive play placemats. Just make sure you have plenty of everything sanitizer in your office, J.T.
Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com