Here are eight things coming to mind tonight. Tomorrow we’re going to start our Super Bowl coverage, so we’ll get this out of the way first:
1. Michigan got the signing day miracle I was hoping for by signing Demar Dorsey. Not a bad class all in all – at least we didn’t lose anyone. Incidentally, Dorsey is an interesting example of how imprecise ranking recruits can be. Dorsey is the 12th ranked player in the country and the second best safety according to ESPNU. In contrast, Rivals has him at 167th overall, and 13th among the safeties. For the sake of my sanity I am going to believe ESPNU on this one.
2. Florida. Wow. The Gators have experienced unprecedented bizarreness with their coaching situation this offseason, yet they managed to completely overcome it and land not just the best recruiting class this year but the best recruiting class in years.
3. Apparently it’s only apparent that Lane Kiffin is an idiot from a distance. Despite his obvious shortcomings Kiffin managed to close strong today by signing both Seantrel Henderson and Markeith Ambles.
4. Since when did South Florida learn how to play basketball? First they beat Pitt handily at home on Sunday, and now they stunned Georgetown by eight on the road tonight. Even better, they came back from a nine point halftime deficit for the win. They have now won four in a row and five of six, but are unfortunately only 5-5 in the Big East thanks to a slow conference start.
5. A team like Kansas should not need overtime to get past a team like Colorado. I’ll be watching to see if this was just a fluke or if this is a sign of bigger issues.
6. Interesting hints coming out of Boston – especially from Rajon Rondo – that all might not be rosy and bright in the Celtics’ dressing room. If there is anything to that, and I don’t have troubles believing that to be the case, then it goes a long way towards explaining the struggles that the team has had recently.
7. The Jamaican bobsled team has failed to qualify for the Olympics this time around. That’s no fun.
8. After winning just once in 21 games the Edmonton Oilers have now won two in a row. I hope that the nets are taking notes.