Monday Night Notes

I’m watching Canada attempt to win its fifth consecutive World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal right now. They are playing Sweden. Canada is obviously hockey-crazy, and this tournament is massively important. Beyond the Olympics, no hockey event matters to the whole country more than this. Canada is fairly heavily favored (-180 at Pinnacle, or -0.5, -115). This plus the Fiesta Bowl ensures that this will be a good night. Unless we lose, of course.

That’s obviously not the only story in sports today. Here’s a look at some of the other things that are catching my eye:

Boston College is freaking ridiculous. If they were actually to fire coach Jeff Jagodzinski for interviewing with the Jets as it is reported they will then all they will do is ensure that rising, forward thinking coaches won’t think about taking a job at BC. Jagodzinski has done a good job, and there is a very good chance he wouldn’t get the job and would still be in college. This just makes no sense at all for the program – especially since they have to pay him if they fire him. Ridiculous.

So far, the NFL had given out six of their awards. Defensive rookie Jerod Mayo narrowly missed out on the playoffs. Offensive rookie Matt Ryan was bounced in the first round. So was coach of the year Mike Smith. And MVP Peyton Manning. And comeback player Chad Pennington. Defensive player James Harrison obviously hasn’t played yet. That trend’s almost enough to make you the Steelers.

Pat Burrell joined the Rays for two years to be their DH. There is absolutely nothing not to like about that deal as far as I am concerned. Great move for the Rays and for Burrell.

The Fiesta Bowl is about to kick off. My gut says that Texas is going to take it, and take it convincingly. As much as I hate to admit it, my heart hopes that Ohio State can pull it off. I hate them, obviously, but the Big Ten desperately needs the boost. That being said, I gave up the points and took Texas, and I feel good about it.

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