Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tuesday's Starting Five

1. Adrian Peterson. The Purple Jesus lead the Vikings over the rival Bears last night on MNF and into the thick of the playoff race. Turning a botched handoff-exchange (with former Jet and forever Badger Brooks Bollinger) into 6 points late in the game, Peterson lifted his team to an 8-6 record. The Vikes eliminated seemingly half the field from contention last night and gave themselves a chance to catch the Giants if their Rite of Winter Losing continutes.

2. That One Time. A "moment" gets the nod today because every MLB player named in the Mitchell report who isn't completely and utterly arrogant is following Pettitte's ploy of admitting "that one time" that they used steroids or HGH. Brian Roberts is the latest to go this route. Meanwhile, Roger Clemens still falls into the completely and utterly arrogant grouping. Let's see how that works for him.

3. Mike Dunleavy. The former Dukie scored 22 straight in the third quarter en route to a career-high 36 points as his Pacers beat the Knicks at the Garden.

4. Walk-On Football Players at Florida State. I hope those third-string defensive backs and eighth-string O-linemen were paying attention during meetings all year because a lot of them are going to get a chance to play. FSU has suspended as many as 20 players for the upcoming Music City Bowl (against Kentucky) as well as the first three games of 2008 for some sort of academic cheating. Apparently, there is some crooked stuff going on with athletes at FSU. They may not be studying very hard. Bobby Bowden must be rolling over in his grave.

5. Dirk Nowitzki. The Big Blonde One scored 31 last night, including a pair of free throws in the waning seconds, as the Mavs edged the Magic. I would be OK with watching seven games of that come June.

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