Monday: Vegas bailed out by late Patriot money; Cameron Indoor losing its edge?; The other Manning — typical ‘Skins?
I DON’T HAVE A TON TO ADD ABOUT THE SUPER BOWL — great game, you saw it, and there are a million other places you can go for coverage of that. My initial thought was that Vegas was going to take a bath on New York’s 21-17 victory, because everybody (including me) seemed to be on the Giants, but it turns out a lot of late money came in on New England. “The late rush was on the Patriots, which bailed us out,” said Jimmy Vaccaro, director of sports operations at Lucky’s Race & Sports Book in Las Vegas. “The general public was in love with this Giants team, and you found out a reason why they’ve been riding them for the past eight weeks.”
IS THE CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM MYSTIQUE DISSIPATING? Miami comes into the storied arena and upsets the Blue Devils, 78-74, on a floor where Duke had a 45-game winning streak snapped by Florida State earlier this year. It was reported two weeks ago that students aren’t snapping up tickets nearly as lustily as they used to. The team now, too, is looking for that hustle edge that’s long been its trademark.
“A Duke team should play with energy for 40 minutes,” coach Mike Krzyzewski says. “Or 45. You go outside right now and look at the banners. There are quite a few of them up there. They are not won without energy, without hunger, with no complacency and with people really wanting it. We’ve wanted it a lot and we’ve won a lot. We’re supposed to play hard and with energy all the time. They should be givens.”
WE DIDN’T REALLY GET INTO THIS ON FRIDAY, BUT I’D LIKE TO AT SOME POINT. Adam Schefter reports that if Peyton Manning is released, the Redskins are expected to pursue him. My first thought is, hey, great! Redskins fans’ll love that! But I’ve been thinking about it more, and now I’m not so sure. I mean, isn’t this kind of the Redskins’ problem? Deion…McNabb…Jason Taylor…signing after signing of “name” guys on the wrong side of their prime. I really hope Manning’s got more in the tank — he’s a lot of fun to watch — but you have to wonder if signing him might just keep the ‘Skins stuck in their rut.
MORE COLLEGE HOOPS
-The Hokies got a much-needed win over Clemson on Saturday, and the best news is that Dorian Finney-Smith broke his 0-for-25 shooting slump with a 5-for-8 performance. Tech plays at Miami on Thursday and hosts Boston College on Sunday.
-Virginia hosts Wake Forest on Wednesday and travels to UNC on Saturday.
IT WOULDN’T BE MISSED
NFL commish Roger Goodell didn’t like this year’s Pro Bowl: “We’re either going to have to improve the quality of what we’re doing in the Pro Bowl or consider other changes or even considering eliminating the game if that’s the kind of quality game we’re going to provide,” he says. “I know players love to be in Hawaii but we have to start with the quality of what we’re doing.”
-Shopping for a new rug? Avoid the pattern on your left. Studies have shown it can make you seasick.
NAME THAT TUNE
How high? Real high ’cause I’m just so fly
A young lovable, hugable type of guy
And everything is to the back with a little slack
‘Cause inside-out is wiggity, wiggity, wiggity wack