1. I took a few days to sift through my thoughts on the Heisman Trophy. As I applaud Mark Ingram for winning the award, I'm still struck that one game catapulted him to the front of the Heisman class. But no reason to question worthiness, because excellence is in the eye of the beholder. Ingram surely is an athlete who had a great season -- the greatest of 2009? Let history judge that.
2. Turner Gill, the former Nebraska star, has gotten his chance. He's moved from Buffalo, a dead-end job if any existed, to a bigger program at Kansas. Now, Kansas isn't the best place in the world to coach football, but it's a lot better than most places black coaches end.
3. Agent-speak is interesting to listen to, particularly when the agent doing the speaking is named Scott Boras. At the Winter Meetings last week, he was telling teams that his client Matt Holliday was more versatile than Jason Bay, two outfielders on the free-agent market. Boras might be right, but Bay surely will be the better buy. Regardless, both he and Holliday should come away with nice paydays.
THREE DOWN ...
1. Quit ... Randy Moss? C'mon, Chris Gamble! Randy Moss would never quit, would he? I don't know if there's a worse thing a player can say about an opponent than he quit, and if Gamble, the Panthers defensive back, is right, Moss owes fans and his Patriots teammates an apology. To give up in a game is to give up on your team, and no coach or teammates or fans should ever find comfort in that.
I'm a former journalism professor at Ohio University, and I still enjoy teaching, although I don't do it anymore in a formal classroom. I have long felt that teaching is the most noble -- or selfless -- thing a person can do, which is why I value it so highly. But I'm also a sportswriter, which I enjoy doing nearly as much as I enjoy teaching. ... Justice B. Hill