I'm going to go with Michigan St and Belmont.
Athlete of 2011 - Drew Brees. He broke a 27 year old record, how many other athletes this year can say they did that?
Team of 2011 - Japan Women's Soccer. As much as I would have loved to have seen team USA win the Women's World Cup Final, no other country needed that victory more than Japan at that moment. Combine that with how Japan played in that game given what was going on in Japan and I think they are as deserving as any team this year.
Coaches of 2011 - Mike Krzyzewski/Pat Summit. For me it was a tie between these two.
Coach K is here for breaking Knight's record of most Division 1 wins. In today's win now mentallity, and coaches changing every 4-5 years, that record may never again be approached.
Summit is on here because after she annouced that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, she could have stepped down and not a single person would have thought less of her. She didn't, and that just speaks volumes of the type of person she is, and the drive and determination she has.
Both of them are also my coaches of 2011 because admist all the scandals in college athletics in the past year, they have run clean, successful programs for decades.
Oh, and a side note, even when it comes to fudging about one's golf score, Kim was a master. According to his biography, he shot a 38-under par in a round that included no fewer than 11 holes in one and this was the first time he had ever picked up a golf club. He then declared his retirement from the sport.
Saying OBL is #1 because of Al-Qaida is like saying Mathieu should go #1 overall next year because of LSU. Al-Qaida is still running without OBL, but I guarantee you some countries around the world breathed a sigh of relief this weekend. Crazy is to evil what passion and will is to football. If you are looking at two equally talented players, you'll take the one with more passion. Heck, you'd likely even take the guy with little less talent but a lot more passion and will.
OBL was predictable to a point. With Kim there was telling what he was going to do at any given moment and there is nothing an evil team would like more than a chaos bringer. Kim could even be seen as the Andrew Luck of the Hades draft.
When a team has a shot at an undefeated season, that first loss is always tough, but I have to imagine that the fact it was to the Chiefs, considering how bad they have been, makes it even tougher.
Being a Titans fan, any loss to the Colts is taken hard, but the Titans also being the ones to give the Colts their first win of the year just adds some salt into that wound.
I'd have to go with Kim Jong Il for the number one overall Hell pick. Osama was a major terrorist and a personal target for many Americans, but he never managed to run his own country. Gadhafi had his own country, but it was Libya. Now Kim Jong Il not only managed to run his own country while he was out of his gourd crazy, but he also managed to place enough fear in the major powers of the world to keep them at bay while he did whatever he wanted to.
Dear CJ and DeAngelo Williams,
Thanks for putting up astounding numbers after getting such huge paydays. We're sure that will go a long way towards quelling the notion that RBs are a dime a dozen, and that there is no need to invest a large portion of a team's salary cap in one.
All Future NFL Running Backs
Hasselbeck has been the leader that the Titans have needed for a while now, but you could see a certain energy in the team in the Atlanta game and in the game yesterday when Locker came onto the field. He still has some stuff to learn, but watching him play makes it hard not to be excited about the coming years for the Titans.
I'm going with LSU 42-24.
On the subject of conference championship games, can the Pac-12 really call their game a championship when one of the teams has a 6-6 record and just received a beat-down from their cross-town rival?
The AFC teams do not seem to have the saem drive they once did and I wonder if it has to do with the fact that none of the teams want to be the sacrificial lamb for the Packers as they(likely) win their second straight championship.
I have supported Dooley since the moment he was hired even with the losing record at LA Tech. The fact that UT did not come out and run all over Kentucky after the huge, huge win over Vanderbilt speaks volumes about Dooley's coaching abilities. You can try to excuse it with youth, but when the team consitently doesn't show up in the second half of games that are close and are that apathetic playing a team with a WR for a QB, then that tells you there are some coaching problems.
I would bring in Sumlin from Houston (if he would even come). He has proven he can win, and the Houston offense has been rather potent the last couple years. I know a lot of people say you win with defense, but it doesn't matter if the other team scores 45 points as long as you score 46. As a side note, I would also bring back Trooper Taylor and plug him in as the OC. I think he would bring an energy to the team that has been severely lacking.
Hart should have had a very long talk with Dooley today over the future of the program and Dooley's future. If I were Hart, I would give Dooley an 8 win minimum ultimatum for next year. There are no more excuses. Dooley has even fewer excuses given what Martin is doing with the men's basketball team with a fraction of the talent Dooley has.
If Dooley does again go 6-6 or 5-7 next year and UT lets him go, I don't think they have to rebuild. They have the talent, and we've seen it in spurts in several games. What has been lacking is the ability to coach that talent. I think the exception has been Wilcox, to an extent. UT has gotten blown out of the water in several games, but when your offense is consistently going 3 and out, it wears a defense down.
I could have handled the loss to Kentucky a lot better if didn't look like the UT players just didn't care. That to me raises more questions about Dooley as a coach than anything else in the season, and it also makes me concerned about next year.
The college game is better off with Spurrier, but he just made it so hard for a UT fan like myself to like him.
I wouldn't give the Big East any ideas about China. The Big East could be thinking "Hey, there's over a billion people over there, we're sure they could field at least one really good team". Of course then China would need a rival team so they would then have to expand to Japan. Soon Russia would have a team and their home field advantage would be better than Lambeau Field. "In Soviet Russia, the ball kicks you". Of course I may have spent way too much time thinking about this.