Half-Baked Jake Rocks The Vote, Hall And Heisman

A Yes At Long Last On Jeff Bagwell, And For Fresh Face Johnny Football

Half-baked Jake is back in all his half-bakedness …

News: The steroid-dripping Baseball Hall of Fame ballots are distributed. Views: After leaving the box unchecked twice, I'm voting for Killingworth's Jeff Bagwell. My fuller view of one of the messiest arguments in sports history, Bonds, Clemens, etc., comes next week.

News: Heisman Trophy winner to be announced Saturday night. My ballot: 1. Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M; 2. Manti Te'o of Notre Dame; 3. Collin Klein of Kansas State. Views: The Heisman Trust has been pressing voters to keep their ballot secret. If making mine public costs me a ballot I cherish, well, my best rebuttal is that lively debate greatly promotes the Heisman brand, and being held publicly accountable is a good thing for voters … even if it means getting beaten up for something like leaving play-for-pay schemer Cam Newton off my ballot. My vote this year is not some cockamamie scheme against defensive players. I voted Ndamukung Suh No. 1 in 2009. Nor is it some deep-seated hatred of Golden Domers. I love Te'o's play and I love Te'o's story. I just love Johnny Football's productivity a little more.

News: Because of concussions, NFL considers elimination of kickoffs. Views: This is one scared league … News: New Orleans Hornets reportedly will change their name to the Pelicans. Views: OK, I'll say it. How long before they're the Pelicants? … News: Connecticut native Steve Addazio, named new coach at Boston College, says a national title is possible. Views: I have no idea if BC will win a national football title in the next millennium [the Eagles are still working on beating Bryant in basketball], but I do know: 1. The high-energy Addazio can talk a dog off a meat wagon. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel heard Addazio speak at a banquet once and said he wanted to play for him. Now, we see how he recruits. 2. Somewhere, UConn uberbooster Robert Burton was doing a loooooooong, slow burn that Addazio's introductory press conference wasn't 85 miles to the southwest.

News: After a sloppy game in the loss to N.C. State, DeAndre Daniels shook off back spasms to score a career-high 23 points against Harvard on Friday night. Views by Ollie: "He has to have that confidence to take it to the rim. He's a load on that sweet spot. Not on the block, but where he can take one dribble. He's so long. One time he looked like Dr. J, went under the rim, under the backboard and made a scoop shot." Wow, think DeAndre will grow an old-school Dr. J 'fro? … News: Enosch the German gets 12 points and nine rebounds against N.C. State. Views: Not proud of it, but every time he grabs a rebound, I break into "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran. With no rebounds against Harvard, sadly, Wolf wasn't hungry enough and I didn't get to sing. BTW, please stop making every game a referendum on Kevin Ollie's contract. Some gung-ho supporters make close losses to New Mexico and N.C. State sound like moral victories. UConn basketball isn't about moral victories … News: UConn AD Warde Manuel, according to our Desmond Conner, suggested to UConn football coach Paul Pasqualoni that someone other than George DeLeone call the plays next season. Views: If Pasqualoni has some sharp up-and-comer familiar with his offensive system on speed dial, now is the time to call. If not, well, all those empty seats at Rentschler are calling for a first-down handoff to Lyle McCombs. … News: Unflattering New York Post photo and headline "Derek Eater." Views: LOL after a Facebook poster wrote, "Fat, bald and works for the Yankees. Is that George Costanza?"

News: New York soccer mom madam Anna Gristina says she will reveal contents of her little black book, and an NFL executive and an older player are on the list. Views: You probably won't hear anything about this on ESPN, because it doesn't involve Tim Tebow. … News: None. Views: With all the stats freaks wandering around the ESPN campus, can someone email me how exactly how many words Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith speak each week on "First Take." …. News: Mets talk to Rangers about trading R.A. Dickey for former UConn third baseman Mike Olt. Views: Biggest knuckleball thrown at UConn since Rutgers got into the Big Ten. Actually, not crazy about the deal for Olt. With David Wright at third forever, he'd probably be looking playing right field.

News: Rex Ryan announces that Mark Sanchez, much maligned by fans, beaten to a pulp by the tabloids, will start for the Jets on Sunday. Views: Next time Sanchez takes off his helmet and he's, yep, A-Rod, don't say I didn't warn you. Speak of the devil ... News: A-Rod is expected to miss first half of 2013 season after surgery for a torn labrum in his left hip. Views: Narrowed it down to two causes. 1. Steroids cause a depletion of copper and weaken connective tissue. 2. He blew out his hip running away from the month of October. … News: Yankees offer Kevin Youkilis a one-year, $12 million deal to fill in for A-Rod. Views: New York hasn't had a guy in pinstripes look so good slamming his batting helmet in disgust since Paul O'Neill.

News: Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez, who'll coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl after Bret Bielema bolted for Arkansas, told the school's athletic board that the Big Ten additions of Maryland and Rutgers were motivated in part by fear of losing Penn State to another conference [undoubtedly ACC]. View 1: Imagine Jeff Hathaway coaching UConn in the Motor City Bowl. View 2: Would love to hear exactly how a move to the ACC would pay off for Penn State.

News: "Boardwalk Empire" ends its third season on HBO, and NHL refuses to start its 96th season of operation. View 1: Until the NHL ends its lockout, here's my three-star selection for 2012: 1. Gyp Rosetti. 2. Gillian Darmody. 3. Richard Harrow. View 2: Gary Bettman, Jeremy Jacobs and Donald Fehr are such cold, calculating bloodsuckers they could be the three-star selection for the fourth season of "Boardwalk."

News: Red Sox sign Shane Victorino. Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, David Ross and Koji Uehara. Views: Wake me up when the other shoe drops. … News: Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez to fight for the fourth time. Views: I know I probably should be intrigued, especially since Marquez got ripped off twice. So why I am hankering more for a Gabriel Aubry and Olivier Martinez rematch? News: Tom and Gisele welcome baby daughter Vivian Lake. Views: Every baby boy born east of Lake Michigan in the past week would like to know if Vivian has a date yet to the junior prom.

News: Bob Costas makes the television rounds explaining his initial commentary about the gun culture following Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide. Views: No problem with Costas straying from football. He is eminently qualified to speak to sports in society. My problem is myopia. Too many times, and this was a case, an opinion argues one plank on the complex stage of tragedy. Domestic violence. Gun culture. Mental illness. Brain injury caused by hits. Steroids. Drugs and alcohol. Too many times people with an agenda overwhelm an overarching tragedy with a single argument. All the reasons should be on the table and for more than five minutes of "faux tears." It was good to hear Costas say exactly that to Bill O'Reilly.

News: The 113th Army-Navy game. Views: Never gets old. Never. Those boys are the best of us.

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