Five-Step Drop: Mark Cuban's Playoffs, Cam's Congress and Iowa
1. You can always count on Mark Cuban to put his money where his mouth is. Cuban wants a college football playoff and he's potentially willing to fund it. "The more I think about it, the more sense it makes as opposed to buying a baseball team," he said. Cuban envisions a 12- or 16-team field with early-round games played on campus. Many of us dream of the same thing, Mark.
2. The Heisman voters who left Cam Newton off their ballots can feel a little less lonely. Not everybody in Congress voted for Cam Newton either. A House resolution to "Suspend the Rules and Agree: Congratulating Auburn University quarterback and College Park, Georgia native Cameron Newton on winning the 2010 Heisman Trophy" passed overwhelmingly. But, in a rare display of Congressional bipartisanship, eight Republicans and seven Democrats voted not to congratulate Newton on his accomplishment. Twenty-two House members didn't vote and 18 chickened out by voting "present." The "no" votes came largely from the north and west, but two representatives from Newton's home state of Georgia voted not to honor him. Though these days it might be difficult to just to get everyone in Congress to agree that kittens are small cats, Sports by Brooks notes the three previous Heisman winners were all unanimously honored by Congress.
3. What do coaches do when they're not coaching? Former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum posted some of his favorite "coaches gone slightly wild" pictures on his Facebook page, and Deadspin has a roundup of the highlights. There's acid-washed jeans, a really young-looking Bob Davie wearing a shirt that looks suspiciously like some wrapping paper I just bought, Joe Paterno doing the limbo the wrong way, and more. R.C., if you're reading this and anybody ever tells you you have the worst farmer's tan on the planet, get a hold of me and I'll send you pictures to prove that you don't, but I do.
4. One of the things driving the rumors of mass suspensions at Iowa occurred Monday afternoon when several Nevada sports books abruptly stopped taking bets on the Iowa-Missouri Insight Bowl. Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette contacted the manager of the Las Vegas Hilton's sports book to find out why it pulled the line on the game. The manager said its information service said it had heard up to 20 players might be suspended and called the Hilton's decision to pull the line "a precautionary approach." Let that be a lesson for us all: When sports books stop taking bets on a game, it may not mean they know something the general public doesn't. It could just mean the books have heard the same rumors we all have.
5. Staying with Iowa, The Daily Iowan profiled Hawkeye guard Julian Vandervelde, the self- proclaimed "nerdiest guy on the football team." Vandervelde's mother sent him some money to cover his freshman year incidental expenses. He spent it all on anime. I think that technically makes him a geek, not a nerd, but I stopped caring about the nerd/geek distinction when I graduated high school.