Just some stuff that crossed my mind while I was waiting for someone to throw out the ceremonial first "Bring Back Sammy Sosa" post:

If you're a Ravens fan, today has to feel a lot like Christmas, and it's not like you have to strain your memory to make the comparison. Four months ago, you would have settled for seven wins and some noticeable growth in rookie (reserve) quarterback Joe Flacco. Instead, the Ravens are a few hours away from playing their Week 17 game with a playoff berth in the balance. Happy Holidays, indeed.

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Let's start a rumor that Mark Teixeira will be sitting in Steve Bisciotti's suite today. Why not? He's got enough money now to invest in the team.

Sure, it would be nice if the Buffalo Bills suddenly rose up and trounced the Patriots, if only so we don't have to watch Derrick Mason (right) pop his shoulder back into place after each of his eight receptions today, but that's probably asking too much.

My wife hasn't touched her new Craftsman tool set since Christmas morning. Her engine is still knocking. I mean, what's the deal here?

After the Cowboys lose to the Eagles in Philly today, I think they ought to mike up Terrell Owens and Roy Williams and turn that trainwreck into an HBO reality series.

Frankly, I don't think I've ever seen a more poorly coached football game than last night's Emerald Bowl in San Francisco. Miami's clock management at the end of the first half and at the end of the game was beyond explanation and Cal's offensive playcalling was incomprehensible. Other than that, it was a pretty good game.

Went to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on Friday night. Just got back.

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