Shanoff's Wake-Up Call: Heisman, Week 15, Etc.

Today's Calls: Heisman vs. Maxwell, Steelers vs. Ravens, T.O. vs. Witten, Bears vs. Brees, Celtics vs. History and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: College football awards season is as contentious as the season we just completed on the field. There was mayhem at the end-of-the-year CFB Awards show last night. Try to follow this progression: ↵

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↵*Tim Tebow won the Maxwell, the poor man's Heisman, for being nation's most outstanding player, ahead of finalists Colt McCoy and Graham Harrell -- even though Tebow is projected to finish 3rd in Heisman voting. ↵

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↵*Sam Bradford, the leading Heisman contender, won the O'Brien as the nation's top QB -- but he wasn't even a Maxwell finalist. ↵

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↵*Colt McCoy was named Walter Camp Player of the Year. ↵

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↵*Graham Harrell was a finalist for both the Maxwell and O'Brien, yet apparently wasn't good enough to invite to New York as a Heisman finalist. ↵

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↵How symbolic of the season we just completed. ↵

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↵(The other awards were a bit more straightforward: Michael Crabtree won the Biletnikoff as top WR; Shonn Greene won the Doak Walker as top RB; Rey Maualuga won the Bednarik as top defensive player; Malcolm Jenkins won the Thorpe as top DB; Nick Saban won Coach of the Year.) ↵

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↵So who will win the Heisman? As last night's spray of results showcases, it is as wide open as any Heisman voting ever. ↵

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↵It looks like Bradford will win the Heisman and McCoy will come in 2nd, although -- oddly -- Tebow will earn more 1st-place votes than either of them. ↵

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↵(That indicates that Tebow is going to be left out of the Top 3 on an inordinate number of ballots. Are we seeing "Tebow Fatigue?" How strange, given that last night he won the "Spirit" award as the nation's most inspirational player; isn't that supposed to be a GOOD thing? It's not like he's Matt Leinart.) ↵

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↵There is a case -- a strong one -- to be made for all of them. I guess if there was some solace to offer the runners-up, it would be two words: "Vince Young." VY never won the Heisman, yet is still widely regarded as the best player of the last 25 years. ↵

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↵My Favorite NFL Week 15 Story lines: ↵(1) Giants-Cowboys: T.O. jealous of Jason Witten? ↵

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↵(2) Steelers at Ravens: Bounties? What bounties? ↵

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↵(3) Eagles surging: Gimme vs. Browns, playoffs next? ↵

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↵(4) AFC East? W-W-W: NYJ vs. BUF; MIA vs. SF; NE @ OAK ↵

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↵(5) 0-16 Watch: Lions get the Colts. 0-14! ↵

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↵Bears edge Saints in OT: In a theme fitting this week's news out of Chicago, the game was decided by an illegal move. New Orleans' pass interference penalty in OT not only gave the Bears the game (and a glimmer of hope of winning the NFC North with 2 games to play), but effectively ended any Saints playoff hopes. ↵

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↵Pro Bowl Voting: Drew Brees received the most votes from fans, which underscores that, by and large, fans know what they are doing when it comes to all-star balloting. They didn't vote in Peyton Manning. They didn't even vote in Tom Brady, as I'm sure some mainstream media cynics might have predicted. This season, Brees earned his popularity at the game's most high-visibility position -- even if he couldn't lead the Saints to the playoffs. ↵

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↵Bloggers and blog readers already know: Don't believe every Web rumor you see. ↵

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↵MLB Hot Stove Wrap-Up: ↵

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↵Big Winner, Team: Mets. Totally reinvent their bullpen. ↵

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↵Big Winner, Player: CC Sabathia. 161 million reasons why. ↵

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↵Big Loser, Team: Tribune Co. goes Chapter 11? ↵

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↵Big Loser, Player: Jake Peavy. No trade to Cubs or anywhere. ↵

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↵Undecided: Mark Teixeira. Nats or Red Sox? (Pick: Boston) ↵

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↵Vegas Verdict: Dud. Unless you're a New York fan. ↵

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↵NBA Instant History: The Celtics are unstoppable. 21-2, the team's best start ever after 23 games. 13 straight wins. Another big game out of leading scorer Ray Allen (22 pts, 8/13 FG, 4/7 3-pt) and this season, they even have a Big Four, if you count Rajon Rondo (11 pts, 6 asst, 3 steals). ↵

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↵Best of the CBB Weekend: ↵

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↵*Memphis at G'town: Sweet 16-quality matchup ↵

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↵*Xavier at Cincy: Ultimate crosstown rivalry. ↵

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↵*Gonzaga at Arizona: Tough road game for Zags. ↵

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↵*Butler at Ohio St.: Are unbeaten Bulldogs legit? ↵

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↵Meanwhile, Mike DeCourcy perfectly foreshadows a POY race in college hoops between Hansbrough, Curry and Griffin that could be the equal of the three-way scrum between Tebow, McCoy and Bradford. ↵

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↵CFB Coaching Carousel: How bad must the Syracuse job be that Skip Holtz thinks East Carolina is an upgrade? (More likely, he probably thinks a better job will come available next December.) ↵

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↵Meanwhile, it looks like Saints offensive coordinator Doug Marrone will get the Orange job. He's getting out of New Orleans just in time, if last night's loss is any indication. ↵

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↵The Last Word: "Yeah, for the past two years, they have been choke artists." Cole Hamels, on the Mets, jacking up a division rivalry that was already pretty heated. ↵

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↵(Never mind that Hamels is absolutely right; there is apparently something demeaning or nasty when one player calls another player or team a "choker," even though most Mets fans would agree that is precisely what the Mets have been the past two seasons.) ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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