Shanoff's Wake-Up Call: Bowls, Peyton, Heels

Today's Calls: Peyton Manning vs. Tyler Hansbrough, Mark Teixeira vs. John Henry, Xavier vs. Duke, Brandon Roy vs. Dwight Howard, NASCAR vs. MLB and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: It's the annual College Football Bowl Quiz! ↵

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↵(1) Which of the following desperately hurting companies related to the U.S. auto industry still has enough money to spend on a bowl title sponsorship? ↵
↵(a) Chrysler ↵
↵(b) GMAC ↵
↵(c) Ford ↵

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↵(2) Which of the following bowl sponsors is NOT receiving (or likely to receive) your tax dollars as part of the bailout? ↵
↵(a) Citi (Rose Bowl) ↵
↵(b) Motor City (Detroit) ↵
↵(c) Papajohns.com ↵

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↵(3) What, exactly, is a "magicJack?" ↵
↵(a) Tim Tebow's secret play ↵
↵(b) Chris Fowler's newest signature catch-phrase ↵
↵(c) USB device to make phone calls over the Internet ↵

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↵(4) What bowl sponsor makes you smell the best? ↵
↵(a) Brut (Sun) ↵
↵(b) Chick-Fil-A ↵
↵(c) Outback ↵

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↵(5) Which of the following bowls could NOT land a title sponsor? ↵
↵(a) International ↵
↵(b) Insight ↵
↵(c) Independence ↵
↵(d) All of the Above ↵

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↵(6) Which of the following bowls is NOT named entirely after a sponsor? ↵
↵(a) Texas ↵
↵(b) Emerald ↵
↵(c) EagleBank ↵
↵(d) Capital One ↵
↵(e) None of the Above ↵

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↵(7) Match the sponsor with the bowl: ↵

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↵1. Valero ↵
↵2. Konica Minolta ↵
↵3. Roady's ↵
↵4. AutoZone ↵
↵5. Bell Helicopter ↵
↵6. Gaylord Hotels ↵

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↵a. Liberty ↵
↵b. Armed Forces ↵
↵c. Gator ↵
↵d. Music City ↵
↵e. Alamo ↵
↵f. Humanitarian ↵

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↵(8) Which of the following bowl names is absurdly real? ↵
↵(a) Sham-Wow Sugar Bowl ↵
↵(b) Viva Las Vegas Bowl ↵
↵(c) T. Boone Pickens Bowl ↵
↵(d) San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl ↵

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↵Answers found below in "The Last Word." Meanwhile, keep reading for these hot topics: Peyton Manning, Tyler Hansbrough, the college hoops game of the weekend, the college football must-see player, Brandon Roy and More.
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↵Colts edge Jags, clinch playoffs: Two very big implications from last night's playoff-clinching win by the Colts over the Jags in Jacksonville: ↵

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↵That now leaves one wild-card spot for three teams -- two runners-up in the AFC East and the Ravens -- to fight over. ↵Did Peyton Manning just clinch NFL MVP? 29/34, 364 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions, one comeback ↵

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↵My Top 5 Favorite Storylines of NFL Week 16: ↵

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↵(1) Home-field advantage on the line? Giants-Panthers, Titans-Steelers ↵

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↵(2) Desperation! Cowboys-Ravens on Saturday night ↵

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↵(3) AFC East: Jets-Seahawks, Cardinals-Patriots, Dolphins-Chiefs ↵

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↵(4) 0-16 Watch: The Lions’ home finale against the Saints ↵

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↵(5) Fantasy: Title weekend! Who's in? ↵

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↵College basketball: Is Tyler Hansbrough the greatest North Carolina player of all time? On the one hand, "most points in school history" is a pretty strong card to play; on the other hand, "stuck around school for four years because he wasn't good enough for the NBA, so the career points record is sort of by default" is not. ↵

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↵(Plus: Until he leads UNC to a title -- rather than March chokery -- it is hard to put Hansbrough on the same pedestal as Worthy or Jordan ... or even, say, Sean May. And, really, do you think Psycho-T is better than Antawn, Vince, Jerry or ‘Sheed? (Actually, I'm a Hansbrough-hater, and I think he's a better college player than all of them.) ↵

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↵Meanwhile: So this was awkward. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy was arrested for allegedly assaulting a cab driver, then there he was on ESPN, where the Rebels happened to be scheduled to play No. 9 Louisville! It’s a good thing the Cards' Earl Clark provided a distraction with 25 points and 16 rebounds in Louisville’s 77-68 win. ↵

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↵This Weekend in College Hoops: Sick. Xavier-Duke at the Meadowlands is one of the most intriguing games of the year, as is UConn-Gonzaga, as is Davidson-Purdue. In any other weekend, Texas-Michigan State or Syracuse-Memphis would be headliners. Tomorrow, they are afterthoughts. If you watch one afternoon of college hoops, it should be this one. ↵

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↵MLB Hot Stove: One minute, Mark Teixeira is headed for Boston. The next, Red Sox owner John Henry is claiming that the Sox are "not going to be a factor" for the player. That is either some savvy last-minute negotiating, or the Angels got freaked out enough over word of a Boston deal that they seriously upped the ante. (I'm betting it's the former and that the Red Sox end up with him, as originally speculated late Thursday.) ↵

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↵College football bowl season starts fast ... with a quadruple-header tomorrow: (Picks in bold) ↵

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↵Saturday: ↵

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↵EagleBank: Wake Forest vs. Navy ↵
↵New Mexico: Colorado St vs. Fresno St ↵
↵magicJack St. Petersburg: Memphis vs. South Florida ↵
↵Pioneer Las Vegas: BYU vs. Arizona ↵

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↵Sunday: ↵

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↵R&L Carriers New Orleans: Southern Miss vs. Troy ↵

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↵Lower-division title games: ↵

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↵D-III (Fri.): Featuring NCAA all-time leading rusher Nate Kmic! ↵
↵Division 1-AA (Sat.): Montana vs. Richmond in Division 1's only true playoff champion! ↵

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↵NFL Draft: Let me help Andre Smith with gauging his projected draft status. Ummm ... FIRST OVERALL. ↵

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↵NBA Instant History: Brandon Roy had the best game of his stellar young career, 52 points (14/27 FG, 5/7 3-pt, 19/21 FT) in a Blazers win over the Suns ... Meanwhile, the Magic routed the Spurs behind Superman's 14 and 13 (after taking 2 games off with a bum knee); Orlando has won seven of eight heading into games with the Lakers and, on Christmas Day, the Hornets ... Must-See Video: Chris Webber throwing a shoe at Charles Barkley on the TNT NBA set. ↵

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↵NHL: Hey, Mats Sundin picked the Canucks! And just in time for the Sharks to go into the tank!* (* If "tank" means two straight losses.) ↵

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↵NASCAR: You know what would be just great for a sport already being hammered by the economy -- auto and otherwise -- in a nosedive? Settling a $225 million racial discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit. ↵

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↵(Just think: Presuming government bailout money ends up in the hands of auto companies whose sponsorships put dollars in NASCAR coffers, YOUR tax dollars could be paying for NASCAR's racist, sexist stupidity.) ↵

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↵On the plus side, NASCAR could replace that scandal with a PED scandal of its own -- if next month's new doping tests come back out of the ordinary. Why would NASCAR drivers take PEDs? To push the gas pedal down harder? Let's start here: Who uses Adderall? ↵

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↵Prep Football: More Obama halo effect in sports. Manti Te'o of Honolulu's Punahou -- Obama's prep alma mater -- won SN's High School Athlete of the Year award. He is looking at UCLA, Notre Dame, USC, Stanford and BYU and insists he will be going on a Mormon mission in 2010, which likely won't bother any of his suitors. ↵

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↵Meanwhile, if you're looking for a de facto high school football national title game, try tonight's Florida 5A championship between USA Today's No. 1-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas vs. No. 6 Lakeland. The winner should lay claim to the title as the nation's best prep team. ↵Sports and the economy: MLB will NOT be firing its employees. Happy holidays! But recently "right-sized" NFL and NBA workers need not apply, as MLB is now undergoing a hiring and wage freeze. Oh, and employees are being asked to give up 20 percent of their vacation time. So: How many days was that until pitchers and catchers report? ↵

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↵The Last Word: Answers to the annual bowl quiz! ↵

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↵1) b ↵
↵2) c ↵
↵3) c ↵
↵4) b ↵
↵5) d ↵
↵6) e ↵
↵7) 1-e, 2-c, 3-f, 4-a, 5-b, 6-d ↵
↵8) d ↵

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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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