Shanoff's WUC: Weis, Pats, Kobe, Mauer, MLS

Today's Calls: Charlie Weis vs. Oblivion, Pats vs. Bounce back, Lions vs. Awesomeness, Raiders vs. Miracles, Brett Favre vs. Anyone, Donovan McNabb vs. Jay Cutler, Chris Johnson vs. Ryan Moats, Colt McCoy vs. Tim Tebow, Nets vs. 0-82, Kobe vs. Backboard, Joe Mauer vs. AL MVP, MLS vs. Cinderella and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: "If they decide to make a change, I'd have to say that I'd have a tough time arguing with that." ↵

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↵Give Charlie Weis credit for at least one good thing: Being candid -- painfully so -- in the face of his oblivion at Notre Dame. ↵

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↵Weis isn't a bad guy. Just a bad college football head coach. And, despite how fun the season(s) of schadenfreude have been, the Weis era is as good as over. ↵

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↵Hope you enjoyed it, because Notre Dame bigwigs -- if they were smart -- are going to bring in Cincinnati's Brian Kelly, and he is going to destroy the rest of the country, turning ND into a perennial BCS team, as early as next season. ↵

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↵The most humane thing that Notre Dame can do now is fire Weis -- today. Not next week, after Notre Dame finishes its season with (yet another) deflating loss, at Stanford. It saves both Weis and the school from another week of "Weis sucks." ↵

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↵In fact, they could do it on Wednesday night and, by the time people check back in after the long Thanksgiving weekend -- the football, the food, Black Friday shopping -- the pain will be gone. Perhaps ND will have even hired Kelly by then -- the ideal execution. ↵

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↵Some might argue that letting Weis finish out this last week is dignified; I would say it is the opposite: It is humiliating. ↵

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↵And haven't we experienced enough humiliation in Notre Dame's Weis Era already? ↵ ↵

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↵NFL Week 11 Talking Points ↵

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↵• After the way the Pats handcuffed the Jets, anyone still want to talk about "4th-and-2?" Didn't think so. ↵

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↵• I think it's fair to say that the Broncos have regressed to their mean. ↵

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↵• The Cowboys may have won, but how they respect themselves this morning is anyone's guess. ↵

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↵• Win of the Weekend: Lions in the last second. No more thrilling game in the NFL this week. But for ridiculous finishes, it was actually topped. ... ↵

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↵• If the Raiders want to attribute their stunning miracle win over Cincy to the late Marquis Cooper, I'll buy it. ↵

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↵• OK, I'll admit it: Brett Favre is killing it right now. (Percy Harvin has helped.) ↵

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↵• Perfection: Saints and Colts roll on. No reason not to keep each at top of NFC, AFC. ↵

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↵• No team in the NFL needed their win this week more than the Giants, who still barely got one. ↵

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↵• It wouldn't be a week in the NFL without ... : Jay Cutler throwing an end-of-game rally-killing interception. Since Brett Favre has apparently decided to stop throwing them, is Cutler the new Favre? ↵

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↵• Question: Is there any team winning uglier than the Jaguars? 6-4 ... how? (But does it matter?) ↵

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↵• This Week's Result to Prove You Really Know Nothing About the NFL: Chiefs over Steelers. ↵

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↵• Injury Watch: Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner. (Concussions.) ↵

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↵• Yeah, yeah, I heard: Devin Hester lost his pants on Sunday Night Football. ↵

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↵Fantasy Studs: QB Matt Stafford, RB Jason Snelling, WR T.O. ↵

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↵MNF: Titans at Texans. All of a sudden, the Titans are the team no one wants to play, mainly because Chris Johnson has become the most devastating all-purpose player in the league. Still: The Texans have Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and ... Ryan Moats? ↵

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↵CFB Weekend Hangover: It's not like LSU was going to win the SEC West title anyway. It's simply the humiliation of Les Miles not just blowing the game-ending play, but then trying to pass it off like he didn't personally screw it up, when he clearly did. ↵

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↵Looking Ahead to Next Week: If you are hoping for BCS insanity, you are rooting like crazy for Texas A&M at home against rival Texas. ... if you are hoping to see Boise's season ruined, you are rooting for Nevada (7-0 WAC). ... And if you love America, freedom and all that is good and holy, you agree that ESPN College GameDay should be live from Gainesville for Tim Tebow's final game at The Swamp. ↵

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↵Heisman Top 3: (1) McCoy, (2) Gerhart, (3) Ingram. Gerhart is the success story of the year, and Ingram vs. Tebow is a nice subplot of the SEC championship game, but McCoy will win the Heisman, thanks mostly to voters' inclination, when relevant, to vote based on "lifetime achievement." ↵

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↵BCS Update: No change in the Top 3 (or Top 7) -- still headed for a BCS title game of Florida-Alabama winner vs. Texas, and still headed for Boise State to get shut out (TCU gets token non-BCS at-large bid and two at-larges come from Iowa/PennSt/OklaSt group to bump Boise from a spot.) ↵

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↵My BlogPoll Ballot Top 10: (1) TCU, (2) Alabama, (3) Florida, (4) Texas, (5) Cincinnati, (6) Boise St, (7) Georgia Tech, (8) Oregon, (9) Pitt, (10) Oregon St. (See the whole ballot here.) ↵

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↵Yale-Harvard Snafu: Please don't call it "Pulling a Belichick." It was 4th-and-22, not 4th-and-2. It was fake-punt trickery, not a standard offensive play on 4th down. And Harvard's offense isn't exactly Peyton's Colts. Stats or common sense: Yale should have punted. ↵

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↵NBA Talking Points: That Kobe behind-the-backboard shot in last night's win over the Thunder was better than any freaky dunk or layup. Reminiscent of Larry Bird. Kids playing H-O-R-S-E at recess today just got a new standard. ↵

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↵Weekend's Worst: If only the Knicks played the Nets every game ... alas, back to business as usual: I guess it could be considered progress that they are taking the 2008 NBA champs to OT before losing on a KG buzzer-beater. Speaking of the Nets ... ↵

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↵Nets "Oh-Fer" Watch: The Nets are better off being prolifically awful than merely mediocre -- their main selling point could be the novelty of being one of the fans who gets to watch the worst team in NBA history. "0-82" isn't something to fear; it should be the goal. ↵

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↵NBA 1/8-Season MVP? Last week, Shoals made the argument that it was Dirk. I would argue that it should be Brandon Jennings. He has led the Bucks -- the Bucks! -- to the 5th-best record in the East; he is a supreme scorer (No. 8 in the league after his 55 points combined between Friday and Saturday night's wins); and he has become the most must-see player in the league. What's more MVP than that? ↵

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↵MLB Awards Season: Joe Mauer better win AL MVP today. He led the league in OPS, and -- despite missing 24 games with a back injury -- had 28 HR and had 96 RBIs. He also led the Twins to the playoffs -- if that kind of stuff matters to a traditional voter. ↵

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↵MLB Hot Stove: ↵

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↵• Next season's Cliff Lee -- the guy whose trade-deadline deal can turn a team into a pennant winner? Josh Johnson. ... ↵

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↵• It's not just about the Red Sox getting John Lackey -- it's that getting Lackey would allow them to trade one of their coveted young arms for some new power in the lineup. ... ↵

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↵• Is Kevin Millwood at the center of a three-way between the Rangers, Mets and Cubs? ... ↵

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↵• Are the Angels going to sign Jason Bay? ↵CBB Mania: ↵

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↵• Syracuse looked absolutely amazing in thumping UNC on Friday night. Wes Johnson might be the best player on the East Coast. Put the Cuse in the Top 5. ... ↵

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↵• Speaking of which: Nova rallied from Mason near-loss to win the P.R. Tip-Off. ... ↵

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↵• So much for that talk about Kentucky's defensive deficiencies -- they stuffed Rider. (Wall Watch: 21 pts, 11 ast). ... ↵

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↵• How valuable was Blake Griffin to Oklahoma? Just ask Willie Warren, who "led" OU to a loss to VCU. ... ↵

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↵• What was that I was saying about Dayton as the best mid-major? (Worse: What was that about a Cornell bandwagon? Ugh.) ↵

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↵MLS Cup: Wow. This one had a little bit of everything: PK finish. The league's biggest superstar (Donovan, not Beckham) choking. An unexpected result, especially the fact that it was a massive upset in a championship game (by a team that finished under-.500 in the regular season and barely made the playoffs!). A Seattle showcase of the best fans in the sport. Wild stuff. ↵

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↵I know LA is the most important franchise in MLS, but the league got something even better last night: An affirmation that "anyone" can win the title -- the most valuable resource in sports leagues is ... hope, especially for core fans. And this should inject hope for every team's fans that their team can "pull an RLS." ↵

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↵The Last Word: "I'm not ready to run our current guy out of town yet." -- Urban Meyer, tweaking the folks who wanted to gush over Tim Tebow backup John Brantley's performance against Florida International. Meyer appropriately frames the college football emotional story of the week: Tebow's final performance at The Swamp. ↵

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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. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/danshanoff. ↵

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