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Today's Calls: Big Ben vs. Nevada, Brett Favre vs. Friday, Manny vs. Mickey, Justin Morneau vs. Matt Holliday, Joe Girardi vs. Hal Steinbrenner, Steve Nash vs. the Knicks, David Beckham vs. Galaxy fans and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: On the eve of SEC Media Day(s), my colleague Dave Curtis came up with a whopper: ↵

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↵SIX teams will go unbeaten this season. That's not your typical BCS mess — that's BCS Armageddon. And certainly something to root for. ↵

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↵Urban Meyer Nick Saban Pete CarrollToo bad it won't happen. At least if history is your guide. ↵

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↵— Florida looks like a lock for an unbeaten season — if only for the fact the SEC never lets a team get through. (That said, of any team, Florida will run the table. But look at "unbeatable" 2005 USC before you crown the Gators national champs.) ↵

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↵— Oklahoma isn't even a lock to beat Texas, let alone run the table. If they couldn't beat UT last year, why would they do it now, when Texas is even more loaded? (If anything, Texas should be the second-biggest favorite to go unbeaten.) ↵

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↵— Penn State? Two words: Daniel. Murray. ↵

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↵— Georgia Tech? I love the Wreck as the best team in the ACC, but the ACC's signature is that its teams always lose — usually the games they're supposed to win. ↵

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↵— Boise State? Sure. I'll give you that. With the Broncos' schedule, 20 teams would go unbeaten. Enjoy the Fiesta Bowl. ↵

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↵— Notre Dame? Now you're just undercutting ALL your cred. ↵

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↵To Curtis' credit, he conspicuously leaves one team out of his unbeaten scenario: USC. ↵

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↵The Trojans prove why Curtis' scenario is Entourage-style fantasy: Just when you think a team looks unbeatable, they get beat. ↵

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↵Lawsuits: Big Ben hit with big shocker. His lawyer David Cornwell was adamant: "Ben has never sexually assaulted anyone." There has been no criminal complaint filed, nor any criminal investigation. ↵

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↵Favre Watch: Decision by Friday? (Pleasepleaseplease let it be Friday afternoon. That way, I can ignore it all weekend and by Monday, it is old news. I know I'm just kidding myself.) ↵

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↵MLB Talking Points ↵

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↵— Phils roll on: Blast Cubs (9th straight W). ↵

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↵— Crazy: A's come back from 10 down ↵(Ump TOTALLY blew that last call.) ↵

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↵— Milestones: Manny passes Mickey on all-time HR list. ↵

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↵— Rookie Mania: Tommy Hanson (11 Ks, now 5-0) ↵

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↵— Your new N.L. Wild Card leaders: The Rox ↵

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↵— Fantasy Stud: Justin Morneau (3-for-5, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R). ↵

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↵Halladay Trade Speculation: Will Jason Schmidt's decent (and winning) debut for the Dodgers mean L.A. will ease up on pursuing Roy Halladay? I think it comes down to the Angels, Phillies and Mets, in that order. ↵

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↵Joe Girardi on hot seat? How easy can it be for the Yankees manager to celebrate a walk-off win last night when owner Hal Steinbrenner is saying things like: "Joe knows what's expected of him. It's never changed. We expect to win every year. We've said that, we always say that, and our job is to field a championship-caliber team every year." ↵

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↵NBA Offseason: Steve Nash shows loyalty to the Suns and re-signs for 2Y/$22M. Let me make a prediction: For his classy (if profitable) move, the Suns will move him next summer (or the midseason in 10-11) to a contender — I'll say the Knicks. ↵

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↵Speaking of the Knicks, Shoals imagines what happens if New York gets nothing out of the FA crop in 2010. I will say it again; the new mantra will be: "2012 is the new 2010." ↵

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↵(Meanwhile, Barnes to Orlando? has any team had a better offseason than the Magic? They just seem to be piling on, with a reported signing of versatile defensive-minded Matt Barnes, who is another active body off the bench that Orlando can throw at LeBron, Paul Pierce or Antawn Jamison.) ↵

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↵CFB Media Daze: Given that the SEC Media Day(s) will kick off tomorrow in Alabama with 800 credentialed media members — 800 — it might seem a bit low-rent that the Sun Belt would hold their Media Day virtually, online. But if the economy continues to tank, the Sun Belt might be on to something. (Consider if you told people a couple years ago: "Yeah, a lot of teams are not going to print media guides in 2009.") I give them props for innovating, even if it is out of economic necessity. (Heck: Especially if it is out of economic necessity.) ↵

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↵Notre Dame vs. Army at Yankee Stadium in November 2010. The only real question is whether Charlie Weis will be on the ND sidelines to coach the Irish. ↵

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↵Beckham Revolt, Cont'd: Mike DeCourcy has a must-read on Becks, Manny and the fans' right to jeer. ↵

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↵Pop Culture: You know? This Shaq reality TV series doesn't sound that bad! ↵

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↵The Last Word: "The law has spoken and spoken severely. If the commissioner says he's not allowed back in, then how is that fair?" ↵
↵— Michael Irvin, on Michael Vick. ↵

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↵(Of COURSE Irvin would have something to say about Vick. Let's imagine how Irvin would have handled playing in the mega-nonstop-spotlight of 2009, rather than the mild 1990s. He might have been suspended for half his career.) ↵

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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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