Justice Is Served: 3 Up and 3 Down ...

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Justice Is Served: 3 Up and 3 Down ...
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THREE UP ... 

1. I took a few days to sift through my thoughts on the Heisman Trophy. As I applaud Mark Ingram for winning the award, I'm still struck that one game catapulted him to the front of the Heisman class. But no reason to question worthiness, because excellence is in the eye of the beholder. Ingram surely is an athlete who had a great season -- the greatest of 2009? Let history judge that.

2. Turner Gill, the former Nebraska star, has gotten his chance. He's moved from Buffalo, a dead-end job if any existed, to a bigger program at Kansas. Now, Kansas isn't the best place in the world to coach football, but it's a lot better than most places black coaches end.

3. Agent-speak is interesting to listen to, particularly when the agent doing the speaking is named Scott Boras. At the Winter Meetings last week, he was telling teams that his client Matt Holliday was more versatile than Jason Bay, two outfielders on the free-agent market. Boras might be right, but Bay surely will be the better buy. Regardless, both he and Holliday should come away with nice paydays.

THREE DOWN ... 

1. Quit ... Randy Moss? C'mon, Chris Gamble! Randy Moss would never quit, would he? I don't know if there's a worse thing a player can say about an opponent than he quit, and if Gamble, the Panthers defensive back, is right, Moss owes  fans and his Patriots teammates an apology. To give up in a game is to give up on your team, and no coach or teammates or fans should ever find comfort in that.

2. If Nike's old "image is everything" ad is right, what might Tiger Woods be these days? The answer: Nothing. He's lost one big sponsor, and others are sure to follow as what remains of his pristine public persona continues to come unspooled. 

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