Christmas Day is past, but you may still be enjoying some down time. The bowls restart today and South Carolina arrives here in Tampa, so for me it's back to business. For those who question whether Steve Spurrier is just playing out the string as coach of the Gamecocks, a move he's about to make shows just how committed he is to finding a way to make things work. Former Eagles and Steelers star running back Duce Staley co-hosts the show before mine on my Columbia station 107.5 the Game. He's a great guy, but he's also a no-BS person when it comes to football. Now Spurrier's going to add Duce to his staff in some sort of role after the bowl game. Spurrier's got many skills, but he's never been a big fan of motivational gimmicks or pep talks. That was fine at a place like Florida where he had top talent and kids who cared, but it's been a problem at a place with a culture of mediocrity. Bring in Duce is a move out of Spurrier's comfort zone, but it's the kind of thing it will take for him to win in Columbia.
The Yankees signing Mark Teixeira on Tuesday has triggered another wave of complaining about the unfairness of it all. The Milwaukee Brewers owner wants a salary cap, something the players will never agree to. The reality is, the Yankees can't sign everybody. Teixeira's a nice player, but I think they're complete idiots for giving him that kind of money for eight years. The guy hit .308 with 33 homers and has shown zero ability to be a difference maker in the clubhouse. Will he handle New York and the expectations that come with this contract well? Who knows - Giambi certainly didn't live up to his megadeal. Maybe the Yankees will be the greatest team in the history of the game, but with guys like Teixeira and A.J. Burnett the reason why they supposedly will I'll believe it when I see it.
I assume the Bucs won't blow it against the Raiders, and the Eagles hate the Cowboys enough they'll play hard regardless of what happens in the Bucs game. Tampa Bay will promote secondary coach Raheem Morris to defensive coordinator in the post-Kiffin era. It's probably a good move, although when you take a chance on a young guy you never know for sure.
Brett Favre isn't sure if he wants to come back next year or not. I'm shocked. Hopefully Miami can finish this attention whore's career off this weekend. Even if they don't, the Jets still won't make the playoffs - that comeback was really worth it, huh?
While watching the Celtics lose to the Lakers yesterday, I saw poor Lisa Salters have to pretend she was interested in talking to Kevin James about his upcoming movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop. It looks awful, which is why it's coming out in January. It's a notrious dumping ground for bad movies, and between Blart, some sort of Underworld prequel (now even more werewolvey!) and Unborn it appears this year is no exception.