Florida is back in a tie for first place in the SEC East thanks to their win over Alabama last night combined with losses for South Carolina and Tennessee against SEC West teams on the road. The next week will start to see some seperation, with UT and UK playing followed by UK at SC. UF has to take care of their business this weeekend at home against a Vandy team that seems to be playing better as their young players develop.
Earlier this week South Carolina coach Darrin Horn was venting about the level of hype that goes with Big Ten basketball. He doesn't feel that their conference is better than his league, yet the SEC has been getting ripped nationally all season long. Exhibit A for Horn's case: Penn State 38, Illinois 33 last night. Every now and then you see a game where offenses struggle a bit, but that's just ridiculous. I still think the SEC is going to get five teams in, but I doubt many will be seeded any better than seventh.
Boston's owner wants Major League Baseball to have a salary cap. As usual, the villains are the Yankees. Considering what the Rays pulled off last season, this doesn't come off as the most credible time to make this argument. Teams in smaller markets have less room for error, but there's no reason or excuse why they can't be competitive if they draft and develop the right talent. If New York wants to waste huge money on A.J. Burnett, they should be allowed to do that.
Charles Barkley's back on TNT to break down the NBA, and to his credit he owned up to his DUI mistake yesterday. The problem is that Charles has been promoted by the network based around his outrageous qualities. He's going to have to strike the balance between giving people what they want and owning up to his own flaws. With the NBA trade deadline this afternoon, it is good timing for him to get back on the air and have something to talk about besides his mistake.