Ready, set … snow! Super Bowl Week begins! You like a sharp contrast? It isn’t just Denver’s top-ranked offense vs. Seattle’s No. 1 defense next Sunday in frigid East Rutherford, N.J. It’s that the contrast is personified by the Broncos’ sainted Peyton Manning and Seahawks’ vilified Richard Sherman. America’s favorite in one word: “Omaha!”
Big test as champs host Spurs, Thunder: NBA Finals in late January, anyone? Feels like that in Miami right now as the Heat hosts the Spurs on Sunday and then the Thunder on Wednesday — the two teams Miami beat to win its consecutive titles. Aside to Dwyane Wade: Be a good week for your knees to reward you for those four games off in a row!
Patriots latest target in Miami’s GM search: The Dolphins’ general manager search took some weird turns as Browns assistant GM Ray Farmer, a front-runner, abruptly withdrew and then Miami interviewed Patriots personnel chief Nick Caserio. I think I’d be more excited about Caserio if he said he’d bring Bill Belichick and Tom Brady with him.
UM men lose to No. 2 Syracuse: Jim Larrañaga’s guys lost 64-52 to mighty Syracuse at home on Saturday afternoon, with a 21-point loss to No. 18 Duke three days earlier. The Canes are scrappy and play good defense but don’t score enough. Kobe Bryant sat in on a UM marketing class this week. Pity that didn’t make him eligible to suit up.
Australian Open upsets lead to unexpected finales: Rafael Nadal was the only superstar in the finals of the year’s first major. He’ll face somebody named Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday, after Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova played Saturday. I always complain tennis is too predictable. Comes to mind the phrase, “Be careful what you wish for.”