There is, of course, at least some chance the Falcons would leave Atlanta if they don't land a new stadium. Only a fool would say otherwise. But the same fool who believed the Falcons would beat the 49ers by 10 points feels compelled to levy odds on the likelihood of the Falcons' departure. The line on leaving: 1,000-to-1. The belief here is that the Falcons will have their stadium, even if there seems -- in my mind and apparently in the minds of others -- no pressing need. They want it, and eventually they'll get it. They might not get exactly what they want when/where they want it, but in the end they'll be placated. ... If the Falcons don't get a new stadium downtown, Arthur Blank isn't apt to go looking in Los Angeles County. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Comment
All is not well between Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees, particularly after Tuesday's report that tied him to a supplier of performance-enhancing drugs. The results of baseball's investigation, in theory, could help the Yankees if they attempt to void Rodriguez's contract. That would not be easy -- the Yankees failed to do it with Jason Giambi -- but there may be another exit strategy. The Yankees have continued to emphasize the seriousness of Rodriguez's hip injury. ... The natural next step in that progression is that the injury would end his career, as it did for Albert Belle of the Baltimore Orioles in 2001. This would allow Rodriguez to collect his money -- but with insurance, not the Yankees, covering most of it. (The New York Times) Comment
Turns out, it will take three to tango. The final hurdle for the salary dump of Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors hinges on finding a third team to absorb the expiring contract of Raptors guard Jose Calderon, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Grizzlies have inquired with multiple teams over the past several days, searching for a willing partner to facilitate a three-team deal, sources said. Despite organizational proclamations to the contrary, new Memphis ownership and management is determined to unload Gay and the $37 million owed him as soon as possible, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Calderon has a $10.5 million expiring contract. (Yahoo! Sports) Comment
A massive crowd gathers around Ray Lewis at Super Bowl Media Day Tuesday. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
The greatest of all time? Probably not, but Randy Moss will go down as one of the most entertaining players ever.