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A nightmare scenario for Gang Green would be to watch the Patriots make it to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium, then, five weeks later, have Bill Belichick announce the signing of free agent cornerback Darrelle Revis. It would be out of character for Belichick to sign a big ticket free agent, but his contempt for the Jets is so deep and his need for a shutdown corner is so great, that it would not be shocking if he used some salary-cap creativity to structure a deal for Revis, especially with the extra cap room Tom Brady's contract extension opened up. ... "It's not that far-fetched," an NFL source said on Thursday. "It would not shock me if he's in a Patriots uniform next year." (New York Daily News) Comment
Whoops? Brian Cashman spilled the beans on what he called "a significant offer" to Robinson Cano, but then quickly clammed up saying, "I'm not going to comment anymore." He didn't have to, Scott Boras did the talking for him. Minutes after the Yankees GM accidentally revealed the Yanks had broken tradition and offered the potential free agent a contract, the second baseman's agent poured water all over it, telling CBSSports.com, "Robinson is focused on preparing for and playing the 2013 season. By agreement, discussions shall remain confidential. Also by agreement, discussions will cease if they are a distraction to Robinson's performance and leadership of the 2013 Yankees." (New York Daily News) Comment
Just what is the plan for Derrick Rose? [The] Bulls started playing their worst basketball of the season when everything got fuzzy concerning Rose's near future. All the denials in the world from the coach and the players won't change what I'm seeing: a team that has had it with the drama. A team demoralized by the will-he, won't-he circus. Since Feb. 12, when Rose said he was "far away" from being back to normal physically, the Bulls have gone 2-4, not including Thursday night's game against Philadelphia. They are 4-8 in February. ... Before February began, the players had been operating under the assumption that things were coming along nicely in the Triumphant Return department. Then the mixed signals started flying like arrows in "Braveheart." (Chicago Sun-Times) Comment
Steve Blake goes up for a shot against Greg Stiemsma during last night's Lakers-Timberwolves game. Los Angeles won go onto win 116-94. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Shaquille O'Neal leads the TNT crew in yet another version of The Harlem Shake.