Posted: Tuesday December 5, 2006 10:26AM; Updated: Tuesday December 5, 2006 10:26AM
Tiger Woods, Dwyane Wade, Roger Federer all had great years.
Have a question or opinion for Pete? He might answer/address it in his mailbag.
1. Reader submission from Joe Anci in New York: "Dwyane Wade was named SI's 2006 Sportsman of the Year over Roger Federer and Tiger Woods. Apparently the NBA refs are not the only people giving Wade all the calls."
2. CBS has announced that it will give the coveted post-Super Bowl XLI slot to Criminal Minds. And that's even if the Bengals don't make it.
3. Cincinnati wide receiver Reggie McNeal became the seventh Bengal arrested this year when he was charged with elbowing a police officer outside a Houston nightclub over the weekend. Come on, this is getting ridiculous. The Bengals are the only team with "convictions" and "acquittals" in their team defense stats.
4. Ben Johnson has alleged that Carl Lewis was indirectly responsible for his drink supposedly being sabotaged by a former NFL player in the drug-testing room at the Seoul Olympics. Let's see O.J. squirrel his way out of this one.
5. Struggling Knicks guard Stephon Marbury's new $15 Starbury One sneaker has received a coveted award from Footwear News. Most pundits credit the sneaker's innovative ad campaign that shows Marbury's recent play with the voiceover: "It can't be the shoes."
6. Fox earned big ratings for the first BCS Selection Show on Sunday. That's even with Ohio State coach Jim Tressel declining to watch.
7. The Jets have launched a page on MySpace.com. And here's a shock: Judging by the pictures posted, many of the team's young "friends" are from the same hometown as Leon Washington.
8. Former Senator George Mitchell says that his nearly forgotten probe into baseball's steroids mess is going slowly because he lacks the power to order testimony. Sure, it's not like he's still in Congress, which clearly can compel baseball players to open up.
9. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig says that he will retire in three years. Of course, he will then spend six seasons as "interim non-commissioner."
10. Fun with polls: USA Today has unveiled a neat page that allows viewers to see at a glance every final ballot in the coaches poll. By placing the cursor over a team, it shows where each coach had it ranked (to easily suss out major outliers), while putting the mouse on a coach brings a pop-up of his final ballot. One ballot that jumps out is that of Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schellenberger, who is obviously unimpressed by LSU and Oklahoma. He ranked the Tigers, No. 4 in the final AP poll, at No. 15, and the Sooners (the AP's No. 8) at No. 18. Not surprisingly, he shows as much love as any coach for his former school, Louisville, by placing the Cards at No. 4. (It's almost surprising he wasn't able to sneak Miami in there.) Like the 10 Spot, the page is an excellent way to waste time.