Posted: Monday December 11, 2006 10:29AM; Updated: Monday December 11, 2006 1:43PM
Troy Smith might want to send that T-shirt to NFL teams.
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1. Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith was the runaway Heisman winner on Saturday in New York. Well, at least we know who the Texans won't draft.
2. The Colts lost for the third time in four games on Sunday when the Jaguars ran all over them 44-17. Indy remains stuck on 10 wins. For perspective, that's only two more than the Bengals' arrests.
3. The Colts allowed a franchise-record 375 rushing yards against the Jags. Well, it's nice to see the Indy defense rounding into postseason form.
4. Drew Brees threw five TDs as the Saints smoked the Cowboys and Tony Romo 42-17. Even worse, the defeat has temporarily postponed Romo's induction into Canton.
5. The Sixers say they are actively shopping Allen Iverson. The Answer could be skipping practice for a new team later this week.
6. According to reports, the NBA's old leather basketball may be making a comeback. Though after the long layoff, it looks more like a medicine ball these days.
7. Vote For Rory: The 10 Spot doesn't follow hockey too closely these days, except when we score free SI seats to the Rangers or think of a barb that can draw angry e-mails from hockey loyalists. Still, we've been receiving a number of e-mails from readers suggesting that we tout the All-Star candidacy of Canucks defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick (SI.com's Allan Muircovered the story last week.) Given our usual dearth of material and our love of ballot-stuffing, it's high time we added our voice to the chorus. Sabres fan Steve Schmid has started a Web site -- VoteForRory.com -- to back Fitzpatrick, a former Sabre and a native of Rochester, N.Y. In Schmid's view, Fitzpatrick is the type of gritty plugger that often goes overlooked. That might be in part because Fitzpatrick hasn't recorded a goal or assist in 16 games this year; he has been out for more than a month with a heel injury. Yet thanks to Schmid's site, the write-in candidate ranks fifth in the balloting among Western Conference defensemen. If he cracks the top two when voting closes on Jan. 2, he'll be voted in as a starter. An NHL spokesman says that the league wouldn't overturn a Fitzpatrick selection, unlike the humorless former MLB commissioner Ford Frick, who nixed ballot-stuffing by Reds fans one year. So vote early and often.
8. Nextel Cup champion Jimmie Johnson broke his left wrist when he fell out of a golf cart during a celebrity tournament last Friday. Wow, these guys are useless without their spotters.
9. Arizona State has hired Idaho's Dennis Erickson as head coach. Erickson is excited at the opportunity to put a new school on probation.
10. Two Michigan lawmakers passed a resolution last week demanding a college football playoff. The resolution is purely symbolic, kind of like the Wolverines' defense against Ohio State.