Glam, historically clutch Patriots quarterback (and Comeback Player of the Year) suffered his earliest playoff exit, a three-pick day in New England's 33--14 dismantling by the Ravens (page 50). The loss was the Pats' first home playoff defeat in 11,333 days, in 1978—the year after Brady was born.
Vancouver can't come soon enough: Team USA coach Ron Wilson needs a break from standing behind the bench in Toronto after his cellar dwellers lost five of six. The Leafs are the NHL's worst at killing penalties. Said Wilson, "I think we're a little bit psyched out."
Where there's Hope, there won't be Daly: Long John has been denied an exemption into the field in next week's Bob Hope Classic in La Quinta, Calif. "I felt like I brought a lot of celebrity friends to that tournament," Daly said. "That was kind of a slap in the face."
Life on court in Motown mirrors existence off it (page 66). A loss to the 76ers last Saturday was the club's 12th straight, the worst Detroit hoops downturn in 16 seasons. "It's very discouraging that we had no sense of urgency," said forward Charlie Villanueva. "None."