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Patrick Mahomes. More on this dude in a bit. Lots more, but he assuredly won the weekend.
Lamont Paris. The former Mocs hoops coach has South Carolina — yes, South Carolina's men mind you — atop the SEC standings are riding a seven-game winning streak.
Florida hoops. Monster win over Auburn will go a long, long, LONG way for the Gators to punch their dance card.
Mocs hoops. Strong showing for UTC over the weekend at UNCG. Here's more from Gene Henley.
Nick Taylor. Birdies on five of your final six holes — and on each of the two playoff holes — will close out a lot of tournaments.
Billy Horschel and Zach Johnson and all the rest of the crybaby PGA players lamenting the raucous crowds at the Phoenix Open. Guys, you know what's coming. It happens every single year. So if you want them to shut up or feel the need to cuss out the fans — looking at you Jordan Spieth — then skip the trip to the desert. It's especially rich when a guy like Horschel who seems as friendly as a rash is throwing the football with patrons on Saturday and then chastising rowdy fans on Sunday. It also hearkened back to Chris DiMarco famously saying, "I'd love to get a six-pack of beer and go yell at them while they're making sales calls." Yeah, Chris, you gas bag, all of us would love to make more than $25 million in career earnings for being a largely forgettable pro too. Swing by the TFP anytime you want, and you are willing to pay what those golf tickets cost, you can heckle me all morning.
Kyle Shanahan. Yep, that "can't win the big one" tag will only become more and more magnified. Side question: Anyone else think Shanahan didn't know the postseason overtime rules that guarantees both sides a possession, regardless of what happens on the first possession? Because you should 100% elect to play defense first if you win the toss so you know exactly what you need.
John Calipari. Three straight losses in Rupp is not even a depth Billy The Kid Gillespie reached.
Super Bowl commercials. Rather blahtastic collection in my view. Thoughts?
Folks trying to find an affordable fast food option these days. Whether it's an $18 Bic Mac in New York or the 13 bucks it cost me in Soddy-Daisy for a Wendy's Baconator combo for my 16-year-old, this is eye-poppingly bad. And the soaring costs of everything — have you priced dog food lately? — is going be something Joe will have to wear come November.
So the conversation this morning will be about the Chiefs.
Win the Super Bowl, and that's the way it goes.
Andy Reid moving up the all-time ladder of great coaches.
Patty Mahomes moving past Joe Montana in a lot of folks' eyes as the second-best QB ever behind TB12.
Side note: I think Mahomes is a better QB than Tom Brady. I think Brady is the greatest QB though and there's a critical difference.
As for Reid, he's within striking distance of catching Bill Belichick in a lot of those key lists and rankings.
Reid has three Lombardi trophies now; Belichick has six of course.
Reid has at least another decade with Mahomes if he decides to stay in K.C., and here's the big thing:
The Chiefs crew that won the Super Bowl last night — their second in a row and their third in the last five years — is going to be the most gettable and beattable Kansas City team for the foreseeable future.
Mahomes is about to enter the Brady level, and it has nothing to do with his pinpoint passes or his resonating resume.
When it became clear that Brady and the Pats were going to be playoff fixtures and Super Bowl contenders every year, ring-starved veterans would take less to go play in Foxboro.
That will be a common trend in K.C. with Mahomes in place with a decade-long deal that will be cap- and team-friendly on the back half.
It adds up to two pretty clear assessments.
The Chiefs are currently a dynasty.
And the Chiefs are not going anywhere any time soon.
This and that
— Speaking of that, the 49ers have to be in win-at-all-costs in 2024 because the exceedingly affordable Brock Purdy's contract will have been redone sooner rather than later.
— We're still grading all the prop entries, but here's the correct side for the 10 props we offered in our annual contest: Heads; Over on Reba 87 and there was beef about this one; the Chiefs covered; Under 47.5 points scored; Over jersey number 22.5 for the first TD (McCaffrey); Mahomes was MVP; Purple was the Gatorade color; "U don't have to call" was Usher's first song; Over made FG 50.5 yards; Kelce had more yards than Kittle.
— Keith Mitchell and Harris English were in a group tied for 17th at 10 under in Phoenix. Each cashed a check for $125,400.
Weekend winners and losers. Go.
As for multiple choice Monday, what was your favorite Super Bowl commercial?
As for today, Feb. 12, let's review.
So heavy hitters were born on this day. Abe Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on this day in 1809. Bill Russell (Celtics not Dodgers) would have been 90 today.
Charles Schulz and Tom Landry died on this day in 2000.
If he retired today, is Pat Mahomes on the Rushmore of NFL QBs.