Around the Nation
December 8, 2006
The Week in Review
p. The week in sports was highlighted by the University of Florida’s surprise selection to the BCS Championship game. The Gators beat out the University of Michigan for the right to play no. 1 Ohio State University. Florida was given the opportunity to get in after the University of Southern California pulled off a choke job for the ages by losing to conference and in-city rival University of California—Los Angeles.
p. The NFL had its fair share of exciting games this past week, the most exciting finish coming in Tennessee as Titans kicker Rob Bironas’ (right) 60-yard field goal with seven seconds left sunk division opponents, the Indianapolis Colts. The Titans were able to pull out the victory despite being dressed in quite possibly the ugliest uniforms in the history of professional sports (the full-length light blue number would look better outfitting the aerobics class in a retirement community). Tony Romo kept the Cowboys’ winning streak alive by leading Dallas to a 23-20 victory over the New York Giants. San Diego Chargers tailback LaDainian Tomlinson once again proved himself to be the league’s top offensive player, rushing for 178 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
p. What to Watch this Week
p. College Football
Heisman Trophy Award Presentation — Saturday, 8 p.m. on ESPN (channel 12)
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars — Sunday, 1 p.m. on CBS (channel 3)
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins — Sunday, 1 p.m. on FOX (channel 14)
New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys — Sunday, 8:15 p.m. on NBC (channel 10)
Chicago Bears at St. Louis Rams — Monday, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN (channel 12)
Phoenix Suns at Miami Heat — Wednesday, 7 p.m. on ESPN (channel 12)
p. Quote of the Week
p. “Anyone who has seen them play realizes it is a no-brainer. Florida is not very good. I watched that game last night and that other quarterback completed like three passes the week before. They have 18 guys out there throwing passes out there for Arkansas.”
—New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a Michigan grad, on why the Wolverines should be playing in the BCS Championship game. Source: Patriots.com