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Red Sox to break bank for Teixeira
Here's a prediction: By the time this is over, win or lose, the Red Sox effectively will have made Mark Teixeira the largest contract offer in the history of your storied franchise. When the Sox want something enough, they make sure they get it. In the case of Teixeira, rest assured that the Sox want him, no matter what games are being played by club officials. Publicly and privately, the Sox are saying nothing about their interest in Teixeira and playing dumb every time his name comes up. It's as sure a sign as any that they are preparing to go to extraordinary lengths. what the Red Sox truly fear here is that the Yankees can outbid them on Teixeira, explaining why the Sox have failed to confirm any interest in the player at all. With the possible exception of the New York Mets, who just exercised their contract option on first baseman Carlos Delgado, the Yankees are the only team in baseball who could outbid the Red Sox for Teixeira's services. The Yankees could do it in a big way, too, giving Teixeira the kind of money that would put him in the clouds with Alex Rodriguez. (Boston Globe)
Favre not committing to 2009
If you thought the afterglow of Thursday's 34-31 overtime victory over the Patriots might cause Brett Favre to start dreaming about playing again next year, think again. "I haven't even thought about it," Favre said when the prospect of playing in 2009 came up. "I have people - friends, family - who ask me all the time about next year. The answer I give them, which is the honest answer, is I really don't know. To be totally honest with you, I really don't care. What I care about is trying to beat Tennessee." When the Jets made the deal for Favre this summer it was understood that it might be a one-year marriage, and this offseason figures to contain plenty of drama surrounding Favre's future. (New York Post)
Why BCS lobby disagrees with Obama
President-elect Barack Obama will solve the Middle East crisis before he solves the Bowl Championship Series. It was exciting, with all the woes in the world, that Obama would take time on "60 Minutes" to campaign for an eight-team playoff. BCS commissioners, knowing they have more power than the president elect on this issue, got a kick out of Obama's "60 Minutes" interview. The Pacific 10 and Big Ten conferences, which have been partnered with the Rose Bowl since 1947, have been staunchly opposed to any kind of playoff movement that would further diminish a game that was first played four years before the NCAA was founded. Obama doesn't understand school presidents didn't want a playoff last week and don't want one next week. He doesn't understand college football isn't interested in compromising the best regular season in sports with a postseason that could jeopardize a delicate bowl construct. (Los Angeles Times)
Must-See Photo
Chicago's Drew Gooden took a spill over Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, but the pain was probably worth it for Aldridge, as his Trail Blazers dominated the Bulls, 116-74. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is a big fan of Roswell's UFO Museum.
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Marlins
1997 -- Last original Florida Marlin, Jeff Conine, traded to Kansas City Royals.
1997 -- Mavericks' A.C. Green sets NBA record of 907 consecutive games played.
1977 -- Chicago's Walter Payton rushes for a then NFL record 275 yards.
1961 -- Dallas sacks Pittsburgh QBs an NFL record 12 times.


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