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Wednesday, October 9: DeSean Jackson calls out Darrelle Revis

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Jackson calls out Revis

For some time now, dating back to his early days with the Jets, Tampa Bay's Darrelle Revis has been considered one of the NFL's premiere corners. His nickname is Revis Island for a reason. But while he's made a career out of shutting down opposing receivers, DeSean Jackson doesn't believe anyone, even Revis, can cover him. Jackson doesn't lack for confidence. The speedy wide receiver had some interesting things to say about facing Revis in Tampa on Sunday. "I'm sure he'll follow me," Jackson said. ... "I'm definitely sure his coaches are confident in him. I don't think he can run with me. I don't think he's as fast as me. It will be a challenge. He's a great player. Nothing to take away from him. I'm focused on what we have to do here, which is win a football game." (CSN) Comment

Irked O'Brien channels Belichick

Losing to Indiana still isn't sitting well with Bill O'Brien, and he was showing it Tuesday. O'Brien, a former New England Patriots assistant, repeatedly seemed to be channeling his inner Bill Belichick in giving curt answers to questions ranging from just about anything that didn't involve praise for Michigan or hype surrounding the Lions' sold-out game against the Wolverines at 5 p.m. Saturday. "I'm not talking about scholarships, sanctions, anything -- I'm talking about Michigan," O'Brien said three days after bringing up the team's reduced scholarship number -- unsolicited -- following Penn State's 44-24 loss at Indiana. A sampling of some of O'Brien's sometimes-terse responses (after some, he expanded his answer): Asked about the team's confidence level: "The team's confidence isn't shaken." (Pittsburgh Tribube-Review) Comment

Hal needs answer from Girardi

While it seems the Cubs are willing to wait for Joe Girardi, there's a chance the Yankees aren't as patient. Hal Steinbrenner loved the job [Girardi] did through so many injuries this season and extended a contract offer he feels represents just how badly the Yankees want to retain the manager, but the managing general partner accentuated a decision is needed relatively quickly because of all the work the team has in front of it this offseason. ... [Said Steinbrenner:] "I think both sides agree -- I don't want to speak for Joe -- but that something has to get done or not done fairly quickly because there is a lot of work to be done." Ideally, the Yankees want an answer before they hold organizational meetings in Tampa that are scheduled for next week. (New York Post) Comment

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  • 1997 -- Dean Smith retires as North Carolina's basketball coach after 36 years, 11 Final Fours and two national titles.
  • 2004 -- Notre Dame wins its 800th football game, just the second Division I team to do so.
  • 2005 -- Chris Burke's home run in the 18th inning ends the longest postseason game in major league history as the Astros beat the Braves in the NLDS.