Morning Jolt: Can Holmgren stomach Mangini?

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Wednesday, December 23

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Can Holmgren stomach Mangini?

Mike Holmgren's first order is to decide whether Eric Mangini could, and should, co-exist with his philosophy. If Holmgren changes coaches -- all the national speculation is that he will -- he has to decide if he can stomach a defensive-minded coach. That's not likely because Holmgren takes pride in putting a strong offense on the field. Holmgren is unconditionally tied to the West Coast offense. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)Comment

USC AD hanging Carroll out to dry?

Former USC basketball coach Tim Floyd told The Times recently athletic director Mike Garrett abandoned him when Floyd had his problems. "Mike's reputation took precedence," Floyd said. "All loyalty, all support stopped." Here we go again, Pete Carroll now on the spot, the perception nationally the Trojans' football program is out of control, if not in need of an NCAA spanking, and Garrett is nowhere to be found to assist the guy who saved his career. (Los Angeles Times)Comment

Arnie's website removes Tiger's image

He is the defending champion and has won the tournament six times, but Tiger Woods is no longer a part of the marketing of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Woods' image, which had been positioned next to Palmer's, was taken off the banner of the tournament Web site two weeks ago. Apparently with a straight face, Tournament Director Scott Wellington said the site redesign was "not necessarily" prompted by Woods' infidelity scandal. (San Diego Union-Tribune)Comment

Must-See Photo

The Canucks' Christian Ehrhoff (center) ties up Nashville's Nick Spaling (right) during the second period of Tuesday's game in Vancouver. (AP)

Must-See Video

Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night.

Game To Watch

Blackhawks at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX DET

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SI Vault: Franco Harris

This Day in Sports

  • 1951 -- The Los Angeles Rams defeat the Cleveland Browns in the first televised NFL championship game.
  • 1972 -- Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" in the last minute of a playoff game against the Raiders helps the Steelers to an improbable 13-7 victory.
  • 1982 -- Tiny Chaminade College upsets top-ranked Virginia in Honolulu.