Morning Jolt: McNabb's start was in doubt last week

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Tuesday, November 2

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McNabb's start was in doubt last week

Without the Vikings or Cowboys stealing headlines, the Redskins would challenge for the NFC team most resembling a soap opera -- especially after Mike Shanahan chose Rex Grossman over Donovan McNabb to run his two-minute drill. McNabb was so stiff in his hamstrings that Shanahan had seriously considered not starting him at all. In addition to being hobbled, McNabb was pounded senseless, absorbing seven sacks and at least a dozen more hits. ... "He had taken a couple of shots there, and I said, 'This is crazy, I'm going with Rex,'" Shanahan said. (The Washington Post)Comment

The NCAA's most disappointing team?

Texas' season continues to slip away. After losing to Baylor 30-22, Texas is the leader in the clubhouse to become The Most Disappointing Team of 2010. Who's No. 1? Up for debate. ... The 'Horns woke up Sunday morning in fifth place in the Big 12 South. At 4-4, they need to win two of their last four to go to some low-level bowl. They have lost three consecutive times at home for the first time since 1988. How bad is it? Mack Brown has lost more home games in the past two months (three) than Bob Stoops has in his entire career at Oklahoma (two). (The Dallas Morning News)Comment

Lee already a goner?

Cliff Lee may be looking at yet another home pitching address. Frankly, whatever the Rangers do, it might not make a difference. By all appearances, Lee wants to be a Yankee. He'd like to team with his friend, CC Sabathia. He could play for an organization that doesn't rebuild, it annexes someone else's. He didn't even hold it against the Yankees when his wife was spat upon by Yankees fans. Either he's determined to keep an open mind or chivalry is dead. And then there's this: A late-bloomer, Lee loves the big stage. It's the main reason he's been so effective in the postseason. As anyone in New York will tell you, there's no bigger stage. (The Dallas Morning News)Comment

Must-See Photo

Fans celebrate outside Pac Bell Park after the Giants clinched the World Series on Monday night.

Must-See Video

Seven-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao sings "Imagine" along with Will Ferrell on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night.

Game To Watch

Grizzlies at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV

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SI Vault: More Steve Carlton

This Day in Sports

  • 1972 -- Left-handed pitcher Steve Carlton wins the NL Cy Young Award after recording 27 victories for a Phillies club that won just 59 games.
  • 1992 -- For the second time, Magic Johnson retires from the NBA due to an HIV infection.
  • 1997 -- San Diego's Eric Metcalf sets an NFL record by returning two kickoffs for touchdowns in a single game.