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Morning Jolt: December 22, 2010

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Wednesday, December 22

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Pats a destination for Fitzgerald?

Though the thought for Patriots fans may be as unlikely as it is appealing, one of the league's top receivers may be available. While the offense has looked pretty impressive over the last month, it still lacks a deep threat. Brandon Tate has yet to do much in that role and hasn't really shown signs he'll do so down the road. This draft should be well stocked with big-bodied, downfield threats. ... If [Larry Fitzgerald is] shopped by Arizona I would think Bill Belichick would at least do his due diligence. Is that too much to ask for as a Patriots fan? Probably. But keep dreaming. No one thought the team would ever get Randy Moss and ended up getting three-plus great years out of him. (

A's looking at Rhodes?

With Rich Harden, recently signed to a one-year deal, a possibility for the fifth starter's spot or the bullpen, David Frost and the A's may still be looking for relief help. [The] question is whether Harden can avoid the injuries that have plagued his career. ... Forst said improving the bullpen remains a priority for the A's. Considering the 40-man roster includes just two left-handers who are pure relievers (Jerry Blevins and Craig Breslow), they might focus on lefty relief help. Arthur Rhodes is one of the more intriguing free agents available. (The Oakland Tribune)Comment

Dirk hears from Larry Legend

Dirk Nowitzki remains more interested in a title than individual honors, but bumping Larry Bird from the Top 25 in scoring had to be sweet. [Nowitzki] was on the Mavericks' bus to the Orlando airport when his phone vibrated and he saw the text from Larry Legend. It was a congratulatory message from Larry Bird, the man Nowitzki passed on Tuesday night for 25th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. "That's pretty cool," Nowitzki said. Pretty cool, indeed. Bird has been a fan of Nowitzki's throughout his career and Nowitzki said he feels privileged and humbled by passing Bird. (The Dallas Morning News)Comment

Must-See Photo

Edmonton's Jean-Francois Jacques is hit by San Jose's Ryane Clowe in San Jose last night. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Maya Moore is not only the leader of UConn's record-setting women's basketball team, she's also a drummer.

Game To Watch

Thunder at Knicks, 7:30 p.m., ET

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder
  2. New York Knicks

SI Vault: More Vince Lombardi

This Day in Sports

  • 1962 -- Vince Lombardi, coach of the Green Bay Packers, was on the cover of TIME magazine.
  • 1974 -- Boston's Phil Esposito scores his 500th goal as a Bruin.
  • 1974 -- Pittsburgh's Kordell Stewart ran 80 yards for a touchdown against Carolina. It was the longest scoring run by a quarterback in NFL history.
  • 1996 -- Brett Hull became the 24th player in NHL history to score 500 goals. Brett and his father Bobby became the first father-son combination to score 500 goals apiece.