Friday, November 18
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If anyone could use some Tim Tebow magic, it's Mark Sanchez. For the first time under Rex Ryan, [the Jets] have a quarterback issue. It's not a crisis -- not yet -- but there's growing concern about [Sanchez]. For the second time in five days, Sanchez failed miserably in the crucible of a critical AFC game. ... [Everything] changed when Sanchez handed seven points to the Broncos with 4:25 left in the third quarter, an interception returned for a touchdown by Andre Goodman. It tied the game, 10-10, and all Sanchez could manage after that was one field goal in four possessions -- just setting the stage for Tebow magic. "I lost the game," Sanchez said. "I let the defense down. It's an embarrassing day by me." (ESPNNewYork.com)Comment
Thanksgiving remains Doug Collins favorite holiday even in a lockout. This year, Collins' Thanksgiving plans are up in the air. His wife Kathy is headed to Hawaii for the holiday because Duke is playing in this year's Maui Invitational. Collins' son Chris is a longtime assistant to Mike Krzyzewski, and he and his family will be in Maui for the eight-team tournament. With the NBA lockout now 140 days old and negotiations ceasing, it would seem the ideal time for Collins to make the nearly 5,000 mile journey to be with his family on Turkey Day. But he won't, because he is the eternal optimist. "I think somewhere along the line we are all going to understand the importance of playing," Collins said. (CSNPhilly.com)Comment
In the wake of Jonathan Papelbon's deal, two interesting questions emerge in Pittsburgh, where a $50M deal is likely not an option. Would the Pirates attempt to sign Hanrahan to a long-term contract now, before free agency becomes an issue? Or would the club entertain trading Hanrahan this offseason if a deal could net a substantial return? To the first question, the answer remains: Not yet. The Pirates and Hanrahan have not engaged in talks about a possible contract extension, though neither party has ruled out the possibility of it eventually happening. Hanrahan, as you would expect, would gladly welcome the discussion. "Yeah, of course I'd listen to it," said Hanrahan. (MLB.com)Comment
Jets kicker Nick Folk and linebacker Calvin Pace reach for a fumble by Broncos running back Willis McGahee during last night's game. (Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE)
On this day in 1963, former Maryland star Len Bias was born. In this 1985 video, Bias trades dunks with Navy center David Robinson during a game between the two teams.
Game To Watch
Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 8 p.m. ET
- Oklahoma State Cowboys
- Iowa State Cyclones
SI Vault: More Sandy Koufax
This Day in Sports
- 1966 -- Sandy Koufax announces his retirement, due to arthritic left elbow. The Hall of Famer leaves the game with a career record of 165--87 with a 2.76 ERA.
- 1985 -- Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann's playing career comes to an end when his leg is broken on a sack by Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor.
- 1997 -- Dallas forward A.C. Green ties Randy Smith's NBA record of 906 consecutive games.