The Paterno family released their own report, produced by a Washington, D.C., law firm, condemning the Freeh Report that tore down Joe Paterno last July. But, says Dan Wetzel at Yahoo! Sports, the report doesn't help their cause.
March is approaching, which means college basketball rankings become more important than ever. With so much movement at the top, David Steele at the Sporting News says the Miami Hurricanes have a legitimate claim to number one. Early season number one Indiana, with a big win over Ohio State, showed that the Hoosiers are growing up.
Baseball is big in the news as spring training comes closer. Larry Stone at The Seattle Times runs down "the time-honored signs of an impending baseball season," including a fresh steroid scandal. Slightly less so, but still scandalous, Tim Lincecum's haircut probably shouldn't be news. Says John Shea at the San Francisco Chronicle, Lincecum's teammate Buster Posey is the key to the Giants' 2013.
Former MLBers are in on it too: Mike Piazza's memoir covers all the big talking points of his career; Mookie Wilson and Bill Buckner are touring together, cashing in on their shared history.
North Carolina State bested Clemson with a late game-winner:
Also... Tayshaun Prince shot a perfect game against Minnesota.
The Thunder crushed the Suns in Phoenix.
And SNL took aim at CBS' coverage of the Super Bowl blackout.
Three for Seven
The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)
1. At the end of another NFL season, Chris Burke at Audibles ranks NFL announcers. (NA-1)
2. Steve Politi at The Star-Ledger talks the Harbaughs, and how John schools Jim, on and off the field. (2-5)
3. Matt Maiocco at CSN Bay Area runs down the controversial no-calls and play calls that left the 49ers short in Super Bowl XLVII. (3-3)