Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thursday morning coffee

- True Grit is as good as advertised and deserves its spot on the list of great Westerns. The Coen Brothers successfully adapted Charles Portis' novel for the big screen, helped, of course, by terrific performances from Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld. I did miss, though, Robert Duvall as Ned Pepper. Duvall played that villain perfectly in the original version.

- The Big 12 now has two losses against Big Ten foes in college football bowl games. For Baylor, last night's loss to Illinois was their fourth straight after starting this season 7-2.

- The family of famed sports marketer Mark McCormack, who formed IMG--the management company of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and other notable sports and entertainment personalities--announced that his archives will go to the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management. UMass has one of the country's best sports management programs so it's no surprise that the various records, meticulously kept by McCormack, will go to the school.

- I strongly recommend Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand's new book on the life of Louis Zamperini, a Prisoner-of-War survivor from World Was II who also was a well-known U.S. Olympian. Hillenbrand also authored Seabiscuit.

- Something tells me that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's ruling on the Brett Favre case isn't the last we'll hear of the alleged sexting scandal.

- Congratulations to General Manager Scott Pioli and Head Coach Todd Haley for the Kansas City Chiefs' upcoming playoff appearance--I admit that I'm eating some crow on Haley's ability to coach.

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