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They exist. The World Cup "action" today includes a Chile vs. Honduras match you already missed, and Spain playing Switzerland, which is also long finished. The afternoon fixture has host nation South Africa tackling Uruguay. Not literally tackling, of course. That would be illegal. 


-Pete Carroll thinks it was wrong to sanction USC's football program. That explains why he stayed at USC to fight the NCAA charges, instead of fleeing for the NFL and leaving his mess for everyone else to clean up. Oh, wait. That's exactly what he did. Never mind. 

-Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo would rather be the biggest fish in East Lansing than a bit player in the NBA. Can you blame him? 

-Darrelle Revis thinks the New York Jets should pay him more money. He's right. He also thinks NFL teams should be more loyal to their players. He's nuts, and so is any fan who agrees with him. 

"Look at the Leon situation," Revis told ESPNNewYork.com. "They were working on his contract, and he broke his leg and missed the season. Now he has no stability, no comfort zone, no anything." 

Um... Sort of. Revis forgot that Leon Washington turned down a Jets contract offer early last season reportedly worth $5 million per year, though Washington claims it was much less. 

Revis also didn't mention that Washington was the only Jets player who didn't attend coach Rex Ryan's mini-camp. Apparently, he was too busy rehabbing the broken leg at a facility near his Pensacola, FL, home. During the free agent signing period, Washington looked for other teams and found no takers, so New York signed him to a one-year, $1.79 million tender and traded him to Seattle for draft picks. Big deal. That's not a team showing disloyalty. That's just a player who made bad choices. 

Besides, this is pro football. If you want loyalty, get a dog. Football players certainly aren't loyal when they get offered more money to play for a new team --- nor should they be. Revis and the rest of the disgruntled Jets, including Nick Mangold, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and David Harris, have every right to get as much as they possibly can. But the Jets have every right to get the most talent for the least money, thus winning more football games. If they don't do so, in fact, the team is being disloyal to the only people who actually deserve their loyalty --- their fans. 

Gang Green's groupies can rest easy for the moment, though. Today, it seems Revis and Ryan had a "great talk.' Phew! Problem solved. 

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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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