Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and internets to bring you everything you need to know to start your day.
• That big fan in the picture shaved an "A" into his ample back hair, and all he got was a 42-24 Appalachian State loss to Villanova in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals. [Philly.com]
• Cam Newton won a trophy last night. A few people didn't vote for him, which gave a columnist from Birmingham, Alabama an opportunity to bring Jerry Falwell into the discussion. [Birmingham News]
• By hiring Texas' defensive coordinator as its head coach, the University of Florida saved itself from any Urban Meyer change-of-heart press conference and provided the headline writers of Florida the fallback of any number of "Champ" related headlines. [Gainesville Sun]
• Nordiques Nation invaded Strong Island for last night's Islanders/Thrashers game. They want the NHL to give Quebec a franchise. The logical move? Just hand them the Islanders and call it even. [Fanhouse]
• A world-record 113,411 people watched Michigan beat Michigan State 5-0 in The Big Chill at The Big House. Outdoor hockey totally rules. [Detroit Free Press]
• The Miami Heat won their eighth game in a row. [Miami Herald]
• The Pittsburgh Penguins won their 12th in a row. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
• After hearing about a Shetland sheep dog taking an arrow through its abdomen, and how the dog's owners said they had no way of paying for the $2,400 surgery, Chicago White Sox ace Mark Buehrle bucked up.
Buehrle is reportedly a big dog lover, having donated before to animal shelters. He's also a big-time hunter — with a big-ass truck — who knows a thing or two about bows and arrows. He was bow hunting in 2007 when he bagged himself a black bear. [Riverfront Times]
• Jenn Sterger was out and about the other night. [Bob's Blitz]
• Anything stick out in this ad from the University of Washington alumni magazine? (HT Kent Black)
• Headline of the week (H/T Danny Mc)...
"Dong was ranked as high as third last season at 157 pounds, winning the ACC title. He advanced to the round of 12 at the NCAA Championships."
• News lede of the week...
The sparkle dancing in the eyes of Jac Sperling might have been proof enough of the affection he holds in his heart for the city of his birth. [Times-Picayune]
• Brendan Venter's Saracens lost to Racing Metro 92 in the Heineken Cup. Then, the rugby director started talking. [ESPNScrum]
• And, finally, from the "Hickey's Biased" coverage files … The Flyers beat Boston on a Mike Richards goal with three seconds left in OT. [Philly.com]. (If you're in a hurry, start at 3:05).
After CommitteeNYC posted this Desean Jackson spot to YouTube, Alfred Broadbent told me yesterday, "We were right in Center City and managed to shoot without anyone noticing who or what was going on." They'll notice his three TDs tonight, but more on that later.
Morning. Anybody know how much the New York Giants' travel agent bet on Favre's streak continuing?