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At 8:00 tonight, ESPN begins their coverage of what is consistently one of the least interesting events on the sporting calendar: the presentation of the 2006 Heisman Trophy. I could see myself tuning in for the last 10 minutes or so, but I can't come up with one good reason to watch any of the 50 preceding minutes. If you're holding out hope that Rutgers' Ray Rice will break in, flash both his middle fingers, and upset a dessert cart on Chris Fowler's lap, I understand, but I don't think that's going to happen., in the business of predicting these things, is calling for a Troy Smith victory with 94% of the first-place votes. Smith might as well show up wearing a t-shirt that reads, "THE REST OF YOU SUCK." They've got the second place vote as being pretty tight, though, with Darren McFadden having a 5% edge over Brady Quinn, who, if you didn't know, is the quarterback at Notre Dame. After that, there's another big drop to Colt Brennan, Mike Hart, and Steve Slaton, none of whom are in New York.


The Heisman show also is serving tonight as a lead-in to "Ali Rap," which I think ESPN might mention once or twice during the broadcast. Hopefully, pictures of Troy Smith freaking some young lady at an after-party will be on Deadspin by Monday afternoon.

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