Monday potpourri, w/Erin Andrews ...
. . . Ed Sabol, Bill Raftery, Colin Cowherd, Mark Schlereth, St. John's and Super Bowl XLV:
It will be impossible in the coming days not to imagine what a Super Bowl week with Rex Ryan's Jets would have been like. Fortunately, the Post's Steve Serby - the oldest friend of the blog, since he was the guy who named it - did it for us in entertaining (and mostly realistic) fashion here.
Speaking of the Jets, their loss in the AFC Championship Game reminded me a little bit of my first year on the St. John's beat, in 1991, when the Johnnies reached the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament, only to lose to heavily favored (and eventual national champ) Duke.
Being young and naive, I didn't understand why coach Lou Carnesecca was so upset about the loss. St. John's had recorded a huge upset of Ohio State in the regional semifinals and was not expected to go so far. Why the long faces?
Of course, Carnesecca knew that coming within one step of the Final Four is not an opportunity that comes along every year, and missing out was a big deal.
Anyway, it was great to see the revived St. John's program beat Duke at the Garden Sunday. Always nice to have Mrs. WatchDog's alma mater taken down a notch.
As for security reportedly being way too rough with spectators storming the court . . . Boomer Esiason had it right on WFAN this morning: This is what happens when college hoops spirit runs into the reality of a pro hoops facility.
Some interesting reads I encountered over the weekend:
The Wall Street Journal on Bill Raftery.
The New York Times on Erin Andrews' tangled reporting and endorsement situation regarding overpriced footwear.
Pro Football Talk on Ed Sabol's potentially contentious Hall of Fame vote. (Official WatchDog position: He should be in.)
The Hollywood Reporter on CBS adding a pilot based on Mark Schlereth to its pilot based on Colin Cowherd.
I saw "The King's Speech." Liked it a lot, but unless you are like me and need to see Best Picture nominees before the Oscars, there is no need to see it on the big screen. You can wait for DVD or on-demand.
I have now seen six of the 10 BP films. Plenty of time to close the deal by Feb. 27.
Here is a cool piece of video - Vince Lombardi on the Redskins sideline! - sent to me by pre-pay wall WatchDog regular John Philips, just for the heck of it: