Best Gatorade Flavors

The latest 30 for 30 documentary short from ESPN Films is about the invention of Gatorade, which turned 50 this year. Like most of the company’s films, “The Sweat Solution” is interesting and entertaining. An accompanying blog post on ESPN’s Grantland website opens with a ranking of the five best Gatorade flavors: Citrus Cooler, Fierce Grape, Lemon-Lime, Glacier Freeze, and Fruit Punch. There’s no sense in directly challenging this one person’s rankings. But it did get me thinking about whether others would disagree with them as much as I did.

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Those Who (Don’t) Stay

Here’s a scary thought: Anthony Davis, one of the top players in the NBA, would be a college senior this season. If players were forced to stay in school for four years, what would this season look like? Taking into account transfers (but not future injuries) and acknowledging that many of these players would have chosen other schools, here is a potential Final Four.

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Deflategate

If Deflategate has taught us anything, it’s that the two weeks before the Super Bowl can seem like two months. I was in my car the other day at various times and heard several sports talk radio hosts dedicate entire segments to PSI. “How can Bill Belichick not know about the very instrument with which his team traverses the field?” one host asked, almost poetically.

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Coach Suspended After 161-2 Win

A girls high school basketball team recently won a game 161-2, a result that led to a suspension for the winning team’s coach. Was this fair? Share your opinion below.

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Weekend Recap: Top Teams Survive Scares

It was a weekend of near upsets in college basketball, as several top teams narrowly escaped against unranked foes. Iowa State was not one of them, falling to Texas Tech on Saturday, but the other favorites held on for victory.

To read about close victories by Duke, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Maryland, read my latest CBS Local story.

Andy Dalton: Your Average Pro Bowler

Andy Dalton was added to the Pro Bowl roster yesterday. In fairness to the selection process, nobody really wanted this to happen.  The NFL decided the two teams should have a total of six quarterbacks, and originally chose Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Tony Romo. Manning, Rodgers, and Roethlisberger are injured and won’t play; Brady has a slightly more important game to prepare for.

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Big Ten Basketball Woes

Even Tom Izzo had to admit the top of the Big Ten isn’t all that strong. “This year, there’s no question that it’s been Wisconsin and the rest,” he told me yesterday. “Maryland is now proving to be in that class. But the strength at the top isn’t as good as last year or some of the other conferences.” For that reason, the conference as a whole has dipped considerably this season.

For a more in-depth look at the league’s struggles, read my latest for CBS Local.

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