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Pete Carroll, Super Bowl champion coach?
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There are a lot of stories floating around in the news this week. Unfortunately, there is not enough time to write about all of them. After reviewing several of my articles, I've come to realize that I use the term "bottom line" often, maybe a little too often. I also acknowledge I tend to be a bit long-winded. Bottom line: With all that has been going on this week, I decided to do an exercise and write a column of only bottom lines:

  • The Patriots were beaten by a better team.
  • Even if Peyton Manning wins the Super Bowl Sunday, Tom Brady has still had a better career.
  • Seattle will defeat Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII, 20-13.
  • Defense win championships. It is a cliche for a reason.
  • David Ortiz is under contract. There is no reason to extend him until you have to.
  • In negotiations, what you have done in the past only applies to what you may do in the future.
  • If Kevin Garnett deserves to get his number retired by the Celtics, so does Ray Allen.
  • Who thought it would be a good idea to hold an Olympics in a war zone?
  • Former URI basketball player Billy Baron is fourth in Division I college basketball scoring. He plays for Canisius now.
  • If the Providence College Friars had one more quality player (Dunn, Ledo, Austin) to provide depth, they'd be a Top 25 team right now.
  • If Jenny Dell's contract with NESN has a clause in it saying that cavorting with players is grounds for termination from her field reporting job, then everything else is moot.
  • Jamie Erdahl should replace Jenny Dell.
  • If the Red Sox hire a certain female media personality-for-hire who is roaming the streets of the North End, I will never listen to a NESN broadcast of the Red Sox ever again. If you follow me on Twitter, you know who I am talking about.
  • Trying to make sense of the NESN situation-- dating a player is worse than being the father of an alleged murderer?
  • Larry Fitzgerald is not coming to the Patriots.
  • The Yankees spent a lot of money, but did they improve their team that much? I say 3-5 wins more.
  • Farewell, David Stern.
  • Richard Sherman will be the MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII.
  • Following their Twitter feud last Saturday, WEEI's John Dennis or 98.5 The Sport Hub's Fred Toucher never made mention of it all week.
  • Kirk Minihane saved Dennis and Gerry Callahan's jobs at WEEI by boosting their ratings. The midday and afternoon slots are in jeopardy, though.
  • Former figure skating champion Michelle Kwan could be the next First Lady of Rhode Island.
  • I think none of the players on the current Celtics roster will be on the team in 2016, and that includes Rajon Rondo. Jared Sullinger has the best chance of sticking.
  • We haven't seen a scorer like Kevin Durant since Michael Jordan. Yes, better than Kobe.
  • If the Broncos win on Sunday, it wouldn't surprise me if Peyton Manning shocks everyone by announcing his retirement, a la John Elway. How better to go out than as a Super Bowl champion after having the greatest season ever by a quarterback? How's that for legacy?
  • Still can't believe that Pete Carroll, the one who was constantly mocked for being a little too "pumped and jacked" while coaching the Patriots, may be a Super Bowl champion head coach over a decade later.