It’s snowing, there’s nowhere to go, the fire is stoked and I’ve got some questions. Your opinions are welcome and encouraged. What else are you going to do on a night like this?
1. Today marks the 25th Anniversary of the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Championship. In the history of the NFL during the Super Bowl era, they are remembered as one of the most colorful and dominant teams for any single season. Two days from now, here in Baltimore we’ll celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the 2000 Ravens Super Bowl Championship. That team broke those Bears’ defensive records in several categories, most significantly in points allowed. Try to be as objective as possible, folks. ’85 Bears vs. ’00 Ravens: Who ya got?
2. Jordan Williams has broken Len Elmore’s Maryland basketball record of consecutive games with a double-double, now at 13. Elmore set it in 1974. The Terrapins have had their fair share of quality big men through the years, with Buck Williams, Joe Smith and Lonny Baxter, to name a few. Should Williams elect to stay for at least his junior year, it’s fair to argue his place as the all-time best big man in school history. There’s certainly no argument he’s the best player on this year’s team. Let’s assume he stays for another year: Best center in Terps history? Jordan Williams, Buck Williams, Joe Smith, Lonny Baxter: Who ya got?
3. I watched some Australian Open tennis last night (I know, I know). But seeing Rafael Nadal lose in his quest for a fourth straight Grand Slam men’s singles title, and his 10th overall, got me thinking about his place in the history of the sport. Roger Federer has 16, and it looks as if his path to a 17th just got a smidge easier. In the Open era of professional tennis, these two men have certainly earned their place in the discussion of all-time greats. But there’s Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, and Pete Sampras to consider as well. So, of these mentioned (and yeah, it’s tennis, I easily could be forgetting someone), greatest player of the Open era: Who ya got?
4. Blake Griffin or Kevin Durant? Who ya got?
5. You’ve been kidnapped by terrorists. The only way to save yourself and all your loved ones is to switch allegiances as a fan to one of these three teams: Duke basketball, Pittsburgh Steelers, or New York Yankees. The terms of your freedom require you to move to the area, buy season tickets, and wear their swag every day for the rest of your life. Who ya got?
6. And since it’s a snowy night and I’m thinking warm thoughts of summer and vacation, where do you prefer your free time: Mountains or beach? Who ya got?
Let’s have some fun. I look forward to your answers, and I’ll give you mine tomorrow afternoon on-air with Rex Snider at 2 p.m. on The Afternoon Drive.