The 49ers' bizarre QB controversy, plus there's an undisputed No. 1 in men's college basketball

Good early morning to everybody however particularly to…


Led by the shoo-in gamer of the year? Check. First group to be consentaneous No. 1 in the AP Poll this season? Also check.

No. 1 Purdue got all 62 first-place votes in Monday’s AP Top 25 after beating Michigan and Michigan State recently while then-No. 2 Alabama get burnt out by Oklahoma. Here’s the whole leading 5:

  • 1. Purdue (prev. 1)
  • 2. Tennessee (prev. 4)
  • 3. Houston (prev. 3)
  • 4. Alabama (prev. 2)
  • 5. Arizona (prev. 6)

The Boilermakers are likewise atop the Coaches Poll and our Gary Parrish’s Top 25 And 1, thanks in big (like, 7-foot-4 big) part to dominant center Zach Edey. Our Matt Norlander got to see Edey opt for 38 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Michigan State and left amazed, to state the least.

Purdue likewise inhabits the leading area in our Jerry Palm’s most current Bracketology, and Jerry states that space is growing. Also on his 1-line presently are Alabama, Kansas State and Arizona. You can see his complete field of 68 here.

Purdue’s eight-game winning streak is the longest active of any major-conference team, however the Boilermakers will need to be on top of their video game today. They host a strong Penn State group tomorrow and after that head to No. 21 Indiana over the weekend in a can’t-miss out on video game. If you desire a sneak peek of all of the can’t-miss out on video games today from yours really, click on this link.

Honorable points out

And not such a great early morning for…


The feared back-to-back “not such a good morning” strikes the 49ers. One day after getting crushed, 31-7, by the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game, San Francisco discovered Brock Purdy has a broken UCL in his tossing elbow, an injury suffered in the very first quarter Sunday. He will be out a minimum of 6 months.

  • Purdy, the seventh-round novice discovery who went 7-1 (consisting of playoffs) as starter, got harmed when Haason Reddick came breaking through and scrambled Purdy’s arm as he aimed to toss, leading to a fumble.
  • Josh Johnson changed Purdy however then suffered a head injury, requiring Purdy back in the video game despite the fact that he could not toss the ball more than a couple of backyards downfield.
  • The six-month timeline is a price quote in the meantime, as Purdy is getting a consultation on if he requires surgical treatment. The 49ers apparently desire him to go through with the surgical treatment, and both celebrations are hoping he can prevent plastic surgery (aka Tommy John).

This is a ruthless blow for the 49ers, who will start an extremely odd offseason, as we spoke about Monday. Trey Lance needed to go through a 2nd surgical treatment for his ankle, and the most recognized quarterback on the lineup, Jimmy Garoppolo, is set to end up being a complimentary representative, implying there are no healthy, active-roster quarterbacks under agreement.

All 3 are anticipated to be all set for next season, however this is still far from perfect. The 49ers most likely will not (or a minimum of do not wish to) re-sign Garoppolo thinking about the resources they purchased Lance and the success Purdy had. But now they have extremely little margin for mistake. What if Lance has a hard time once again and Purdy — who will miss out on much of the offseason a minimum of — isn’t rather best? Just hours after their season ended, the 49ers currently have significant unpredictability concerning next season.

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Ranking NFL playoff losers and how they can reach next action 🏈

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Making the playoffs is an outstanding achievement, however not every playoff group is produced equivalent. Some got in the postseason with genuine Super Bowl hopes and others (though they’d never ever confess), were having fun with home cash.

So, which of the 12 groups to lose this postseason is finest placed to make next year’s Super Bowl? Our Cody Benjamin analyzed that precise concern, ranking them 12 to 1, and the leading area is not a surprise.

  • Benjamin: 1. Bengals — They’re the boring pick since they’ve now been to two straight AFC title games, but it’s hard not to trust Joe Burrow and Co. to return to the big stage at some point. … If they can finally assemble a sturdier front, and presumably have Ja’Marr Chase healthier for the course of a full season, they should remain in control atop the AFC North.”

Each of the leading 3 and 4 of the leading 5 are AFC groups, however to learn who’s who, you’ll need to check out the story here.


Speaking of groups who made the playoffs however didn’t make the Super Bowl, the Chargers took a huge action in constructing next year’s group by employing previous Cowboys offending organizer Kellen Moore to the very same function.

This is an extremely strong hire for the Chargers. In 4 years under Moore (2019-22), the Cowboys’ offense ranked top-10 in a number of significant classifications, consisting of…

  • Second in points per video game
  • Second in backyards per video game
  • Fourth in offensive anticipated points included per video game

That, obviously, was in spite of Dak Prescott missing out on substantial time in 2 of those 4 seasons. Basically, there’s a factor Moore’s been a head-coaching prospect over the previous couple of offseasons. Now, he gets to deal with Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, to name a few.

Expect more much-needed downfield possibilities for Herbert. Over the last 4 seasons, the Cowboys ranked 11th in air backyards per target. Last season, Herbert was 31st because classification.

Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull passes away at 84 🏒

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Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull passed away Monday at the age of 84. The main cause of death is not understood. Hull was a 12-time NHL All-Star throughout his 15 seasons with the Blackhawks from 1957-58 to 1971-72, and he led Chicago to a Stanley Cup title in 1961. His 604 profession objectives stay a franchise record.

  • He won the Art Ross Trophy (leading scorer) 3 times and the Hart Memorial Trophy (most important gamer) two times.
  • After his time with the Blackhawks, he signed up with the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association, where he’d play up until 1978-79. After the NHL and WHA combined, he played one last season with the Jets and the Hartford Whalers.
  • Hull, nicknamed “The Golden Jet” for his blonde hair and skating speed, got in the Hall of Fame in 1983, the very same year the Blackhawks retired his number.
  • Bobby Hull’s child, Brett, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. They are the just father-son duo to both win the Hart Trophy.

Off the ice, Bobby Hull dealt with domestic abuse claims from 2 of his 3 other halves. His 3rd spouse, Deborah, submitted charges over a 1984 occurrence however ultimately dropped them. Hull likewise pleaded guilty to trying to punch a law enforcement officer throughout his arrest. In 1998, Hull dealt with criticism for stating the Black population was growing too quick in America which “Hitler had some good ideas” however “just went a bit too far” in an interview with The Moscow Times.

In 2008, Hull was called a Chicago group ambassador. The group cut ties with him in 2022.

What we’re enjoying Tuesday 📺

Inter Milan vs. Atalanta, 2:30 p.m. on Paramount+
🏀 Lakers at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. on TNT
🏀 No. 21 Indiana at Maryland, 9 p.m. on ESPN 2
🏀 Pelicans at Nuggets, 10 p.m. on TNT
🏀 No. 22 San Diego State at Nevada, 11 p.m. on CBS Sports Network

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