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NFL Lowdown at the Super Bowl: Ryan O’Halloran and David Elfin check in from Arizona.

HE SAID WHAT?

“If the ref doesn’t call it, it’s not goaltending.” — Patrick Ewing Jr. on the no-call of his game-saving “block” at West Virginia

TAKE YOUR PICK: Is Tiger Woods the greatest athlete in history?



Yes: Absolutely. He has dominated his sport like no other man has dominated any major sport over the last decade. Sorry, Lance, cycling doesn’t count. At 32 years old and entering the decade during which most golfers peak, Woods already has collected 13 majors, 62 PGA Tour titles (tied for fourth all time) and won the player of the year award nine times in his 11-year career.

No: Hey, he’s already in the argument, no question, but he has got to catch and pass Jack Nicklaus (18 majors) in the Slamstakes before he can even be considered golf’s greatest, much less the greatest of all sports.

Our take: Sure, Tiger does need to pass Nicklaus to qualify for consideration. He doesn’t need to double his current totals to become the greatest, but we have little doubt that he will. Woods always finishes with panache, leaving no doubt. By the time he puts away his clubs, there won’t be anyone else in the “greatest athlete” conversation. Not Jordan. Not Lance. Not Brady. Not Secretariat. Nobody.

TWT 10: Longest active men’s basketball homecourt winning streaks

TeamStreakLast loss

1. Memphis43Jan. 2, 2006 (Texas)

2. BYU42Nov. 11, 2005 (Loyola Marymount)

3. Notre Dame31March 20, 2006 (Michigan)

4. Tennessee27March 1, 2006 (Kentucky)

5. Akron20Dec. 22, 2006 (Nevada)

6. Kansas19Feb. 3, 2007 (Texas A&M;)

7. Mississippi17Jan. 6, 2007 (Kentucky)

8. Georgetown16Jan. 8, 2007 (Villanova)

8. Michigan State16Feb. 3, 2007 (Ohio State)

10. Wake Forest15Feb. 3, 2007 (Maryland)

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