Even a slight hiccup by Tom Brady might spark an interesting debate: Would MVP voters set aside their personal feelings and judge Michael Vick's candidacy based solely on his on-field performance? . . .
Vick has made a strong, electrifying case, but Brady's brilliance has made the question all but moot. . . .
He's the probable winner. . . .
Maya Moore and Tiffany Hayes have played in every game during Connecticut's 88-game winning streak. . . .
No one played in every game during UCLA's run. . . .
If freshmen had been eligible in the 1970-71 season, when Bill Walton was in his first year on campus, the Bruins' winning streak might have stretched into triple figures. . . .
Exclaimed ESPN's Bob Wischusen, rhetorically, at the start of Saturday's New Mexico Bowl, which matched Brigham Young (6-6) against Texas El Paso (6-6), "Does it get any better than college football in the postseason?" . . .
Other than the NFL, NBA and major league baseball playoffs, the NCAA tournament and every other postseason that features an actual playoff to determine a champion, the answer is no. . . .
Also better than college football in the postseason, by a wide margin: college football in the regular season. . . .
Noting that Charles Barkley calls Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics "the engine that stirs the drink," USA Today's Michael Hiestand writes, "And . . . the straw that shifts the gears." . . .
By then, presumably, Favre will be retired. . . .
"Jeopardy" answer: About 80% of the world's soccer balls are made in this country. . . .
"Jeopardy" question: What is Pakistan? . . .
Mike Krzyzewski, who pulled even with Dean Smith on college basketball's all-time victories list Monday night, was 14-24 against Smith-coached North Carolina teams. . . .
Jalen Rose's contention that he could still play in the NBA and might attempt a comeback reminds that Wilt Chamberlain often said the same thing but never actually did it. . . .
It's easier said than done. . . .
Burns, a first-round pick of the San Diego Chargers in the 1971 NFL draft, was fatally shot in December 1984. . . .
In an HCD Research survey of more than 1,300 Americans, 81% said Tiger Woods' alleged extramarital affairs received too much media coverage and 2% said they received too little. . . .
Gael Garcia Bernal, a Mexican actor reportedly set to play Roberto Duran in a movie about the Panamanian former champion, is 5 feet 6, only about an inch shorter than Duran. . . .
Donations honoring the memory of Don Meredith can be made to the Don Meredith Scholarship Fund or the Meredith Exhibit at the Firehouse Museum, c/o F.J. Cooper, First National Bank of Mount Vernon, P.O. Box 909, Mount Vernon, Texas, 75457. . . .
Joel Meyers saluted Jim Healy during Sunday's Lakers telecast when he said of a questionable foul call against Pau Gasol, "I've seen more pushing in the men's room." . . .
Noting that urinals from the Philadelphia Spectrum are selling for $200 each, Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald writes, "I think I just found the worst Christmas gift of the year."