Morning Briefing: Ndamukong Suh needs a better dictionary

Ndamukong Suh
(Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman was named MVP of the Super Bowl, but not everyone on the Rams is convinced he had a good game.

Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh thinks Edelman was a non-factor in the game.

“He’s an elite player, plays hard, found some holes in our defense in the first half and pretty much the third quarter,” Suh told Brighton, Mass., radio station WEEI. “In my opinion, just thinking back, we eliminated him, even though he got yardages. We just have to not allow points to get on the board and give our offense more opportunities to score.”

Suh has a funny definition of the word “eliminated” if he thinks 10 catches for 141 yards is eliminated. As Inigo Montoya might say, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”


Odds on favorite

Is it too soon to start thinking about the 2020 Super Bowl? And might I add, if the 2020 Super Bowl isn’t sponsored by LensCrafters, then someone at the company has made a big mistake.

The odds for the 2020 Super Bowl are here, and the favorites are … not the Patriots or Rams.

The Kansas City Chiefs are the favorites at 6-1 in the Las Vegas SuperBook. Next are the Patriots, Rams and New Orleans Saints at 8-1.


The Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears are at 14-1, with the Cleveland Browns at 20-1.

The longest odds? Miami, at 100-1. Strangely enough, the 2020 Super Bowl is to be played in Miami, so everyone on the Dolphins should at least be able to get a ticket.

Best sports movies

As we continue our run-up to the Oscars by having Times readers pick the best sports movie of all time, we move on to baseball. You have chosen the best football and basketball movies, and we have received over 15,000 ballots, so make sure your vote counts by typing in this URL: or emailing me at This time, we will have you pick your top seven baseball movies of all time. Remember to vote for seven. And write-in candidates are allowed.


The top five basketball movies, after receiving 7,205 ballots from Times readers:

“Hoosiers,” named on 99.9% of ballots

“White Men Can’t Jump,” 83.6%

“Hoop Dreams,” 46.5%


“Blue Chips,” 29.5%

“He Got Game,” 29.2%

The rest of the list:

“Space Jam,” 27.1%


“Coach Carter,” 25.4%

“One on One,” 25.1%

“Glory Road,” 18.4%

“Semi-Pro,” 16%


“The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh,” 12.9%

“The Basketball Diaries,” 10.4%

“Love & Basketball,” 10.4%

“Fast Break,” 8%


“The Sixth Man,” 8%

“Uncle Drew,” 7%

“Air Bud,” 5.6%

“Above the Rim,” 3.8%


“The Air Up There,” 3.8%

“BASEketball,” 3.8%

“Celtic Pride,” 3.6%

“Eddie,” 2.8%


“Like Mike,” 1.1%

“Rebound” (1996), 1.1%

“Just Wright,” 1.1%

“Juwanna Mann,” 0.4%


“Rebound” (2005), 0.3%

“Sunset Park,” 0.2%

“The Absent-Minded Professor” got the most votes among write-ins.

And finally


Moments after the Super Bowl ended, Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner tweeted the following: “Soooooooooo, does this mean it’s baseball season???”

Yes, it does, Justin. Yes, it does.