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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, right, is sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive end Jay Richardson in the third quarter of a game in October.

Missing: One mind

And now for today's episode of Where Did I Leave My Brain?, aka, If You've Seen My Mind, Please Return It, aka, What I'm Thinking Is How Great It Would Be To Actually Be Thinking:

* In Philadelphia, the Eagles continue to try to shop quarterback Donovan McNabb, while the rest of us look on with the kind of horror reserved for watching a car accident happen in slow motion. Seriously, what are they thinking? This isn't a case of offloading some washed-up former great. This is a great with some tread left on him. He's a 33-year-old Pro Bowl quarterback who, oh, by the way, has never killed any dogs, been arrested at a strip club or served time for a gun violation.

But the Eagles are going to trade him because they can't wait for the Kevin Kolb era to begin? Kevin Kolb? Really?

* Watching the national media continue to undersell Butler has become a sport in itself, and it will continue apace in Indy this week. One last time, people: The Bulldogs are nobody's Cinderella. They're not even Gonzaga. Gonzaga, in truth, aspires to be them. So give the "Hoosiers" angle a rest.

* Apparently, the powers-that-be in the NCAA are going to go ahead and expand the tournament to 96 teams, against all logic. It's nothing but a money grab designed to ensure that cash cows such as North Carolina never miss Da Tournament ever again. On the down side, it probably also ensures we'll see even fewer of the big upsets that are the life's blood of the tourney, because expanding to 96 teams will enable the NCAAs to protect the top seeds (which very often are also the top draws, see Duke) with first-round byes.

In short, it's the most egregious example of acting against your own best interest since the IHSAA unplugged Hoosier Hysteria 13 years ago. Sigh.

Ben Smith's blog.

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