NO. 1 WON "MUDDY"
That's how Bill Self put it, after he saw his top-ranked Jayhawks go down by four with just six minutes to go before rallying to beat No. 23 Texas A&M by five. Their 11-game winning streak leaves them a perfect 11-0 atop the Big 12. But by snapping the Aggies' 16-game home winning streak, they actually extended the Aggies' 18-game losing streak against Top 5 teams since the 1996-97 season.
More from The Rundown, including David Beckham looking to bite the hand that used to feed him, and some evidence that Nick Saban may be more popular than God in Alabama, after the jump.
THE RED DEVIL WEARS PRADA
(Or in this case, Adidas.) With Manchester United visiting AC Milan in Champions League action this afternoon (2:45 pm ET), David Beckham could face - for the first time - the club that turned him into a global icon more than a decade ago. The club he grew up idolizing. The club he led to six Premiership titles, two FA Cup titles, and one Champions League title before being sold to Real Madrid for $50 million in 2003. Which is why he says that if he scores today at the San Siro, he won't celebrate. Out of consideration for die-hard Man U fans. Which he still considers himself to be.
AND SO IT BEGINS
The puck drops today on the first games of the Olympic hockey tournament. First up, the Americans face Switzerland (3:00 pm), a team that beat Canada and the Czech Republic four years ago before losing in the quarters to eventual gold-medal winners Sweden. And speaking of Canada, Sid the Kid and his NHL roster of countrymen face Norway (7:30 pm), a team with just one NHL player on its roster, and a team without a win in Olympic hockey competition since 1972 (0-22-3). Beauty, eh?
"I'm not too surprised that coaches beat out God."
- Pete Warden is the programmer behind the Fan Page Analytics rankings, which found Nick Saban to be more popular than God in Alabama, at least on Facebook. Meanwhile in Florida, Starbucks is more popular than God, and Urban Meyer didn't even make the list.
The Rundown doesn't feel the need to be more popular than God, but we would still like you to read it bright and early each morning. (In Florida, you can read it after you drink your early morning Starbucks, but before you drink your late-morning Starbucks.) And to do that, you've got to sign up for it here.