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The Morning Miller On Sports For February 20, 2012
The Morning Miller On Sports For February 20, 2012

You Should Know – In Sunday’s qualifying session, Carl Edwards won the pole for NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500.  Edwards, who beat out teammate Greg Biffle, posted a lap of 194.738 mph.  Besides Edwards and Biffle, the remaining starting order will be determined in Thursday’s twin 150-mile qualifying races.  Other starting spots were locked down by last year’s Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, Tony Raines, David Stremme and former NASCAR champion Terry Labonte.

Jaguars Bite of the Day – Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril, in recent days, has said he’s unsure if the Lions will give him the franchise tag designation.  According to the Detroit Free Press, the 25-year-old Avril hinted at a holdout.  Via the Free Press, he “likely wants a long-term deal that would pay him about $12 million per season.”  If the Jacksonville native doesn’t re-sign with Detroit, the Jaguars have been an oft-mentioned landing spot.

College Football Nugget – On Saturday morning, the Florida Gators received a verbal commitment from five-star running back Kelvin Taylor.  His father, Fred Taylor, was an All-American at Florida and played professionally for the Jacksonville Jaguars.  This past season, the younger Taylor passed Emmitt Smith as the state of Florida’s all-time leading rusher at the high school level.  Originally, Taylor said he was going to wait and announce on signing day.

Broadcasting Note – From the New York Daily News, the odds-on favorite to replace Ron Jaworski as an ESPN analyst for Monday Night Football is Peyton Manning.  Of course, that’s assuming Manning retires prior to the 2012 season.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/espn-clears-room-monday-night-football-case-peyton-manning-calls-audible-article-1.1025127

Strange Thought of the Day – For awhile on Saturday, the Ole Miss basketball team kept it close against Kentucky.  Wildcats freshman star Anthony Davis sat on the bench for a decent portion of the first half with two fouls.  Opponents should know, if they didn’t already, to get Davis into foul trouble early.  Easier said than done.

Tweet of the last 24 hours – @Corey_Clark (Corey Clark, sportswriter for the Tallahassee Democrat) “It’s a funny show and all but after three years no one has been able to teach Kenny Powers how to believably throw a baseball?”

Stat(s) of the Day – The New York Knicks charged in the fourth quarter of a 104-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.  This month’s hot flavor, Jeremy Lin, contributed 28 points, 14 assists and five steals.  Since Lin has been a starter for the Knicks, they are 7-1.

Link of the Day – AOL FanHouse columnist David Whitley analyzes the NASCAR, General Lee and the rebel flag.

          http://aol.sportingnews.com/nascar/story/2012-02-19/nascar-wise-to-keep-general-lee-in-park

Video of the Day – It’s hard not to love actor Jack Nicholson.  During Friday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns, it seems as though the diehard Los Angeles Lakers fan dozed off for a moment.

http://larrybrownsports.com/basketball/was-jack-nicholson-sleeping-at-the-lakers-game-friday-night-video/117659

Question of the Day – Why has it taken this long for a serious conversation on NFL officials being full-time employees?

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