The Kickoff

December 24, 2005

Good morning --Paul Johnson -- If a bowl-record 1,183 yards are gained by two teams and no one's awake to see it, is it really a bowl record?

THEY SAID IT

"I couldn't decide between a Yankees or Marlins cap for my kid, but then I got a deal done when the Yankees agreed to pick up $7 of the $19.95."

Bob Hille

Sporting News columnist, on his experience shopping for the holidays

"They remind me of Jay Leno's TV ratings. I know the numbers are there, I know they're winning, but I just can't take them seriously."

Bill Simmons

ESPN.com columnist, on the Seattle Seahawks

"I am firmly convinced that Peyton Manning audibles even when he goes into Starbucks and starts to order a latte. He points to the kid taking his order. Points to the one actually making the coffee. Steps back into the line. Then goes with a grande mochachino instead."

Mike Lupica

New York Daily News columnist

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