Cardinal routs VT for Orange Bowl title
Stanford QB Andrew Luck was the MVP of the Orange Bowl, but his in-demand coach Jim Harbaugh had the greatest moves of the night, juking reporters as he avoided speaking about his future with the team. Find out what else you missed while creating a March Madness-style bracket for the newest season of "The Bachelor," in today's About Last Night.
I'm not ashamed to admit that a new season of "The Bachelor" makes it easier for me to accept starting my week without "Monday Night Football." What can I say? Watching other people's awkward social encounters sure beats experiencing them myself. Of course, the night wasn't all about fake tans, ball gowns and fangs (look it up) -- there were a couple big games, too.
Orange Bowl: Stanford put up 40 points on Virginia Tech, getting its first BCS bowl win in fine fashion, 40-12. Cardinal QB Andrew Luck didn't disappoint, throwing for 287 yards and four touchdowns, while coach Jim Harbaugh not only avoided a post-game Gatorade bath, he also pick-and-rolled off Michele Tafoya and verbally juked Rece Davis, refusing to answer any questions about his future. Those without a rooting interest in the game likely will spend more time talking about the Goo Goo Dolls' halftime performance than the final score. I might have dabbled in the Goo back in my college dorm days, but I most certainly don't need to see them during my current college football games. I can't be sure, but I'd bet it wasn't the game, but rather their droning power ballad, that put Tyrod Taylor's mom to sleep.
NBA: LeBron James led the way with 38 points and Dwyane Wade chipped in 31 as the Heat beat the Bobcats, 96-82. It was the first time Miami's two superstars both topped 30 in the same game since joining forces in South Beach.
Men's college basketball: St. Johns upset No. 13 Georgetown, earning its fifth straight win and ending a 14-game losing streak to ranked teams.
NHL: With their moms in the stands (it was Moms' Road Trip day), the Blackhawks topped L.A. 4-3 to finish off their first season sweep of the Kings since 1981-82. Late in the third Jonathan Toews used words his mama's likely never heard before in arguing a trip to the penalty box, but he was released like a beast into the wild and scored the game-winner just moments later. Memo to NHL teams: Do not anger the Tazer.