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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2005 11:46 pm | Updated: 8:40 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

So with the addition of Johnny Damon, the Yankees immediately become the odds-on choice to win the 2006 World Series.

As they did last year, when they paid through the nose for Randy Johnson and Carl Pavano. Or the year before when A-Rod came aboard, or the year before that when Gary Sheffield put them over the top, or . . . How about we just play the season and see what happens?

I love Bronx fans who beat their chests and say their Yankees would never join the hated Red Sox out of loyalty to the organization. Folks, it's all about the money, plain and simple.

Both Damon and Bernie Williams are Scott Boras clients, which means they go to the highest bidder. If the Red Sox offered Williams $7 million to play center field in place of Damon, do you think he'd turn it down to back up Damon for $1.5 million with the Yanks?

SPREAD THE WEALTH

Congratulations to Neil Rackers and Larry Fitzgerald for their much-deserved Pro Bowl selections.

Many Pro Bowl running backs often reward their offensive lines with Rolex watches out of appreciation. Rackers and Fitz may want to do the same thing, since it's really tough to get to kick 36 field goals or catch 92 passes in 14 games unless your team can't run the football across the street.

QUICK HITTERS

Is this the week the Cards rush for 100 yards? OK, probably not, but they do get their best runner back: Josh McCown.

Quote of the week belongs to Dennis Green, talking about receivers Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin: “They both are gentlemen off the field. They both score touchdowns and don’t need geriatrics or prove they can break dance or anything else.”

Geriatrics? I haven't seen any celebrations involving the elderly yet (although Chad Johnson might have it on his "to-do" list).

Speaking of geriatrics, the Giants traded for Steve Finley (41 in March) to add to an outfield that also features Barry Bonds (42 in July) and Moises Alou (40 in July). I thought the Giants might be interested in free agent Reggie Sanders, but who wants some snot-nosed, wet-behind-the-ears 38-year-old messing up the chemistry?

Shame on Team Canada for allowing Todd Bertuzzi to represent them in the 2006 Olympics. With the timing of the NHL lockout almost perfect, this guy has paid a very light personal penalty for his horrible on-ice attack that has likely ended the career of Colorado's Steve Moore.

Funny how the same people who call Kobe Bryant a selfish player were clamoring for him to keep playing after outscoring Dallas 62-61 after three quarters on Tuesday.

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