Talking Points: Super attention grabbers

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What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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It’s Super Bowl week in Indianapolis, with plenty of reporters, bloggers, et.al., who have had a lot of time on their hands waiting for Sunday. What a gift for them to have the flap between Colts owner Jim Irsay and injured quarterback Peyton Manning surface. The biggest game of the year is coming -- and yet guys from a two-win home team are soaking up attention.

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Stan McNeal of aolsportingnews.com makes a case that the six best teams in baseball reside in the American League.

In order: New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. If you believe in the Philadelphia Phillies and/or St. Louis Cardinals, the AL still boasts six of the top eight.

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Free-agent starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, reportedly a player the M’s had some interest in acquiring to fill Michael Pineda’s innings, has three suitors, according to FoxSports. The teams are Boston, Baltimore and St. Louis. Jackson split time with the White Sox and Cardinals, going 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA in 32 starts. He’s only 28.

Aolsportingnews.com did a piece on the teams with the lowest expectations for 2012. Only Baltimore and Oakland were rated lower than Seattle.

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This comes as no surprise: The Trail Blazers rank in the middle of the pack in most NBA power rankings circulating on the blogosphere. The Blazers are No. 13 by sbnation.com, with this comment: “The Blazers remain bipolar: brilliant at home, mediocre on the road. You can’t survive like that forever in the West, where every win matters in terms of that vital playoff seeding, where Portland obviously can’t afford to finish below No. 4.’’