1. Trumpets sounded, confetti dropped and alarms blared yesterday as Tim Tebow and the New England Patriots became an item. But beyond the hoopla, I couldn't help but think about what this says about the man behind the move, Bill Belichick. Hailing from the defensive side of the ball, Belichick's early New England teams won with a defense-first, conservative style. More than a decade later, the Belichick-led Patriots are still winning, but in a completely different style. Whether it's studying Chip Kelly's up-tempo system or taking a chance on everyone's favorite back-up quarterback, the league's most successful coach never stops looking for ways to evolve.
2. Wrapping up our stat study from Friday's Three and Out, we'll take a look at the longest losing streaks in each conference heading into the 2013 season. They are: Southern Miss (Conference USA), 12; Kansas (Big 12), 11; Illinois (Big Ten), 9; Akron (MAC), 9; Colorado (Pac-12), 8; New Mexico (Mountain West), 6; Maryland (ACC), 6; South Florida and Rutgers (American), 3; Arkansas (SEC), 3; Troy (Sun Belt), 2. Additionally, newly-independent New Mexico State rides an 11-game losing streak into the fall.
3. Indiana made the College World Series on Saturday for the first time in program history. It was also the first time a Big Ten program reached Omaha since 1984. Until the Hoosiers breakthrough, the outlook for Big Ten baseball was so bad that Jim Delany visited Omaha in an effort to move the season back a month to give northern squads a chance. With the Big Ten's place in the college baseball pecking order properly framed, one has to think Indiana's accomplishment would rank up there with a Sun Belt team making the Sugar Bowl.