Before we head into the holiday break, we have to break out some grades. As always, these will be revealed on WGEM SportsCenter presented by Hardee's around 8:15 a.m. or so Wednesday. Listen live on ESPN 1440 or online.
A — Quincy University women's basketball team. The Lady Hawks have hit for 100 points three times in five games this season to set a school record. Dare I say it, but this team might just have more weapons than the Elite Eight team from 2003-04. Jessica Keller continues to dominate. Lindsey Stellflue, Alex Roznowski and Janette Burgin continue to fill it up. Whintae Irby is one of the fastest point guards I've seen in the women's game. As long as the Lady Hawks continue to get solid post play, the sky is the limit.
B — Brett Favre's return. Yes, I was sick of the saga last summer, but it's been worth all of the ruckus. Favre has been solid this season and has the Jets in first place. He's turned Eric Mangini into the Mangenius again, a year after many wanted him out of the Big Apple after a 4-12 campaign. The Jets have won five straight and should win the AFC East unless they implode or Favre gets hurt (not likely in either case).
C — The Quincy University men's basketball team. It's still much too early to tell what the Hawks will be like for 2008-09 — even though I went out on a limb and pegged them at 18-9 overall and 9-8 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Through three games, we've seen some flashes from players like Mookie Pierre, Andrew Kueker and Tyler Burke. They'll have the better part of a week to figure some more things out before Great Lakes Valley Conference play starts Dec. 4 when the Tritons of Missouri-St. Louis come to Pepsi Arena.
D — St. Louis Rams. Giving the Rams an 'F' would be too easy. (Plus, I'm a bitter Notre Dame fan.) But the Rams are downright awful. In November, the team has been outscored 123-13 in the first half alone. Don't know if they can do it or not, but the Rams should just start over like an expansion team. Seriously, could they be any worse than they have been this season? Maybe you keep Chris Long and a young guy or two, but you dump the rest of them. Especially the big-bucks, non-delivering Steven Jackson and Marc Bulger. The Rams have been cursed by some terrible personnel moves.
F — University of Notre Dame football team. The Irish haters are loving life right now. ND (6-5) is in the dumps — again. The loss to Syracuse last week was terrible. It's been 20 years since the Irish won a national championship and 15 years since they've been relevant on the national scene. Charlie Weis looks like he's more fit (well, he's not really fit) for the pro game than the colleges. At this point, the Irish couldn't win the MAC. Good luck with USC this weekend.