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My top teams are: 1. Ravens; 2. Patriots; 3. Saints; 4. Giants; 5. Colts. And I'm still picking the Eagles to win the Super Bowl. How is that? Because by the end of the season, I expect the Eagles to be the best team. McNabb will be healthy and he'll have the most weapons he's had in his career. 2. Many of you have noticed that I haven't written about my Ball State Football Cardinals this year after I pimped them all of 2008. Last year's Cardinals ran the table during the regular season, finishing 12-0 and ranked in the top 15 before choking in the MAC Championship and folding in the GMAC Bowl. This year's Cardinals are 0-5, losing to powerhouses such as North Texas, New Hampshire and Army. I'm not a fair-weather fan. I'm pissed out of my mind because I saw this 2009 disaster coming when the Ball State administration elevated our self-promoting, loudmouthed, arrogant offensive coordinator (Stan Parrish) to head coach. One of my former teammates calls Parrish Ball State's Tiny Charlie Weis. I prefer to call Parrish our White Ronny Thompson, the arrogant, self-promoting, doing-Ball State-a-favor basketball coach who made our hoops program a national disgrace. I'm not sure, given Ball State's modest schedule, Parrish can pull off a 12-0-to-0-12 miracle, but he's going to give it his best shot. Parrish, the former Kansas State head coach, is winless in his last 33 games as a head coach. How does a man with his résumé convince a school president he would be a better option than making a legitimate bid to retain an alumnus (Brady Hoke) who put the football program on the map as a player in 1978 and as head coach in 2008? I could write a book explaining this. But for now let's just say the president (Jo Ann Gora) and athletics director (Tom Collins) at my school have an intense love affair with self-promoting, arrogant, doing-Ball State-a-favor coaches. Gora and Collins simply repeated the same mistake they made when they hired Ronny Thompson. 1. I'm proud of Terrell Owens for not taking the bait thrown to him by the Buffalo media. I hope T.O. continues to avoid criticizing Trent Edwards and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt. It's a sign that Owens might finally be maturing and learning how to be a good teammate. You can e-mail Jason at BallState0@aol.com or find him on Facebook at facebook.com/jasonwhitlock.