For every Tigers fan who might be nervous about putting the series in Kenny Rogers' hands in the first game in
Twins at A's: Brad Radke pitching with the equivalent of a wet Kleenex hanging from his shoulder socket is inspiring, but
Padres at Cards: Both pitchers (Young and Suppan) were moved around in the playoff rotation to give each team what it perceives would be an edge in the first game in
Mets at Dodgers: Unlike the A's or Cards, the Mets still have to win once on the road to ensure that they don't blow a 2-0 lead and have to win a pressure-packed Game 5 back at home. Steve Trachsel should give Mets fans low confidence, and the Game 4 starter is up in the air. Still picking the Mets to win; the Dodgers were cooked after the double-out at home plate in Game 1.
Stephen Jackson's version of NBA Training Camp: How appropriate for the one-time Palace Brawler that his '06 season begins with an incident at an Indianapolis strip club where he fired a gun after being hit by a fist (and a car). Does he want to avoid running wind-sprints THAT bad?
Clinton Portis' crazy characters return: Winning obviously inspired Portis to break out a new zany press-conference character: Dolemite Jenkins, who came out to greet the local media in a "Vote for
Pedro Santana" T-shirt, a dual reference to "Napoleon Dynomite" and his interest in having teammate Moss win NFL Player of the Week.
Sixers lose exhibition opener: No, it's MUCH worse than that. The Sixers became the first NBA team to be beaten in
Arguably, this is MORE embarrassing than Team
Now, you could say that Philly had no motivation and that the Euro team was probably playing like it was their NBA Finals, but what bigger motivation could there be than avoiding humiliation?
Of course, with the Sixers, ongoing humiliation seems to be their goal. Expect a quality "Trade AI" rumor ASAP to take the attention away from this debacle.
(Meanwhile, despite being 3-2 overall with losses to
Gators reinstate top DL: Just in time for the national Game of the Week against LSU (and next week's game vs. Auburn and the following game vs. Georgia), Florida has reinstated suspended DT Marcus Thomas, the team's most dominant lineman. Coincidence? I'm a Gators fan, and even I have to chuckle at this one. In a game that should be low-scoring and made (or broken) on one or two big plays, getting a premier defensive player back in the lineup could be the difference.
Nats want Braves' Pendleton? Apparently turning their attention away from Joe Girardi, the Nats are looking at
Penguins earn a RIM-job: The guy who runs Blackberry is buying the Penguins. (Obvious idea for the team's first game promotion: The first 5,000 fans 18 and under get a free Blackberry!) At least the guy is from
Andre Gurode won't press charges against Albert Haynesworth, but he wants to know something that is unknowable: Why? He'll never get an answer, probably because Haynesworth himself doesn't know.
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