Wow, today is sllllooowwww. Like: Short of Vick dog-fighting video showing up on YouTube, this feels like it might be one of the slowest sports days of the year.
What better moment to "officially" launch my new blog project: Varsity Dad (http://www.varsitydad.com)
(OK, so most of you have probably heard about it already, because it's not like I haven't quietly talked about it on this blog. But, still... time to ramp this thing up.)More later this morning.
On to today's slow news day:
On to today's slow news day:
MLB/PEDs: Will Jason Giambi be punished after talking with MLB about his steroid claims from a week ago? Maybe they'll go easy on him for 'fessing up, but maybe he'll get the "Grimsley 50."
Clemens Watch: 3R, 6H, 5K, 4BB, 5.1 IP, 102 pitches (64 strikes) in a start for AA Trenton. But overall reviews were not good.
MiLB Stud: Ryan Howard, who hit the game-winning HR and had 4 RBI in a rehab start at A Lakewood (NJ). The plan is to be back with the Phillies as early as tomorrow.
MLB Dud: Elijah Dukes, held out of last night's D-Rays game after allegedly threatening his estranged wife, including a text message sent to her featuring a picture of a gun.
Yankees beat Red Sox: Really, do I have to? (Sigh.) Andy Pettitte beat Curt Schilling. There: Whee.
Keyshawn quits NFL, joins ESPN: I guess that makes Keyshawn the new Michael Irvin. I still won't forgive him for cursing at me at some Super Bowl-related event back in 1998. (And I was working for the league at the time!)
Vick Doggy Dogg: I think it's time to give Clinton Portis a break about his comments sympathetic to Michael Vick. He said it. He apologized. He was a moron. Can't we all continue to point our outrage on Vick? Focus, people!
THIS is what I'm talking about: From the freshness at WBRS Sports Blog, they dug up Vick's old iTunes playlist. And, needless to say, he's not shy about his pitbull fetish.
A rep from the Humane Society told USA Today that he thinks that the NFL is only scratching the surface of a culture of dog-fighting among the players. So dog-fighting is the new steroids, I guess. (Attention, NFL players: If any of you are involved in dog-fighting, this would be a good time to stop.)
Meanwhile, the Humane Society also says that the 66 dogs found on Vick's property will most likely have to be euthanized, because they're just too aggressive to be kept alive. You don't have to be a dog-lover to find that incredibly sad.
Magic fire Brian Hill: And, of course, I'm officially nervous they'll make a play for Billy Donovan. Unless they're offering him the coaching gig AND the GM job, they won't get him. (But might they?)
Bobcats hire Sam Vincent: The Dallas assistant played with Michael Jordan in the 80s – his knock-kneed fealty was probably assured before this pick was made. That's how MJ rolls.
Jerry West hates the NBA Lottery system: Well, no shit. But if he landed Oden or Durant, I bet he wouldn't have a peep to say, except "Bring me my franchise player."
I wish Machen would pick up on an idea I was fooling around with back in the fall: The SEC should secede from the BCS, challenging the "champ" of the rest of college football to a post-bowls title game that guarantees the opponent an unprecedented $25 million payout.
(1) Who is going to turn down that money? (2) It's not like everyone doesn't agree the SEC is the best league, year in and year out. (In fact, some are already claiming that the SEC in 2007 is quite possibly the toughest conference in CFB history.) (3) Without incorporating the SEC (at all), I'd like to see the other schools try to claim they are the best.
(Of course, we saw precisely that when unbeaten
UPDATE (10:06): I can already tell from the comments that this BCS/SEC item is going to get people all freaked out. Forget for a second that I'm an unabashed SEC-backer, and just accept the idea for what it is: Something weird and radical that has no basis in reality or even the remotest possibility of working out. (Of course, no one seems to have a problem with Notre Dame being "independent" -- and most of you would like to see the existing BCS "secede" from its contractual obligation to Notre Dame, am I right?) Look: I'm just throwing out ideas here. Absolutely, as always, it's your mandate to crush those ideas. But just recognize that this was just some wild-eyed idea on a particularly slow news day. Show some mercy.
Soccer: AC Milan beats
Idol: Jordin Sparks (daughter of former NFL DB Philippi) beats Blake Lewis (son of
(Oh, and Idol had its least-cheesy moment in show history last night, letting Blake beat-box with Doug E. Fresh in the finale's highlight.)