University of Minnesota Not Thrilled to Host Slurskins: When Washington comes to play Minnesota at the University of Minnesota for an NFL game Nov. 2, the university has asked Washington to use throwback jerseys without the team name or logo, not have any team apparel or paraphernalia sold on the premises and for the team's name not to be used by the PA announcer or on the scoreboards. "The Vikings have a great working relationship with the tribal nations of Minnesota, and they're very understanding of how this team name and logo impacts our community," said Katrice Albert, the college's vice president in the office of equity and diversity.
St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam: The St. Louis Rams have released defensive end rookie Michael Sam, the seventh-round draft pick making a bid to become the first openly gay player on an NFL team. Sam, a seventh round draft pick, had a strong preseason with 11 tackles and three sacks. A team source told ESPN that if Sam clears waivers the team is hoping to sign him to the 10-man practice squad.
New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball: "If Mike Trout walked into your neighborhood bar, would you recognize him?" Ben McGrath asks in The New Yorker. "When was the last time baseball's reigning king was a cultural nonentity, someone you can’t even name-drop without a non-fan giving you a patronizing smile?"
Weird Penalty Called on Vanderbilt Jersey: During last night's Vanderbilt-Temple game, a ref announced Vanderbilt was being penalized one timeout a quarter "because of ill-stated statements on the jersey." The team had put the words "Anchor Down" on the back, an apparent breach of NCAA rules. But in what has to be a first, Vanderbilt coaches produced an email printout during the game and the penalty was reversed.
Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad: Under a new policy, NFL players face a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment for a second. The league was widely criticized for assessing only a two-week suspension to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice after he struck his now-wife and dragged her unconscious out of an Atlantic City hotel elevator. "I didn't get it right. Simply put, we have to do better," Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo outlining the new policy.
Annual Patriots trade key piece right before season move: Logan Mankins has been traded to the Bucs for Move TE Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: The Pick 'Em is hitting the halfway mark of the season in full stride: three games were nailed last week as the lead changes again. But perhaps our valiant players will finally be challenged by the traditional Week 10 grudge matches of the Labour Day Classic. Grab your extra vowels and make your picks inside.
Diego Simeone gets eight match ban: Although Athletico Madrid started off the season with a trophy, winning the Spanish Super Cup will cost their manager a spell off the sidelines as he behaved very poorly when the assistant ref was slow in allowing his fullback back on the pitch after treatment for a bloody nose. Simeone was suspended for four games for tapping the back of the assistant referee's head, two games for protesting, one game for applauding his sending off, and one game for remaining in the stands instead of going to the changing room after his expulsion. Atletico assistant coach German Burgos will take charge in his absence.
Soccer Player Killed by Thrown Object from Stands: Albert Ebosse, a 24-year-old striker from Cameroon playing in the top-flight Algerian league for JS Kabylie, died after he was hit in the head by a thrown object from the stands at the end of a game Saturday. Ebosse scored the team's only goal in a 2-1 home loss to USM Alger.
Mike Carey, longtime NFL referee, avoided Washington’s games because of the name: “I’ve called them Washington all my life,” he said, when finally asked. “And I will continue to call them Washington.”
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9: The marathon week ends with points for everyone. More games means more chances to nail 'em, which you guys did in spades. But it's going to get tougher now, as Toronto may just be not-so-terrible and the West teams start playing each other. Grab your flippin' coin and make your picks inside.
Men in Blazers Move to NBC Sports: Sunday's Premiership opener between Manchester City and Newcastle was followed on NBC Sports by the Men in Blazers, television producer Michael Davies and writer Roger Bennett, broadcasting from their new Panic Room. "Not since Lewis and Clark have two men been so excited to be here," Bennett told the Wall Street Journal. "We're incredibly surprised that they wanted us," Davies said.
Yours Truly, Dr. Z.:
NFL Films Presents gives the legendary Paul Zimmerman (who has been around pro football for over 50 years) a voice about why no one has heard from him since 2008.
The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow: After a short post-WC break, the season in England's top flight begins tomorrow. The first manager to quit or get fired has already left the building, in the form of a man who seems almost unrecognizable minus the hat. Don't forget to join the SpoFi Fantasy Premier League mini-league (anyone know the SpoFi league code?). Post your season predictions inside.
Dangerous Experiment : A Roster of 25 Adam Dunns:
Thus I began this mad, stupid experiment. The premise is simple: using everyone’s favorite realistic baseball simulation, Out of the Park 2015, I created teams of baseball players by cloning a single player until they filled the active roster, and set them against each other in 162 games of gory combat. The results exceeded my wildest expectations.
Red Sox owner Tom Werner has become a dark horse candidate to be baseball's next commissioner: Co-owner John Henry says, "Tom is one of the most popular owners because he's very passionate about baseball, has a sense of duty, as evidenced by his work with veterans and the Red Sox Foundation, and because he is trusted by everyone who knows him. You won't find a more popular person in the television industry." Left unsaid: the Red Sox and a few other teams don't want Selig's lieutenant Rob Manfred taking over because they feel he will make them pay their fair share of TV revenues.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8: Here come the points! Big weeks for many of you shake up the standings. And with a bonus game this week, things are just starting to get interesting. That's right, it's a doubleheader week for the Argos. Note that the first game is on Tuesday, so get a move on and make your picks inside!
Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race: Nascar driver Tony Stewart struck and killed another racer who had exited his vehicle after a crash Saturday night during a dirt-track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Central Square, New York. Kevin Ward Jr. had gotten out of his car following a crash with Stewart and appeared to be yelling and pointing. A car swerved to miss him and Stewart's right rear tire struck Ward, who died en route to a hospital.