Jose Canseco Retires.: Yep, he's packing it in. One of my favorite baseball players. Everyone else picks on him but not me. If some AL team had the good sense to plug him in their lineup, he'd hit 260 with 35 HRs as a DH, but I think he's a little tired of gettng his chain jerked.
NCAA rule changes favor high-schoolers.: They're going to let high school players enter the NBA draft and retain their eligibility. Which makes a little more sense than the old "Gotcha" rules they used to have. Even more interesting proposals were tabled.
Bud Selig is a mental midget.: I just wanted to say that out loud. Here's Bud commenting on Minnesota and Montreal's winning ways. "The fact of the matter that they're winning on the field doesn't solve their problems," he said. Can't argue with that, I'd say their biggest problem is that the commissioner of baseball is trying to render them defunct.
Major Project?: The Patriots signed my favorite player. That's the good news. Bad news inside.
Gonzalez attempts to end Gumgate: "This was a runaway train that needed to be stopped."
This guy really likes Mickey Rivers.: Heck, I do too. Rivers was a colorful and quotable outfielder for several teams in the '70s and '80s. Bill James lists him as the 59th best centerfielder of all time. I don't know why but fan pages of things, you wouldn't be sure there were still fans of always cheers me up.
Interesting take on Strahan,: from Len Pasquarelli. I almost always side with players over management but this guy has me thinking.
You hardly have any time at all: to submit your entries for the 2002 Hacking Mass competition. Predict the biggest stiff at each position around the diamond for the chance to win not-very fabulous prizes. (My only advice is take a long look at Jose Macias for your outfield.)
Little chance of success?: The Red Sox picked a new manager today. Well, at least now they have one. Anybody think this will make a difference.
Will changes in selection impact the tournament?: Has anybody else heard about this? I suspect it'll shake things up more than they think.
Maybe Gerry Faust is available.: The Bucs are starting to seem like that garbage barge from Long Island that wasn't allowed to land anywhere. Their latest scheme is to give Mooch coach and GM responsibilities. Has he earned it or are they just desperate?
Good news skating appeal fans!! The ice dancing competition is fixed also.
The Sporting news wants you to pay $24.95 for NFL Draft (?!?) coverage.: I hesitate to shill for this half-baked idea, but I'm mystified. What possible reason would someone pay good money for statistics at your fingertips during the draft? Presumably, you could watch it on television. My first thought was, ok, it's for fantasy football junkies, but shoot, all this info will be available for free after the draft. Are there any Sportsfilterers that want or believe they need this sort of real-time info barrage?
The Ravens ran a full-on campaign: to get Modell elected to the Hall. Didn't work. Which is too bad, because if they'd been successful, we'd eventually see 40-foot billboards of Daniel Snyder in Times Square. Favorite quote: ``Look, if we disqualify an owner for lying we'd have no owners in the Hall at all, and we'd never be able to elect one.''