Colts advance, thanks to... their D?: A defense that hasn't held anyone below 100 on the year holds one of the best backs in the league to 32 yards on 13 carries, and the whole team to 151.
Jeter wins a gold glove: Wow. I mean, we all knew he improved quite a bit this season, but could anyone have predicted this? Other winners: Pudge, Erstad, Boone, Chavez, Rogers, Suzuki, Hunter, and Wells. More inside.
The Red Sox scare me.: OK, as a Yankee fan I admit - this Sox team is good. Jayson Stark has a pretty good rundown of all the playoff teams here, and it really is hard to argue against the Sox. Anyway, with the playoffs starting today, we need a playoff thread. So here it is.
On this day in baseball history,: 13 years ago, Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock's stolen base record. Really Dave is just posting this because we need a new thread and he remembered Rickey Henderson Fridays. Why is nobody talking about anything today? Dave is bored.
Bengals introduce new uniforms.: Why is the trend in the NFL lately to make ugly uniforms with as many variations as possible?
Today's news out of Boston: is that when ARod is acquired, Nomar will be traded for Magglio Ordonez. So much for my theory that getting ARod would limit the Sox in left. This makes the Sox pretty much awesome. Seems like we have a Sox or Yankees post every day here. When will it end?
The Armando Experiment ends quickly : as the Yankees ship Benitez to the Mariners... for ex-Yankee Jeff Nelson. I wasn't a Benitez-hater like most, but I smiled when I saw this. Nelson was a great pitcher and important piece of the puzzle in the championships (albeit a jerk) and it's good to have him back. Any chance the Mets will field offers for Mike Stanton now?
Kobe gets charged.: To be honest, this surprises me. I didn't expect there to be any real evidence, especially in something that would seem to be so he-said-she-said. I, for one, would love to know some details about what allegedly happened, and what evidence there is. I'm a Laker-hater and NBA-hater who tends to think that 99% of the basketball population are thugs or idiots, but Kobe actually seemed to be in that 1% minority. In any event, does the simple fact that he was charged affect the trial results in any way? I'm sure that public opinion probably has him guilty after this, and finding a jury who hasn't heard about this might be a bit tough...
Time for another ACC-Big East thread. ACC votes to add Miami and Virginia Tech only. Sort of a shock. Now... my thinking is that VT can decline this and return to a Big East without being labelled a traitor, and adding Louisville keeps the Big East in good shape, and actually improves the basketball. But losing the top 2 football dogs could be the end. Hopefully the drama will unfold in the next 2 days.
Pedro is running his mouth again,: this time it's about racism in the Sosa situation. This is the 2nd time it's come up that I have seen, the first being Jose Canseco. And while Pedro has more credibility in my eyes, being a bit more obviously Latino, I still think that's a bunch of crap. I seem to recall that McGwire DID have a controversy back in the day, and it was a big deal, and it DID get an Outside the Lines special made. In fact, I'd say the controversy over andro lasted longer than the Sammy situation, which has fizzled already (though partly due to how he handled it).
He also has a selfish bone to pick, not surprisingly, making sure to note that he was screwed in an MVP race and also in last year's Cy Young, which he lost to the deserving Barry Zito. Way to twist the words of Gammons, an obvious Boston homer. Now shut up and go back to the DL.
NCAA Hockey Tournament Seedings.: Cornell is #1 in the country! (I still can't believe it!) But we got screwed sort of, because no conference matchups can happen in the first round, so the toughest 4 seed will be the opponent in Providence. That is going to make things a bit harder, but I really think they can get to the Frozen Four. Even though they dropped from the top spot (overall), I think Colorado College has to be the favorite here. Is this the first ever college hockey post?
Lots of posts today... here's another one that surprises noone but disappoints many: Bron's back. I don't like it. Let's just keep giving these athletes the message that they're above the rules, that's healthy...
Griffey wants to play for the Yankees?: I had always read that he'd retire before playing for the Yankees because Steinbrenner wouldn't let him on the field as a kid. I can't say as though I'd want him (as a Yankee fan) anyway. Anyway, Griffey is feeling unloved again, big surprise, and is open to a trade. Where would he fit in nicely? (Who would want him with the injury history, even with such a big potential upside?)
The Boston Expos?: Someone's thinking of putting the Expos in Fenway next season. A little kooky, I think. I'm not against adding a team to a market that has one (ie a 3rd NY team) but sharing a stadium, moving on short notice, and many other things make this particular idea a bad one. Plus, I don't think Expos attendance would go up very much anyway, even at Fenway. I mean, can you really picture large amounts of the diehard Red Sox nation thinking "hey, let's go catch the Expos-Pirates game tonight?"
BCS Standings are out.: And Oklahoma is out in front by a comfortable margin, while Notre Dame is third (!) with the nation's toughest schedule. According to the computers anyway. Does anyone here think that Oklahoma or ND would even stand a chance against Miami? As usual, I'm having a hard time with this stupid system, for a variety of reasons that I'll discuss later, but I wanted to get the topic started...
Pedro quits. Again.: Poor guy doesn't feel like pitching again this year since he got his 20th win. Doesn't want to 'risk injury' since the team is out of contention. But it was fine to risk it to get win #20 with your team out of contention. When asked about the Cy award he said he'd split it down the middle between him and D-Lowe... (nevermind that Zito deserves it more than either of them) When is Pedro ever going to grow up? Everyone else on the 20 non contending teams is still playing and fulfilling their contracts...
Strike Averted!: Surpises the hell out of me... but good for them. I haven't followed the link yet to find out the details, but discuss the deal here.
One man's solution to the MLB luxury tax issues.: Now granted that man is me, but I figured this was the best place to start an intelligent conversation about this. (Well, aside from the car message board where I originally arrogantly posted it... :) ) So far there've been no attempts at this kind of compromise, which I think is as good an idea as any I've heard so far... Now, who can sneak me into the meetings?
Expos Acquire Colon.: For the first time in recent memory, the Expos acquired a big name player. I'm shocked. I mean, I guess it's pretty much their last chance to win before they get contracted/moved, but still. Good for them for not giving up. Now, the question is: Can the Expos make a postseason run?
All of Albert Belle's bats were corked,: says Omar Vizquel in his newly released autobiography. OK, so the truth is out, and there's no big surprise, but I've got to ask... just why does Omar Vizquel have an autobiography? Aren't these books usually written by extremely popular/controversial retired players?