Walter Mitty Jeff Thomason to play in Super Bowl.: When Chad Lewis, the Philadelphia TE who caught two touchdowns in the NFC championship game, was ruled out of the Super Bowl with a foot injury, the Eagles called on an ex-player and current construction project manager to fill Lewis's spot. A neat story about a former role player called out of retirement to play in the big game.
Fantasy League admin question: conducting online draft via chat session (MI)
: The Chronicles of Ricky, part 10. In which Ricky Williams is found in the California Sierra foothills studying to be a holistic healer. The program is supposed to take a year and a half, but my money says he drops out before Christmas.
Golden State Warriors fire Musselman - target Stanford's Mike Montgomery as coach.: New boss Chris Mullin is shaking things up. Did Musselman deserve to go? I don't know, but the scuttlebutt says he wasn't Mullin's guy. Montgomery would certainly generate some interest in the team and fuel optimism. Further speculation: drafting Josh Childress. (but they don't need another 2-3-4 position player, they need a point guard)
You gotta be kidding me. The golfer ranked 124th in driving accuracy is on the cover of Golf Digest this month, purporting to teach me how to take control of my tee shots. That's like taking auto-driving lessons from Mr. Magoo.
The baseball season got underway in earnest tonight - when the Red Sox and Yankees met at Fenway for the first of 19 games scheduled this season. Boston won 6-2 in a game which included a non-homer by Manny Ramirez, errors from Jeter and Giambi, great pitching from Tim Wakefiled for Boston, and a most annoying feature from Fox (effing 'Scooter').
Imagine Kobe deciding to only play road games when the Lakers visited Philadelphia (he grew up there), Portland (close to Nike headquarters), New York (legendary showcase Madison Square Garden) and Atlanta (Coca-Cola headquarters). Or Jason Giambi only playing road games in Oakland (began career there) and Anaheim (southern California native). True, those are players in team sports, but it's close to the scenario explaining why Tiger Woods only plays certain events, and why tournaments he doesn't usually play have so little chance at getting a lift from golf's number 1 drawing card.
Well, Since You Asked...: is a blog by Tolu Thomas of his sports commentary. Some good entries recently, like Sports' Guilty Pleasures: Injured NBA players who wear gaudy suits while sitting on the bench; Rickey Henderson; When the "halo rule" is violated on a punt return; Gymnasts and ice skaters who fall during their routines.
Callahan tries to clarify 'dumbest' remark.: What did you mean, Bill, stupidest? It doesn't take a brain surgeon, or even a middle linebacker, to know that the Raiders will fire Callahan after the season.
'Your body has a long memory. If you're going to do things that hurt your body, you're going to pay the price later.' : Bill Romanowski claims he used nothing but legal nutritional supplements and carried them with him in a fishing tackle-like box. But now it seems he got HGH from BALCO, according to his wife in 1999. Big, bad Bill expressed thoughts about what white players needed to do 'to compete with the black guy in a mostly black sport.' To make matters worse, Romo is one of four Raiders who tested positive for THG, CBS reported today.
I've played floor hockey, broomball, field hockey (took one damn shot in the shin) and knock hockey, all variants of ice hockey (played that, too). But I had never heard of underwater hockey until this NY Times story. Crazy, and sounds like fun. Hockey has got to have the most variants of any sport.
Kudos to Cubs fan and up-to-the-minute blogger Brian Carstens. His [Untitled] Cubs Page has an eighth-inning dispatch on tonight's game. He pins the blame for a Cubs loss on Dutsy Baker, not the fan who interfered, not Gonzalez who booted a grounder, not a Billy Goat or anything else.
Twenty years ago today, the longest winning streak in the history of sports was ended when "Australia II" won the America's Cup. The event is celebrated in Australia and marked a monumental change in the premier event of the sport of sailing. I still remember where I was. (some consider it all to be a myth)
Power to the (old) people. Who should win NL manager of the year? Atlanta's Bobby Cox (62), San Francisco's Felipe Alou (68), or Florida's Jack McKeon (72), whose Marlins have the best record since late May?
[weblog as conversation] So, Red Sox Nation, please tell me: are you happy with your Theo Epstein-Bill James-Bill Mueller 2003 Sox? Or are the 'New Baseball' ideas (by Scott Ostler) kooky? Great line about James: he's kept "in the background, like the zany uncle who does birdcalls."
Phil was right.: Remember when Mickelson woke the sleeping Tiger with his "inferior equipment" remark back in February? Maybe Woods has come to agree; he is switching from his Nike driver back to his old Titleist driver. (Course, it didn't help him against Sergio and Phil last night, eh? Anybody watch?)
Jan. 3, 1973: The Lamb breaks the seventh seal, the Angel blows the seventh trumpet, earthquakes ravage the globe, California sinks into the Pacific, the sun disappears from the sky, the moon runs crimson, zombies roam the earth and Steinbrenner buys the Yankees.
Happy 100th birthday, New York Yankees. A history by Jim Caple.
Cancer must be pretty much under control and transplants have become routine, right? .. that is .. if the Mayo Clinic is researching the "Yips". Opening paragraph of the background of the study: "Every year, on greens across America and throughout the world, golfers confront a problem with major consequences Ė the YIPS. This affliction can make average players quit, good ones lose confidence, and great ones lose sleep." "Relax? How can anybody relax? You have to grip the club, donít you?" -Ben Hogan
Pittsburgh Pirate Assaults Sausage: Yes, you read that right, but it might not be what you think. (What were you thinking, you perve?)
You know the mascot races in Milwaukee? They're people in big, foam sausage suits? Yeah, those. A professional baseball player actually hit one of them with a bat Wednesday night. Tell me: WHY??? I gotta see this on video.
(Seriously, I hope the young woman will be well soon, and able to run/walk in the Sausage 5k Race)
"I hope we get (expletive) hotter than (expletive), just to stuff it up them 3,000 (expletive) people that show up every (expletive) day,'': Lee Elia's tirade, 20 years ago today. I never knew of this until an SI story on Chicago baseball a couple weeks ago. It's f***ing hilarious... Uncensored (cites wrong date...via Sean Parnell's Chicago page)