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What a great game! (Brewers won 6-5 as Fielder hit a walk off two run shot in the bottom of 9).
A Place to Talk Wisconsin Sports and anything else we feel like talking about. No we won't put the Cubs game on the TV
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Tennesseein' is Tennebelievin'
Such an obvious move, you wonder why ESPN didn't make it years ago.
The network announced Tuesday that it had reduced the number of anchors who are to regularly handle the network's charter show, "SportsCenter."
Instead of using a dozen or so anchors and mixing up the combination of teams, the network has settled on six anchors and three teams.
Consistency and a better connection with viewers is the aim of the lineup.
Beginning Monday, "SportsCenter" viewers will get Dan Patrick and Fred Hickman for the 5 p.m. show, John Anderson and Steve Levy at 10 p.m. and Neil Everett and Scott Van Pelt at midnight. The latter two teams will flip time slots each month.
So you like Mike Vick, do you? You think he's the greatest thing since sliced bread, and that the Falcons will be a perennial playoff team and Super Bowl contender with him around (if he's healthy of course).
With Mukwonago heading the list.
I now hate FoxSports. Yet another jackass FS columnist tears the Pack apart.
It's time to meet the last-place Green Bay Packers.
The Packers won't be able to stop the run, pressure the opposing quarterback, turn the opposition's offense over, and have simply no defensive depth or margin for error...The secondary has more holes than a piece of Wisconsin Swiss cheese. Ahmad Carroll had a very rude introduction to the NFL last year, consistently getting burned deep and committing frustrating penalties. He's had a rough preseason, and if it wasn't for the injury to Joey Thomas (not exactly a shut-down cover corner in his own right), Carroll could be on the pine. CB Al Harris needs some help from his teammates, and fast.
The safety position is an all-out disaster. Savvy veteran Darren Sharper was shown the door in the off-season, packed his bags and joined the rival Vikings. He told me last week he's already circled the Packers games on his calendar. The experienced Earl Little is smart, but very much long in the tooth. Nick Collins is trying to make the jump from Bethune-Cookman to the NFC North. Mark Roman has a bad hamstring and is, well, Mark Roman. Todd Franz has a separated shoulder and isn't going to be confused with Ronnie Lott....
Forget the Minnesota Vikings.
In what might just be Favre's final season, the big question is simply this...
Can Green Bay hold off Chad Hutchinson and the Bears?
Former Vikings running back Robert Smith admitted in recent interviews that he smoked marijuana during his NFL career. The admission apparently has cost him a job with the NFL Network as a studio analyst, according to NEWSDAY.
According to two people with knowledge of Smith's situation, the league's broadcasting arm withdrew an offer to him, fearing that his admission of marijuana smoking would send the wrong message to viewers.
But call me stupidly optimistic. There are reasons to believe that 2005 is far from totally lost:
• When Sheets languished on the disabled list from April 21-May 27 with an inner ear condition, the Brewers went 19-14.
It needs to be pointed out, though, that the team was clicking on all cylinders at that time; Brewers pitchers led the Majors with a 3.14 ERA in May and the hitters ranked ninth in the Majors with a .779 OPS that month.
• The Brewers still have two solid starters at the top of the rotation who excelled while Sheets was on the DL earlier this year.
Doug Davis has been pitching great but has nothing to show for it for going on two months, and Chris Capuano can only get better after outings like Sunday, when he unraveled a bit against Andruw Jones and the Braves.
• September callups are only a few days away, and while there are no Ben Sheetses in the Minors, the team at least has some options.
(Wisconsin has always been one of my favorite places, but it lost serious points lately. Lighten up on the beer bongs. Have a little more respect for your opponents; and remember, there are kids around, too, so maybe yelling profanities in every other chant isn't such a good idea.)
Beer gardens? Merely an option, not a mandate. They're the ying to the frat-boy-ish two-story beer bong's yang and a more chill option utilized, defensibly, before the team's early-bird (11 a.m.) home kickoffs. Surely you've noticed the Badgers on ESPN nearly every Saturday morn.
On any given Saturday the routine in Section O, Camp Randall's rowdiest student section, goes something like this: Shout profanities at neighboring sections. Grab the shoulders of the person in front of you and make like you're rowing a boat. Then jump around to House of Pain's raucous anthem of the same name (a tradition halted for one game in 2003 out of fear the jumping might literally bring down the house) and lock arms and sway to Varsity. It's part of a Fifth Quarter tradition that gets perhaps a little more attention than it deserves. But just a little.
This season, unlike most years, the football team has a bye week on Halloween weekend, meaning the Badgers ballers will join the most impressive end-of-October celebration this side of Hades. Last year Badgers point guard and Big Ten Player of the Year Devin Harris dressed up as a French maid.
The Packers need Corey Simon. Simple as that. He would come in and be The Man on that defense, and give them not only a fantastic compliment to KGB up the middle but would also provide a confidence to a defense that HAS to be shaken.
That wasn't a fun way to spend my first two games out at the ballpark this year. Both games had their moments when the crowd was electric. Brewer fans have a great mix of hope and expectation right now. Attanasio will need a team that delivers in the next couple of seasons, because if the fans get their hopes dashed again, he'll have trouble getting them back.
This is what dominance looks like
I'm not a big racing guy but what I got caught up in tonight was worth the wait. Disgusted with the Crew and equally so with the interminable commercials on CBS, I stumbled once again into God, Guns and Gays territory, or as Gov. Dean would say, NASCAR racin'.
What a treat for the couch potato in me. NASCAR at night is phenomenal. These guys should race every weekend under the lights. Talk about growth, this would enhance viewership 20 to 30 percent. If only the NHL got it !
Matt Kenseth won the race tonight from the pole, dominating a performance as you will see this year in NASCAR. Our boy Matt led 415 laps of the 500 run. With two races left Matt vaulted all the way up to 11th place, just 11 points out of the final top ten finish needed to run for the title .
Just when I had given up on Matt he secures the pole on a short track and races beautifully to hold that lead throughout. Ahead are the final two races to determine position for the title run.
California Speedway, left. Where Jeff Gordon is the reigning champ and he always races well in his home state.
Of course we know Richmond (right) is a different animal altogether and Junior should be favored there.
A top ten in either race should position Matt for a run at the Nextel title. Next Saturday the "unwashed rabble" races on NBC live. Matt is alive with an almost impossible result this week. This guy runs hard and does it the right way, the envy of Tony Stewart. Maybe Matt doesn't deserve Lance Armstrong recognition, but he does deserve our support.
The news is not good for Ben Sheets and the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Brewers' ace right-hander has a moderate tear of his right latissimus dorsi muscle and was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Saturday night's game against Atlanta.
"We don't know if he's going to pitch again this year," team physician Dr. William Raasch said. "We hope he's a quick healer."
The doctor said the injury could heal in as little as 15 days, or could take two months. There are only five weeks left in the regular season.
Typically, the muscle heals with rest, Raasch said.
"The latissimus dorsi is kind of an important muscle for a baseball pitcher because it's the muscle that allows you to accelerate the ball," Raasch said. It's also the muscle that de-accelerates the arm after the ball is released, he said.
Sheets injured the muscle in the eighth inning Friday night. He underwent an MRI Saturday afternoon at a local hospital after arriving at Miller Park and complaining of soreness.
Raasch said the medical procedure showed more of a tear than what was expected.
"It was a little bit more than we anticipated given how comfortable he was after pitching Friday night," he said.
Under the best case, Raasch said Sheets would feel no discomfort after 15 days and would undergo a second MRI. Otherwise, it could take two months for the muscle to heal, ending Sheets' season prematurely.
The Brewers are trying to post their first winning season since 1982, and were 64-65 going into Saturday night's game against Atlanta. Since June 18, Milwaukee is 10-4 when Sheets pitches and 24-24 when another pitcher starts.
General manager Doug Melvin said no decision had been made on who would take Sheets place in the rotation. He said he would soon talk with manager Ned Yost and make a decision.
Reliever Justin Lehr was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to take Sheets' place on the roster.
It is the second time this year that Sheets has been placed on the disabled list. He missed time this spring with an inner ear disorder that left him feeling dizzy for weeks.
Last night was the debut of the 2005 High School Football Season in Wisconsin. Not really going to focus on one team since everyone probably roots for their alma mater. Here are a couple scores from last night.
West Bend West 38
|Sheboygan South 0 |
at Hartford 38
Hartford QB throws for 249 yards, 5 TDs
|Plymouth 14 |
at Port Washington 21
Panthers' rally ends at Pirates' 1-yard line
|Sheboygan Falls 34 |
at Luxemburg-Casco 13
Falcons' Jake Juedes runs for 3 TDs, 72 yards
|Kiel 34 |
at Kewaunee 50
Raiders QB Evan Walsh throws 4 TD passes
|New Holstein 15 |
at Waupun 41
Huskies drop season-opener on the road
|Oakfield 0 |
at Cedar Grove 35
Rockets' defense holds Oaks to 69 yards of offense
|Elkhart Lake 14 |
at Gibraltar 8
Game Thursday, Aug. 25
|Sevastapol 6 |
at Howards Grove 7
Tigers score winning points with 5 seconds remaining
|Sheboygan Lutheran 0 |
at Williams Bay 21
Game Thursday, Aug. 25
|Kenosha St. Joe 41 |
at Oostburg 13
Dutch's Kyle Veldhorst rushes 37 times for 169 yards, TD
|Ozaukee 13 |
at Randolph 0
Mitch Lubner scores twice, gains 168 yards on ground
|Random Lake 20 |
at Slinger 14
Rams' Ehlen runs for 232 yards, 3 TDs
at Chilton 0
Tigers limited to just 97 yards of offense
Just got back home, thanks USAir for delivering me 45 minutes late. Two hour drive and voila here Iam. The better half was working tonight so a faux (sorry for the french) phone call had to be made so an appropriate amount of time could be spent with said better half (we'll save that story for a more adult blog).
I've been more than a little absent around here lately, but I wanted to chime in on a couple of things this evening before I go AWOL for two more days. Let's get started.
I was checking out their site to see when they would do Wisconsin in their 50 states in 50 days feature and Wisconsin is to be on Sept4th and guess where they will be Waukesha at the Highland games. Hmmmm I am thinking maybe a WSB get together since that is the last Sunday before our lives become run by the NFL. Let me know if anyone else is interested in having an adult beverage or two and seeing what the ESPN talking heads are like up close. If that is the last show in the series I wonder which Head will be here.
Keeping with our Mission Statement to try and cover All and any sports that involve Wisconsin in some manner, I give you a new Website www.wi-ski.com/ Its has been started by Wisconsin Skier and fellow BBA poster Marcus. I will be honest I dont ski so I wont try to judge anything but it looks like it is a Treasure Trove of Info on the Wisconsin Ski scene.
Bowden predicts the Badgers will finish EIGHT in the Big Ten, behind the four favorites and Mich St, Penn St., and the maroon and mustard clad Gophers.
Now that Barry Alvarez has announced his retirement as head coach at the end of the season, you have to wonder what kind of distraction it will be. I never have liked the idea of the players feeling like they had to do something special for their coach in his final season instead of just going out and playing football.
With only nine starters returning, it is hard to imagine Wisconsin repeating last year's 9-3 season. But if Colorado transfer Brian Calhoun is as good at running back as Alvarez thinks, Calhoun could be the catalyst for another really big season.
I like this site, but where is the "We Need Trebelhorn" site?
Top 10 Reasons I Don’t like Dusty
10. The Wrist Bands
Do you sweat a lot making out those line-up cards?
9. The Toothpicks
Hillbilly Chic doesn’t play in Chicago
8. The Voodoo
Sprinkling unknown substances on the bats and the field can’t create wins. Maybe these weird notions explain some of the managerial decisions.
7. The reminiscing about California
If you like it so much there, go back, Please!
6. The reminiscing about the “Old Days”
Yes we know that you used to have to play 20 hour games in a blinding snow storm to get the win.
5. The favoritism toward certain players
Are there any secret illegitimate children that we should know about?
4. The refusal to play young players
Bye bye Murton and Cedeno. Players who can’t stretch for a batted ball without injuring themselves are obviously better choices.
3. The Cry Baby routine
Poor Dusty, you’re such a victim because after all it’s the sportscasters and the fans fault that the team is losing
2. The poor handling of the Pen
Until Wood arrived, you could flip a coin on who would be the set-up man du jour. I’m sure that made everyone comfortable in their roles.
1. The Stubbornness
So what if it hasn’t worked 152 times in a row, maybe it’ll work this time. The definition of insanity is performing the same action over and over and expecting a different result.
Wow Toma is now on fire just like Geoff Jenkins a little talking to by coach GBfan and bam they become baseball playing Monsters.
I have to agree with ESK on a few things, First yes non football betting is just wasting time till the real "betting" season starts.
and Omar Jacobs (someone backs up my claim that UW will have trouble against Bowling Green which was based solely on my trouble against them in NCAA06).
10. Omar Jacobs. I must admit, for all his gaudy numbers, I didn't see the Bowling Green QB in action very much last year. High noon, on ESPN, at Camp Randall. Prediction: Jacobs lights up Wisconsin's rebuilding defense for 380 yards.
Aramis Ramirez is lying face down between first and second as we speak. Dr. Ron Santo is predicting a quad/hammy pull in addition to a sprained ankle.
This should be a challenge on fear factor:
Hall quickly manufactured another run, stealing third and continuing home on catcher Paul Lo Duca's throwing error. Considering what Hall ingested before Yost informed him 30 minutes before the game he was starting in place of Branyan, it was somewhat amazing he felt fast enough to attempt a steal.
"I was on my second piece of pizza and I had eaten about 20 mini tacos," said Hall. "When he told me, I was a little full. I got on the treadmill and got loose. But game time, I was all right. I felt a little lighter."
Packers, Franks agree on new contract
Tight end Bubba Franks has a new lifetime contract with the Green Bay Packers, a source close to the negotiations told the Journal Sentinel this morning.
Late Tuesday night the two sides agreed on a seven-year, $28 million contract that will keep Franks in Green Bay through the 2011 season. The structure of the payout to Franks wasn’t available.
Franks is expected to be on the practice field for the team’s brief walk-through Thursday.
The deal averages $4 million per year, which had been Franks’ target since the start of negotiations months ago. Kansas City’s Tony Gonzalez ($4.785 million), Baltimore’s Todd Heap ($4.58 million) and Atlanta’s Alge Crumpler ($4.429 million) were the other tight ends with $4 million deals, although San Diego’s Antonio Gates might have surpassed that mark Tuesday when he signed a six-year contract.
In a story of clubhouse antics of days gone by, The Chicago White Sox decided to hang a pair of womens black panties in the clubhouse on Monday.
Victor Santos has lost his spot as the 5th starter for the Crew. According to Brewers MLB site Rick Helling will start against Atlanta instead of Santos.
Wow 11 runs, batting around not once but twice. I wonder if Cappy will taunt Doug Davis over what it feels like to have a large lead. Ok very nice way to start off a series with a team your chasing. This game pulls us back to Jibs magic 2 under 500 mark.
Is anyone else anxiously waiting for ESK's racy post tomorrow?
Just so everyone knows where everyone is in time for their fantasy drafts,
The 100 year anniversary of the debut of the Greatest Baseball Player to ever live is quickly approaching, and the Detroit Free Press has been running an excellent series on the man. It debunks many ridiculous myths that have sprouted and attempts to set the record straight on one of the most misunderstood and mischaracterized figures in Baseball's past.
Cobb spent 24 seasons in the majors, from 1905 to 1928, all but the last two in Detroit. He was, hands down, the greatest player ever to wear a Tigers uniform. He still holds nearly every significant offensive mark in the club's record book.
Moreover, his name is near or at the top of the list whenever there is a serious discussion of baseball's all-time best. Many respected voices in the dugout and the press box, including Ted Williams, Tris Speaker, Walter Johnson, Grantland Rice and Ring Lardner, considered Tyrus the greatest of them all.
"I never saw anyone like Ty Cobb," insisted Casey Stengel in 1975. "No one even close to him as the greatest all-time ballplayer. That guy was superhuman, amazing."
Cobb, who batted left and threw right, was a complete player. In his early years, his coltish speed and superb reflexes made him an above-average centerfielder. He got to balls that many others couldn't touch, though the pancake mitts of the era sabotaged his fielding percentage. Until he ruined it fooling around with pitching, he had one of the best outfield arms in the business. In 1907 alone he had 30 assists, a figure that modern "guns" like Al Kaline, Rocky Colavito and Bobby Higginson never approached.
Cobb, whose 892 stolen bases are still the fourth-best total ever, was a prolific and inventive thief. His 96 steals in 1915 was a record for nearly a half-century. Stealing home was a specialty. He did it far more often than anyone else in history, including eight times in 1912 alone. On several occasions he swiped second, third and home in succession -- at least once on consecutive pitches.
Although Cobb's image is that of a place-hitting singles hitter who would just as soon steal as trot his way around the bases, he had impressive power statistics. He remains the only Tiger to win the Triple Crown (in 1909). He also led the league in slugging percentage eight times. He did it without sacrificing bat control. In 1911, for example, he hit .420 (still the highest in American League history). He led the circuit in doubles, triples, total bases and RBIs -- and struck out swinging twice all summer. For good measure, he also swiped 83 bases.
"Cobb was similar to Wade Boggs," said Holmes, referring to the five-time batting champion recently enshrined at Cooperstown. "He was a big guy who could hit for power, but chose not to."
A series of rule changes, smaller parks and a livelier ball ushered in the era of the home run in the 1920s. Cobb detested the swing-from-the-heels mind-set that turned the long ball into a lowbrow substitute for the creative tactics he had long excelled at during the so-called dead ball era.
During a 1925 series against the St. Louis Browns, the now balding and jowly 38-year-old purposely went for home runs for the only time in his career -- and blasted five balls into the seats in two days. Having proved that he could keep pace with Babe Ruth and the emerging breed of "apple knockers" any time he cared to, Cobb went back to "nipping" at the ball with his unusual split-hands grip.
Cobb was player-manager of the Tigers from 1921-26 before spending two final seasons with Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics. He left the game holding some 90 records (which was a record in itself). It has been 77 years since he last played, but the Peach remains second on the career list in hits, runs and triples. He won an unprecedented 12 batting titles and hit better than .400 three times.
His shining achievement is a .367 lifetime batting average, a mark that outdistances many fellow Hall of Famers by staggering margins. For example, it is 70 points higher than that of Al Kaline, probably the more popular choice among today's fans as the greatest Tiger ever. The only thing missing from Cobb's resume is a championship. By the time he was 22 he had played in the last of three straight losing World Series.
In 1936, when the inaugural class of inductees for the Baseball Hall of Fame was elected, Cobb received 222 of a possible 226 votes. He outpolled everyone, including his chief rival over the years, Babe Ruth. What made the balloting more impressive was the fact that many electors personally disliked Cobb, while Ruth was a media darling. But the numbers he rang up were as impossible to ignore as his blowtorch intensity.
Wow, does Wisconsin have that weak of a Football team this year?
Predicted order of finish:
1. Ohio State: Most talent in the Big Ten and most in this program since 2002 championship season. Seven home games (first four in a row to start the season). Ted Ginn Jr. should run wild. The linebackers might be the best in the country. Once again, it all comes down to Nov. 19 at Michigan.
2. Iowa: The Big Ten is now on alert for the Hawkeyes, who have won 31 games the past three years. They are loaded with stars -- Drew Tate, Chad Greenway, Abdul Hodge. Kirk Ferentz must somehow rebuild the defensive line. The running game has to get better because it can't get any worse. Iowa should compete again for the Big Ten title.
3.Michigan: Five offensive line starters are back. Hart's biggest competition will come from his teammates. Secondary is the only question mark. Put Michigan down for nine wins, 10 if everything clicks.
4. Purdue: Trendy pick to win it because Boilers don't play Ohio State or Michigan. But in recent years, Purdue seems to be the league's No. 1 underachiever. Every defensive starter returns, but I just can't bring myself to pick these guys any higher than fourth. Trips to Arizona, Minnesota and a home game against Iowa loom among the first five games.
5. Wisconsin: Badgers everywhere hope for a rousing sendoff for Barry Alvarez. It's going to be tough. The offense will be painful to watch, which means a questionable defense will have to do it again. The entire line has to be replaced. Will that defense be any better after allowing 103 points in the final three games?
6. Penn State: Joe Paterno has basically scheduled a bowl game with an agonizingly easy early schedule. Five of the first six are at home. Figure at least 7-4; 8-3 if the ball bounces right. Contention for the title if the offense contributes anything at all and Ohio State falls Oct. 8.
7. Minnesota: Minny's traditional late-season collapse looms with Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa in the final four weeks. Until then, the Gophers will win five or six games and possibly inch into the rankings. Look for Laurence Maroney to lead the league in rushing.
8. Michigan State: In his third season, John L. Smith needs to start producing some of his magic. The eight-victory debut in 2003 is a distant memory. This is usually the kind of season where Smith's teams surprise. Armed with a mobile, veteran quarterback (Drew Stanton), this could be that year.
9. Illinois: Ron Zook's arrival will get the Illini fired up immediately. There is enough talent on offense to squeeze out five victories. Zook will need a couple of his recruits to contribute, though.
10. Northwestern: Not much to be excited about here. It took an overtime victory against Illinois for Northwestern to get into a bowl game last season. A three-win year looks more likely in 2005.
11. Indiana: So Terry Hoeppner, you wanted to be in the Big Ten? You are, but barely. The Hoosiers are the laughingstock of the league. Until the school commits more to football, it will remain that way. The former Miami (Ohio) coach left more talent at his old job.
Look on the bright side, the Big Ten does have two teams in the top 10 in the AP Preseaon Poll.
Sundays game was Victor being Victor if you grove them the good teams will kill you. Once again the bats didn't do to well either they had Pettitte on the ropes early and let him escape. This home stand is huge you are playing 2 teams ahead of you in this wild card race. Yes I know Atlanta is leading their division but only by 3 games they have one bad streak and they become a team you have to climb over. I don't really think the Crew can climb over that many teams but you know what stranger things have happen.
That is just wonderful we are extending the contract of the only man who has lost not one but two playoff games in Lambo, The man who was at the helm when we blew the Philly game. A man who as a GM made sure the Cupboard was bare. This team is on the decline and it has happen on his watch. Now the SOB wont even be playing for his job.
Mike Sherman is on the verge of signing a contract extension to remain as coach of the Green Bay Packers through the 2007 season, sources familiar with the situation said Sunday.
Sherman and General Manager Ted Thompson agreed to parameters for the two-year extension late last week and are waiting for their representatives to finish the details and language of the deal. Barring any unexpected hitches, Sherman will soon sign the contract.
Am I the only one who hates the Preseason? Brett looked good on first drive so hopefully the Offense will be able to score 30 points a game. Because I believe we might need to. I turned game off in 3rd quarter just couldn't stomach watching no names play no names.
Well locked up at worst a split with Houston last night, Nice job by Ben to bounce back after the disaster in Denver. Even though this will be another winning road trip the quite bats have me a bit worried.
Randy Moss stands in front of a camera and admits to illegal drug use while under contract with the Minnesota Vikings, on record for the world to see. Correct me if I'm wrong, (all you legal types who post here) but wouldn't that be quantitively construed as full disclosure? Question should this guy be suspended?
Eddie Gaedel, 3-ft. 7-in. midget, pinch-hitting to draw a walk for the St. Louis Browns, who were in last place in the American League in Aug. 1951. A subsequent ruling banned midgets from American League games.
In an interesting note, Oddjack is reporting they have a tip sayin Clemens will be outed on Monday.
Oddjack has received a tip from a reputable sports reporter that the rumors circulating about Houston Astros’ pitcher Roger Clemens testing positive for steroids are true and that MLB will release a statement this Monday. WagerWeb is still offering +200 on Clemens testing positive.
Check out this parlay over at Bodog (tip to Oddjack):
As noted earlier this morning Johnny Damon, The Rocket, and an "unnamed Yankee player" were outed by a New York radio mouth (what a freaking wimp,. the guy will name two guys not in his market, and not exactly beloved by Yankee fans, but he won't make up a Yankee?)
Johnny Damon found himself in the awkward position of defending himself from a rumor that bigger names than Rafael Palmeiro are about to be announced as testing positive for steroids. Damon, Houston's Roger Clemens and an unnamed Yankee player were Topic A, at least in cyber-space, yesterday.
``No way,'' Damon said. ``If I tested something positive for anything, then someone threw something in the (sample). I think it's because of the way I'm built. I've had people thinking that since I was in high school.''
He has been so close to perfect that he has become the object of a silly series of rumors. Talk-show gossip has him as one of the 50 or so big-leaguers who have tested positive for steroids.
There's just one problem with those rumors. They're not true.
"They're absolutely not true," commissioner Bud Selig told me Thursday. "I don't know where this stuff comes from. I know this kind of stuff is out there. This isn't journalism's finest hour. Some people ought to be ashamed."
It would be odd for the Commish to make a comment like that if in fact Clemens has failed a test, therefore I am 80% sure Clemens will NOT be suspended for steroid violations.
UPDATE 2: According to Richard Justice (on XM right now) Bud Selig told him there is only one player who has tested positive that has yet to be announced and his name "wouldn't cause any stir at all."
On The Score last night, around 10:00 pm, there was talk that a radio guy in Boston was reporting/creating a rumor that two high profile baseball players had lost their arbitration on steroids. Additionally, it was being rumored that the players were Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon.
Randy Moss admits to smoking Weed while in the NFL in front of a TV camera. How stupid is he? I mean I never figured old Randy would ever win a Nobel prize but come on even my kids know how to keep thier mouths shut when they have gotten away with something.
First and foremost Hats off to Toma Okha, he kept it close and pitched his way out of a big jam. Wow what a way to start off the Series. I am so glad they got Toma the win couldn't ask for a better performance against the Rocket.
I was watching the Cards and the Cowboys play last week on NFL channel and since it was the Cowboy feed they were interviewing Jerry Jones about the new stadium the Cowboys want to build. They were using the New Cardinal stadium as an example of what they want to do in Dallas. In the process of the interview they showed some animation of what the new Cardinals stadium will do.
It's a sad day for Badger fans. Coach Eaves has decided to go outside the family and hire Kevin Patrick to fill the void at asistant men's hockey coach instead of beloved Badger great Gary Shuchuck.
Just trying to spread out the love a little bit and let everyone know the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League, have fought their way into the NWL Championship Series for the second consecutive year after winning it all last year.
Did this really happen? Can this really happen? If you recall, the NIT was suing the NCAA for anti-competitive practices because the NCAA has a rule that requires member schools to enter the NCAA tournament if they are invited.
The N.C.A.A. settled an antitrust suit yesterday by buying the preseason and postseason National Invitation tournaments for $56.5 million. As part of the settlement, the semifinal and final games of the N.I.T. events will continue to be played in Madison Square Garden for at least the next five years.
The suit had been brought by the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association, which is made up of five New York City universities: St. John's, Manhattan, Fordham, New York University and Wagner. All five are N.C.A.A. members. The metropolitan association, which owns the N.I.T., had accused the N.C.A.A. of trying to kill its tournaments.
For two weeks, a federal jury in Manhattan had heard the N.I.T.'s case. In his opening arguments, Jeffrey Kessler, the N.I.T. lawyer, said the N.C.A.A. "deliberately set out to get a monopoly, to eliminate competition, to make it impossible to compete."
At a news conference yesterday at the Garden, Myles Brand, the N.C.A.A. president, and John Sexton, the president of N.Y.U. and spokesman for the metropolitan association, acted like old buddies. (Actually, both were reared in Brooklyn.)
"We've resolved all our differences," Brand said.
Sexton called the agreement "a victory without defeat" and said it would make for a stronger N.I.T.
The settlement described above proves to be more of a sale agreement: the NCAA has purchased the NIT for $41 million, along with furnishing a $16 million pay-out in order to end the litigation. Thus, any potential rivalry by the NIT is eliminated. This outcome, of course, contradicts everything the NIT had claimed to be fighting for -- namely, becoming a legitimate rival to the monopolistic NCAA (which, with its purchase of the NIT, becomes a true monopoly). Instead, the NIT has sold itself out, and allowed the NCAA to not only continue, but expand the very practices that the NIT had claimed were deleterious to basketball fans.
Hmm, I don't know about having a free swinging rook hit against Clemens (at least we get him at home, where his ERA is over 3 I believe) and Pettite but what the hell, a power bat is a power bat I guess and he sure showed that he has what it takes to pinch hit.
As ESK said throwing a shut out when your pitching on the Moon aka Coors field is very impressive. Nice series come back and win last two games after Sheets got shelled shows some of that character they have been showing all year. I was surprised by how little offense they were able to generate in Series I believe only 2 home runs in three games. Cappy hit was 4th game in a row the starting pitchers have gotten a hit. Bill and Darron brought that up last night how the pitchers having to hit makes the NL a better brand of Baseball, They didn't use better but I will I believe NL baseball is a "True" version of the game. But that is a whole other post.
Kinda wish he would have saved this outing for Houston but every win now is important. Shutout in Colorado is pretty damn impressive.
Darron Sutton of the Brewers/FSN has a blog, I am a bit prejudice because its a fancy MLB set up for him blog. Come on even Michelle Malkin started from scratch lol.
"Get out the rye bread and mustard Grandma, it's grand salami time!"
Jim Haslett is going to try and add to the myth that Aaron Brooks is a good quarterback by letting the starters play for THREE quarters in tomorrows preseason game. Right now the line is around Saints +3.5 but will probably move closer to 1.5 or 2 before kick-off.
Badger Hockey great Curtis Joseph heads to Pheonix, just like every other Wisconsonite I know.
Peter Gammons (requires Insider) lists the players who cleared waivers the past week, and yes, there are some Brewers on the list.
Ryan Braun is on fire right now. Not only is he playing solid ball for Low A (Sally League) West Virginia but he has cracked the top ten on the Baseball America "Prospect Hot Sheet."
Since batting .161 in his first eight Sally League games, Braun has hit .410-7-25 in 25 games for the Power, including a .462 mark (12-for-26) with runners on and two out.
TO is back in camp, and Sal Pal has a massive hard-on. He is finally doing what he gets paid to do, manshadow Terrel Owens. Hit the link and watch the breathless reporting by the only reporter in the same league as Pedro Gomez. (Seriously, those two need to get a life).
Terrell Owens returned to practice with the Eagles on Wednesday, one week after he was dismissed from camp following a heated dispute with coach Andy Reid.
Owens, again wearing camouflage and listening to oversized headphones, arrived at Philadelphia's practice facility at 7:27 a.m. He was greeted by several dozen fans, some holding signs, including one that read "TO must go."
Owens jogged onto the practice field shortly before the morning session began at 8:45. He ran routes and caught passes with other receivers in the early part of practice.