Friday, July 31, 2009

Indians will still hold Victor Martinez giveaway nights despite trading him

Even though the Indians traded Victor Martinez to the Red Sox today, the team still plans to hold Victor Martinez Bobblehead Night on Saturday and Victor Martinez Chest Protector Backpack Night on August 6th, according to CNBC's Darren Rovell.

I guess it makes sense since the team spent a lot of money to have the items made, but isn't it a little awkward for Indians fans? You go to the ballpark and get a bobblehead of a guy who isn't on your team anymore.

They should have just tried to have the Tribe logos removed and sell them to the Red Sox.

Report: Padres trade Jake Peavy to the White Sox... again

MLB Insider Jon Heyman is reporting that the Padres have agreed to trade Jake Peavy to the White Sox for a package of minor league prospects once again. Peavy must agree to waive his no-trade clause, which was the hold up in the previous attempt at trading Peavy to Chicago.

The prospects headed to San Diego are pitchers Clayton Richard, Adam Russell, Aaron Poreda and Dexter Carter.

Peavy is currently on the disabled list with an ankle injury but both teams agreed to let the deal go through even with the pitcher on the DL. The recent prognosis, though, has Peavy coming back sooner rather than later.

If Peavy accepts the trade, which Heyman says he will, the White Sox will have done a great job in keeping up with the rest of the AL Central. The Tigers today added Jarrod Washburn and the Twins acquired Orlando Cabrera.

Marlins get Nick Johnson in last minute deal with Nationals

The Marlins have pulled off the trade for Nick Johnson just before the buzzer went off on the 4pm trading deadline. The Nationals will pay the remaining $1.8 million on Johnson's salary and receive Double A lefty Aaron Thompson in return, according to FOX Sports.com.

The deal looked imminent this morning and then cooled off in the afternoon, with executives saying at 3:30 that Johnson wasn't going anywhere. The deal got done, though, and Johnson will provide some offense and play a Gold Glove first base for the remainder of the year for Florida. He is a free agent at the end of the season.

Red Sox acquisition of Casey Kotchman makes no sense

The Red Sox had too many first basemen after they acquired Victor Martinez from the Indians, so they needed to trade away Adam LaRoche to clear up that logjam. So what did they do?

They traded LaRoche to the Braves for another first baseman in Casey Kotchman.

This move really makes absolutely no sense, but everyone will say it's great because Theo Epstein can do no wrong in the media. Kotchman is a major league starting first baseman that will now be second off the bench at first base for the Red Sox, if he's even on the big club. He may even be sent to the minor leagues along with newly acquired Chris Duncan.

This will be LaRoche's second stint with the Braves. He was traded by Atlanta to the Pittsburgh in 2007 in the deal that brought the Braves reliever Mike Gonzalez.

Rival swimmer says Phelps needs to stop whining about swimsuit

Rival swimmer Milorad Cavic is sick of hearing all the whining about how Michael Phelps only lost because his opponent was wearing one of the new Arena X-Glide swimsuits. He's so sick of it, in fact, that he's offered to buy Phelps one of the suits to even the field before they race in a Beijing rematch where Phelps won by one hundredth of a second.

Phelps has chosen to stick with his traditional Speedo suit since he has been sponsored by them for years and earns millions of dollars from the company.

From FOX Sports.com:
"I know he's making a lot of money from Speedo," Cavic said. "It's loyalty. But throughout all my experiences, I've learned this — free will is a gift with a price tag, and whatever you choose to do you're going to pay, but how much you're going to pay is really dependent on you."

Cavic said Arena would provide Phelps one of its polyurethane suits "within the hour." The X-Glide and a similar suit by Jaked are considered fastest at these championships, where a staggering 29 world records were set through the first five days.

Reds acquire Scott Rolen from Jays, pending waiving of no-trade clause

The long rumored trade of Scott Rolen from Toronto to Cincinnati looks to be completed with the only step left being for Rolen to waive his no-trade clause. Jon Heyman, speaking on MLB Network, says Rolen will likely agree to the deal since he is from Indiana.

Rolen is having on of the best years of his career offensively. Though the Reds are 9.5 games out of first place in the NL Central, Rolen is under contract for next season so this is more of a future trade than one for right now.

The Blue Jays will receive third baseman Edwin Encarnacion and pitchers Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart in the deal.

Update, 4:25pm: Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi says that Scott Rolen has approved the trade and that Rolen even asked for the trade for "personal reasons," according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.

Knicks granted exclusive window to negotiate with Jason Williams

The New York Knicks have been granted an exclusive five day window to negotiate a contract with free agent point guard Jason Williams, according to Yahoo! Sports. "White Chocolate" retired in September of 2008 after signing a one-year deal with the LA Clippers. Williams has just come off the NBA's voluntary retirement list and the Knicks claimed him off waivers.

The Knicks have until August 6th to finalize a contract with Williams or else he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

With rumors flying about Ramon Sessions possibly being offered a contract and even Allen Iverson being discussed by the Knicks' front office, it is interesting to have a third man brought into the mix in Jason Williams. He hasn't played in the league since 2007 but would probably do well in the Knicks' up-tempo offense.

The Knicks have been seeking backcourt depth and this would perhaps signal that Ramon Sessions is leaning towards signing an offer sheet with the Clippers.

Report: Indians agree to trade Victor Martinez to the Red Sox

Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal are both reporting that the Indians will trade catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez to the Red Sox. What the Red Sox will give up is uncertain at this point, but rumors are that pitcher Clay Buchholz is not involved in the deal.

The addition of Martinez will allow Boston to rest Mike Lowell and his surgically repaired hip while moving Kevin Youkilis to the hot corner while V-Mart plays first. Martinez could also relieve Jason Varitek behind the plate and could DH on days David Ortiz needs a rest.

Early rumors had Boston and Cleveland trying to bring a third team into the mix, mostly because the Red Sox recently acquired first baseman Adam LaRoche and he now wouldn't be needed. The Red Sox will now probably try to make a separate deal to rid themselves of LaRoche.

Update, 2:43pm: MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo is reporting that pitchers Nick Hagadone, Bryan Price and Justin Masterson will be headed to Cleveland in exchange for Victor Martinez.

Update, 3:30pm: Jon Heyman just said the deal is confirmed and finished.

Twins trade for Orlando Cabrera, bolster offense and middle infield

The Minnesota Twins completed a trade today for shortstop Orlando Cabrera, sending minor league infielder Tyler Ladendorf to the A's. The Twins will also receive cash considerations from Oakland.

Minnesota enters Friday's action trailing the Tigers by two games for the AL Central lead. Detroit added Jarrod Washburn today in a trade with Seattle.

Cabrera will provide some needed pop to Minnesota's lineup and will improve their defense up the middle. He is currently batting .280 with four home runs and 41 RBI along with 11 stolen bases.

This will be The O.C.'s sixth major league team, after stints with the Expos, Red Sox, Angels, White Sox and A's.

Tigers acquire Jarrod Washburn from Mariners for two players

MLB Network is reporting that the Mariners have sent Jarrod Washburn to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for pitchers Lucas French and Mauricio Robles. French is a left hander that has seen time in the majors and will probably be added right to Seattle's rotation. Robles, also a lefty, has spent four seasons in the minor leagues.

Washburn had been mostly rumored to be headed to the Yankees, but New York was not willing to part with the prospects Seattle was seeking, like pitchers Joba Chamberlain Phil Hughes, catcher Jesus Montero and outfielder Austin Jackson.

Knicks have "zero" interest in Iverson, will offer Sessions contract

That's according to CBS Sports.com's Ken Berger. Despite earlier reports and rumors, one Knicks executive told Berger that the team's level of interest in Allen Iverson is, "zero."

Milwaukee restricted free agent Ramon Sessions has been telling people he expects offer sheets today from the Knicks and the Clippers, with Sessions leaning towards New York. With Brandon Jennings on the roster and Milwaukee hoping to sign Hakim Warrick, it's unlikely the Bucks will match any offers for Sessions.

MLB trade deadline buzz: Marlins, Yankees, Twins trying to make moves

- Jon Heyman says via Twitter that the Marlins are seriously considering a trade with the Nationals to land first baseman Nick Johnson. Florida is very much alive in the NL East, but perhaps more likely the wild card race. Acquiring Johnson would add a good hitter and a great glove.

- The trade talk between the Yankees and Mariners for pitcher Jarrod Washburn looks like it will go down to the wire. The Yankees are wisely unwilling to part with any of their top prospects and young major leaguers, which has slowed negotiations.

- The Twins have entered the race to acquire A's shortstop Orlando Cabrera, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.com. The teams began talking on Thursday and plan to go all the way until the Friday 4pm deadline on this one. The Red Sox are also among the teams interested in Cabrera, a member of their 2004 World Series team.

- The Mets and Indians have apparently spoken about Victor Martinez, but a deal seems unlikely since the Mets don't want to part with their somewhat overrated prospects. V-Mart would be a great fit for the Mets since they need a first baseman and their catchers are putrid, but it really doesn't make sense for New York to acquire anyone since the team is so far out of the division and wild card races.

Are the Knicks going to take a chance on Allen Iverson?

Knicks president Donnie Walsh apparently came away from a meeting with Allen Iverson's agent a few weeks ago impressed with what he heard. Iverson would be willing to accept a one-year deal for the mid-level exception. "The Answer" is probably hoping he could put up some good numbers and get one last good contract in the open market in 2010.

The Knicks are also interested in restricted free agent point guard Ramon Sessions of the Bucks and, according to sources, Milwaukee would let him go so they'll have enough money to sign Hakim Warrick, formerly of the Grizzlies. The problem with that is Sessions wants a multiyear deal. While he is much younger than Iverson, that would interfere with the infamous "Summer of 2010" plan the Knicks have been working on for the last year.

While the signing of AI could be a huge disaster, I'm curious to see how he would do in Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced, shoot quickly offense. The system works better with a point guard that likes to actually pass the ball once in a while, but Iverson would probably be used more in the shooting guard role.

If Iverson and Larry Hughes are on the court at the same time, no one else may ever touch the ball.

Report: Red Sox working on three-way deal to acquire Victor Martinez

ESPN's Jayson Stark is reporting that the Red Sox are discussing a three-way deal with the Indians and some unknown third team that would send catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez to Boston, pitcher and ugliest player in history Clay Buchholz to Cleveland and a bunch of prospects all over the place. Recently acquired first baseman Adam LaRoche would be shipped out of Boston, probably to that mysterious third team, to make room for Martinez on the roster.

The Red Sox had been in hot pursuit of Roy Halladay and Adrian Gonzalez but apparently negotiations with the Blue Jays and Padres, respectively, didn't go very far.

Landing Martinez would be a major help for the Red Sox. It would allow them to rest Mike Lowell on occasion and move Kevin Youkilis to third base while playing Victor Martinez at first. V-Mart could also give Jason Varitek a few days off per week behind the plate since, let's face it, Varitek is a horrible offensive player.

Dropping Links: Friday, July 31st

NEWS
Boxer Arturo Gatti's death ruled a suicide, wife released |ESPN.com|
Giants LB Antonio Pierce testifies before Burress grand jury |CBS Sports.com|
Michael Vick says he's "close" to signing with new team |FOX Sports.com|

BLOGS
Indians make their second bad trade, more likely to come |Paneech.com|
Welcome back, Michael Vick (parody song) |Outside the Box Score|
The teams of the AFC West as amusement park rides |Predominantly Orange|
ESPN releases some details about their 30th anniversary show |Awful Announcing|
Video: The top ten assists of the 2009 NBA season |Ball Don't Lie|
Dear KC: Please trade Greinke to a team that will appreciate him |Big League Stew|
Dustin Pedroia's brother must register as a sex offender |Bob's Blitz|
The news the city of Boston didn't want to hear |Bootlegger Sports|
Five reasons Matt Stafford should start for the Lions from day one |Detroit4lyfe|
Bill Belichick thinks Mike Vick is a "tremendous athlete" |Glauber's NFL Hot Reads|
Who knew the Phillies and Indians were the same team? |No Guts, No Glory|
A day in the life of John Daly |Style Points|
Ranking the top five fantasy running backs |The Scores Report|

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Report: Lamar Odom will return to Lakers, sign four-year deal

After flirting with the Miami Heat, Lamar Odom has decided to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers and will sign a four-year, $33 million deal, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and J.A. Adande.

The Heat had apparently offered Odom a five-year deal worth the same amount to return to the team he played for during the 2003-2004 season and Dwyane Wade was even in on the recruiting attempt.

The first three years of the contract call for Lamar Odom to earn $25 million during that time. The fourth year of this deal is reportedly a team option and Odom will receive $2 million if it is not picked up.

With Odom now in the fold, the Lakers can boast an improved team over last year's championship squad. The loss of Trevor Ariza doesn't hurt at all with Ron Artest joining the team and Odom returning.

Patches for Xbox 360 versions of Fight Night 4 and UFC 2009 released

The first patches for Fight Night Round 4 and UFC 2009 Undisputed have been released for the Xbox 360. The PS3 version of the patch for Fight Night will be available on Thursday, August 6th. No date has been set for the PS3 patch of UFC 2009.

Here are what each patch includes, according to PastaPadre:

Fight Night Round 4
Legacy Mode – Fix for scheduling two fights at once and not being able to advance in the Legacy Mode schedule. Users will need to start a new Legacy Mode file for fix to be applied.

Legacy Mode – Legacy Mode freezing fix for users’ encountering random freeze events. This fix applies to save load functionality and will NOT fix currently corrupted Legacy Files but will fix all new Legacy Files after the patch has been applied.

XBOX 360 Boot Up Freeze – Sometimes game would freeze if user had a high number of playlists. This issue has been fixed to handle over 30 custom play lists elegantly. This is for XBOX 360 only.

Online – Online HUD functionality altered so opponent’s HUD is hidden during the fight. Change made to improve quality of online game play.

Live Tournament Feature – Fight Night Round 4 will be offering Live Tournaments in the future. This feature will not be accessible until the Live Tournament functionality it turned on. Stay tuned for more information regarding tournament dates and times.

New Game Play Sliders – Two new sliders that allow the user to customize boxer stamina, boxer accuracy, and the counter punch window for off line game play.

UFC 2009 Undisputed
We recognize premature match quitting as the biggest online issue and have taken steps to fix it. The Patch will have integrated code that detects who pulls the cable and will assign a Loss as well as a Did Not Finish to that player. The DNF is only counted for the player who executes the disconnection. The DNF rate will be displayed on the fighter selection screen of the Online Ranked Match. When disconnected the Winning Streak is also reset to 0.

We’ve adjusted Ranked Matches to match up players with better connections, which will improve lag issues we’ve seen to date.

We’ve adjusted the difficulty of performing submissions against AI opponents to improve the balance of subs vs. striking when playing against the AI.

We’ve adjusted the Flash KO rate so that they are less frequent.

We’ve increased maximum number of points awarded in online play from 99,999 to 999,999 and we’ve increased the Max Level from 100 to 200.

We’ve lowered the Winning Streak Bonus Max from 5 to 3.

We’ve removed the decimal places on the Leaderboard Winning Percentage so we only show whole percentages.

We’ve addressed the CAF cheat so the skill levels in CAF cannot be cheated and increased. Also any CAF with unfair point values will no longer be able to be used Online.

For PS3 users we’ve also fixed a bug that causes a freeze during auto-save; whichever controller was used to Press Start on the Title Screen will be identified as the main controller.

An inside look at the Lingerie Football League's Philadelphia Passion

From NextRound.net, via With Leather, comes this look at the Philadelphia Passion of the Lingerie Football League. The league kicks off September 4th and will play its games on Friday nights. There are ten teams, which is six more than the UFL has, so that's a positive sign. Take a look at this video featuring Jackie Danico, the QB and captain of the Philly Passion as she tells you all about the new league.


"Almost, I wouldn't say mimic, but it'd be like copying the NFL players..." Um, aren't mimic and copy the same thing? Ah, you weren't listening to what she was saying anyway, were you? Another of my favorite quotes from this clip is, "We defense each other. You know, throw the ball to one and the other one tries to get it." Groundbreaking stuff here.

She says they just want to be respected like a real sports team. Hmm, that's going to be pretty hard when the name of your league is the Lingerie Football League. They couldn't have gone with "Women's Football League" and then just dressed in lingerie? That would have provided some legitimacy in name at least.

Seriously, though, they actually look like they know what they're doing in terms of football. The plays look like more than your backyard variety two-hand touch schemes and maybe it will be entertaining. But the league is not marketing it as "attractive women playing football." They are marketing it as "Hey, we're all hot and in lingerie, and we're going to tackle each other!"

Somewhere, Janeane Garofalo is not very happy about this.

Dodgers acquire closer George Sherrill from Orioles

As rumored earlier today, the Dodgers have acquired Orioles closer George Sherrill in exchange for two minor leaguers, according to The Baltimore Sun and several other sources.

Those players are rumored to be switch-hitting third baseman Josh Bell, 22, and pitcher Steve Johnson, 21. Johnson is a Baltimore native whose father, Dave, played for the Orioles and is currently a broadcaster for MASN, which covers the team.

Sherrill will be used as a setup man for Jonathan Broxton in Los Angeles. Jim Johnson is the likely candidate to take over as closer for the Orioles.

Mets GM Omar Minaya apologizes to Daily News writer Adam Rubin

Omar Minaya apologized to Daily News writer Adam Rubin in a private meeting between the two on Wednesday. In case you missed it, Minaya called out Rubin during the Tony Bernazard firing press conference. On Thursday, Minaya apologized to Mets fans and ownership for the public disturbance he caused during Monday's presser.
"I let the emotions get to me on that day," Minaya said. "I felt really bad - I still feel really bad what I said that day and Adam Rubin being in the room. You guys know me - that's just not the way Omar Minaya is. I made a mistake.

"I should've talked to Adam separately and I did not do that. I take full responsibility for that.

Several times during the nearly 12-minute session, Minaya seemed to stop short of absolving Rubin of angling for a job, even when asked directly. Finally, however, Minaya said, "I said my thoughts, what they were. For me to think those things, those thoughts were wrong."
Adam Rubin accepted Omar Minaya's apology, saying in a statement released by the paper, "I appreciated Omar traveling into Manhattan on Wednesday to meet with me in person. His remorse was sincere. I've accepted his apology and I am ready to continue my job as Mets beat writer for the Daily News."

Obviously Minaya had to apologize but it was only after Mets owner Fred Wilpon said that Minaya's was "this close" to being out of baseball following the fiasco. I still think the end is near for the Mets GM.

Video: Feb. 2009 clip of David Ortiz saying steroid users should be banned for year


As Josh Elliott pointed out before the interview clip, Ortiz did say that anyone who tested positive before 2004 shouldn't be punished, so he may have been referring to himself. Seriously, though, it's one thing to cheat and take steroids but it's another to blatantly lie about it and act "holier than thou."

Remember when David Ortiz said steroid users should be kicked out of the game?

That was in February of this year, after it was found out that Alex Rodriguez had tested positive for steroids in 2003. Ortiz had this to say:
"I think you clean up the game by testing... You test positive, you’re going to be out. Period," Ortiz said Monday after the first day of workouts.

Ortiz said he wants every player to be tested three or four times a year. Anyone who fails one of those tests will face a harsh suspension, which Ortiz feels will help clean up the game.
What a hypocrite. What I don't understand is if you had tested positive in 2003, why would you come out in the media and say these things?

So, under his own logic, Ortiz should be kicked out of baseball. I'm sure he doesn't feel that way now.

David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez tested positive for steroids in 2003

All the Red Sox fans who think their World Series victories in 2004 and 2007 were pure and innocent, unlike those evil Yankees, might want to rethink that.

The New York Times has learned that David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were among the players that tested positive for steroids in 2003. Those names, like that of Alex Rodriguez, were supposed to remain anonymous.

Is this really a shock to anyone? David Ortiz was so bad that the Minnesota Twins released him, then he signed with the Red Sox and turned into a home run monster and one of the most clutch hitters of all time. Ramirez tried to deny that he did anything wrong when he tested positive for a women's fertility drug earlier this year, but it looks like we now know what we all thought: That Manny, too, was a juicer.

Vikings DE Kenechi Udeze retires to focus on battling leukemia

Sad news from FOX Sports.com, via The Minneapolis Star Tribune, as they have learned Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze, who missed last season due to his battle with leukemia, will retire.

Udeze was drafted 20th overall by the Vikes in 2004 out of USC. He tied for the team lead in sacks in 2007, but was forced to miss the 2008 campaign. He was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2008 and hasn't played since.

Hopefully Udeze, 26, will be able to make a full recovery. A return to football may seem unlikely but a healthy life is his number one concern right now.

Thursday MLB trade talk roundup

No matter how many times the Blue Jays say a trade for Roy Halladay is unlikely, the media keeps telling us teams are in "intense negotiations" for the stud pitcher. The Phillies already passed on Halladay, leaving the Dodgers and Red Sox as the only "real" suitors. Here's the latest scoop.

- Jon Heyman says the Dodgers were interested in Halladay but have given up due to the Blue Jays high demands. Jays GM JP Ricciardi is right to ask for a king's ransom for one of the best pitchers in baseball, which makes me believe even more that the Yahoo Sports reported trade the Red Sox offered the birds was not true since it was an awful offer.

- It looks like the Dodgers are moving on and have turned their attention to Orioles closer George Sherrill. He would be a nice setup man for Jonathan Broxton, but many other teams are interested in Sherrill's services.

- Ken Rosenthal and Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.com are hearing whispers of the Padres shopping starting pitcher Kevin Correia to teams, as well as first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and closer Heath Bell. The Brewers are apparently interested in Correia.

- The Marlins are after Heath Bell right now, looking for a closer to help in their pursuit of a playoff berth. The trade may not happen, though, since the Padres reportedly want young pitcher Andrew Miller back from Florida in any deal.

- The Indians are expected to deal catcher Victor Martinez before the trade deadline, although there is really no evidence of this. The infamous "rival executives" think it's likely, so who really knows. The Red Sox are interested since V-Mart could play first base and spell the horrid Jason Varitek behind the plate from time to time.

Dropping Links: Thursday, July 30th

NEWS
Pirates keep trading, send 2B Freddy Sanchez to Giants |ESPN.com|
Raptors get Marco Belinelli from Warriors for Devean George |Yahoo.com|
Erin Andrews says she's being "treated like Britney Spears" in 911 call |FOX Sports.com|
Plaxico Burress testifies in front of grand jury in gun case |CBS Sports.com|
Victor Martinez likely will also be traded by Indians |SI.com|

BLOGS
The best quotes from Stephon Marbury's marathon web stream |Bootlegger Sports|
Bryce Dallas Howard and Terrell Owens: Franchise killers |Fansided.com|
MLB Managers Gone Wild: Jim Leyland... shirtless (video) |Detroit4lyfe|
Jeff Garcia has a little Brett Favre in him |Just Blog Baby|
Video of Stephon Marbury eating Vaseline on his web stream |NESW Sports.com|
A look at who is left in NBA free agency |The Scores Report|

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The top sports personalities you should be following on Twitter

Twitter gets a bad rap. Half the people that say Twitter is stupid don't even know what it is. Look at it this way: It's like a Facebook status update, a message limited to 140 characters, but one that's a great way to share links and break news. That's what makes Twitter so great, not that we can finally know when so-and-so is making soup or going to bed, but we can share information. That is, after all, the whole reason the internet was created.

There are so many great Twitter applications for the iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones that Twitter has become a great way to check up on the latest happenings while you're out and about.

With that in mind, I've come up with this list of sports personalities you should be following on Twitter, especially if you're a diehard sports nut who hates being the second to find out a breaking story.

Mainstream Media
@SI_JonHeyman - You've probably read Jon Heyman's stories on SI.com. If you haven't, you've probably heard him on WFAN or seen him on SNY or the MLB Network. He's spot on with his MLB coverage.
@KBerg_CBS - Ken Berger is CBS Sports.com's head NBA writer. He is the first to know pretty much every story that comes down the pipe and dishes out a rumor or two on his Twitter page.
@RicBucher - The ESPN NBA reporter hardly ever misses an NBA story, especially those in the western part of the country.
@BobGlauber - He is Newsday's lead NFL reporter and is also commonly featured on ESPN's "First Take." He's also a friend of the blog.
@jaysonst - Jayson Stark will keep you abreast of all the MLB happenings.
@darrenrovell1 - CNBC's Darren Rovell keeps tabs on all the latest sports happenings with a business and financial slant.
@AroundTheHorn - The official page of Around the Horn host Tony Reali. He often asks his followers for suggestions for the show.
@TheRealTMR - ESPN's Matthew Berry. All fantasy players should be following him for the latest updates.

Athletes
@THE_REAL_SHAQ - It's Shaq, which should be a fine enough description.
@cv31 - Charlie Villanueva was tweeting during games way before Chad Ochocinco threatened to.
@OGOchoCinco - Speak of the devil, it's Chad Ochocinco's Twitter page.
@lancearmstrong - Kind of interesting stuff lately regarding Lance and Alberto Contador.

Bloggers
@tonyblogs - I have to include myself, I mean, come on.
@fangsbites - The Twitter page of Fang's Bites, perhaps the best sports media blog going today.
@bobsblitz - The official Twitter of Bob Mantz, the writer of Bob's Blitz. He's always got something on the page to make you chuckle.
@EthanJaynes - Ethan has a bunch of great blogs but sports fans should certainly check out NESW Sports.com for all their video viewing pleasure.
@BlkSportsOnline - Robert Littal is the author of Black Sports Online and he also writes for various other outlets. Great stuff here and on his Twitter page.
@ITIScott - You probably shouldn't call yourself an Iggles fan if you aren't following Scott.
@adamcbest - Adam Best is the co-founder and Senior Editor of FanSided.com.
@Paneech1472 - Paneech has some great sports insight and tosses in the occasional wrestling tidbit.
@Detroit4lyfe - Bob Biscigliano will give you all the best sports news and views, especially those regarding the great sports teams of Detroit.
@NQTC - Stormin' Norman of the blog Not Qualified to Comment shines a bright light on all things Chicago sports.
@cuzoogle - The Twitter page of Cuzoogle, where Toronto Raptors merge with real life!
@ThatNBAPick - The official page for the website That NBA Lottery Pick.
@OutsideBoxScore - Outside the Box Score, another great blog.
@JustBlogBaby - If you're an Oakland Raiders fan, this is a must follow.
@A_E_M - A great one to follow if you're a fan of the UNC Tar Heels.
@SteelyDaniel - Twitter page of InGameNow.
@mysportsrumors - Paul at My Sports Rumors will keep you up to date with all the latest trade rumors and player speculation.
@DCScrap - Doug from ScrapMediaGroup.com also runs On205th, a great blog.
@sportsbloggers - Sportsbloggers finds the best sports postings and compiles them all in one place, retweeting them for your delight.
@sharapovasthigh - If you don't already have the blog Sharapova's Thigh bookmarked, the least you can do is check out their Twitter page.

I'm sure I've left out some clutch people to be following on Twitter, so be sure to add them in the comments section.

Report: Phillies acquire Cliff Lee from Indians

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.com is reporting that the Phillies have indeed acquired reigning AL Cy Young award winner Cliff Lee from the Indians along with outfielder Ben Francisco in exchange for four minor leaguers. Those players are Single A pitcher Jason Knapp and Triple A pitcher Carlos Carrasco, shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson.

The trade is pending a review of medical records and does not involve any cash considerations.

If this reported deal is true the Phillies will have improved their pitching staff without giving up any of their key prospects, especially those that were desired by the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay.

Mariners acquire SS Jack Wilson and P Ian Snell from Pirates

Apparently the Mariners aren't ready to become sellers just yet.

ESPN is reporting that Seattle has acquired shortstop Jack Wilson and pitcher Ian Snell from the Pirates in exchange for first baseman Jeff Clement, shortstop Ronny Cedeno, and Single A pitchers Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcock.

The Mariners enter the day 7.5 games out of the NL West lead and trailing the Red Sox by 6.5 in the Wild Card race.

Did you really think it was over? Favre leaves the door open... AGAIN

Just when we thought it was over, when we had finally woken from our nightmare, when we could once and for all put the speculation to rest... Brett Favre rears his ugly head again!

Here is what Brett Favre had to say to his pal and SI writer Peter King late Tuesday night regarding a potential comeback, even though he just said he was staying retired:
"Very unlikely," he said. "I really believe this is it. I truly, truly believe it's over. But if someone calls Nov. 1, who knows?"
MAKE IT STOP!!!! Favre continues to be the guy standing in the corner, jumping up and down, waving his arms, yelling, "Hey guys, I'm here! Pay attention to me!"

And here is where it gets messy for the Vikings: If they come out of the gate 0-4, or Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels struggle as the starter, the media and fans will be calling for Favre to don the purple and gold and save Minnesota. And it's all because Favre insists on leaving the door open.

Favre should take a lesson from Mike Mussina. The former Yankees pitcher retired after finally winning 20 games in a season, clearly having more left in the tank. But he said he was done and he walked away. No maybes, no "we'll see how my arm feels." Even when he came back to Yankee Stadium for Old Timer's Day, he quickly shot down questions about a possible return. His legacy will be that of someone who walked out on top, knowing what he wanted.

But Brett Favre couldn't do that. He said he was retired after an amazing 2007 season, after leading the Packers to the NFC Championship game. He had his tearful press conference and was ready to ride off into the sunset as a guy on top of the sport.

Then he came back, claiming the Packers had wronged him, and then fell apart down the stretch for the Jets and knocking them out of playoff contention single-handedly. Then he retired again. Then he wanted vengeance on the Packers and flirted with the Vikings all offseason, before announcing that he is staying retired... maybe.

Now his legacy is more about his indecision and retirement drama than his accomplishments.

Please, Brett, stay retired, stay out of the media, stay at home with your Wranglers and your wife and mow the lawn. If you stay away long enough, we might start to remember some of the good things about your career.

Video: Omar Minaya calls out Adam Rubin at Tony Bernazard press conference

Took me a few days to find a video of this, but here it is in case you somehow haven't seen it or you just want to watch it all again. Omar Minaya called out Adam Rubin of The Daily News, accusing him of tearing down Tony Bernazard so that he could take Bernazard's position.


Minaya has since apparently apologized to Mets' ownership, I'm not sure if he's apologized to Rubin, but either way it is extremely unprofessional for him to call out a writer at a press conference. If Rubin "lobbied" for a job with the Mets, then that is a bit of a foul on a journalist, but he still should have addressed the issue with Rubin behind closed doors. Rubin, though, has denied those claims and Mets ownership has corroborated with Rubin, saying they were more like friendly inquisitive chats about how one would go about getting in the business.

Minaya clearly was upset that he had to fire his buddy Tony Bernazard and basically was saying to Rubin, "If you hadn't opened your big mouth about these incidents, I wouldn't have had to do this."

Is this the beginning of the end for Omar Minaya? My gut says yes.

Phillies about to acquire Cliff Lee from the Indians?

After weeks of trying to land Roy Halladay from the Blue Jays, the Phillies have reportedly turned their sights to former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee. Those rumors heated up even more when three Indians scouts were in Lehigh Valley - the home of the Phillies' Triple A club - to watch an 11am game this morning.

Carlos Carrasco was scratched from his start in that game without an explanation from the club. He has been rumored to be included in a potential deal for Lee. His surprise scratch could mean a deal is about to go down.

The Phillies could trade for Lee without giving up any of the coveted prospects Jays GM JP Ricciardi has been seeking in exchange for Halladay. Toronto has asked for Kyle Drabek, Philadelphia's top young arm, and JA Happ, another young pitcher who has performed well in the Major Leagues this year.

Lee seems like a good enough alternative to Roy Halladay for the Phils, but certainly isn't worth giving away the farm to get. Aside from his Cy Young performance last year, Lee's career is one full of ineptitude and mediocrity. He would help push an already good team like the Phillies over the edge, though, in their pursuit of a second straight World Series title.

Dropping Links: Wednesday, July 29th

A special Happy Birthday to my mother on this Wednesday, July 29th!

NEWS
Phillies, unsure of Halladay deal, talking with Tribe about Lee |ESPN.com|
Buehrle sets MLB record with 45 consecutive batters retired |CBS Sports.com|
Chien-Ming Wang will have season-ending shoulder surgery |Associated Press|
Michael Phelps loses first race in 4 years, blames it on other guy's suit |FOX Sports.com|
Big Unit out at least three more weeks with shoulder tear |SI.com|

BLOGS
The Ron Artest rap tour has hit China |That NBA Lottery Pick|
Remembering the late Jim Johnson |Inside the Iggles|
The 10 best defensive plays of 2009 (so far) |Big League Stew|
Brett Favre to capture media attention in retirement |Bootlegger Sports|
Twitter controversy regarding MLB's trade deadline |Fang's Bites|
A look at Michael Vick's prison haikus |Holy Taco|
A live perspective of "Raw is Shaq" |Ring Posts|
The biggest thing between Vick and a return to the NFL? The media. |Shutdown Corner|

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Longtime Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson dies at age 68

Sad news out of Philadelphia today as the Eagles announced that defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has died at the age of 68 after a long battle with cancer. It was only Saturday when the Eagles officially announced that Sean McDermott would replace Johnson as the Eagles defensive coordinator, allowing Johnson to focus on fighting for his life.

Jim Johnson coached football for over 40 years, including stints in college and the NFL. He was hired as the Eagles' defensive coordinator in 1999. His defenses were known for being blitz-heavy and athletic, and he is known for being the mentor to several other NFL coaches, including new Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo.

Report: Brett Favre tells Vikings he is staying retired

Chip Scoggins of the Minnesota Star Tribune is reporting that Brett Favre has told Vikings head coach Brad Childress that he will remain retired.

According to the report, Favre doesn't want to deal with the daily mental and physical grind that would result in a return to the NFL.

Childress spoke about the chase of Brett Favre:
"I just think it was a rare opportunity to explore a Hall of Fame quarterback who had background in the NFC and in this division," Childress said. "He knows our system inside out … This doesn’t change anything about how I feel about our football team."
Finally, our long national nightmare is over.

Hulk Hogan reaches divorce settlement with his wife

After months of name-calling through the media, drug accusations and other disparaging comments, Hulk Hogan and his now ex-wife Linda Bollea reached a divorce settlement earlier today in a Tampa court. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Hulk Hogan said during today's proceedings that he had considered asking Bubba the Love Sponge for a radio job and Linda Bollea said she is a "out of work actress," although I can't recall a single thing she's acted in, unless you count the "Hogan Knows Best" or "Brooke Knows Best" reality shows.

Everyone was so happy that a settlement had been reached that even the opposing lawyers hugged each other following today's hearing.

(Hat tip to Rajah.com for breaking the story.)

The Redskins really don't want Jason Campbell to be their quarterback

First the team's owner Daniel Snyder was trying his hardest to bring Jay Cutler to our nation's capital, a sweepstakes that was eventually won by the Chicago Bears. Then Washington tried to make a play for Mark Sanchez at the NFL Draft, but the Jets won that contest.

Now internet reports are running rampant that Snyder and the 'Skins want to bring Michael Vick into the fold.

You've got to feel bad for Jason Campbell at this point. Sure, Jay Cutler would have been an upgrade over Campbell under center, but would Mark Sanchez or Michael Vick? Campbell is basically a poor man's Vick, a lesser runner but better overall QB.

The question is, would Vick really make the Redskins that much better? Perhaps, but they would still need Campbell to start for up to six games. Maybe this would be a move geared more towards next year.

Poor Jason Campbell. He and Tarvaris Jackson have a lot in common right now.

Video: Mark Buehrle's Top Ten list on The Late Show with David Letterman

Video: Shaquille O'Neal's appearance on WWE Raw

Shaquille O'Neal was the "guest host" on last night's edition of "WWE Raw." Below are some of the clips from Shaq's night.





The best part of that clip is the almost inaudible "Come on, Nate Robinson!"

Dropping Links: Tuesday, July 28th

NEWS
Sources say Jays-Phillies Halladay trade talks "not going well" |ESPN.com|
Giants acquire 1B Ryan Garko from Indians for cash and minor leaguer |FOX Sports.com|
Josh Beckett becomes AL's first 12-game winner in 8-3 victory |CBS Sports.com|

BLOGS
Alberto Contador out douches Lance Armstrong |Bootlegger Sports|
Omar Minaya was classless to call out Adam Rubin at presser |The Cooch's Rant|
MLB Network's live game schedule through August 8th |Fang's Bites|
Some of the latest Madden 10 previews |PastaPadre.com|

Monday, July 27, 2009

Shaq appears as guest host on WWE Monday Night Raw

Shaquille O'Neal was the guest host for this week's edition of "WWE Monday Night Raw." Shaq, as expected, was good in the role. He's a great speaker and showed that during his appearance.

He began the show in a square-off with Chris Jericho and The Big Show. Shaq did a backstage segment with Hornswoggle, WWE's resident leprachaun, where The Diesel claimed he and 'Swoggle went to high school together.

Later in the show, WWE's creative team ripped off ESPN's commercial when The Big Aristotle was seen in the back playing a game of Scrabble with Santino Marella, with Marella asking Shaq how he got so many Q's.

To end the show, Shaq was the "special guest enforcer" in a tag team match pitting Chris Jericho and The Big Show against Cryme Tyme. O'Neal was called out at the end of the match by Big Show and got in the ring, nose to nose with "The World's Largest Athlete." Show pushed Shaq, Shaq pushed back, Show slapped a choke on O'Neal, and then Shaq returned the favor. They continued to "choke" each other until Cryme Tyme broke it up and then Shaq gave Big Show a running chest bump.

As you would assume, Shaq was also tweeting throughout the night. One of his more interesting and, um, curious tweets was this one at about 10pm: "wasn't lookin, but randy orton has da sexiest white man butt ive seen next 2 steve nash"

Report: Bobcats, Hornets close to Chandler-for-Okafor swap

ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Hornets and Bobcats are close to completing a trade that would send Tyson Chandler to Charlotte in exchange for Emeka Okafor.

The salaries of each player are within $1.1 million of each other, but Chandler's has only one year remaining while Okafor is on the books for another four. This is a sharp reversal from the earlier belief that the New Orleans front office wanted to cut contracts and make salary cap room.

From a basketball standpoint, I'm not sure if this is that great of a trade for the Hornets. Both Chandler and Okafor are the same age and Okafor is largely viewed as an underachiever. Chandler, though, is injury prone and Okafor may improve when teamed with an outstanding point guard like Chris Paul.

For the Bobcats, the move will help them create salary cap space heading into the ever-discussed "Summer of 2010." It isn't yet known if other players will be included in the deal, but Chandler and Okafor are the two main pieces being discussed.

Omar Minaya and Adam Rubin of The Daily News get into it at Bernazard press conference

The New York Mets fired Tony Bernazard today amid an investigation into reports of him ripping his shirt off and challenging Binghamton Mets players to a clubhouse fight and a confrontation with Francisco Rodriguez.

This is just the latest embarrassing development in a shameful season for the New York Metropolitans. To make matters worse, Omar Minaya got into it with Adam Rubin of The Daily News during today's press conference.

Minaya basically tried to say that Rubin had lobbied for Bernazard to get fired by revealing many of the details about the actions of Bernazard because Rubin wanted Bernazard's job. Rubin, who was at the press conference, immediately challenged Minaya, calling his accusation "despicable."

For Minaya to imply that these things didn't need to be revealed is ludicrous. Whether Rubin likes Bernazard or not has nothing to do with the fact that Bernazard was wrong and definitely has an attitude problem. But Bernazard was Minaya's "guy," and to fire him makes Minaya look bad. He chose to take it out on a reporter, in a room full of press, which is ridiculous of Minaya to do.

Omar Minaya was basically trying to say that he wouldn't have had to fire his buddy if Adam Rubin hadn't opened his big mouth, which is almost as pathetic as the Mets have become this season. The two really are a match made in heaven.

Adam Rubin, speaking on SNY's "Daily News Live!" said he may not continue on the Mets beat.

NFL made the right move in reinstating Michael Vick

Michael Vick was reinstated by the NFL today, with the league ruling he can immediately participate in all preseason activities should he find a club willing to sign him. He will be allowed to play in the final two preseason games and could be allowed to play in the regular season "no later than Week 6."

The Vick situation has been one of the more polarizing debates in recent memory, but here is my stance: The NFL is doing the right thing by reinstating Vick.

I'm not big on the "he deserves the right to make a living argument" because the NFL is not the only place that would employ him. Vick could simply get a regular job like all of us Average Joe's out in the real world. Having said that, there are plenty of guys playing in the NFL, earning millions of dollars, who we wouldn't consider "stand up guys."

Sure, what Michael Vick did was a terrible crime, but who are we to try to determine which is worse between running a dogfighting kennel and the many other wrongs that have been committed by NFL players? Many feel Ray Lewis got away with murder and he was quickly back in the good graces of the league and doing commercials. Leonard Little was convicted of manslaughter in a drunk driving "accident" and has several DWI's and his record and only got an 8-game suspension.

What I'm saying is that it's unreasonable to try to justify one heinous crime over another. Besides that, Vick served the time that the federal court system saw fit, lost millions of dollars in the process and certainly won't be treated like a mere mortal for the rest of his career. He will deal with the taunting that certainly will come if he does play again. He will do his part, or at least he has promised, to be an example to those who might go down the darkened path.

And let's face it, America loves a comeback story.

Nets and Celtics considering swap involving "Big Baby" Davis?

That's the hot rumor around the interwebs this afternoon. Paul Raymond of My Sports Rumors says that plenty of Bostonians are gossiping about a possible deal that would send Glen "Big Baby" Davis to the Nets in exchange for Yi Jianlian.

While that deal is incredibly one-sided in the Nets' favor, it makes sense for Boston since they don't really need an inside banger with Rasheed Wallace joining the fray. While 'Sheed can step out and hit the three, the Celtics wouldn't mind adding another big who could shoot. Plus they don't want to lose Davis and get nothing in return, which is what they fear could happen if New Jersey offers him a deal Boston can't match.

"Big Baby" makes plenty of sense for the rebuilding Nets. He's young and could be a tough post presence to add with Brook Lopez. Davis made a big splash in the postseason and certainly improved his value.

Quick Pic: Clinton Portis unveils a new hairdo

From Redskins blogger Matt Terl's Twitter page via Chris Chase at Shutdown Corner comes this snapshot of Clinton Portis' new hair scheme. He looks like a conservative Sisqo or, as Chase pointed out, the son of Wesley Snipes in "Demolition Man."

Dropping Links: Monday, July 27th

NEWS
Manhattan DA really wants Plaxico Burress to go to jail |ESPN.com|
Jays GM says it's still unlikely that Halladay gets traded |FOX Sports.com|
Terrell Owens says Mike Vick should be allowed to play again |SI.com|

BLOGS
NBA Live 10 and NHL 10 soundtracks revealed by EA Sports |PastaPadre.com|
Is Bud Selig considering reinstating Pete Rose? |The Scores Report|

Friday, July 24, 2009

Dropping Links: Friday, July 24th

NEWS
Cardinals acquire Matt Holliday from A's for three prospects |SI.com|
Nike will return confiscated tapes of LeBron getting dunked on |CBS Sports.com|
Goodell could reinstate Vick, but still suspend him |ESPN.com|

BLOGS
Talkin' baseball with former Red Sox pitcher Dick Drago |The Hall of Very Good|
Ten most wanted future guest hosts for WWE Monday Night Raw |Paneech.com|
The great quotes of the Mark Cuban-Don Nelson feud |No Guts, No Glory|
First thoughts and impressions of the Madden 10 demo |PastaPadre.com|

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mark Buehrle pitches perfect game against Rays

Mark Buehrle struck out six in his 11th win of the season, throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

What made the perfect game even more spectacular was a home-run robbing catch made by Dewayne Wise over the left center field wall in the 9th inning. Buehrle also worked back from a 3-1 count in the same inning to strike out Michel Hernandez.

This perfect game is the second no-hit performance of Buehrle's career and is the 16th perfect game in modern history.

Dropping Links: Thursday, July 23rd

Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days. I came down with a case of the swine flu, or maybe it was just a cold. I don't know, I'm not a doctor!

NEWS
Ben Roethlisberger publicly denies rape allegations |SI.com|
Shockingly, Brett Favre can't make up his mind about return to NFL |ESPN.com|
Lakers and Lamar Odom are negotiating contract again |FOX Sports.com|

BLOGS
Madden 10 demo now available for Xbox 360 and PS3 |PastaPadre.com|
An inside look at Omar Minaya's investigation of Tony Bernazard |Tirico Suave|
Cardinals interested in Matt Holliday once again |The Scores Report|

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Dropping Links: Wednesday, July 22nd

NEWS
Jays set Halladay trade deadline, GM says he likely won't be dealt |ESPN.com|
Phillies win 10th straight on Jayson Werth's walkoff homer in 13th |FOX Sports.com|
Coach K will lead US Olympic team again in 2012 summer games |SI.com|
Yao Ming undergoes much discussed foot surgery |CBS Sports.com|

BLOGS
TJ Houshmandzadeh boycotts Madden because his rating is too low |PastaPadre.com|
ESPN kept quiet about the Ben Roethlisberger story |Detroit4lyfe|
Rich Eisen will be on ESPN again for one day as host of NFL HoF |Awful Announcing|
Did an ESPN employee make the Erin Andrews tapes? |Bob's Blitz|
Elton John will be Patriots' honorary captain for one game |Shutdown Corner|
Friend of the blog Bob Glauber thinks Vick should get another chance |What About Bob?|

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Quick Pic: Two popular SoCal coaches chatting it up

I haven't posted a Quick Pic in a while and now is just as great a time as any. This one comes from my Facebook friend Pete Carroll, who also happens to be the head coach of the USC Trojans football team. Perhaps you've heard of him.

I also follow him (which sounds a lot more like stalking than it should) on Twitter and today he posted this "TwitPic" of he and Dodgers manager Joe Torre visiting outside the dugout before tonight's game.

I think Torre is telling Carroll all the stuff that was too juicy to include in The Yankee Years.

Ben Roethlisberger accused of raping woman last summer in Nevada

Amid reports that Ben Roethlisberger had been sued by a Nevada woman for things ranging from sexual assault to defamation of character, the Associated Press is now reporting that Roethlisberger has been accused of rape.

Roethlisberger's lawyer is denying the charges, saying in a statement that "the timing of the lawsuit and the absence of a criminal complaint and a criminal investigation are the most compelling evidence of the absence of any criminal conduct."

I would have to agree with the lawyer here. The woman, who had previously been reported to be named Andrea McNulty, claims in the suit that she didn't seek legal action earlier because she works for the Harrah's casino where she alleges the rape took place. She says she feared Harrah's would side with the Steelers quarterback and goes further in the lawsuit, seeking damages from the casino claiming they helped cover up the incident.

More from the AP:
The woman was working as an executive casino host last July when she said Roethlisberger struck up a friendly conversation at her desk during the golf tournament.

The next night, she said he telephoned her to tell her his television sound system wasn’t working and asked her to look at it. She said she was unable to find a technician so she handled it herself because she had been told it was important to please the celebrities.

In Roethlisberger’s room she said she determined the TV was functioning properly but as she turned to leave, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound quarterback blocked her exit, the suit claims.

The lawsuit said he grabbed her and started to kiss her. It said she was “shocked and stunned that this previously friendly man, that appeared to be a gentleman in her previous contacts with him was suddenly preventing her from leaving, was assaulting her and battering her.”

She said she feared that because he was a football player he could or would physically harm her if she tried to fight him off, but that she objected and protested several times.

“But instead of stopping, Roethlisberger began fondling plaintiff through her dress and between her legs,” the suit said. He then “held her against her will and physically moved plaintiff and pushed her onto his bed” where he raped her, the suit says.

She told him “You don’t want to do this,” and begged him “I am not on any type of birth control.”

Afterward, he asked if there was a security camera in the hallway. She said he then instructed her to claim she had repaired his television if anyone asked why she was in his room.

The lawsuit says the woman required hospitalization for treatment for depression after the alleged attack.
That paints a pretty bad picture of "Big Ben," if the allegations are true. The lawsuit further claims that employees of Harrah's who helped cover up the incident even convinced her parents to give them keys to her home so they could wipe clean her computer of further records.

While I would never want to discredit anything that is this serious in nature, it just seems a little strange to wait this long, even if the woman was afraid of losing her job. Why would she want to work there anyway after they had allegedly covered up her rape? She was a front desk employee, presumably not making incredible amounts of cash. I know this isn't the best economy, but it's not like she was a rocket scientist who would suddenly have been out of work. She probably could have found another job that matched her skills, but instead waited until a year afterward? This reeks of the Kobe Bryant situation.

Madden 10 public demo available Thursday for Xbox 360 Gold members

The Madden 10 demo will be released via Xbox Live for its Gold subscription members on Thursday, July 23rd. The demo will be available on the 30th of July for Xbox Live Silver members and PS3 users.

Sadly, the demo only features one minute quarters, which is hardly enough time to get a feel for anything. You'll be lucky to run a whole drive in one half.

This demo features the Giants playing the Cowboys, while the full five minute quarter demo provided by Gamestop pre-order purchasers is a Super Bowl rematch of the Steelers and Cardinals. I understand giving people something for pre-ordering but now EA is basically punishing everyone else who wants to get the game from any number of various other outlets that sell it.

Dropping Links: Tuesday, July 21st

NEWS
A's come from 10 back to beat Twins, win on disputed home plate call |ESPN.com|
Steve Nash signs two-year, $22 million extension with Suns |FOX Sports.com|
Ben Roethlisberger accused of sexual assault in Nevada lawsuit |SI.com|

BLOGS
A look at the potential MLB Hall of Fame class of 2011 |The Hall of Very Good|
Reggie Theus is not a big fan of sports bloggers |That NBA Lottery Pick|
Mets' Jerry Manuel, Omar Minaya assured they won't be fired |The Scores Report|

Monday, July 20, 2009

NCAA Football 10 named rosters now available for Xbox 360 and PS3

PastaPadre broke the news yesterday that the much anticipated fully named rosters for NCAA Football 10 were finally available. You can download them for Xbox 360 and PS3 at the EA Locker under his gamertag, PastaPadre.

The rosters were completed by users lanteri87, blocko and gatorbait2006nc, and are available in their EA Lockers as well.