Agent hangs up snake-skin to go work for, ironically
enough, the Diamondbacks. We'll see how he likes the
other side of the table.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
When Craig Kilborn hosts Sunday night's
SportsCenter, I'll feel like I'm in college
He kicks off a must-see week of "throwback"
SportsCenters, featuring some of the best anchors of
eras past: Steiner, Gumbel, Gardner and more.
I have a theory that even though you might have
watched SportsCenter in high school, it didn't really
hook you like a junkie until you got to college and
watched the show -- be it the Big Show at 11, or
Kilborn/Levy late night or Charley Steiner
The point was the shared experience: With a collective
of friends in your dorm, frat house or Melrose-like
apartment, and getting the day's highlights
with the anchors, not from them.
Tech and stat innovations on the show have re-defined
how sports are covered and consumed, but there's
something to be said for the role that the unique
anchor voices played in turning us all into SC nuts
throughout the ESPN25 Era.
(The other major driver of SportsCenter's success?
"This is SportsCenter" -- arguably the best ad
campaign of all time.)
Cards' Trio Rules
Rolen, Edmonds and Pujols form MLB's
best hitting trio this season: Rolen smacked his 26th
HR Thursday, and they could become the first Cards 3
to hit 30 HR each in the same season.
Obvs, it begs a nickname: "Gashouse Gang II?"
Come on, we can do better. I think I've got
Menage a Thwack: Start printing those
T-shirts! Send royalties to Dan Shanoff c/o
US Hoops' Challenge
Psst! Serbia's no Germany.
Because USA Hoops has mismanaged expectations to the
point that anything less than a double-digit win is a
loss... well, prepare yourselves for tonight.
Credit Isiah for the makings of an
He swung the deal to get combo guard Jamal Crawford
and underrated (if overpaid) rebounder Jerome
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He has center Erick Dampier on the verge of taking a
fraction of his market value to play in NYC;
And he has the interest of Vince Carter, who is
desperate for a trade to New York.
Isiah's boldest move of all would-should-could
be trading franchise soul Stephon Marbury for Carter.
Unlikely, but tantalizing.
Peja Wants Out
Claims "chemistry" issues, which --
translated into the language of "trade me!" -- is sort
of like taking the match to the gas-soaked bridge. No
going back now.
Of course, Peja only knows about being on fire
in the regular season. Any takers for a guy who will
help you right up until the games matter?
Nets Re-Sign R-Jeff
The Nets paid $76 mil over 6 years to
keep franchise cornerstone Richard Jefferson.
Considering he's a poor man's Vince, couldn't the Nets
have swung a deal with Toronto for Carter? Answer:
Perhaps the overrated Carter is now a poor man's
It's the end of an era: If the NCAA is
going to ban G-4s, super-suites and surf-n-turf from
the recruiting process, then I don't want to hear any
complaints when preps go pro.
Yanks GM: Trouble?
And you thought Brenda Warner had the
biggest mouth among New York sports spouses. Read this
from Yankees GM Brian Cashman's wife Mary, as quoted
in next week's New York mag:
"Brian would like to go to Boston and win the World
Series.... That would be any man's dream, to go up
there and become the god of Boston."
Yikes: To be fair, her comments end up
out of context (for example, the quote ends: "But I
don't think that will happen"). But sports-yappers
have never known to be particularly fair.
X Games X
Talk about old school, I still find the
X-sport mechanics baffling, but nothing beats X Games
for eye-candy: Air under a trick has got to set off
the same fan sensors as an NBA dunk or a leaping NFL
TD catch. Catch coverage all weekend.
Today's Must-Read: Page 3 has put
together a list of every "at-bat song" across MLB.
(See Q It Up, right.) Ironically, MLB's leading
musician Bernie Williams chooses silence.
Warning: Severe clock-eater. But what
are you doing on an August Friday at work
Report out of Boston has him injuring that gimpy
Achilles' heel from playing soccer, not playing
baseball, as once thought. Mia Mia Mia...
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More from NCAA: Announced that any football team that
doesn't average 15,000 fans per game risks being
dropped down a level...
Roger Clemens got an apology for being ejected from
that kids'-league game (but didn't he insist that he
wasn't tossed at all?)...
Cuban 1B defector Kendry Morales is eligible for MLB
free agency. Hmm: Who has cash and 1B needs? Kendry,
Boss on Line 1...
Finally have seen last of trade-deadliners: Vic
Zambrano pitched good enough for the Mets, backed up
by rookie David Wright's 6RBI...
Kobe prosecutors at least *say* they remain confident
in their case and are proceeding. We'll see...
Based only on the freak-me-out trailers, "Open Water"
will be the scariest movie of the summer. So of course
it's a must-see...