August 5, 2005
Gary Sheffield:
Rips Jeter, A-Rod and Yanks organization in classic ego-heavy rant in upcoming New York magazine interview. Someone needs a hug (but that ain't an offer).
 
 
 
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
WAKE-UP  CALL.

Are you ready for ...

Some football?!
A 5 a.m. wake-up call?!

Is it only the diehard fans who will wake up at 5 a.m. ET sharp on Saturday morning to catch the Colts-Falcons game from Japan on ESPN2?

You have to be, because you're going to be able to count the number of series played by Peyton Manning and Michael Vick on one hand -- combined.

Or maybe it's the pathological fantasy owners, looking for the scoop on which of Atlanta's fantasy-light WRs might make a difference (Psst! Jenkins).

Or maybe which Colts sub might break out while replacing WR Brandon Stokley, who busted his shoulder Thursday (out four weeks, but who knows?)

For those who like to sleep in, there's a replay at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN. But by then, the fantasy gurus will have already processed the game data.

Mazzilli Axed
Well, they can't blame Raffy for this one. (OK, maybe the O's wanted to get all their bad news out in one really crappy week.)

The lesson of Lee Mazzilli's firing? The Yankee "imprima-Torre" ain't what it used to be. That, plus losing 16 of 18 and free-falling from a thrilling first-half stay in first place is a quick way to fall out of favor with the owner.

Replacement Sam Perlozzo has already made Angelos look good, thanks to the patented "Winterim" phenomenon where the fill-in manager always seems to succeed in his first game.

Football HOF Induction
Marino and Young headline: Think either will rant about avoiding the red light of TV cameras and playing the right way?

Marino goes in as the most prolific passer ever, but probably still lamenting never winning a Super Bowl ring. But, oh, those Isotoner gloves!

Young was arguably the best all-around QB ever: Throwing, running, winning, smarts ... and as a lefty (the first lefty QB in HOF history).

CHECK OUT THE QUICKIE EVERY WEEKDAY MORNING!
WHO'S GOT THE MOMENTUM ...
Stronger MLB 'roid policy: Selig increases the pressure
Nomar Garciaparra: Rejoins Cubs this weekend (Wood, too)
Bobby Knight: Star of the NIT vs. NCAA antitrust lawsuit
... AND WHO'S GOT NO MO'
Broncos DT Courtney Brown: New city, bad news (elbow)
Shareef Abdur-Rahim: Fails Nets physical; trade on hold
O's celebrating Raffy's 3,000: Player nixes pregame ceremony
 
And don't forget Fritz Pollard and Benny Friedman; anyone who cares about minority advancement in football should pay homage to Pollard.

Coming Monday: HOF Game preview. But it's the Dolphins and Bears, so you can already see the preview coming: Ricky Madness!

Felix Debut: So-So
Hoping for "Felixity," fans got a solid (but hardly Duke-ish) debut out of Hernandez, the youngest MLB SP in more than 20 years.

The 19-year-old gave up 1 ER in 5 IP (81 pitches, only 49 for strikes), with 4 K's. It ain't Tacoma anymore, but he's still a rookie to watch.

MLB's real star pitcher of the day? Nats SP John Patterson, the lone bright spot in the team's dreary second half; 13 K's in a shutout vs. LA.

Barry Report
In or out, Barry Bonds? Just stop teasing us. On his blog, he says he "still remains optimistic" about a 2005 return.

Why doesn't Bonds ever touch on things all bloggers talk about: Arcade Fire, John Roberts, Hotties of the Media ...

Meanwhile, another Barry (Zito) is continuing his sick run, winning his eighth straight start (8 IP, 4 H, 8 K). A's won 3 of 4 in Minnesota.

Roenick to Kings
"I'm an L.A. kind of guy," J.R. said. "Those who know me will understand that."

There isn't a more appropriate fit in all of hockey than the attention-desperate Roenick playing in Hollywood for the Kings.

We'll see which he appreciates more: The unruly passion of fans in Philly or the unwavering apathy of fans in L.A.

Quickie 50/50
Three stops!
(Click on state name to vote)

Friday: Wyoming
Quickie Impression:
Two words: Fennis. Dembo.

Saturday: Hawaii
Quickie Impression:
Home of Wie, Ironman, 'Bows.

Sunday: Indiana
Quickie Impression: Hoosiers,
TD Jesus, French Lick's Hick

Atlanta Hawks:
Ownership in-fighting is keeping the team from closing the deal on Joe Johnson. Who else sees this ending badly for Hawks fans?
 
 
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Fantasy Football index
 
MLB Managers on Hot Seat
Jim Tracy
Dodgers are mediocre
 
Mike Hargrove
Not as smart w/o Belle, Thome, Manny
 
Jack McKeon
Marlins better surge
 
Clint Hurdle
Rockies are awful
 
Lloyd McClendon
But it's not his fault
 

T.O. Watch: Join growing group refusing to put much stock in the news Owens had to sit out of practice Thursday (groin injury -- what else is new?)

MLB Pitching Duel of Weekend: Braves' Smoltz vs. Cards' Mulder, in a battle of 12-game winners (and a possible playoff preview?)

NFL Camp Notes: WR Boldin breaks nose; rookies Pollack, Benson not budging on holdouts; Bus bashes into Big Ben (but QB is OK).

HR Derby champ Bobby Abreu finally got off his July schneid Thursday, smacking a grand slam, his first HR since 7/4.

Manny being Manny: Misses Thursday game with blurry vision from Wednesday's outfield crash; expected to play this weekend.

Olbermann. Patrick. Friday. 2 p.m. ESPN Radio. Use ESPN.com's handy link to ESPNRadio.com to listen to the reunion of the summer LIVE.



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