Monday, August 8, 2005
Page 2 Quickie: August 5, 2005
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Are you ready for ...
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.
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
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).
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.
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
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.
(Click on state name to vote)
Two words: Fennis. Dembo.
Home of Wie, Ironman, 'Bows.
Quickie Impression: Hoosiers,
TD Jesus, French Lick's Hick