*MURDER PLOT ON JAGS CHEERLEADER. Check this one out. Three men were attempting to break into a Jags' cheerleader's apartment....kidnap her....kill her....then steal her Mercedes. One of the men used to live above her in an apartment complex, knew she was a cheerleader, and seen her nice Mercedes. When trying to break in, they made a ton of noise which got the cheerleader screaming. They were scared off. About 6 hours later, police were called about a disturbance, which one of those men were involved in. Dude had a gun, pointed it at police, and was shot and killed. Coming soon to the Lifetime Movie Network.
*BOXING IS ATTEMTED MURDER. Jesuit magazine "Civilta Cattolica" has dubbed boxing as "a legalized form of attempted murder". They shun the sport [and the sport around the sport] as ruthless and barbaric. This come about a month after a fighter in Las Vegas died after passing out in his dressing room after a fight.
* ....AND WATER IS WET. Bill Romanowski admitted to "60 Minutes" that he had uses steroids in the later parts of his career. NOOOOO!!! Say it ain't so, Romo!!! This news really shocks me!! Just as when I learned the Earth is really flat....now this!! How can he possibly used steroids?? I mean, I'm sure he wasn't on them when he ripped a teammate's helmet off in practice, then caved in dude's eye socket with his fist. I am flabberghasted!!!
*MIDNIGHT COMES A BIT EARLY TODAY. Midnight Madness is upon us. Yep, Midnight Madness, the event in which college hoops programs are allowed to officially practice begins tonight. At 7:00. Yeah. "Midnight" Madness is at 7:00pm in each time zone. Yeah. The reasoning for this move is to promote better sleep habits, or something. Oh, I know!! It is to get these things on television!! Either way, it is a shame....since Midnight Madness is a great college event. In 1994, I was attending UNCC [that's just the Charlotte 49ers for everyone else] and went to the Midnight Madness. It usually just aguise for introducing the fab freshman and seeing what the players coming back improved on. Check ESPN-U for some Madness tonight.
*UMP HAS REGRETS. The home plate umpire who blew the call Wednesday night says he regrets not making a clear cut call at all. First off...that's man of him to say. Second off...I think the Angels are regretting that too. It is one thing to get the call wrong....that happens....but at least get the call wrong with some conviction. If he's out...punch him out. If the ball hit the dirt....make that call. If EITHER of those things would have been done....no one would bat an eye to any of this.
*OAKLAND REHIRES THE MANAGER THEY, UH, LET GO? The Oakland Athletics were set to talk to Orel Hershisher [the pitcher that made them into mince meat 17 years ago] for their managerial position. Oh, scratch that. They rehired the guy they let walk last week. Ken Macha wasn't fired...his contract ran out. And when they couldn't agree to terms...Macha was out. Now, a change of heart by someone brings these two together. Good thing too. Despite missing the playoffs....they were a huge surprise just getting into the hunt. Congrats!
*INSTANT REPLAY IN BASEBALL. I am a big Instant Replay guy. I love it in football. I think it's been a plus in basketball [remember Kentucky-Michigan State?]. And it's a great tool for the NHL. However, I am not in favor for it in baseball. Well, let me take that back. In ONE instance. Home runs. In the entire field of play...the home run is the one play that is ALWAYS the furthest play away from an umpire. Sure, every missed call effects the outcome of a game in one form or another.....but home runs are instantly effected. There should be no instant replay of foul balls [except in home runs], catches, tags, force outs, or even what happened in Chicago on Wednesday. And for people that complain and moan that this will add time to the game....um, no. In those types of calls...routinely you see all the umpires gathered up together in discussion trying to figure out what the correct call is. What's the difference if there was a monitor in the TV camera pit that they could take another look at it?? Sure...this may only occur a handful of times in a season...but such a thing happened in Houston this past Saturday. If the wrong call was made there, then we'd pretty much have people hating umpires right now!