11:15 AM Carolina Panthers QB Derek Anderson did not fly with the team to Pittsburgh on Wednesday as his wife gave birth to the couple's first child that night. But Anderson plans to rejoin the team for tonight's preseason game against the Steelers.
10:30 AMEdor Nelson, a former football & baseball coach at Augsburg College in Minnesota, died Wednesday at the age of 100. Nelson was also a World War II veteran who managed to escape a German POW camp in Poland.
College football fans across the country expressed a wide variety of emotions Saturday during ESPN’s College Gameday show after the network aired a short lead-in piece setting up a discussion segment on today’s SEC Championship game in Atlanta between South Carolina and Auburn.
The 90-second piece showed various images of SEC football as a narrator set the scene for today’s game. But what caused a noticeable reaction across the country on the web was what the narrator said about TCU. A minute into the video, the voiceover proclaimed, “TCU would never make it to Atlanta. In Atlanta, we settle things on the field.”
Immediately after the piece aired, almost every manner of college football fan on message boards and Twitter expressed real-time surprise, disdain and in the case of many SEC fans, sheer ecstasy.
In observing that widespread reax, there was one common theme: Thousands of fans thought that ESPN was making a statement about what it thought of the legitimacy of TCU as a college football power. Read more…
(Dr. on Patterson’s staff? The truth shall get you fired.)
Haraldson reported to the AMA that after TCU football player Ed Wesley was literally knocked unconscious and later suffered memory loss during a Sept. 24 game against SMU, the doctor was “insanely” berated by TCU head coach Gary Patterson when Haraldson refused to allow Patterson to put Wesley back in the game.
Haraldson in the AMA report:
“Then five or six plays later, I literally was verbally accosted by the coach, screaming at me insanely at the top of his lungs that he doesn’t think [Wesley] has a concussion and what right do I have to hold him out.”
More from the AMA’s O’Reilly:
“Then five or six plays later, I literally was verbally accosted by the coach, screaming at me insanely at the top of his lungs that he doesn’t think [Wesley] has a concussion and what right do I have to hold him out,” Dr. Haraldson said.
Once TCU took control of the game, going on to win 41-24, TCU Coach Gary Patterson returned and “cast a pseudo-apology” for the outburst, Dr. Haraldson said.
Asked days after the game by ESPN Dallas about Wesley’s condition, Patterson said the sophomore running back was fine. “As far as I’m concerned,” the coach added, “he was fine 10 minutes after he got hurt.”
With TCU football staff member Dr. Haraldson exposing Patterson’s appalling actions, which are infinitely worse than what supposedly got Mike Leach fired at Texas Tech, it was a given that Haraldson would soon be forced to release a subsequent statement painting Patterson in a favorable light. Read more…
Well-played, Frog fans. Amazing that you can actually display something genuinely funny and original without it referencing a bodily function or sexual orientation. Sadly though, saw no references to “IT’S RAINING FROGS, GET ON YOUR KNEES!”
My breakdown of USC-Stanford and pick after the jump. Read more…
Alcohol and firearms don’t mix. Hoo boy howdy, do they ever not mix. Wait, a slight amendment: they mix, but only in the same way that the red liquid and clear liquid mix in Die Hard With A Vengeance: horribly violently.
(Instead of a handgun, why not complement your beer with a ham sandwich?)
Exhibit number eleventy berjillion in “do not handle your handgun when drunk and angry” is the case of former TCU defensive tackle Lorenzo Jones, who started a fight that ended quite poorly for him over a can of beer. No, wait - he started it over pride, which is a deadly sin for a reason; the can of beer is a mere prop.
Let’s be honest with ourselves: the Penguins are done. Sure, technically all Detroit did on Sunday night was hold home ice advantage with their 3-1 win over Pittsburgh in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the same score as Game 1. But their 2-0 lead pretty much feels insurmountable - does anyone feel like the Penguins can take four of the next five games against the Red Wings? Didn’t think so.
Especially since the Red Wings and their old, tired legs, were able to outhustle, outskate and just plain outplay the Penguins 24 hours after Game 1, a made-for-TV contrivance that was supposed to be their downfall. Pittsburgh’s Big Two of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have combined for one goal in the first two games, half as many as Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader, who was playing minor-league hockey in May. And both of his goals have been beauties, including his singlehanded effort last night:
The bottom line for Pittsburgh is simple: when their main goal scorers are being held in check, and their goaltending is soft, they are going to lose. It doesn’t matter how much revenge they want, or if Evgeni Malkin tries to start fights to fire the team up - Detroit is just the better team (and doing this without Pavel Datsyuk, mind you).
Speaking of Malkin’s fisticuffs: despite picking up an instigator penalty at the end of Game 2, which should be an automatic one-game suspension, the NHL has decided that Malkin will be on the ice when the serious returns to Pittsburgh. Think the league wants to avoid a sweep?
With the win, Texas advances to the Super Regional, where they will play TCU in a Best-of-Three series that will likely come down to the final pitch of Game Three. Seriously, guys, it’s OK just to win a 5-1 snoozer every once in a while. (Or if you are Florida State, a 37-6 snoozer.)
Finally, congratulations for Jamie Moyer for getting his 250th career win yesterday, a 4-2 Phillies win over the Nationals. (And really, shouldn’t that could as half a win?) The achievements of the 46-year-old goes to show that not being able to throw hard enough to break glass isn’t a prerequisite to being successful. And it also shows that if you are a lefty with a durable arm, even a 4.23 career ERA can’t keep you from reaching some big milestones.
I’m making a list of pitchers who don’t want to go to the Chicago White Sox, and apparently every No. 1 is on the list. First it was Jake Peavy of the Padres rejecting a deal, and now the HOUSTON CHRONICLE is saying that Roy Oswalt of the Astros will exercise his veto rights to nix any deal. But I’m sure Barry Zito is still available.
How not to win your first PGA Tour tournament: miss putts inside 10 feet on the final hole of regulation and the first hole of a playoff, and then have your approach on the second playoff hole ricochet off the pin and roll back more than 20 feet from the hole. Steve Stricker was the beneficiary of Tim Clark’s bad luck/meltdown, picking up the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
The Orlando Magic thought they had lost All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson to injury for the season back in February, but now the ORLANDO SENTINEL is saying that the rehab for his shoulder injury is “dramatically” ahead of schedule and he might be available for the NBA Finals.
Arkansas DT Lavunce Askew was arrested on Saturday after allegedly stealing a laptop from an apartment. His teammate Matt Marshall also stole an iPod Touch, but was not charged after he returned it to the doorstep and helped police track down Askew. See, Marshall might be a thief and a stool pigeon, but his heart is in the right place.
World champion hurdler Jana Rawlinson was forced to confirm an embarrassing, poorly-kept secret circulating around the track world for months. Not that she’s using PEDs, but that she had breast augmentation. You would think if there’s one sport where being busty is a disadvantage, it’s hurdling. Check out some Russ Meyer-approved before and after action:
Last month, TCU student reporter Brian Smith dared to share his opinion about the Horned Frogs’ QB situation, stating on the Mountain West’s TV network that freshman Casey Pachall was good enough to unseat shaky starter Andy Dalton. Well, TCU media relations director Mark Cohen doesn’t like students having an opinion about the football team other than “Go Frogs!”, so he got Smith sacked from the airwaves.
But Cohen isn’t alone in the blame of banishing Brian. Apparently Mark was just doing the dirty work for the man who really wants to mute the media - TCU head coach Gary Patterson.