SF OF hits for cycle. Not to critique mystique, but
isn't it trumped by any combo of hits and walks more
than 10 total bases? (Where's SABR on this?)
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Hines-Sight is 20/20.
Steelers WR Hines Ward realized that his holdout
wouldn't result in a payday. So he came back to the
Now it's up to the Steelers to stick to their end of
No hold-out, no hold-up on a new deal, so they
can hold on to an asset valuable enough he got a plea
to return directly from coach Bill Cowher.
Fans are right to dismiss T.O. and his gripes. But it
was nearly unanimous that the historically underpaid
Ward deserves a huge payout.
Based on the way the Steelers scored TDs Monday night
(INT, punt, kickoff), they might jokingly think for a
second: "Hey, who needs receivers?"
But it just reemphasized how badly they need this
rock of their offense to return.
If a team acts fast, it can undermine any claim
from whiny players or greedy agents that NFL owners
aren't willing to pay when earned.
Pay Hines Ward. Big. Now.
More NFL News
T.O. Watch: Eagles sent him a letter
detailing their issues with him. He may scoff, but
it's also known as a "paper trail."
Fins rookie RB Brown signs: You have to wonder
if he saw Ricky Williams' improvement over the weekend
and got a little nervous.
(Still, maybe it was worth it; Brown DID sign the
richest non-QB rookie deal in NFL history.)
Fins QB Battle: Edge to Gus! Feeley has to
really stink to fall out of favor enough that
Saban named Frerotte starter for weekend.
Broncos promote Rice: Who would have ever
thought that Jerry Rice's moving from 4th string WR to
3rd string would someday be noteworthy?
Rosenhaus lobbies for Volek: Titans must be
*thrilled* that the agent wants his QB traded
somewhere he can start. Hey, how about
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Carlos Beltran: Mets star weighing surgery on broken face
Scott Podsednik: ChiSox put leadoff sparkplug on DL (leg)
Pacman to sign, finally. More from Tennessee:
DB Jones ready to join team. But is he ready for the
hazing from vets? (via Tennessean)
MLB Monday Wrap
Padres' new low: No team in MLB history
has been in first place of a division this late in the
season with a record this bad.
Felix Hernandez is sick: 11 Ks and 3 Hs in 8 IP
as Mariners' rookie SP lives up to the hype. (OK, so
it was vs. KC. See DQ'd.)
Wright wins in return: Even if he did have more
HBP (3) than Ks (2), the key ratio is that it was
still more than runs he allowed (2).
Raffy update: Insists he really wants to
explain himself "soon." Just not yet. How about
explaining why he can't explain? DNP Mon at
Forget "Allan Houston Rule":
It's the "Mike Finley Rule."
The Mavs used the one-time NBA salary-amnesty loophole
to dump their longtime SG, saving nearly $52 million
over the next three seasons.
It proves that as free-spending as Mark Cuban seems to
be, he's not THAT free-spending. (Surprise! The NBA
is... a business.)
With this move expected for a month, the new intrigue
is which contender will land the newly flush player on
the cheap. (Hint: It's Heating up.)
For example, the Suns are about to get Brian Grant for
$2 million a year (thanks to the Lakers' $30 million
payoff last week).
(See Big 5 for more.)
PGA: Got Your Phil?
Sunday buzz about Mickelson:
Ha! What a choker!
Monday buzz about Mickelson:
Ha! What a clutch player!
Quickie 50/50: VT
Impressions of Vermont:
Could it be that the state's finest sports moment came
this very year? Yes: Catamounts over 'Cuse in the 1st
round of the NCAA Tournament.
Vote Best of Vermont
16th straight loss triggers automatic "Worst Ever?"
flag. KC's magic number is 6 to top the '88 Orioles'
superlative 21 Ls in a row.
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collected his cycle's triple last, knowing he needed
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Mo Rivera's 32nd save of '05 last night nudged him
past Jeff Reardon for 5th place on the all-time saves
list. Mo still arguably the best RP ever.
Grossman update: The Bears might put him on IR, which
would yank him for the entire 2005 season. (via CHI
NBA Free: Who says Duke players can't succeed in the
NBA? Bulls match Raptors offer for PG Chris Duhon, in
a deal valued around 3y/$9m.
Law/Order NFL: Ravens KR BJ Sams arrested for DUI.
Can't he just go to training camp kangaroo court?
Somehow, I don't think so.
Must-See: Little League WS semifinals (ESPN2, 7pm ET
and 9:30 p.m.). We should all have little graphics that
say "Favorite Snack Food," etc.
In honor of P. Diddy losing the "P." and just being
"Diddy," I'm considering dropping the "Daily" and just
being "Quickie." Make it stop.