Wins No. 299, setting up the big Three-Oh-Oh for the weekend. What's more impressive: 300 Ws or 500 HRs? HRs are eye candy, but Ws get nod.
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There's one bright side to having an
underperforming pitcher like the Angels' Bartolo
Colon. When he finally finds his groove, it's like a
midseason trade for an ace.
7 IP, 1 H, 8 K, 0 ER. Combine Colon's shut-down
performance over the AL West-leading Rangers Tuesday
night with his overall performance this month (4-0 in
last 4 starts), and it means:
Anaheim should pull out of the Randy Johnson Derby and
stick with the bet they made in the offseason when
it signed Colon.
Assuming he can keep it up, Colon's pitching now is a
minimal drop-off from Johnson; meanwhile, the Angels
save their prospects and the Big Unit of money they
would have had to pay Johnson next season.
Colon's turnaround is the key to the Angels' fortunes
with 60 games to go (today 2.5 games back for the wild
The only downside? How do you like the sound of
"Randy Johnson, New York Yankee?" That's Monday's
column, after the Unit is traded at the wire on
NFL Camping: K.C.
Today's NFL camp opening:
Chiefs (River Falls, WI)
All the hype: Fixing leaky D
Real story: Perennial
underestimation of Priest.
The threat of terrorism in Athens isn't
what had the Bobcats -- or any other NBA team with an
Olympian -- freaked out over player participation;
it's the threat of injury.
When Emeka Okafor's ankle ends up setting back
his entire rookie season, will fans and critics
remember that he injured it playing for his
Edge to 'Fins?
"There's no truth to" rumors that
Edgerrin James would be dealt to Miami, according to
Colts honcho Bill Polian.
The NFL's biggest flaw is how hard it is to
trade players. Look at the interest created through
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Cards P Jason Marquis: Runs off 8th straight W; who knew?|
Gary Sheffield: 400 HR (but apparently 400 is the new 300)
Barack Obama: Dem or GOPer, you have to hear that speech
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Andy Pettitte: *Tear* in elbow tendon? Even *sounds* bad
Cincy Reds: 7 straight Ls; early-season mojo: evaporated
trades (or, trade rumors) in baseball and the
NBA. (Not that the NFL needs the help creating
SEC Media Day
600 media credentials were issued and
not a single sighting of Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer,
who was avoiding Alabama -- ducking some trouble with
the law like he was a distant cousin of the Dukes of
Pac-10 Media Day
USC was unanimous choice to win the
league. Given that USC will likely start the season
No. 1 in the country, those West Coast media types
sure are taking a leap.
Speaking of USC: The school is now claiming a
share of the 1939 national title. (Yes: 1939.)
Apparently, the poll system was as wacked-out 65 years
ago as today.
Vikes Sign WWE Star
WWE star Brock Lesnar (a.k.a. "The Next
Big Thing") signing with the Vikings -- even though he
hasn't played football since high school, mind you --
may signal that the NFL is willing to look in
untraditional places for talent. (Previously known as
Bigger question: Who will become the Mel Kiper
Jr. of WWE scouting?!
ESPN25: Top Coaches
Last night's "Who's No. 1?" was a fun
one: Coaches. Doesn't get more controversial than
that. Some people swear by Don Shula; others think
he's the most overrated coach ever (see Big 5). A few thoughts,
Overrated: Bill Parcells
Underrated: Jimmy Johnson
Overrated: Pat Riley
Underrated: Gregg Popovich
Overrated: Tony La Russa
Underrated: Lou Piniella
Overrated: Coach K
Underrated: Geno Auriemma
Overrated: Bobby Bowden
Underrated: Lloyd Carr
"Amish in the City"
The Amish kids end up looking pretty
good, from what I've heard; it's the boorish
non-Amish participants who apparently come
across so badly that they might end up wanting to
avoid TV for the rest of their lives.
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|American Idol rejects|
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Day Game! Twins at White Sox (ESPN, 2 pm). Think what
you want about U.S. Cellular Field, but at least stadium
chunks aren't falling ...|
MLB Trade Rumor Mill: Urbina to Giants? Benson to
Twins, Day 2? Finley anywhere West? V. Zambrano to a
contender, Day 2? ...
"Urine Luck": Best name ever for a drug-masking agent?
Yes. OTL's Tom Farrey has a must-read on the subject
(See Q It Up) ...
All that early NBA free-agent action kind of
takes the wind out of the late-month news that Mehmet
Okur will join the Jazz ...
The Wizards deny the Bucks and match $38 mil offer to
Etan Thomas, a poor man's Ben Wallace; Wiz desperate
for frontcourt depth ...
MTV Music Video Award nominees have come out: My
money's on a "retirement" sweep for Jay-Z, but watch
out for D12 ...
Before I'm sucked into "Manchuria" Mania on Friday, my
must-see movie is "Garden State" with two faves: Zach
Braff and Nat Portman ...