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12.12.08 at 10:33 am ET
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Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has an interesting tidbit about a special guest at this Sunday’s tilt between the Patriots and Raiders in Oakland. Florio and company are calling for a huge game from Randy Moss as he returns to Oakland for the first time since the spring 2007 trade that sent him to New England.

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Mobley forced to retire…

12.12.08 at 9:59 am ET
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He was on one of the most talented hoops teams to ever come out of the Ocean State. Cuttino Mobley teammed with Tyson Wheeler to form one of the most deadly backcourts at the University of Rhode Island. Now, a heart condition has forced Mobley to call it a career. The 11-year veteran, currently with the New York Knicks, made it official on Thursday. Before his productive career with Houston, Orlando, Sacramento, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Knicks, he played for current B.C. coach Al Skinner and Jim Harrick.

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Cowboy down…

12.11.08 at 8:59 pm ET
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Our friend Albert Breer of The Sporting News warned us of what to expect from these underachieving Dallas Cowboys and now, whaddya know… ESPN’s Ed Werder reported Thursday night that the Cowboys are now in conflict. Shockah! Following their Thanksgiving Day win over the Seattle Seahawks, the 8-5 Pokes are coming off a 20-13 loss to Pittsburgh in which they were outscored 17-0 in the fourth quarter. Word is that Terrell Owens and Tony Romo are in serious ‘conflict’ in Cowboys camp, hardly the unity that T-O showed following their playoff loss to the Giants last January. And now this. Just the way you want to head into a critical Sunday night match-up against a New York Giants team trying to rebound from its 20-14 loss to Philadelphia last Sunday.

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Around the NFL…

12.11.08 at 12:54 pm ET
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The days of Romeo Crennel and GM Phil Savage in Cleveland certainly appear to be waning. From the fine folks at Pro Football Talk, candidates are starting to line up as the team suffers through a remarkably disappointing 4-9 season. Then there’s that OTHER team in Ohio that has NFL membership and licensing privileges. Gotta love Chad Ochocinco. Only he could draw attention to a 1-11-1 team by predicting his team will be better next season. What Detroit wouldn’t give for a guy like that? Maybe they will in the off-season.

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How much (or little) must CC Sabathia pitch to earn your yearly salary?

12.10.08 at 3:22 pm ET
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ESPN took the math out of it for the rest of us.  Head over their site right now and check out one of their new features, Salary Crunch.

You can also compare your earnings to A-Rod, K-Rod, Dustin Pedroia and others.

I won’t mention how much I make, but let’s just CC could start the 2009 season with the worst outing of his career and still “earn” much Much MUCH more than I make in a year.

I’ll now go back my coupon clipping.

Thanks to Jess for the tip.

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20 Years Later Billy Ripken Finally Talks About The Obscenity Bat

12.10.08 at 1:43 pm ET
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Darren Rovell over at CNBC was recently able to get Billy Ripken to expound upon the circumstances surrounding his infamous “F**k Face” bat and the 1989 Fleer baseball card it spawned.  If you’re not familar with the card at all then we probably shouldn’t be friends.  Do me a favor and check out the article.  Rovell even convinced the editors over at CNBC to post a photo of the card, unedited.  Slightly shocking.

As you can see, Ripken is still affected today by the events back then:

“When people recognize me, I see the look on their face. They think of the card immediately and, before they even ask, I say, ‘Yeah, it was me.’ I don’t know if it happens daily, but, to this day, it still happens a couple of times a week.”

Billy Ripken Obscenity Bat: He Finally Talks 20 Years Later (CNBC)

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Big Baby living up to his name?

12.08.08 at 3:08 pm ET
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Glen “Big Baby” Davis apparently shedding a tear or two after KG had some words for him.  Take a look for yourself:

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Look who showed up

12.07.08 at 11:33 am ET
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David Ortiz had a golf tournament … it was cool!

Best part: Our blogger friend Sean Casey keeping it real in the DR.

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Can Joe Thurston lure C.C. Sabathia to Red Sox?

12.06.08 at 10:14 pm ET
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OK, that’s not what this Ken Rosenthal article is about, but I just wanted to throw it out there. Joe Thurston, the utilityman who played in four games with the Red Sox last year, is C.C. Sabathia’s first cousin. Coincidence he played for the Sox the year before Sabathia becomes a free agent? OK, the answer is yes. Good times!

Rosenthal brings up some solid points when talking about a possible Sabathia to Sox match, but at the end of the day I just don’t see it transpiring. I think the stars have to align perfectly for the Red Sox to offer any kind of long-term deal to a pitcher (see Daisuke Matsuzaka), and with as many pitches as C.C. has thrown over the past few years (averaging a major league-high of 106.5 per game over the past three seasons) there appears to be just a few stars out of whack. 

Best part: Let the WInter Meeting guessing begin, and this is a good start by Ken …

The best guess is that the Red Sox will end up with Teixeira and sign free-agent right-hander Derek Lowe, 35, to a short-term, high-dollar deal.

David Ortiz wants to make something clear to all reporters: If you want to break news you better attend his charity golf tournament. This year’s bombshell: Alex Rodriguez officially announced he will be playing for the Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Best part: David Ortiz has a golf tournament.

Rebuilding the 2004 Red Sox via the ’08-’09 free agent market

12.05.08 at 3:45 pm ET
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Dan Tobin over at Bugs & Cranks has an interesting post up reconstructing the 2004 Red Sox from players available as free agents right this moment.  That’s right, you can almost completely recreate the actual roster from back in 2004, sans David Ortiz and a few others.  Some of the guys aren’t from the 2004 team, but it comes close.

Check out the starters:

C: Jason Varitek* (catching three no-hitters)
1B: Kevin Millar* (‘€Borrrrrn in the USA’€)
2B: Mark Loretta (walkoff homer’€¦ ON PATRIOTS DAY!!!!)
SS: Orlando Cabrera* (those wonderful handshakes)
3B: Ramon Vazquez (you wouldn’€™t believe how few 3B free agents there are)
LF: Manny Ramirez* (World Series MVP)
CF: Gabe Kapler* (that 19-18 photo with Johnny Damon)
RF: Trot Nixon* (take your pick)
DH: Doug Mientkiewicz* (eventually giving the ball back)

SP: Curt Schilling* (something about a sock that’€™s now in Cooperstown)
SP: Pedro Martinez* (every second of his time in Boston was a highlight for me, aside from one inning in late October 2003)
SP: Derek Lowe* (clinching all three 2004 playoff series)
SP: Paul Byrd (ate some innings)
SP: Bartolo Colon (ate everything else)

Dan continues with RP and bench options, so head over to B&C for the full post.

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