Randy Moss, Giants Win World Series and Today's Top Sports News
Yesterday was a big day in the world of sports and as you get settled in for another Tuesday, I'm here to help set you up for the day ahead with all of the news you need to know for this morning.
We'll be talking about Randy Moss' release by the Vikings, going deeper into the San Francisco Giants' World Series win and maybe even a little boxing.
Any questions or thoughts? As always leave them in the comments.
Big East expansion is something that is being looked into and may become a reality sooner rather than later for the conference.
The presidents and chancellors have agreed to expand the conference to 10 football schools with the Big Ten and Pac 10 expanding this year. The Big East currently has eight teams that compete in football and the decision was made after self-analysis and evaluation of the college athletics enviornment.
"Based on those results, the Big East presidents agreed that the interests of each of the conference's 16 member institutions would be served by increasing the number of Bowl Subdivision football-playing members to 10," the league announced in a statement. "They unanimously approved the process to evaluate the terms and conditions for potential expansion candidates."
With how bad the Big East is as a football conference this year, some new blood could really shake things up. Now I'm just throwing it out there, but Notre Dame is a member of the Big East in basketball, could they possibly be a match? I know the Fighting Irish love the independent gravy train they get but it it's just something to think about.
NFL power rankings Week 9 edition are out and this is the closest year in the NFL in recent memory. There are no real dominant teams this year, just a few great ones and a bunch of good ones. Every team is flawed and each can be beaten on any given week. It's going to make for an amazing playoff season but until we get to that point, it's time to see who has the edge right now heading into Week 9.
Just as an interesting tidbit before you check out these lists, coming into this week, 21 teams are .500 or better, that is the most in NFL history through the first eight weeks. That just lets you know how competitive the NFL is this year.
JaMarcus Russell, the former top overall pick in the NFL draft tried out for the Washington Redskins during their bye week.
The move is a little puzzling as Washington already has Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman at the position and especially after coach Mike Shanahan said that McNabb wasn't in good enough shape to run the two minute drill and Russell has always been notoriously out of shape.
Russell was let go by the Raiders and replaced by former Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell and times are tough for the former LSU Tiger. I'm not sure if they're going to sign him, but if they do, it's just another reason to shake your head if you're a fan of the Redskins.
He's already stolen enough money as an NFL player, hasn't he? I'm sure Al Davis and company would be willing to tell you what they think about Russell's skills as an NFL quarterback. It's clear he just doesn't have what it takes, especially when it comes to work ethic.
But Brian DiTullio asked the question, with the lack of faith in McNabb and Russell possibly coming in, who's the best option for the Redskins?
Maria Sharapova was recently engaged to Los Angeles Lakers player Sasha Vujacic and the tennis star said that she feels spoiled with the ring that he gave to her.
"He completely surprised me," Sharapova told US magazine. "I'm so lucky and very much spoiled. It was very special and obviously a very memorable evening in my life. It's something I'll always remember, it was very sweet."
Estimates have the ring's cost somewhere around $250,000 dollars which is an enormous price for a ring, which Sharapova told the magazine she is very much in love with. And with that amount of money going into it, what girl wouldn't?
Sharapova said she and Vujacic aren't rushing down the aisle just yet and are perfectly content just being engaged for the time being. While I'm happy for them, I just want to know one thing – which one of them spends more time on their hair?
Declan Sullivan's funeral was held as hundreds turned out to remember the Notre Dame student who was killed when a scissor lift he was using to film football practice fell over, resulting in his death.
Speakers at his funeral included Sullivan's sister, and the service featured a choir and Irish performances. Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly and two busloads of students from the university were also in attendance to pay their respects to the 20-year old.
According to Sullivan's uncle, Michael Miley, Sullivan's family "have let go of fear and anger and emotions," said Miley to the Chicago Tribune. Miley went on to describe the service as beautiful and soaring.
This certainly won't be the last we hear about this tragedy as there is an investigation underway and there will likely be a lawsuit of some sorts against the university seeing as practice was held in unsafe conditions for Sullivan to be on top of that scissor lift.
Nick Bell, a sophomore defensive end for Mississippi State, is fighting for his life after undergoing emergency surgery after learning that the cancer he has been battling had spread.
According to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Bell is in grave condition and the Bulldogs had a team meeting today and have personnel in place if any of the players need to talk about the situation. Mississippi State will practice today and afterward coach Dan Mullen will address the situation.
Last night, when Bell found out about his condition, Mullen and numerous teammates visited him in the hospital. I'm sure it's a trying time for that team as they cope with the severity of the situation, especially when it's a loved one and a teammate. Thoughts and prayers go out to Bell, his family and everyone in the Mississippi State community as he battles through this.
I can only imagine how hard it is for this team to try and move forward with this on their minds.
Randy Moss was evidently more of a pain in the neck behind the scenes than was ever let on by anyone within the Minnesota Vikings.
According to Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports, Moss launched a verbal tirade at a local restaurant that catered a meal for the team after Friday's practice.
One player that went unnamed said that Moss yelled, “What the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn’t feed this to my dog!”
The player went on to say “It was brutal. The truth is, he deserved to be cut after that. It was such an uncomfortable moment. You know that feeling where you just can tell someone feels so small? That’s what it was like being there.
“This wasn’t a chain – it was a mom-and-pop restaurant, and you could tell it was their best stuff. They had a special carving station set up, and there were players and other support staff lining up to eat it. And [Moss] is at his locker saying, ‘You know, I used to have to eat that crap – but now I’ve got money.’ You just felt so sad for them. I had never seen anyone treated like that."
What a classy moment from a guy who's made a history of doing disrespectful things his entire career. Although, I'm not sure if that's enough reason to cut a guy, even if it's the truth.
Randy Moss has never been afraid to speak his mind and DJ Steve Porter took some of the best soundbites and turned it into a remixed song as he has done other times in other sports.
It aired this Sunday on ESPN's NFL Countdown and is what I think is Porter's best work so far. I mean Moss has been one of the most outspoken athletes of our generation and to the bitter end, he'll speak his mind, even if it gets him run out of town like it did in Minnesota.
I'm sure wherever he lands next he'll have plenty to say but nothing will never top the "straight cash homie" quote. Other than Allen Iverson's practice rant, I'm not sure we've had a better quote from an athlete in this generation.
I just can't wait to hear Moss speak out about his exit from Minnesota because we know he can't stay silent forever.
Will Ferrell and Manny Pacquiao went on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and as a skit, the pair sung the John Lennon classic song "Imagine."
Ferrell wore an all white suit while the pair performed in front of an all-white background. It was a funny performance and how Pacquiao didn't crack up laughing is beyond me. Ferrell isn't as on top of his game as he was during the "Old School" and "Anchorman" days but he's still one of the funniest men in America.
I know that the Saturday Night Live cast sure could use his humor and talent. But as far as Pacquiao goes, this is why people think he's not prepared for his fight against Antonio Margarito. He hasn't been training as hard as he has in the past and seems distracted.
I wouldn't be shocked to see Pacquiao lose this fight with the way his preparation has gone during the buildup to this fight.
No one thought the Giants would win the World Series, especially after getting in to the playoffs on the final day of the season.
But the Giants went through Atlanta in the first round getting a lot of help from some errors by the Braves, in particular Brooks Conrad as San Francisco ended the managing career of legendary manager Bobby Cox.
After that, almost no one gave the Giants a chance to beat the two-time defending National League champion Philadelphia Phillies. With a rotation featuring Roy Halladay, who had thrown a no hitter in his first start in the postseason, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt, the Phillies were the huge favorite and were expected to win the series with ease.
The Giants beat Halladay in the first game of the series and won the National League pennant in six games, stunning the Phillies, their fans and the majority of baseball. But surely the run would stop when faced with the Texas Rangers and their stud pitcher Cliff Lee. Nope. The Giants beat Lee twice, including the game to clinch the championship.
Now that's what you call being in a zone.
NFL Power Rankings Week 8 are here and it's hard to believe, but are the New England Patriots flying under the radar?
There's been a lot of talk about Pittsburgh and the Jets and all of that is fine and good, those are both great teams but what about the Patriots? New England is the only one loss team left in the league and just beat Minnesota and have been playing well despite trading Randy Moss away a couple of weeks ago.
The Patriots are rolling and they may be the top seed in the AFC this winter and the schedule is pretty favorable for that down the stretch. This team feels like those New England teams that won those Super Bowls back in the glory days for the Patriots.
Watch out for New England. But at the same time, teams like the Colts and Saints are lurking around and are teams that are coming off of pretty big wins this week over Houston and the Steelers respectively.
The San Francisco Giants Parade will start at 11 am on Wednesday and will start at Montgomery and Washington streets before heading southbound on Montgomery to Market Street and then going down Market to Civic Center Plaza.
Following the parade, the Giants will be given the key to the city by mayor Gavin Newsom. The route this team is taking is the same one the team took when they moved from New York to San Francisco in 1958. I must say, that's a pretty awesome idea and you know it's going to be a huge party.
I'm already looking forward to what Brian Wilson is going to do. He's one in a million that guy and quite possibly is the face of this Giants team. Enjoy it San Francisco, you waited a long, long time for this one. Make sure to soak it all in because pitchers and catchers will be reporting before you know it.
Brad Chidress evidently did not inform Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf about his decision to release Randy Moss just weeks after the Vikings traded a third round pick for the wideout and Wilf is none too pleased about it according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
That's just brilliant. It's just further proof that Childress is a complete idiot and has no clue what he's doing as the head coach of a professional football team. How do you not even communicate with your owner? In the past, Wilf has warned Childress about poor management decisions and he goes and does this.
Wilf helped bring Moss to Minnesota and it's clear that it was a go for broke year for the Vikings and now it's fallen apart and Childress just tossed their best wideout onto the waiver wire without even talking it over with ownership, you know, the people that write his checks.
I think it's looking more and more likely that Childress is going to find himself on the unemployment line looking for a coordinator job somewhere after this year.
Manny Pacquiao has had a ton of distractions around him heading into his fight with Antonio Margarito.
His training camp in the Philippines was a total disaster and was full of distractions and even his trainer Freddie Roach told the media that the camp was a mess. He has a political career now and he's making all sort of appearances and he just hasn't seemed as focused as he normally is heading into a title fight.
Pacquiao told the media that he doesn't believe that any of this will be an issue heading into the fight against Margarito and to me, that reeks of arrogance. There's been reports that his condiditioning isn't where it normally is for Pacquiao before fights and he's still concerned Floyd Mayweather and this has all the makings of an upset.
Pacquiao better have his head on a swivel or Margarito will knock it right off of his shoulders.
In the World Series, no one ever thought Cliff Lee would lose once, let alone twice, but that's what happened to the Texas Rangers' ace against the San Francisco Giants.
After an awful Game 1 performance, many people expected Lee to return to the form that baffled the Tampa Bay Rays and overpowered the New York Yankees. However, it was just more disappointment for Lee, who gave up a three-run home run to Edgar Renteria, a hit that turned out to be the game winner for San Francisco.
Now Lee faces plenty of questions ahead of him. No longer is he the dominant postseason pitcher he was made out to be, having struggled in his last three World Series starts going back to his time in Philadelphia. Not only that, but he's a free agent to be and the rumor is that the Yankees are going to be making a big play for the services of the pitcher that seems to have their number.