After complaints of small crowds from Evan Longoria and David Price, the Tampa Bay Rays are giving away 20,000 tickets to tonights game. Get the feeling it won't matter, and they'll still have under 20,000 in attendance? I suppose the fact they clinched a playoff spot last night won't help the cause, although the AL East remains up for grabs.
Had some suggest the crack about "Thank you Cito" night seeing the giveaways extended into next season was a bit out of line, and you're right. There's a good shot they get 35,000 tonight. After all, the Yankees are in town, although they'll be likely playing a heavily loaded with back-ups squad after clinching a playoff spot last night and no doubt tearing it up. In news relating to the playoff spot, Losers are mobilizing to simultaneously cheer on seven teams.
If ML$E thinks those empty seats at Toronto FC's Champions League game are about a cool, rainy day, they're begging. John Molinaro at the CBC says they've reached the crisis stage.
Finally Delonte West asked about sex with LeBron James' mom and he said he absolutely didn't sleep with her because they were up all night. Something like that..And for all the times LeBron has talked, how is it that not once has he referenced his former teammates in any way? Doesn't that strike you as odd?
In retrospect, guessing Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant is going to wish he carried Roy Williams pads when asked at camp a couple months back. Why? Seems RW goes his revenge, as instead of just having DB pay for a dinner for the team's offensive players, RW invited the defense as well to a swank steakhouse. The bill? $55,000. Ouch.
What a turnaround for Michael Vick. After an off-season shooting at his birthday party that almost saw him off the Philadelphia Eagles and out of the game, he's not only starting for the Eagles and playing as good as ever, but he's also selling a pile of jerseys. Vick will face Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins this weekend. No storylines there.
The Jacksonville Jaguars appear to have picked up Buffalo Bills castoff Trent Edwards. Yeah, that'll fix it.
Check out this shizophrenic split for AJ Burnett that happened in early May: "through May 6 — six starts — Burnett was 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA. His strike out totals — just 28 in 40.2 innings — were down, but he was keeping both runners off base and the ball in the park. Just one of the first 164 batters to face him homered. Since then, Burnett has, with the exception of a few good starts in July, been utterly abysmal. He’s 6-15 over his last 26 starts, and he’s averaging just over 5.1 innings per start. After [Monday's] 2.1-inning, seven-run fiasco, his ERA over those 140 innings is 6.30, and he’s allowed 23 home runs and 64 walks while striking out just 111 guys. Opponents have an OPS against him of approximately .860. In other words, A.J. Burnett’s opponents are putting up better offensive numbers than Mark Teixeira." Ouch.
Have a great Wednesday.