John Molinaro at CBC looks at how new Toronto FC manager Aron Winter has changed the culture at the team, and frankly, I love it.
Now this is hilarious: Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlesberger says his religious beliefs prevent him from living with his fiancee before they're married. What religion is okay with rape?
Yeah, and there's no scoring in soccer. Cristiano Ronaldo has 71 goals in 77 games for Real Madrid.
This year's Tampa Bay Rays and the 1992 Detroit Tigers are the only teams since 1900 to never lead in their first 6 games of a season. Speaking of the Rays, they join the Boston Red Sox in matching 0-6 starts which I'm not sure Las Vegas would have even offered a line on. Had a good laugh seeing a Boston media outlet declaring before the season that the Sox would challenge the 1927 Yankees for best team ever. That said, 9% of all playoff teams have had a losing streak of at least seven games.
Roy Halladay has allowed 1 or no runs in 18 of his 35 regular-season starts with Philadelphia Phillies over the last 2 seasons. He's 2-for-2 this year after yesterday.
ESPN's Buster Olney on Seattle Mariners rookie pitcher Michael Pineda: "A talent evaluator's observation about the Mariners' Michael Pineda: 'It looks like the Mariners have another guy who has the potential to lead a staff.' If Pineda turns out to be as good as he appeared he could be in his first outing, it would change the context greatly for the Mariners in considering a Felix Hernandez deal." Somewhere, Yankees GM Brian Cashman is dialing his Blackberry.
What is a crazier stat than the Denver Nuggets record since dealing Carmelo Anthony? How about this: they've cut an average of 10 points off per game.
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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney was dropped by Coke from a $600,000 per year endorsement after swearing into a camera after scoring a third goal last Saturday. So if you're keeping score at home: Coke thinks it is okay to bang hookers while your pregnant wife is at home, but do not swear into a camera.
Graphic evidence that there in the world of big league closers, there is Mariano Rivera, and then there's everyone else.