August 31, 2007
I’m short on time, so here’s just a quick roundup of what you can watch this weekend. I post this because I always look up different sources for this info and combine into one on my own for my use anyway, might as well let it be useful to others. Only national broadcasts included (not the Big Ten Network, since you’re not a network if you show six games at once and I can’t find your channel anywhere). All times Pacific.
4:30 p.m., Navy at Temple (ESPNU)
5 p.m., Washington at Syracuse (ESPN)
9 a.m., East Carolina at #9 Virginia Tech (ESPN)
9 a.m., Colorado State at Colorado (FSN)
9 a.m., UAB at Michigan State (ESPN2)
11 a.m., Virginia at Wyoming (Versus)
12:30 p.m., Washington State/#7 Wisconsin OR Nevada/#20 Nebraska OR Wake Forest/Boston College (ABC)
12:30 p.m., Georgia Tech at Notre Dame (NBC)
12:30 p.m., UCLA at Stanford (FSN)
12:30 p.m., Missouri at Illinois (ESPN2)
12:30 p.m., Iowa at Northern Illinois (ESPNU)
2:30 p.m. Arizona at BYU (Versus)
3 p.m., Baylor at #22 TCU (CSTV)
3:45 p.m., Oklahoma State at #13 Georgia (ESPN2)
4 p.m., North Texas at #8 Oklahoma (FSN)
4 p.m., Purdue at Toledo (ESPNU)
5 p.m., #15 Tennessee at #12 California (ABC)
4:45 p.m., Kansas State at #18 Auburn (ESPN)
7:15 p.m., Idaho at #1 USC (FSN)
7 p.m. New Mexico at UTEP (CSTV)
1 p.m., Texas Tech at Southern Methodist (ESPN)
5 p.m., #19 Florida State at Clemson (ESPN)
August 31, 2007
For those of you who don’t know, the Daily Trojan wrote an editorial (not a column, an editorial by the main editors at the paper) blasting Bruins Nation for reporting that USC assistant coach Todd McNair was arrested and charged for dogfighting-related charges.
This editorial was wrong on so many levels. Most obviously, they said “Tom McNair” instead of “Todd Mcnair”. Good journalists never ever mess up people’s names. The editorial also got many of the facts wrong about how Bruins Nation first uncovered the story, I summed up how it was really done in a previous post on this blog. The Daily Trojan also singled out Bruins Nation, even they weren’t the only journalists to point out the McNair-dogfighting connection. The LA Times and Deadspin, among others, wrote about this. So it wasn’t just Bruins Nation who thought this newsworthy.
As for the rest of my arguments, I’ll just copy and paste what I wrote on Bruins Nation:
It’s one thing for average Trojan fans to try and blow this off — but the Daily Trojan is supposed to be run by journalists. This was an editorial, written by the editors who run the paper — not just a column written by a crazy columnist. And they have a journalism school too, which just shows how useless those are.
Real journalists hold the people they report on accountable, and there’s two major issues here they could be investigating and asking:
- Should someone who was involved in dogfighting be in charge of mentoring young adults?
- The fans who pay a lot of money to go see their team play deserve to know who they’re paying to see — it’s up to them to decide if they want to support a dogfighter or not.
The Daily Trojan doesn’t seem to care about either issue, while here at Bruins Nation, most of us were outraged when we heard about the Eric Scott case. Many of us wanted either Scott gone or Dorrell for hiring him in the first place. Almost all of us at the very least wanted more information about it and demanded transparency. If it came out that any of our coaches were involved with dogfighting, I’d for sure want to know all about it and I’d probably want him fired — I’m guessing most people here at BN would too. In this editorial, The Daily Trojan fails to understand what journalism is. This was the first paragraph:
The purpose of news is to inform its readership of new, relevant events. Good journalists report with progress in mind, but more often than necessary, news organizations beat stories to the ground, serving no good to the public.
That paragraph is so wrong in this situation on so many levels. News doesn’t have to be new (professional newspapers investigate things that happened years ago all the time), it just has to be either relevant or important. Which this was. There is a huge nationwide discussion going on right now about dogfighting, and before Meriones uncovered it, a connection had never been made between Todd McNair’s involvement in dogfighting and the fact that he’s currently a coach at USC.
Good journalists do report with progress in mind, and good journalists would have reported this story because it’s becoming clear that we as a nation despise dogfighting now more than ever and deserve to know who’s been involved, how they were punished, and what’s being done to make sure dogfighting doesn’t happen again.
News organizations beat things to the ground … how did that happen here? It hadn’t been reported that a current USC coach was involved with dogfighting until BN uncovered it — how is breaking a story beating it into the ground?
As has been pointed out already by Tydides and others, the Daily Trojan got a lot of their facts wrong in reporting how the story was broken here. So they don’t do their homework and they don’t even know what journalism is — why are they running a newspaper?
August 30, 2007
While a college football Thursday isn’t the same as a college football Saturday, I’m still excited about today. College football is an extremely fun sport to follow, even without a playoff system, and the wait for the season to begin is finally over.
No huge games today, unless Mississippi State can keep it close against LSU (5 p.m., ESPN). It isn’t likely, but it could happen.
A lot of big names play today, but unfortunately, not against each other. Your full schedule:
Tulsa at Louisiana-Monroe, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Buffalo at #16 Rutgers, 4 p.m.
Miami (OH) at Ball State, 4 p.m.
SE Missouri State at Cincinnati, 4 p.m.
Murray State at #11 Louisville, 4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
#2 LSU at Mississippi State, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Kent State at Iowa State, 5 p.m.
UNLV at Utah State, 5 p.m.
SE Louisiana at New Mexico State, 5 p.m.
Weber State at #24 Boise State, 6 p.m.
Utah at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
I’ll have a look at Friday and Saturday’s games later on.
August 30, 2007
Today is yet another action-packed day with games all day long. As usual, all times Pacific because I live out there.
New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies, 10 a.m. I don’t think I had ever seen a game end on an obstruction call before Wednesday, when the Mets were called for obstruction on a play that would’ve scored the tying run if it weren’t for the call. Wow. Here’s Mets’ fan reaction, and here’s Philly fan reaction — just a tad different. The Mets have lost three in a row to the Phillies since Monday and could use a win tonight — if not, Philly’s officially back in the race for real.
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, 10 a.m. The one bad thing about my Angels sweeping the Mariners is that the Yankees are now tied for the wild-card lead with Seattle. One of the many good things — the Angels are now only one game behind Boston for the best record in the major leagues.
Seattle Mariners at Cleveland Indians, 4 p.m. This is one of those makeup games from when the Mariners were snowed out in Cleveland back in April. Lookout Landing took the sweep a bit hard and admits that the Angels just have more talent than the Mariners. But I’m still pulling for them to win the Wild Card (over the Yankees) — just stay far enough behind the Angels where I feel secure.
Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs, 5 p.m. I’ve run out of jokes about how bad the NL Central is. The Brewers won Wednesday with the return of Ben Sheets, 6-1. The Brewers are back at .500, and the Cubs’ lead over them is reduced to 1.5 games (and 2 ahead of the Cardinals).
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres. The Padres have won three in a row against the D’Backs, tying them for first place in the NL West (with the other getting the wild card). The winner of tonight’s game will be alone in first.
August 30, 2007
Wednesday, the Dodgers picked up Esteban Loaiza from Oakland off waivers. The Dodgers are responsible for the remainder of Loaiza’s salary, including $7 million next year. But there’s no prospects going to Oakland, no players or anything. It’s a waiver move, not a trade.
Loaiza has only made two starts this year coming off of an injury, so he’s very unproven. But the Dodgers aren’t exactly giving up anything, other than money, which Dodger owner Frank McCourt probably has tons of. They probably figure he can’t be worse than their current back end of the rotation, so why not take a gamble? Dodger fans should hope that this doesn’t mean the team is already penciling Loaiza into his 2008 starting rotation — who knows how well Loaiza might hold up over a full season. But this is a good move for them trying to win this year.
The A’s look very cheap by not getting anything back. But given their small-market, low-payroll needs, this might be exactly what they needed. Loaiza is cheaper than a lot of league-average starters have gone for lately, but maybe the A’s really need that money for other, better players.
Has there ever been a win, win waiver claim?
August 29, 2007
After a USC fan went on to Bruins Nation and pulled out an Eric Scott reference, a contributor to BN did some research, and discovered that a current USC assistant coach was arrested and charged with the mistreatment of dogs being trained on his property for dogfighting in 1996. In the same thread, Bruins Nation commenters later found that the same assistant, Todd McNair, was a part of the Reggie Bush free house scandal. They also found that McNair’s punishment was only a $16,000 fine and found a gruesome picture of one of the dogs.
I read a lot of sports articles and blogs daily and follow Pac-10 football very closely. I had never heard of this before I saw it on Bruins Nation yesterday. So I’m guessing a lot of people will be seeing this for the first time today, either on Bruins Nation or another blog that will pick up the story (like mine).
It’s unfortunate that we had to learn that another former NFL player was involved in dogfighting. Thanks USC fans, for helping us find yet another flaw with your shady program.
August 29, 2007
These two teams played a thriller last night, as the Angels won 10-6 after being down 5-0 in the first inning. Ervin Santana didn’t get out of the first inning, but Dustin Moseley came in and shut the Mariners down. The Angels kept chipping away at the lead and finally went ahead for good with a four-run eighth inning. Mariner fans are taking the loss quite hard.
The Angels now have a four-game lead over the Mariners in the AL West. Today, the Angels go for the sweep. Probables: Jered “I’m the good one” Weaver vs. Felix Hernandez
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, nationally televised on ESPN, 4 p.m. Can’t both of these teams lose?
New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies, 4 p.m. The Phillies have won two in a row against the Mets, with a Ryan Howard walk-off homer helping them last night. Meanwhile, Mets fans just love Guillermo Mota right now.
Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs, 5 p.m. The Brewers have now fallen into third place, 2.5 behind the Cubs and 1/2 a game behind St. Louis. Just don’t call Cubs fans “Cubs Nation”.
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres, 7 p.m. Can anyone else believe the 10 p.m. Sportscenter led with D-Backs/Padres? I was shocked. Let’s see more West games first in the future.
August 28, 2007
Normally, this match-up, which is continuously shoved down our throats, means at least two nationally televised Yankees-Red Sox games. If it’s a weekend series, it means Saturday afternoon baseball on FOX followed by Sunday night baseball on ESPN. If it’s a weekday series, it usually means Monday night baseball and Wednesday night baseball on ESPN.
But this week’s Red Sox-Yankees series goes from Tuesday-Thursday, meaning there’s only room for one nationally televised Yankees-Red Sox game (Wednesday, ESPN).
For that, I thank Katy Feeney, MLB’s senior vice president of scheduling. Her wisdom has spared us one overhyped Yankees-Red Sox broadcast. Thank you, from me and fans of teams other than the Red Sox and Yankees everywhere.
Be happy about less Red Sox-Yankees in your life for now, because we’ll get extra doses of it later. ESPN is showing Yankees-Red Sox on Friday, September 16 and Sunday, September 18 and it wouldn’t surprise me if FOX televises the Saturday game.
On a related, nerdy note, Feeney’s job is one of the most complex in sports. If you ever want a mental challenge, try making an MLB 162-game schedule using all the guidelines and traditions MLB uses. It’s a hobby of mine, and it’s tough.
August 28, 2007
The Angels dominated the series opener on Monday night, winning 6-0. Garret Anderson hit a solo home run to start the scoring off and had two more RBI later. GA is on fire all of a sudden, which is exactly what the Angels needed — Anderson’s looking like he’s in his prime again. In the last week or so, Anderson is 12-for-32 with four homers and 14 RBI. John Lackey was dominant, pitching a complete game shutout, striking out five and not allowing a walk.
The Mariners are now three games behind the Angels in the AL West, and lead the wild-card race by two games over the Yankees. Today’s probables: Ervin Santana vs. Jeff Weaver — yep, a battle of the inferior Santana and the inferior Weaver in the league.
OTHER BIG MLB GAMES — In case you hadn’t noticed, my Other Big MLB Games section always includes every game that either involves two teams in contention (I’ll lower that requirement to one as more teams get eliminated), or a nationally televised game:
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, 4 p.m. Ugh. Unfortunately, one of them has to win. More on that later.
Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians, 4 p.m. The Indians have quietly put together a great last couple of weeks. The Twins need to win the next two games to get back in the race, and yes, it seems like I’ve been saying that for weeks. Twins Territory has an interview with a Twins beat writer.
New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies, 4 p.m. Chase Utley’s back! He homered in his first game off of the DL on Monday night, leading the Phillies to a 9-2 win and cutting the Mets’ lead in the NL East to five games.
Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs, 5 p.m. A battle for first place in the NL Central, between teams that are a combined three games over .500. At least the Cubs are playing well lately, the Brewers have been awful, and Chuckie Hacks outlines why.
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres, 7 p.m. Who would’ve guessed that baseball’s strongest divisions this year would be the Western divisions? The Padres won the series opener 3-1, led by an 11-strikeout performance by Jake Peavy. The Padres are now only two games out of first and the NL Wild Card race by three games. Brandon Webb gets the start today for Arizona, and it’s too bad that Webb and Peavy couldn’t have faced off against each other.
Tennis, U.S. Open, early rounds, all day nationally televised on USA. Tennis is one of those rare sports I love to play but can’t stand watching, so I have little to add here.
Olympic qualifying basketball, Puerto Rico vs. USA, 8 p.m., nationally televised on ESPN2. Either way, Americans win! The U.S. won their first game of Round 2, 127-100 on Monday over Mexico.
WNBA Playoffs, New York Liberty vs. Detroit Shock, televised on ESPN2. I know it’s a different team, but Jim Caple had a good column about the Seattle Storm possibly playing their last game in Seattle.
August 27, 2007
Sunday night I saw a sight I thought I’d never see — David Wells legging out a bunt single.
The 44-year-old big-boned pitcher was making his first start for the Los Angeles Dodgers and helped his own cause when he bunted and ran surprisingly not that slow to first base. More hilarity came when he had to run the bases and score — when he got back in the dugout he looked tired and like he was going to pass out. Wells has to be the most unlikely NL starting pitcher ever to have a bunt single, and has to be the most fun to watch hit one.
It was only nine years ago that Wells through a perfect game (pictured above) and he’s had a great career even without that game.
Boomer pitched five innings and allowed only two runs during the Dodgers’ 6-2 win over the Mets. Wells is already better than Brett Tomko, who he replaces in the rotation. Here’s to Wells playing great down the stretch and possibly beating his old team (the Padres) for the wild card.