-- Grant Balfour takes $12M for two years from Tampa Bay, instead of more money from the Mets- that doesn’t happen every day.
-- Giants’ OL David Diehl called it a career at age 33 Friday; he won two Super Bowls as a starter. Guys like him are part of what makes the NFL so cool; he was a 5th-round draft pick, but turned out to be a very important player. When he was drafted, doubt anyone outside his friends/family batted an eyelash.
-- Greg Maddux/Tony Larussa are both having caps with no logos on their Hall of Fame plaques; that’s a growing trend, since so few players stay with one team their whole career now. Why have caps at all on the plaques, if there’s not going to be a logo on them?
-- There is an NHL game at Dodger Stadium Saturday night; high in LA Saturday is expected to be 77, low around 52. Not sure how it all works, but the game starts after dark- is there a maximum temp the game can be played at, before it is postponed? There are also NHL games in the baseball park in the Bronx over the next week, where warm temps will be no issue whatsoever. Outdoor NHL games have become very popular.
-- Marlins’ president David Samson (former stepson of owner Jeffrey Loria) apparently took July-August off last summer to appear on the CBS reality series Survivor, which was filmed in the Phillipines and starts airing late next month. Not often the president of a big league ballclub takes July-August off, seeing as the trading deadline is July 31, but the Marlins aren’t your normal organization, and they’re probably better off without Samson anyway. I’m sure the taxpayers of south Florida are thrilled they paid for a new ballpark for a team run by this guy and his weasel stepfather.
-- Peyton Manning is the only player in this year’s Super Bowl who has already won a Super Bowl ring. Seahawks are the first Super Bowl team since 1990 with no players who have even played in a Super Bowl.
-- Former Titans’ coach Mike Munchak signed on as OL coach for the Steelers, good get for Mike Tomlin’s staff.
-- Golfer Steven Webster started the Qatar Open (European Tour) with a double-eagle on the 10th hole Wednesday, his first hole of the tournament. Don’t often see an albatross anytime, much less on the first hole of a tournament.
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