Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:22 pm

Ex-No. 1 pick Bryce Harper suffers leg injury

AKRON, Ohio -- Former No. 1 overall draft pick Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was carried off the field Thursday night after suffering an apparent leg injury on the bases in Double A Harrisburg's game against Akron.

Harper, who signed for $9.9 million after being made the No. 1 pick in 2010, was probably going to score from first on a long single when he pulled up just short of third base and hopped safely to the bag. Two team members carried him off the field, his leg fully extended, and into the clubhouse.

The injury wasn't immediately identified, and a Harrisburg official at the game declined to say when it would be. In the press box, speculation centered on a hamstring or ankle injury, with a hamstring issue thought to be the most likely -- as well as the least severe -- issue.

Harper is the second No. 1 overall pick of the Nationals to suffer an injury one year after being drafted. Pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the top pick in 2009, suffered an arm injury in 2010.

Harper is hitting .254/.324/.397 in 36 games at Harrisburg after starting the season at Single A Hagerstown, where he hit .318/.423/.554 with 14 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 72 games.

Category: MLB
Tags: Bryce Harper
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:00 am

SEC snubs A&M ... might A&M snub back some day?

Most schools, I'd say this won't change anything. The SEC puts off Texas A&M, snubs Texas A&M, embarrasses Texas A&M? Most schools, it wouldn't matter. When the SEC calls in a few weeks or months, or maybe in a year or two, most schools would get over the snubbing, the embarrassment, and accept an invitation to join the SEC.

Texas A&M isn't most schools, and this is one of the things I really like about those folks from College Station.

Texas A&M has pride, and I don't mean pride in the false sense of staring at itself in the mirror and sighing. No, Texas A&M has pride as in dignity -- the same pride that led Texas A&M to try to leave the Big 12 in the first place. Texas A&M had too much pride to compete in a league that allowed Texas to make up the rules as it went along.

And so the Aggies looked to leave for the SEC, even if the move technically didn't make a lot of sense for Texas A&M.

Now the SEC has hung the Aggies out to dry, allowing the Aggies to get so close to joining the SEC that the school's trustees hurriedly moved up a meeting and put "SEC" on the list of discussion topics ... before the SEC decided, nah, we're fine at 12 schools.

Yes it was a cosmetic move by the SEC. If Texas A&M's departure causes the Big 12's enormous television contracts to fall apart, the SEC wants no part of the litigation that could come. So the SEC is distancing itself from Texas A&M until the Aggies can somehow extricate themselves, legally, from the Big 12. And then the SEC, presumably, would invite Texas A&M to join.

Well, knowing Texas A&M as I'm starting to know Texas A&M, I'm not sure the Aggies would say yes to the SEC. Not after this snub, this embarrassment. The SEC has allowed the Aggies to face national ridicule while at the same reaffirming that, yes, we're the SEC and all of you losers aren't.

I'm not sure Texas A&M's pride will allow it to forget this.

I'm not sure it should, either.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: SEC, Texas A&M
Posted on: August 10, 2011 3:14 pm

They're cheating, MLB team? Prove it. Or shut up.

Another day, another baseball team found guilty of cheating.

And by found guilty, I mean accused of cheating. Because let's be honest: That's all it takes anymore. If you're accused of cheating, well, it's like you did it. Now the onus is on you, Toronto Blue Jays, to prove you've not been cheating with some dude in white in center field. Just like the onus is on you, Milwaukee Brewers, to prove you've not been cheating with the lights in your scoreboard.

(The lights are not twinkling! I know Art, and thanks for noticing.)

Sorry. Love that movie.

But I hate these accusations, because they put the burden of proof on the accused -- and in the case of the accusation against Toronto, they were put there by some anonymous cowards on an unnamed American League team. New rule: If you're going to accuse another team of cheating, then put your name to it. Otherwise, shaddup.

Kudos to Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, I guess, for having the guts to accuse publicly the Brewers of cheating. But shame on him for just throwing it out there, like it's factual. If it's factual, La Russa, prove it.

Otherwise, shaddup.

Category: MLB
Posted on: August 9, 2011 12:35 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 12:44 pm

Podcast: Tebow, religion and Noah's wildebeests

My buddy @willbrinson and I did another installment of Two Guys and a Podcast, where we laughed at the litigious segment of the North Carolina fanbase, hypocriticately blasted Twitter use by young men (well, I did) and also spent some time on Tim Tebow's faith. I believe the highlight of the show comes when I -- of course it was me! -- said the following:

"There are people out there who really believe there were two wildebeests on that damn ark."

It's all downhill from there. Listen by hitting play below. Also, Subscribe via iTunes and we'll be friends.

Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:49 am

Donte Whitner is a bad guy

Donte Whitner is a liar and a fraud, and the Bengals have had plenty of those over the years. Good riddance to you, Whitner. Didn't want you in Cincinnati anyway.

But the way he went about his business, choosing the 49ers over the Bengals ...

Disgraceful. Just awful. Donte Whitner had come to terms with the Bengals -- agreed on a contract and everything -- and then pulled a Carlos Boozer and took more money from someone else.

On the intellectual side, I get it. X dollars from one team, or X-plus-Y dollars from another? You choose X-plus-Y ...

... unless you've already given your word to the team offering X. And then you stick by your word, because that's what an honorable person does.

Whitner isn't honorable. He's a clown. And then, after Tweeting that he had would play for the Bengals, he had the gall to Tweet that he would play for the 49ers instead and credited God for the change of plans.

As if God would approve of the way Donte Whitner went about this whole thing.

Stupid. Appalling. Self-centered.

Given all that, Whitner would have been the perfect Bengal. But we're getting rid of clowns like that in Cincinnati, so it's for the best that this one didn't come here after all.

Category: NFL
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2011 12:42 pm

Podcasting on Butch, Moss, Schefter (!)

Two Guys and a Podcast returns, and other than the normal sports-talk about Randy Moss' retirement, Butch Davis' ethics and blah blah blah ... we got down to brass tacks:

I have a crush on Jay Bilas. I could post up Adam Schefter and think he's arrogant on Twitter. I approve of John Clayton's twitter persona. That sort of stuff. MUCH better than the normal sports blah-blah-blah ... though if you like blah-blah, Two Guys and a Podcast provides that too!

Something for everyone, is my point.


Category: NFL
Tags: Podcast
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:30 am

Ochocinco + Belichick = LOL

Chad Ochocinco with the New England Patriots? Chad Ochocinco with Bill Belichick?

Gotta admit, I don't see that one ending well. Maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part, seeing how I'm not a big fan of Ochocinco, or people like him.

You know the people I'm talking about. It's the people you see when you're out at the mall. It's the gaggle of teenage girls, all of them talking louder than the next and exaggerating their movements for show, their need for attention so transparent that it drives you nuts.

That's Ochocinco. His need for attention is so transparent, it drives me nuts.

And now he goes to New England? Really?

Ochocinco wants to dance with stars. He wants to ride a bull. He wants to play professional soccer.

Bill Belichick wants him to play football.

Ochocinco wants to make empty talk about wrestling alligators, fighting UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, fighting a pro boxer.

Tom Brady wants him to run his route, exactly as it's drawn up, every time.

Ochocinco wants to have a footrace with a horse. He wants to celebrate touchdowns by wearing a blazer that says he'll be in the Hall of Fame, even as his inability to focus on football has already cost him his place at Canton. He wants to be liked.

The Patriots don't care if you like them. They just want to kick your ...

Ochocinco to New England? Seems like a bad idea. But then, to me, all of Ochocinco's ideas seem like a bad idea.

Category: NFL
Tags: Ochocinco
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:29 pm

I have a podcast! Well, we have a podcast

Once upon a time I had a podcast here, something cleverly called the Oddcast, which apparently was the name of maybe 25 other podcasts on iTunes. Well, I have a new podcast here, and this time I went for a more original title:

Two Guys and a Podcast.

What? Say it. SAY IT.

Anyway ...

My man Will Brinson and I debuted our new podcast today with Kevin Love, but make no mistake. The title is Two Guys and a Podcast, and Brinson and I are the two guys in question. Which means Kevin Love is the podcast. No, wait, that's not right. He's the, umm, oh shaddup and listen OK?

And thank you.

Here's the podcast.

Hit the play button below -- iTunes availability coming soon!

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .

Category: General
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