The Big Game on Oct. 20? Preposterous!
Gary Tyrrell, the Stanford trombone player who got trampled during the seven-lateral play that ended the 1982 Cal-Stanford football game, feels like he just got run over again -- by the new Pac-12 schedule.
"I'm a great fan of the buildup to the game throughout the season," Tyrrell told the San Jose Mercury News. "By having the game this early, less than a month after Stanford starts classes, the upperclassmen will barely have time to get the freshmen adequately brainwashed to hate Cal ahead of game time."
In hockey news, Rangers coach John Tortorella apologized for trashing officials after the Winter Classic.
The NHL then apologized for fining him $30,000.
At TheOnion.com: "Presidential fitness test now awarded to any kid who can eat without sweating."
Headline at SportsPickle.com: "Colts avoid disastrous three-game winning streak."
Heart will go on
"Fenway opened the same week the Titanic sank," tweeted Dan Daly of the Washington Times. "For the 100th anniversary, the Red Sox should get Celine Dion to sing the national anthem."
The New Jersey Nets made NBA history with four players with the same last name -- Williams -- on their roster: Deron, Shawne, Shelden and Jordan Williams.
The Washington Wizards, not to be outdone, rolled out a lineup of John Wall and Four Guys Named Joe.
Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com, on volatile Carlos Zambrano and Ozzie Guillen sharing the same Miami clubhouse: "Does this make the Marlins the first MLB team with thermonuclear capability?"
Blogger Chad Picasner, on catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia's 14-letter name: "The back of his uniform says 'Continued on next jersey.' "
Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan, after refs checked a TV monitor and waved off a tying 3-pointer at the OT buzzer: "What are you going to do? Violence is out of the question."
On to New Hampshire
With just 26 days of voting and no paper ballots, this year's NBA All-Star voting is certainly taking some getting used to.
This just in: Kobe Bryant declared the winner in the Iowa caucus.