Minor League Teams Get Into Major-League Fight

• Chiefs & Dragons get all fired up in a heated minor league basebrawl.

Minor League Fight

• One offended lady was able to put a stop to the Lowell Spinners’ “Politically Incorrect Night” - Mother Nature.

Devin Hester’s mighty holdout from the Bears lasts all of two days.

• The Tar Heels run away from the chance to face Appalachian State.

• The Phillies aren’t flattered by Jose Reyes’ one-fingered celebration.

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Tar Heels Frightened To Face Appalachian State

If a state-run school in North Carolina has a college football team and is a member of the ACC, they are almost required to throw a little love to the other state-run, yet lesser known, institutions. It’s what NC State did by bringing Appalachian State into Carter-Finley Stadium a few years ago and taking care of business.

Butch Davis Concerned

But the powder-blue boys of Chapel Hill and head coach Butch Davis apparently want nothing to do with the upstart Mountaineers (who just create college football grudges). According to the GREENVILLE NEWS CHIEF (via 850 THE BUZZ), the Heels are refusing to play their fellow Carolinians.

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Michigan NFLers Still Sour About App State Upset

No reason to repeat what a monumental upset it was when Appalachian State knocked off Michigan in the Big House last season. (Unless you’re a Mountaineers, Ohio State, Michigan State or Penn State fan - then repeat as necessary.) And apparently some Wolverines currently in the NFL are having a hard time forgetting.

Appalachian State Michigan

In fact, one UM alum playing for the Redskins is taking it out his frustration on an App State rookie hoping to make the final Washington roster - by making the kid carry his helmet. Read more…

Blog-O-Ronaldo: Soccer Star Splits From Gal Pal

• WITH LEATHER is saddened to see soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and model Nereida Gallardo flushing their relationship down the drain.

Cristiano Ronaldo Nereida Gallardo

• JALOPNIK (via 850 THE BUZZ) drives up word that Barack Obama won’t be sponsoring a NASCAR vehicle, after all.

• TRIPLE TRI BLOG finds LSU already talking some shirt smack before their season opener with Appalachian State.

• DEADSPIN tees up Charles Barkley comparing his golf game to blogs: “I don’t know what a blog is, but it don’t sound good.”

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Blog-O-Rama: Matt Jones Caught with Coke & Pot

• DEADSPIN snorts up news that Jaguars receiver Matt Jones was arrested in Arkansas for cocaine & marijuana possession.

Matt Jones Jaguars mugshot

Maybe he’s just preparing himself for the Jags’ potential move to L.A.

• GOTHAMIST purrs at the latest fashion accessory Mets pitchers are sporting these days - Hello Kitty backpacks.

• LARRY BROWN SPORTS finds Lance Berkman taking a swing at those who are afraid to participate in the Home Run Derby.

• THE WIZARD OF ODDS can’t wait to put up their awesome 2008 USC Trojans football poster. Not bad, but this will always be our favorite sports schedule wall decoration:

Ashley Judd Kentucky hockey poster

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Michigan’s Draft Success - Yet Another Letdown

The unfortunate events of September 1st are seven months and 27 days ago. But the University of Michigan’s defeat at the hands of Division 1-AA Appalachian State still stings. This weekend’s NFL draft only helped to make that pain even more vivid.

Appalachian State 34-32

You see, Michigan’s 2007 season wasn’t supposed to be so bad. After the surprisingly awesome 2006 season, hopes were high in Ann Arbor. Offensive studs Chad Henne, Mike Hart, and Jake Long were coming back to school, just to win a championship. Along with standout receivers Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington, the Wolverines were ranked as high as #5 in the preseason. Then It happened. Read more…

Seminoles Start 2008 Soft With Two 1-AA Teams

It was a rough season for Florida State, having to deal with academic fraud & player suspensions & Jenn Sterger jumping off the bandwagon. But the Seminoles have come up with a cure - start off 2008 against not one, but two I-AA opponents.

Bobby Bowden shrugs off Florida State fans

The ORLANDO SENTINEL reports that FSU will begin next year’s slate with two home games against Western Carolina and Chattanooga. Both teams hail from the Southern Conference, home of Michigan-mashing Appalachian State. But don’t expect any similar miracles from the Catamounts & Mocs, who went a combined 3-21 last year. (Great nicknames, though.)

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Crime Goes Up When College Ball Comes To Town

DEADSPIN calls out the cops, as they discover the real starting point for traveling down that path toward a life of crime. Poverty? Drugs?

No - college football!

Miami FIU fight

(Miami and Florida International trading pigskin pleasantries.)

MARGINAL REVOLUTION comes across a paper (PDF file) from Daniel Rees of the University of Colorado-Denver explaining the relationship between homecoming and home invasion.

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College Football Championships Full Of Returning Teams

NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMP. GAMES HOST REPEAT OFFENDERS: In this year’s college football championship games, it’s deja vu all over again.

As Ohio State prepares to reappear in the BCS title game, the other NCAA divisions that actually have playoffs saw some returning guests in their title contests.

Appalachian State owes Pat Riley some residuals, as the Mountaineers clinched a threepeat in Division 1-AA* with a 49-21 dousing of Delaware.

Appalachian State Delaware Michigan

There wasn’t much of an intimidation factor from the Blue Hens, since their unis were quite similar to an earlier Appalachian victim.On the flipside, Northwest Missouri State is slowly turning into the Buffalo Bills of Division II, as the Bearcats lost for the third straight time in the title game, going down 25-20 to Valdosta State.

But in Division III, the third time was finally the charm for Wisconsin-Whitewater. After losing in the last two title games to Mount Union, the Warhawks beat the Purple Raiders to long last grab an NCAA plaque of their own.

Ohio State Florida BCS football

Going back to the BCS, the Buckeyes hope they don’t have a repeat performance of last year, when they were cracked by Florida 41-14. Based on OSU’s other title appearances within the last year, the outlook’s not so good.After the destruction in the desert, the Bucks’ basketball team was bounced by the Gators in the final of the Final Four. And on Sunday, the men’s soccer team was kicked away from a title trophy by Wake Forest.

But hey, at least they beat Michigan again. That’s gotta count for something, right?

(*Yes, we know it’s now officially “Football Championship Subdivision. Quite frankly, we don’t care.)

Blogs: Arizona & Oregon Female Fans Slo-Mo Fight

• AWFUL ANNOUNCING via MAC G’s WORLD feels ducky about catching a catfight in the stands during Thursday’s Arizona-Oregon game:

• THE BACHELOR GUY breaks out the Wild Turkey, as they present the NFL Thanksgiving Drinking Game.• THE ANGRY T goes into lockdown, as they pass sentence on their NFL All-Criminal Team.• MR. IRRELEVANT knows how Appalachian State was able to beat Michigan - by distracting the Maize & Blue with fans like this:

Appalachian State girl

• JEN’S FREE THROWS has good news for all you Phoenix basketball bachelors - Suns dancer Jenni is still on the market.• Good night to good mornings, as today marks the final edition of ESPN.com’s A.M. Jump.