Speed Read: NFL Commish Feels Your Fiscal Pain

Quiet night in sports as the NBA gears up for the All-Star weekend in Phoenix (first round of stories: “Hey, it gets cold in the desert!”).  Therefore, coverage this morning will be 20-25% less sports-y.  This is in honor of NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell taking a pay freeze this year and trimming his bonus from last year to drop his 2008 pay by roughly a quarter.

Roger Goodell

“The commissioner believes it will take a collective sacrifice of everyone to get through this difficult economic environment.” The commish is wise.  However, the commish will certainly have a better case for the uncapped year coming up and the next CBA negotiations by showing “fiscal responsibility” now.  Also, the layoff of 15% of league staff in NYC might be a little more palatable.

Darren McFadden, Bay Area savior and Al Davis’ last good idea, had his shoulder ’scoped last month, but no one knew his shoulder was injured.  Not only that, but he went back to his college doctor to have the procedure done.  We’re not suggesting this was a good idea, but Al Davis’ medical plan for the Raiders consists mostly of leeches and bromide.  Hey, it’s worked for him…

Al Davis

(ARISE AND BE HEALED)

Here’s something to chew on since you can’t chew on your world record fingernails anymore…

My God, it takes longer to leak PED names than to take a leak for a drug test. When will we finally see those 103 other names from 2003’s MLB positive test list?

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Milwaukee Has Seen Enough of Dale Sveum

A quick aside: if you had asked me one baseball card to represent my entire collection, without hesitation I would have responded 1987 Topps Dale Sveum, pictured below (no, mine was not autographed; that would have probably made it the most valuable card I ever owned. My collection sucked). There he stood, his gaze as majestic as his ’stache, the incredible Milwaukee Brewers logo of the era gracing his cap. The 80s were great, and Dale Sveum was so very 80s.

So it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you all that Milwaukee’s interim manager’s career is no more. Sveum guided his team to the playoffs after taking over for Ned Yost, who was fired with 16 games left in the 2008 regular season. According to the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINAL, though, it clearly wasn’t enough for Milwaukee brass:

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Melvin To Yost: “Thanks For Letting Me Fire You”

Amidst the raucous celebrations going on in Milwaukee, Brewers GM Doug Melvin took a couple of minutes out of his day to thank the man they couldn’t have done this without — or with, really. When Ned Yost signed on to Gmail this morning he had a nice little email waiting from Melvin thanking him for his years of service, and for being just incompetent enough to warrant being fired 150 games into a season. This touching gesture was certanly greeted warmly by Yost.

Ned Yost and Doug Melvin

“Here, Ned, let me just get the knife in a little deeper”

Melvin also should have sent emails to Matt LaPorta thanking him for playing well enough to be traded for CC Sabathia, William Bartholomay for moving the Braves from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966 (without whom the Brewers might not have ever existed), and the Arizona Diamondbacks for entering the league 10 years ago and forcing the Brewers to the NL Central, where they get to play the Reds and Pirates like 35 times a year.

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