Speed Read: Oregon, Boise Trade Musical Barbs

For a lot of us, tonight is like Christmas, your birthday and finding your Dad’s stash of Swank Magazines when you were 12 all rolled into one: college football starts tonight. And unlike most opening week mismatches, tonight’s marquee match-up should be a doozy, with Pac-10 dark horse Oregon braving possible blindness from the Smurf Turf and the color-coordinated fans to America’s underdog, the Boise State Broncos (current listed as a 3.5-point favorite).

Jeremiah Masoli

But this isn’t just a compelling game between two Top 25 teams with big aspirations. No, these two teams (in my best Jim Ross drawl) Just Plain Don’t Like Each Other, especially after last season’s win by Boise State that featured two Broncos getting ejected and Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli getting KOed by a cheap shot while attempting his first pass of the game. Here’s some video if you want to judge for yourself:

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Position Players Prepped For Pitching Predicament

During last night’s 15-inning endurance test at Yankee Stadium, there appeared to be a chance that, at the very least, Red Sox skipper Terry Francona was going to have to figure out which position player he would have had to turn to. The NEW YORK TIMES reports that players such as Evan Longoria and game MVP J.D. Drew were ready to hit the mound.

J.D. Drew All-Star MVP

(Not like he didn’t earn the MVP, but pitching would be icing.)

The AL manager had promised the Devil Rays that Scott Kazmir was not going to be overworked; in fact, he didn’t want to use Kazmir at all.

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Mets’ Peterson Works Pitchers, Not Media Now

Our thanks to BATS, the NEW YORK TIMES baseball blog, for their serendipitous timing with a brief piece on the muted trumpet that now is Rick Peterson. Peterson, the New York Mets’ pitching coach non pareil, could be found in previous seasons pontificating on any subject. Now all media requests to speak to Peterson must go through Mets PR. No other Mets coach has that restriction.

Rick Peterson and Victor Zambrano

(’Wait… don’t cry! I’ve got four more minutes left!’)

Maybe they’re tired of cutesy sayings and limelight theft from their players, the true marketing potential of the Mets. Or, more likely, the reason for screening Peterson’s media calls involves another event Sunday: Scott Kazmir pitched for the first time since coming off the disabled list. Hint: it wasn’t for the Mets.

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