REST IN PEACE, Leslie Nielsen.
COLLEGE GAME DAY: So I'm heading to Wrigley Field today to watch my alma mater, Illinois, take on Northwestern.
As you've probably heard, the Big Ten stepped in at the last minute to say both offenses must head toward the west end zone. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney said, "The health and safety of our student-athletes is of the utmost importance." Yeah, right. If the health and safety of these student-athletes was of the "utmost importance," then the Big Ten would hand them skirts instead of helmets and have them play two-hand touch.
Also, Wrigley Field isn't the only baseball field hosting a football game today. So is Yankee Stadium.
FANTASY BASEBALL 365: Charlie Saponara and his untrusty sidekick, Joe, tackle the tough topics of Jose Bautista, Pablo Sandoval, and potentially overrated catchers. I'm biased in favor of this podcast because these are the topics I suggested via Twitter. Isn't social networking cool?
WHAT DO YOU THINK was the worst MLB trade of the past 25 years? Hmm... the only thing this list is missing is every trade the Pittsburgh Pirates have made with Jim Hendry. (Although,in fairness, the guy who made all those bad trades for Pittsburgh now works for Hendry. Go figure.)
CHICAGO CUBS' WEEKEND HEADLINES: All Cracked up. "The Cubs continue with the unintentional metaphors for the 2010 season, having cracked the beloved Harry Caray statue in the prep for the Big Northwestern/Illiois game." Plus the Cubs have asked our bankrupt state of Illinois for $200 million to help fund their billion-dollar entertainment business.
Smells Like Mascot
VETERANS' REFLECTIONS: Former Pro Baseball Players Reflect on War Service.
BOB FELLER'S TIME IN THE NAVY. This video is 10 minutes long, but it's Bob Feller in his own words and rather enjoyable for any WWII buffs out there.
WHITE SOX trying to repair damaged recruiting reputation in Latin America. "Re-establishing an honorable presence in Latin America has been placed in the hands of Jerry Krause, the former Bulls general manager and baseball scout who was hired last spring as director of international scouting with an emphasis on restructuring scouting in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela."
SOX MACHINE: Why Alexei Ramirez was robbed of the Gold Glove. "Plain and simple, Ramirez made waaaaaaaaaaaaay more plays — and because of the error stat (and, going a step further, fielding percentage), he effectively gets punished for having more chances to make errors."
JOE MORGAN AND JON MILLER ARE OUT at ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. But who will replace them?
2010 UPL BASEBALL Wrap-Up and Post-Season Awards: This year's manager of the year is Pauly.
THE WEATHER IS GETTING COLDER but the stove is heating up. For the third straight year, Schruender is rating a different MLB player each day of the offseason.
MY NEW FAVORITE COMMERCIAL:
Welcome back, Conan.
REMEMBERING SPARKY ANDERSON:
No manager in baseball history was more true to his nickname than George "Sparky'' Anderson. No manager ever loved the game more than Sparky. No manager did the job with the same relentless energy and enthusiasm as Sparky. No manager smiled as often as Sparky. No manager was more of a gentleman than Sparky. No manager was nicer than Sparky. Late in his career, Anderson asked the media to start calling him by his given name, George, saying no man in his 50s should be called Sparky. But, it never took. He was and always will be Sparky.
UNDERCOVER BOSS: This Sunday, November 7, at 8 p.m. on CBS, you'll get to see one of the Chicago Cubs' owners, Todd Ricketts, go undercover and work at Wrigley Field (taped last September).
Ricketts grew a beard and went undercover in September as "Mark Dawson," an out-of-work roofer who won a contest to appear on a TV show in which he is given the chance to earn a job on the grounds crew based on his performance during a week-long trial period.
He strikes out. "I was fired from the bathroom crew," Ricketts told Eric & Kathy Thursday morning on 101.9 FM The Mix.
He's given a second chance, though, and eventually does several jobs, including selling hot dogs, parking cars and working the grounds.
"The most exciting one was working the scoreboard," Ricketts said on The Mix. "It was the first time I'd been up there. It was only the second time cameras had been up there ... It's really special."
CONGRATS TO THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS!