While everyone is telling Bears fan Mark Pavelka how lucky
he is, I wonder if he realizes how long he will be paying for this one?
Colleen Pavelka, nine months pregnant and due today, decided to take her doctor
up on the offer to have labor induced Friday, so she didn’t risk going
into labor during the playoff game on Sunday, to which her husband had
tickets. This is one that she will forever be able to pull up when she needs
her husband to do something. Trust me on this one.
Bill Parcells announced his retirement from coaching today,
after four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Parcells, ends a career that
featured three Super Bowl appearances and two championships, although not with
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen confirmed Saturday night that
the Pittsburgh Steelers plan to name Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator
Mike Tomlin as their new head coach. A formal announcement from the team is
expected later today.
Apparently, Michael Vick was NOT carrying marijuana, or any
other illegal substance, in his water bottle at the Miami International
Airport. Or so said a
league source to ESPN on Sunday. The police, however, still say
“there’s no official word” on analysis of the substance of
whether charges will be filed. Guess we’ll have to wait and see on this
Bud Selig’s announcement to step down as baseball
commissioner when his contract expires in 2009 is apparently serious this
time. Honest. Well, probably. If it SHOULD be for real this time, a number of
names have been thrown out as possibilities, including Andy MacPhail, former
president of the Chicago Cubs; George Mitchell, politician and diplomat. (But,
he’s older than Selig, so I don’t think so); Jimmie Lee Solomon,
MLB’s executive vice president of baseball operations and even, dare I
say it, former Texas Rangers owner George W. Bush. Actually, Bush wanted to be
commissioner before he even ran for governor of Texas.
Chase Utley has agreed to an $85 million, seven-year
contract as a second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies
As reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago native Cliff Floyd is close to
agreement on a one-year contract which will bring him back home, and into the
fold with the Chicago Cubs. A decision is expected this week.
Apparently, responding to the negative comments made by his
stepmother Teresa Earnhardt was the right move for Dale Earnhardt Jr. She
stated she was “absolutely” committed to keeping Junior behind the
wheel of the No. 8 Chevy and is willing to discuss a larger role at Dale
Earnhardt Inc. as part of the ongoing contract negotiations.
Race to the Chase field expanding to 12? It’s
possible. As reported by ESPN.com’s Dave Newton, a source close to
NASCAR said the governing body is finalizing a plan that will allow the top 12
in points in the 10-race playoff with no provision for how many points a driver
is from the lead.
Australian Open Quarter Final Matches
Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) vs. Lucie Safarove (CZE)
Serena Williams (USA) vs. Shahar Peer
Mardy Fish (USA) vs. Andy
Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Tommy Robredo
Charley Hoffman won his first PGA Tour title by defeating
John Rollins at the first playoff hole in the Bob Hope
Desert…err…Chrysler Classic. Two time Hope Winner Phil Mickelson
had a truly bad day, hitting three balls into the water with on three holes.
He finished with a 78 tied for 45th at 7 under with two double
bogeys, five bogeys and three birdies.
David Vanole, the starting goalkeeper for the US at the 1988 Olympics and who helped the US
qualify for the 1990 World Cup collapsed last at dinner last Monday and later
died at the age of 43. He was on a ski vacation in Salt Lake City with his family, including his
wife Kerry Tatlock, the NBA’s senior director of global marketing
ruling out the possibility of David Beckham making an early exit from the
Bernabeu has not hurt MLS ticket sales. The Galaxy, who signed Beckham to a
truly outrageous contract, said it had sold 5,000 season tickets since
Thursday’s announcement of the signing. Expansion league Toronoto FC
said it has already sold 2,600 of its 10,000 season tickets. The hiring of
Beckham “has generated more interest in Major League Soccer than any
other event in league history,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said Tuesday.