Thursday, September 01, 2005

Quick hits

If you are waiting for anything live from the Eagles game, forget about it. I don't think they showed up.

USC red-shirt senior quarterback Matt Leinart came back for his last year of football eligibity even though he is done with undergraduate work. He still has to attend at least one class, so he chose ballroom dancing. Not only is he a stud to all of the co-eds, now he'll be attractive to the "mature" set. May I cut in?

Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro has decided to wear earplugs so as not to hear the boos from the fans. Maybe he should have tried them when he was hearing the voices in his head telling him to take steroids.

A David Wells apology does not carry much weight. He does, but his words do not.

Former Eagle Corey Simon didn't waste any time finding another team that loses in really big games.

The Phillies took care of business against the Mets, taking two of three. Next up: Houston.

How come Koy Detmer looks so bad every time he plays quarterback?

Temple getting 31 points against Arizona State. Take the Sun Devils and run.
Temple's schedule is tough ... if you're Temple.

The San Antonio Spurs add Michael Finley and Nick Van Exel. The rich just got richer. That is a deep bench. Where is Billy King? Oh yeah, something about a honeymoon.

Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley is a bad man. Enough said.

Forbes magazine says the Eagles franchise is worth $952 million, fourth behind the Redskins, Cowboys and Patriots. That's not going to go over to well with T.O.

Definition of cruel and usual punishment: Coaches that call timeouts in preseason games.

T.O. lands radio show ... in Miami

Eagles receiver Terrell Owens may have been quiet since his return to the Eagles last month, but don't expect that to last.

Owens is teaming up with a radio station in Miami (790 The Ticket) and Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard to do a regular segment on Friday afternoons. Starting on Sept. 9, Le Batard, the host of the 4 p.m.-7 p.m. weekday show, will have Owens on for a 20-25 minute segment, beginning at 5 p.m.

Why Miami?

"He didn't want to do anything in Philadelphia," Le Batard said. "[Owens] and I have done some stuff together, and he is comfortable with that. He knows that I will be asking him the tough questions."

Le Batard said that he and Owens also will take calls from listeners.

Don't worry Eagles fans, you will get your shot. Le Batard's show is available on the Internet at

"Yes, we'll take calls from Philly," Le Batard said. "He is expecting that."

According to 790 The Ticket spokesman Alan Brown, there have been two requests from the Philadelphia market to syndicate the program.

Station manager Bob DeBlois confirmed that WPEN 950 AM, changing from oldies to a sports-talk radio format on Oct. 3, has called to inquire about regularly running the segment. The other is Comcast, according to Brown.

"We know we have lightning rod here," Brown said. "We are trying to see what we can get for it."

Brett and Chase beat up Pedro

Phillies starter Brett Myers did his job. Mets starter Pedro Martinez did not.

Struggling to find velocity and home plate, Martinez gave up four home runs, two to Chase Utley and the Phils are alone again on top of the wild-card standings.

So much of September baseball is going to be on the starting pitching and the Phillies need exactly what they got from Myers last night. He can't be the only one to deliver.

"This was a big win," said Charlie Manuel in a gross understatement. "From here on out, they're all big."

It falls to Jon Lieber tonight and the offense that is very inconsistent against left-handed pitching. The Mets will throw future Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, who is 2-2 with a 1.91 ERA in his last four starts. In the two losses, the Mets offense failed, scoring a total of two runs. Lieber also is 2-2 in his last four starts, with a 3.76 ERA.

Ryan Howard hits only .139 against lefties and Utley is at .242.

In keeping with my original prediction, the Mets take this one and the Phillies head to Washington still atop the wild-card standings.