While the trade deadline for MLB has just passed (4:00 PM E.S.T,) the big news of the day is in the NBA and Kevin Garnett’s escape from Minnesota. Mired on a losing team in a loser city, KG is now King of Green, becoming a boston Celtic this afternoon in the biggest trade for a single player in NBA history. It took a total of FIVE players AND two first round draft picks to pry Garnett from the Timberwolves. Many people see this as Minnesota G.M. Kevin McHale’s final move as a Celtic. As we all know, McHale and Bird and Ainge won three rings together as Celtic’s, and now McHale has traded his franchise player to the franchise that gave him a career as well as his good buddy Danny Ainge. Ainge is currently the G.M. of the Celtics.
Today Pedro Martinez pitched three simulated innings against minor leaguers in Port St. Lucie, FL as the chatter gets louder about his recovery from shoulder sugery last September. Tomorrow, after seeing how Pedro’s body reacts to the work today, the team is expected to announce whether he will begin his rehab assignment or pitch another simulated game. IF the next step Pedro takes is his rehab assignment, that could mean Pedro would be throwing for the Port St. Lucie Mets as early as THIS WEEKEND! Once assigned to the Minors, he would have thirty days until he had to be called up to bigs. If Pedro pitches for St. Lucie on Sunday, he could conceivabley take the mound Thursday, August 23 at home verse the Padres or in that weekend series against the Dodgers. We shall wait and see!!!
So it’s been awhile, but baseball’s second half has begun and Michael Vick is making headlines. SO. . .Michael Vick has been indicted on various charges related to a dog fighting ring he allegedly organized, funded, and participated in. The uproar around it has been growing exponentially since the indictment was handed down last Tuesday. It appears this week he will accept some type of paid leave of absence deal to deal with these serious legal charges. Today NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell ordered Vick NOT to report to training camp while the league reviews the charges against him. All of this has had various responses from people around the country. Some, including PETA, who held demonstrations today outside Falcons’ headquarters, think Vick needs to be suspended immediatly. Others, myself included, believe that the NFL needs to let the due process run its course and allow the judicial system, not public opinion or the media, decide if Michael Vick is guilty of these charges. To hang a man publicly this soon, even before his scheduled arraignment on Thursday, is a rush to judgment people can not make. This brings back still fresh memories of the Duke lacrosse team, who lost their title contending season, a coach, a captain, and a team based on allegations that were found to be false. WHO KNOWS, maybe Vick was taken advantage of by a cousin he gave money to, it wouldn’t be the first time someone has bitten a gift horse in the mouth. Maybe he’s guilty, maybe he’s not, I’m just saying that the NFL, PETA, and the rest of the people in this land of “Innocent Until Proven Guilty” should allow the Judicial system to do its job and back off!
This afternoon my highschool Alma Mater, Iowa City West, defends their state title in Des Moines. They start the tournament as a clear cut #1 with the opportunity to not only win but break records in the process. The Trojans are currently ranked #10 in the country, and Coach Mark Reiland wants to be the unofficial best public school in the country. Here Andy Hamilton of the Iowa City Press Citizen breaks down the Trojans record breaking opportunity.
Today Derek Jeter responded to A-Rods comments about their friendship. “Do we eat dinner together every night anymore? No?” Those were A-rods words yesterday when questioned about his friendship with Derek Jeter. Derek and Alex were best friends ten or twelve years ago when they were coming up in the New York and Texas famr systems respectively. A-rods admitted cooling of their friendship stems from a 2001 Esquire article in which he states, “Jeter’s been blessed with great talent around him,” Alex says. “He’s never had to lead. He can just go and play and have fun.” Jeter insists that their relationship makes no difference, they are both professionals. “They can make great music,” says Woodie Paige on Around the Horn today on ESPN. We’ll see if this effects the Yankees into the rest of spring training and the rest of the season.
Today the nations top basketball recruit in the country,O.J. Mayo received his punishment for being ejected from a game and “making contact” with the ref. I’ve seen the video, the ref RAN into Mayo and fell down. Mayo was suspened for three games by the principal of Huntington High, and two games by the athletic commission. The commision agreed to allow the sentences to run concurrently, which allows Mayo to play in the conference tourney later this month. It has not been a good day for USC recruits, to which Mayo is a commitment. Earlier today it was announced that USC was investigating the recruiting process with their top football recruit, Joe McKnight. McKnight was the #2 overall recruit in the country and the #1 halfback. It was revealed that he might have spoke with Reggie Bush through a third party on speakerphone. I dunno about all this, it sounds like it could be shady, but the NCAA rulls are so strict, I wouldn’t be surprised if rules were broken by accident or not even at all.
Yesterday the Italian cabinet decreed that Italian Serie A may continue this weekend, but only after the stadiums are examined for security. If they pass muster, they may host fans this weekend. Today they announced that only six of the thirty-one stadiums under review were deemed safe. That means twenty-five stadiums will host games with no fans this weekend. Pretty crazy!