Truth & Rumors: Sept. 27, 2004
Posted: Monday September 27, 2004 11:18AM; Updated: Monday September 27, 2004 2:43PM
Rams head coach Mike Martz is in the process of damaging quarterback Marc Bulger's career. The Rams' pass-run ratio over the past two games has reached stunning, loony-tunes proportions: 90 passes, only 30 runs.
Officially, the Bears are saying franchise quarterback Rex Grossman has a sprained right knee and will undergo an MRI today. The real fear is he will be lost for the season.
The Ravens should not allow GM Ozzie Newsome and director of player personnel Phil Savage to leave the organization until they retire. Whatever they want or need, just give it to them.
The Chiefs called the Dolphins to gauge Miami's interest in running back Larry Johnson, and that interest might have risen Sunday night. The Dolphins lost running back Lamar Gordon in the first half with a left shoulder injury.
The Chiefs reportedly also talked to Tampa Bay, which may have lost Charlie Garner to a serious knee injury Sunday, and Dallas.
It will be interesting to see whether the Patriots show interest in quarterback Damon Huard, who was released by the Chiefs Saturday.
After a sack bruised Steve McNair's sternum, Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said it's too soon to determine his quarterback's status for next Sunday's game at San Diego.
Most of the credit offensively for the Giants' 27-10 victory over the Browns went to Kurt Warner, the man delivering the ball and creating team chemistry by the way he did it.
MLB officials are expected to resume negotiations with Orioles owner Peter Angelos this week in an attempt to reach an agreement to move the Expos to Washington's RFK Stadium.
They have been performing the same old dance of death for at least five years, but this time the process of franchise relocation seems irreversible. Gene Orza of the players' association flew to Montreal last week to advise Expos' players on divesting themselves of any Montreal real-estate holdings and the like.
Could Cal Ripken Jr. run the Washington club? "A club that is close to the Washington vicinity would be close to where I live, so that would make it more appealing than, say, Portland," Ripken said. "When the time is right, if there is an opportunity, I will be open to listen to what that is."
Suspended by the Angels for the balance of the season, Jose Guillen, who has one year and $3.5 million left on his contract, is on the trading block.
While Boston's Jason Varitek won't be in Tampa Bay's price range, several others (Oakland's Damian Miller, Montreal's Einar Diaz, St. Louis' Mike Matheny) could be had for the $2.5 million-$3.5 million it's expected to take to retain Toby Hall through arbitration or a contract settlement.
Jose Valentin wants to get White Sox GM Ken Williams to think that maybe it wouldn't be such a good idea to let him go after the season.
Detroit likely will not bring back Eric Munson next season, as backup catcher Brandon Inge takes over at third. They'll try to sign another backup catcher.
Gene Lamont, who has been recommended for the Mets' managerial job by former Pirates and Marlins manager Jim Leyland, has heard nothing from the Mets.
Hurricane Jeanne canceled a meeting planned for this morning between manager Lou Piniella's agent, Alan Nero, and top Rays officials, and it may end up being just a conference call. Nero was to talk with Rays managing partner Vince Naimoli and GM Chuck LaMar about the team's plans for payroll and direction over the next few seasons.
The Indians expect to be big players in the free-agent market this winter. What they want most is a No. 1 starter. Among the potential free agents are Matt Morris, Kevin Millwood, Brad Radke, Eric Milton, Derek Lowe and Carl Pavano. And, oh yeah, and someone by the name of Pedro Martinez.
Pirates GM Dave Littlefield said the size of next season's payroll won't be determined until late fall or early winter, indicating the Pirates will wait until they see how season tickets sales are going.
If Raptors GM Rob Babcock is to be believed, no one has called for Vince Carter's services since he asked to be traded.
The referees' union, which met last Friday in Chicago, agreed to the terms of a new five-year contract.
True to Danny Ainge's insistence, a spokeswoman for Rick Fox said the forward has not progressed enough from neck and back trouble to play.
Longtime agent Bob Murray is convinced that ownership's mission with the lockout is to break the union: "I think they're doing whatever it takes for them to make a case for declaring impasse in hopes that they'll throw open the doors and see what happens from there. It's going to be an ugly, ugly process, and I think the game's going to get hurt terribly in the process."
No matter what they say, not all the owners can be in favor of the lockout. The first name that comes to mind is Detroit's Mike Ilitch.
Dominik Hasek is serving a conditioning stint with Ottawa's Binghamton AHL affiliate. He eventually could sign a minor-league deal with them, but may also play in the ECHL, the OSHL (4-on-4 league) or even in Europe.
Dallas' Jaroslav Svoboda (Olomoucin of the Czech league) and the Kings' Lubomir Visnovsky (Slovan Bratislava in Slovakia) made it 173 NHLers in Europe after signing contracts Monday. The Czech league leads the way with 49 NHL players -- including Jaromir Jagr of the Rangers. Sweden is second with 40 players, top among them Peter Forsberg of Colorado with Modo. The Russian league is third with 37 players, including Ilya Kovalchuk of Atlanta with AK Bars Kazan.
David Beckham, who had a dreadful game Saturday in a 2-1 loss to Athletic Bilbao, was rumored to have a viral infection, and may miss Real Madrid's Champions' League match against Roma on Tuesday.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been told that he must sell players before he can buy again after spending his entire 2005 transfer budget on Wayne Rooney, who will make his debut Tuesday.