Posted: Tuesday February 13, 2007 10:16AM; Updated: Tuesday February 13, 2007 3:26PM
1. Orioles pitcher Kris Benson reportedly has a torn rotator cuff. His options are season-ending surgery, or trying to pitch through the pain to keep wife Anna in the news.
2. A month after saying he would stay on, the Chargers reversed course and fired coach Marty Schottenheimer on Monday. That inspired the most dancing in San Diego since the Patriots left town.
3. Still, the Chargers have pulled the trigger so late that there are few viable head coaching candidates left. One surprising name has already thrown his hat into the ring -- Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband.
4. Bill Cosby's dog won his Westminster round by default on Monday -- the highly touted dog scared away other terriers from entering -- and will go for Best in Show on Tuesday night. Sounds like somebody's earned a pudding pop! Good boy.
5. The IOC has reprimanded Dick Pound for negative comments that the doping czar made against Lance Armstrong. As punishment, he'll have to keep the name "Dick Pound."
6. What's in a name?: The beer wars nearly spilled into both NASCAR and baseball recently when Miller offered a friendly (OK, maybe more like "antagonistic") wager to Budweiser. Miller sent a press release last Friday in which it offered to pit the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge (driven by Kurt Busch) against Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 8 Budweiser Chevy; whoever finished higher in the 2007 Nextel Cup standings would win the bet. At stake was the name of the Brewers' Miller Park and the Cardinals' Busch Stadium, albeit for a weekend. For example, if Miller won, Busch Stadium would be renamed Miller Stadium for a 2008 Cardinals-Brewers series in St. Louis, while the reverse would happen in Milwaukee to honor a Bud victory. Alas, Bud seems to have declined the wager. Frankly, we think the bet would have been more interesting if it meant baseball commissioner (and former Brewers owner) Bud Selig had to change his given name to "Miller."
7. Duke dropped out of the Top 25 for the first time in more than a decade on Monday, finishing at No. 26. In related news, the AP will now reconfigure the poll as the Top 30.
8. The NCAA alleges that the University of Oklahoma didn't adequately monitor the outside employment of its football players. The Sooners are still figuring out how to blame things on a Pac-10 official.
9. Former Pacer Stephen Jackson testified Monday that he fired his gun in a strip-club parking lot to break up a fight. Gee, what would he do to start a fight? Fire a bazooka?
10. Sports trivia question of the day: How many fingers did Hall of Fame pitcher Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown have on his pitching hand? Answer: Four, or at least 3 7/8. Brown lost the index finger and a small portion of the middle finger on his right hand in a farm-machinery accident as a youth. That didn't keep him from compiling a career ERA of 2.06, the third best in history, from 1903-1916. In fact, baseball legend holds that Brown's missing digit actually helped the movement on his signature pitch, an early version of the split-fingered fastball. This reverie, of course, was inspired by news that the Padres have signed 22-year-old righthander Cooper Brannan, a Marine who lost his left pinky while serving in Iraq. Brown's story is only partially relevant to Brannan because the latter's missing digit is on his glove hand, not his pitching hand. Still, it's hard to pass up a chance to reminisce about a guy named Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown.