As Mike Holmgren moved aside in Cleveland, he left with the parting words of a man who felt as if progress had been made, even in the bottom-line business of winning in the NFL. Holmgren's best move as president was hiring Tom Heckert as general manager, and Heckert doesn't expect to survive a purge by [Joe Banner]. Holmgren also selected Pat Shurmur as head coach. ... Shurmur is expected to be fired unless there is a miraculous turn-around in the last nine games. When Holmgren talked about the table being set, he was referring to the personnel department headed by Heckert. He was also referring to Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson, Josh Gordon and other young players added to the roster in the Holmgren-Heckert era. (The News-Herald) Comment
Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski wondered aloud Wednesday whether anyone with guaranteed riches coming to him might want to work again so soon, but he wasn't ruling it out. [Pierzynski says Ozzie Guillen] wants to manage in the major leagues again, but warns that only certain teams can be the right fit for his opinionated former manager. "I know he wants to work again," Pierzynski said Wednesday on "SVP & Russillo" on ESPN Radio. "I talked to him; I consider him a friend of mine and we talk. I don't think he saw this coming. I thought that he would get at least one more year, but he still wants to manage I'm sure, and I'm sure he will find an opportunity somewhere." (ESPN Chicago) Comment
In Portland's preseason win on Monday, Terry Stotts opted to give some minutes to camp invitees Coby Karl and Adam Morrison, though their tenures may be nearing an end. After Thursday's game, the Blazers have a practice Friday before they make their final roster cuts to get down to the league maximum of 15 players. The Blazers already have 15 players under contract for the season, meaning Karl, Morrison and Justin Holiday will likely be cut Saturday. Teams have to turn in their final rosters Monday, but most will trim their rosters by Saturday to give players a chance to clear waivers by Monday. Stotts said the cuts will be an "organization, team decision," but the final say will come from general manager Neil Olshey. (The Oregonian) Comment
Pablo Sandoval celebrates hitting his third home run in Game 1 of the World Series. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Every October, there are heroes and there are goats. Bill Buckner was the latter 25 years ago today.