With the removal of Cam Cameron, in favor of Jim Caldwell, John Harbaugh and Baltimore can hope that the shake-up breathes some life into the offense. [But] it also puts more pressure on Harbaugh as well as quarterback Joe Flacco. For Flacco, there can be no more excuses. We don't want to hear about the lack of quality receivers or his poor offensive line. We don't want to hear about his strained relationship with Cameron because now he is working directly with one of the best in the NFL. As for Harbaugh, he is the next man up. ... Flacco is no Peyton Manning. He's not even younger brother Eli. But if Flacco can't reach the next level with Caldwell, it will probably mean the end of him in Baltimore. As for Harbaugh, he is under fire now. (The Baltimore Sun) Comment
Coming off weekend blockbuster, Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore didn't exactly get the benefit of the doubt. [Moore was] furious Monday afternoon, livid at the accusations, and trying to keep a calm demeanor on the telephone. He pulls off the Royals' biggest trade in two decades, giving them a shot at their first playoff berth since 1985, and he's read that he made the blockbuster deal simply to save his job. "To me, that's insulting," Moore tells USA TODAY Sports. "That's very insulting. Very, very insulting. I don't get too bent up about criticism, and I want to take the high road here, but that's insulting my integrity. If something happened, I couldn't get another job in baseball? Is that what people think?" (USA Today) Comment
Apparently, Kentucky John Calipari's power of persuasion hasn't yet sunk in within his current basketball team. Again and again, Calipari has pushed for greater effort, passion and competitiveness. "It's more we're hearing what he's saying, but I don't think it's been full bought into yet," senior Julius Mays said after UK beat Portland Saturday. That's where Camp Cal comes in. ... In the next three weeks, Kentucky only plays a game each Saturday, thus creating plenty of time for buy-in. Saying that his team presently was ranked no better than 50 to 100, Calipari made any alternative sound like, ugh, public transportation: the NIT. "If we're in the NIT, it's a good run to New York," he said (presumably) facetiously. (Kentucky.com) Comment
Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez recovers a fumble by running back Steven Ridley on the Texans' four yard line during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. New England scored on the next play and their 42-14 Monday Night blowout of Houston was on. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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