Wakeup Call: Goodbye Guillen; goodbye Holmgren; goodbye NHL season?

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Wakeup Call: Goodbye Guillen; goodbye Holmgren; goodbye NHL season?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, October 24:

AUTO RACING
Welcome back, Dale Jr. (AP)

BASEBALL
Got an extra 10 grand lying around? Then buy yourself a ticket behind home plate for Game 1 of the World Series tonight. (NBC's Off The Bench)

The Tigers already played in Oakland this postseason, so they figure they know the kind of fan craziness they'll be facing in San Francisco. (CSN Bay Area)

You know the bat Hunter Pence shattered while hitting the strange triple that broke open Game 7 against the Cardinals? Someone sold it to a fan for 400. And Pence -- who names all his bats; this one's dubbed "Fryer" -- wants it back. (CSN Bay Area)

After the Fidel Castro business, it was all downhill for Ozzie Guillen in Miami . . . and the inevitable conclusion was reached yesterday. (AP)

Sounds like Theo learned his lesson in Boston. (CSN Chicago)

Dodgers close Kenley Jansen undergoes heart surgery, but it doesn't appear as ominous as it sounds. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Everett Golson will be back in the starting lineup when No. 5 Notre Dame plays at No. 8 Oklahoma on Saturday. (AP)

It's just never good when one teammate accuses another of disrespecting his manhood. (AP)

Get your tickets now for those 2020 and 2021 meetings between Oregon and Ohio State. (AP)

Idaho State suspends coach Mike Kramer for Saturday's game after determining he "violated the university's conduct policy" when he shoved wide receiver Derek Graves to the ground during practice on Oct. 3. Graves reported the incident to the police, hired a lawyer, and says he's suffering from neck and back spasms. (AP)

GOLF
Padraig Harrison may yet participate in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. (AP)

HOCKEY
"What would we be talking about?" Oh, I don't know, Bill. The weather? The election? Hey, wait! I know! How about suicidal labor strategies down through the years? (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The lockout is killing Daniel Alfredsson's desire to return to the Senators in particular, and hockey in general. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Pun of the day: Heat have a little problem heading into the season. Get it? (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Or maybe this is better: The NBA's making a big change to the All-Star ballot. (AP)

Twenty assists from LeBron in a single game? Coach K says it's possible. (AP)

Dirk Nowitzki's going to make sure he's completely recovered from knee surgery before returning to the Mavericks. (AP)

The Derrick Rose-less Bulls couldn't be happy to see Kirk Hinrich leave the floor because of a groin injury Tuesday night. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
So why are the Patriots still in Foxboro if the Rams have already arrived in London? (AP)

Relax everybody, says Jay Cutler; he thinks Ndamukong Suh's hit was clean. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

John Harbaugh is hiding behind the letter of the law as the NFL investigates why the Ravens never placed Ed Reed -- who says he's been playing with torn cartilage in his shoulder -- on the weekly injury report. (CSN Baltimore)

At the other end of the forthrightness spectrum, we present the Cardinals' Calais Campbell. (CSN Bay Area)

We still don't know how many games Maurice Jones-Drew will miss, except that the number will be "multiple". (Pro Football Talk)

Also on tap to miss multiple games: Sean Lee, who may be out the rest of the year because of a toe injury. (AP)

Come on, Warren. You ought to know that in this talk-show, rush-to-judgment society, six games is more than enough time to cast a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on Cam Newton. Right? (Pro Football Talk)

Things didn't work out in Cleveland for Mike Holmgren. (AP)

And they don't seem to be working out in Carolina for Ron Rivera. (AP)

Didn't the Packers just renovate Lambeau Field? (AP)

The Bills say thanks, but no thanks -- actually, they're not even saying thanks -- to a proposed stadium in downtown Buffalo. (Pro Football Talk)

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.