Wakeup Call: It's the old bait-and-switch in Miami

Wakeup Call: It's the old bait-and-switch in Miami
November 14, 2012, 12:25 pm
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, November 14:

AUTO RACING
If we can't Tweet while we're behind the wheel, why should NASCAR drivers? (AP)

BASEBALL
The Blue Jays just got a whole lot better in their megadeal with the Marlins. Miami, meanwhile, didn't really do all that bad for itself . . . except in the court of public opinion, since the bait-and-switch move of a) collecting public money for a new stadium and b) trading away most of your big names after a year in that stadium isn't an optimal P.R. strategy. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

When Giancarlo Stanton expressed his, ah, displeasure with whole thing on Twitter, Bryce Harper jumped right in with an invitation to play for the Nationals. (CSN Washington)

Jeffrey Loria's now two-for-two -- he's owned teams in two markets, and pretty much destroyed interest in baseball in both of them -- and that begs the question: Why are you letting this guy stay in the club, Bud Selig? (Hardball Talk)

Next to go: Ricky Nolasco? (Hardball Talk)

Here's three reasons why Josh Hamilton probably won't land in Philadelphia. (CSN Phllly)

Your 2012 Managers of the Year: Davey Johnson (CSN Washington) . . .

. . . and Bob Melvin. (CSN Bay Area)

5.5 million for a guy who missed last season because of Tommy John surgery is a stark reminder that pitching ain't cheap. (CSN Chicago)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Duke sends an early message to Kentucky: It's a new year, boys. (AP)

Kansas found that out, too, thanks to Michigan State. (AP)

Just a bad night all around for Kentucky, as its women's team was routed by No. 1 Baylor. (AP)

New coach, new players, same old results at UConn. (AP) Of course, playing Vermont may have had something to do with it.

Yeah, but as Washington discovered: Sometimes those cupcakes don't go down so easy. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The Big East is breaking its new football league into East and West divisions . . . but, as Temple being in the West demonstrates, they're not being slaves to geographic tradition. (AP)

HOCKEY
Don't invite Jeremy Roenick and Patrick Marleau to the same party. (CSN Bay Area)

PRO BASKETBALL
This Royce White-on-the-Rockets thing isn't going well. (CSN Houston)

Well, well. Who had the Knicks at 5-0 in the best-start-to-the-season pool? (AP)

The Raptors managed to beat the Pacers despite scoring only five points in the fourth quarter. (AP)

Bernie Bickerstaff's interim magic ran out in L.A. (AP)

The Grizzles' assistant GM, Kenny Williamson, dies at age 65 of cancer. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Steelers don't know -- or, perhaps more accurately, aren't saying -- how long Ben Roethlisberger will be out because of his bad shoulder. (AP)

Read into this what you will, but, with Jay Cutler having suffered a concussion Sunday night, the Bears have re-signed former backup Josh McCown. (AP)

Adrian Peterson fought the law, and this time the law didn't win. (AP)

If you're wondering why Ryan Fitzpatrick's last pass Sunday -- the one intercepted by Devin McCourty to end the game -- was going to a rookie receiver (T.J. Graham) who ran the wrong route to boot . . . well, Stevie Johnson's wondering the same thing. (AP)

SOCCER
Hope Solo's always been an interesting character, but this -- her fiancee (ex-NFL tight endbad boy Jerramy Stevens, whom she's apparently known for two months) getting arrested for assault after they argued over whether to live in Washington or Florida after they get married -- is new territory. (AP)