Wakeup Call: L.A. apparently means 'Losing Always'

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Wakeup Call: L.A. apparently means 'Losing Always'

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, October 31:

BASEBALL
No, no, baseball Gods! That D-word you might have heard . . . it didn't come from San Francisco! We swear! (CSN Bay Area)

Attention, dinosaurs: The Giants' victory wasn't a repudiation of Moneyball, despite what some of you seem to think. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Did you really think Jim Leyland wouldn't manage the Tigers in 2013? (AP)

They say offense sells tickets but defense wins championships. If so, we now have a clearer understanding of the Orioles' surprising surge in 2012. (CSN Baltimore)

Available: Former dominant closer. True handyman's delight. (CSN Houston)

Maybe Ricky Romero's struggles weren't John Farrell's fault, after all. (AP)

Dodger catcher A.J. Ellis, his wife, and his newborn daughter have a story they can tell for the rest of their lives. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Rick Pitino achieves Coach for Life status -- just about -- at Louisville. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Urban Meyer is down with the NCAA's tough new sanctions on rule-breakers. (AP)

Bill O'Brien gets an A-plus from his boss for his first year on the job at Penn State. (AP)

Attention, Stanford: It's never a good sign when you plan to start alternating quarterbacks nine games into the season. (AP)

The iron curtain isn't soundproof, Bill Snyder. Thanks to social media, we now know that Kansas State linebacker Tre Walker is out for the season. (AP)

HOCKEY
At last, some money coming in! (AP)

Raffi Torres is under fire for a blackface Halloween costume, but he insists it was just a tribute to Michael Jackson, "one of my fave artists," and anyone "saying its racist is crazy!" (NBC's Pro hockey Talk)

My, things sure are different in Moscow, aren't they Alex? (CSN Washington)

The lockout has turned ex-Bruin Joe Corvo into his "wife's personal assistant." With the kids, with the kids . . . (Pro Hockey Talk)

Tyler Seguin's new teammate, Patrick Kane, has a nice Swiss League debut. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The Czech team whose fans directed racial taunts at Wayne Simmonds has been fined . . . though for what, I don't know. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Well, well. We're now into the regular season, and the Lakers are still winless. (AP)

David Stern finds it tough to tell these massive hurricanes apart. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Yeah, Dan, you probably should have thought that one through a little. (AP)

But at least this year's off to a good start, right? (AP)

A sore knee has Danny Granger out indefinitely. (AP)

Four more years! Four more years! For Ty Lawson, that is. (AP)

Stand proud, Anthony Davis: You know you've made it when Ludacris goes out for Halloween dressed as you and your unibrow. (NBC's Off The Bench)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Steelers don't anticipate any changes to their scheduled 4:25 p.m. kickoff in New Jersey against the Giants Sunday, despite the devastation that Hurricane Sandy delivered to the area. (AP)

The vultures circling the reeling Panthers have their eyes on Steve Smith. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The reeling Jaguars, meanwhile, have sent Mike Thomas to Detroit as a replacement for Nate Burleson. (AP)

As for Steven Jackson, he's staying put. Or so say the Rams. (AP)

49ers to NFL: C'mon. Give Alex the record. (Pro Football Talk)

Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie has his financial problems, it's true. But he says a 375,000 tab at a strip club isn't one of them. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER
Who says there's no offense in soccer? (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Alarm-puller: ‘I’m drunk. I’m stupid. I’m a Pats fan’

Alarm-puller: ‘I’m drunk. I’m stupid. I’m a Pats fan’

Intentionally or otherwise, the guy who allegedly pulled the fire alarm at the Steelers’ hotel Sunday morning may have also provided the average Bud Light-loving Bostonian a new motto. 

“I’m drunk. I’m stupid. I’m a Pats fan,” Dennis Harrison told police after he was arrested, according to the Boston Globe.  

Citing the State Police report, the Globe wrote Monday that Harrison was talked into pulling the alarm while at a party in Revere, with a friend driving the 25-year-old to the Boston Hilton Logan Airport hotel Sunday morning. 

Harrison reportedly walked up to the second floor and pulled the fire alarm before returning to the car, but his friend and the keys were gone. He was then picked up by police while walking away from the hotel. 

According to the Globe, Harrison pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and setting off a false fire alarm Monday and was released on personal recognizance.
 

Gary Tanguay hits the road to Houston for "Tanguay Takes America"

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Gary Tanguay hits the road to Houston for "Tanguay Takes America"

CSN and Tanguay to Provide Daily Patriots related stories from various cities on the way to Houston on TV, Online and through Social Media All Week Long

The New England Patriots are Super Bowl bound and will take on the Atlanta Falcons in Houston on Sunday, February 5th.  CSN New England’s Gary Tanguay is also Houston-bound, boarding a CSN trailer today and starting his road trip to Super Bowl 51 – and fans can get an inside look as TANGUAY TAKES AMERICA!
 
Tanguay departed from the CSN studios in Burlington, MA this morning at 6AM and has already logged more than 300 miles on his journey to Texas.  He will be making several Patriots-related stops along the way including places like New Jersey, Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, New Orleans and more. 
 
"I'm looking forward to telling many off the field stories from the road," said Tanguay. “I’ll be checking in throughout each day on TV, online and on social media and look forward to bringing Patriots fans different types of stories that they normally don’t see.”  
 
“Tanguay Takes America” will be a fun, interactive way for Patriots fans to get ready for the big game as the New England Patriots continue their “drive for five”. This is just the beginning of the robust Patriots Super Bowl coverage that CSN will offer over the next two weeks and through game-day.
 
Among the stops and visits that Gary will make:

  • A visit to the city of the team they just beat (Pittsburgh), plus the city of the team they’ll play (Atlanta)
  • The Capitol Impact of the Patriots going to another Super Bowl
  • A meet-up with Troy Brown at his home in West Virginia
  • Stops in towns that hold roots of success for some of the current Patriots
  • A visit to where the Patriots Dynasty began 

Patriots fans can follow Gary’s journey via @Gary_Tanguay and CSNNE on Twitter and Facebook, as well as on CSNNE.com and on CSN’s television programming.