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

Wakeup Call: L.A. apparently means 'Losing Always'
October 31, 2012, 11:54 am
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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)