Wakeup Call: Michael Vick's problems extend to Twitter

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Wakeup Call: Michael Vick's problems extend to Twitter

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, November 6.

BASEBALL
In the Miguel Cabrera-vs.-Mike Trout debate, the players vote for Miggy. (AP)

Pat Corrales? He's still around? (AP)

Whatever it was Melky Cabrera did, no one's blaming his agents. (CSN Bay Area)

Some people don't agree with David Ortiz about Michael Bourn. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Joakim Soria will be "all ears" if the Yankees come calling. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
These early November games are supposed to be easier than this, aren't they, Kansas? (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The Belichickian-like grunts of Kansas State coach Bill Snyder were enough to spark hope that quarterback Collin Klein may play Saturday against TCU. (AP)

Now Joker Phillips really is a dead man walking. (AP)

HOCKEY
They're headed back to the table. (AP)

But this time, Steve Montador and friends aren't getting their hopes up. (CSN Chicago)

Sounds like Dan Cleary is, though. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Don Cherry thinks Roberto Luongo would just be exchanging one headache for a similar headache if he approves a trade from Vancouver to Toronto, and should go to someplace quiet, like Florida, instead. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Attention, JJ Barea and Donald Sloan: The NBA wasn't kidding about this flopping stuff. (AP)

Really? This is the Spurs' first 4-0 start in their history? (AP)

New city, new arena, new colors, same old Nets. (AP)

Same old Heat, too. (AP)

Speaking of Brooklyn . . . who's idea was this?? (NBC's Off The Bench)

It wasn't that long ago he was talking retirement. Now Kobe Bryant says he wants to play until he's 40. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
They may argue in Jacksonville and Tennessee (see below), but last night's 28-13 loss at New Orleans was enough to convince Reuben Frank that the Eagles are the laughingstock of the NFL. (CSN Philly)

As if Michael Vick didn't have enough problems, he's also got a brother with a Twitter account. (CSN Philly)

Which is something he a) isn't too happy about and b) plans to address. (CSN Philly)

At least he still has a job, though. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

And there are folks in Philly who wish Juan Castillo still had one, too. (Pro Football Talk)

Now that Sean Payton's contract extension has been nullified, will Jason Garrett become the Joker Phillips of Dallas? (Pro Football Talk)

Drew Brees doesn't think so. (AP)

Good news in Indianapolis: Andrew Luck is hardly satisfied with what he's accomplished so far in his young career. (AP)

Better news in Indianapolis: Chuck Pagano's leukemia is in complete remission. (AP)

They're 7-1 and they scored 51 points Sunday, but the Bears are still worried about their offense. (CSN Chicago)

Attention, Mike Munchak: It's never a good sign -- and I mean never -- when the owner says his team was "grossly outcoached". (AP)

And attention Gene Smith (he's the GM of the Jaguars, by the way): It's never a good sign -- and I mean never -- when the owner says his team is "embarrassing". (Pro Football Talk)

Romeo Crennel's decided to give up his duties as defensive coordinator and focus on the head coaching job as he attempts to salvage something from the free-falling Chiefs' season. (AP)

No ETA for Maurice Jones-Drew's return. (AP)

Mike Shanahan says he didn't say what you thought you heard. (CSN Washington)

Just Belichick being Belichick at Friday presser

Just Belichick being Belichick at Friday presser

On Wednesday, the Patriots media room was festooned with AFC Championship Game adornments. A big red backdrop behind the podium, Patriots and Steelers helmets arranged on a table facing each other with the Lamar Hunt AFC Champion Trophy in the middle. 

Bill Belichick, who's not big on festoons, noted the helmets during his press conference and deadpanned, "So exciting...". That clip got some run. 

On Friday, when asked to recall his first Conference Championship as a coach, he mentioned the 2001 AFC Championship Game in Pittsburgh and the fact that Belichick, Lawyer Milloy and Tom Brady were all required to fly to Pittsburgh on the Friday before the game to do media duties. 

"That was awesome," Belichick snarked. Then, looking to the area where the display was on Wednesday, Belichick smiled and said, "Where's all the stuff from Wednesday? Did it get thrown out?"

He is the turd in the NFL's punch bowl and it's endlessly amusing. 

Belichick not focused on Trump shout-out before inauguration: 'We've got a big game'

Belichick not focused on Trump shout-out before inauguration: 'We've got a big game'

FOXBORO -- During a dinner for donors at Union Station in Washington, D.C. on Thursday night, Donald Trump name-dropped Bill Belichick on two separate occasions. It marked what might've been the first time a president-elect publicly shouted out an NFL coach on the eve of his inauguration in the office's history.

Trump and Belichick have a long-standing friendship, Belichick explained back in November. Still, on Friday morning, the Patriots commander-in-chief had little reaction to his name being mentioned by Trump the night before. 

"We've got a big game," Belichick said matter-of-factly. 

There was little chance Belichick would utter anything else. He's still in preparation mode, still trying to out-work the Steelers in order to have his team at its best Sunday night. 

It's that approach that urged Trump to mention Belichick in the first place.

"I out-worked everybody" during the election, Trump said. "I think I out-worked anyone who ever ran for office. I learned that from Belichick."

Trump also mentioned the four-time Super Bowl-winning head coach while in the process of pointing out Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft during the dinner. 

"In the audience we have somebody that's under no pressure whatsoever because he's got a great quarterback named Tom Brady and a great coach named Belichick: Bob Kraft," Trump said. "Good luck, Bob."