Wakeup Call: A terrible thing -- Tebow's sad and Rex is furious

Wakeup Call: A terrible thing -- Tebow's sad and Rex is furious
November 15, 2012, 11:49 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, November 15:

BASEBALL
Jeffrey Loria -- the Marlins' owner, a.k.a., the most reviled man in American sport at the moment -- tells reporters if "you haven't figured out why Miami gutted its team yet, I'm not going to figure it out for you." Let's see, Jeff: You took taxpayers' money to build a stadium; told everyone you were going to put a contender in that stadium; then dumped all the big-name players you signed so that you dropped your payroll to 34 million, all the while raking in the dough from your public palace. What's to figure? (AP)
Ricky Nalasco's laissez-faire attitude about the whole thing probably stems from the belief that he's next. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Your 2012 Cy Young Award winners: David Price . . . (NBC's Hardball Talk)

. . . and R.A. Dickey, the first knuckleballer to ever win a Cy Young. (Hardball Talk)

The MVP Awards will be announced tonight, and Nate Silver -- whose skills in analyzing the political winds made him the most accurate predictor of the last three elections -- goes back to his sabermetric roots and explains why Mike Trout should be the A.L. choice. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
I can't imagine Deval Patrick publicly criticizing Bill Belichick's play-calling, but then again this is New England and not Alabama. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Tommy Tubervillle's getting a public reprimand from the Big 12 for his well-publicized confrontation with a graduate assistant on the sideline last weekend. (AP)

You're forgiven if you tuned in last night and thought Ball State and Ohio were playing basketball instead of football. (AP)

GOLF
No one -- not even Tiger Woods --met the PGA's strict guidelines for winning this year's Comback Player of the Year award. (AP)

HOCKEY
Bill Daly -- you know, Bettman's caporegime -- says the NHL is "done making proposals". How come, Bill? What's so tough about coming up with things you know the players will never accept? (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Guess he wasn't kidding, though, because the two sides didn't communicate at all on Wednesday. (AP)

Count Mike Knuble as one of those who believes BettmanDalyJeremy Jacobs et al have a date in mind when they're finally going to get serious about the whole thing, and says the players are perfectly willing to wait until then. (CSN Washington)

PRO BASKETBALL
Perk vs. Zack Randolph was the heavyweight undercard to the Grizzlies-vs.-Thunder main event. (AP)

At last, the Pistons are off the schneid. (AP)
Steve Nash never thought he'd get the chance to play for Mike D'Antoni again, and he's thrilled to be wrong. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Tim Tebow says he felt "some frustration and I guess some sadness" at a Jets teammate -- unnamed, of course -- calling him "terrible". (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

As for Rex Ryan, he's neither frustrated nor sad. He's furious, and thinks that hiding behind anonymous quotes is "about as cowardly of a thing as there is." (AP)

It's looking like DeMarco Murray is good to go in Dallas. (AP)

Not Michael Vick in Philadelphia, though. (AP)

As for Jay Cutler in Chicago and Alex Smith in San Francisco . . . who knows? (AP)

No questions about Green Bay's Clay Matthews: He's out for Sunday's game in Detroit. (AP)

Remember when Tim Dobbins said he shouldn't be fined for the hit that caused Cutler's concussion because, he felt, the Bears' QB ran into him? The NFL disagreed, to the tune of 30,000. (AP)