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

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

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)

Felger: Sorry, Tom, but Jimmy G. and Brissett need to play Friday

Felger: Sorry, Tom, but Jimmy G. and Brissett need to play Friday

If there's any Patriots quarterback who should be getting meaningful time other than Jimmy Garoppolo on Friday in Carolina, it's not Tom Brady. It's Jacoby Brissett.

Brissett, obviously, will be the Patriots backup the first four games of the year, and the team has yet to go through the annual preseason exercise of subjecting him to the situation under which he's most likely to see time during the regular season. Typically, Bill Belichick will yank the starting QB out of the first half of an exhibition game unannounced and tell the backup to throw on his helmet and get out there. Brissett has yet to go through it, and you have to figure it's coming in the next two weeks.

Other than that, Garoppolo should see all the time while the starters are on the field. He's had little success going against the opposition's starters so far this month and needs every rep he can get. He needs to go through the routine of starting a prime-time game on the road, which will be the case Sept. 11 in Arizona.

Where does that leave Tom Brady? Stewing, probably. It's clear he wants to play. It's clear he wasn't happy missing last Thursday against Chicago and is pining for work Friday. If you were wondering how Brady would feel about losing time in training camp to Garoppolo as the Pats got ready for the regular season, you probably have your answer. He's not a fan.

There is a case to be made that the team and Belichick, in particular, owes Brady some love. Deflategate was dropped in Brady's lap from the start, and while the coach skated, the quarterback's sentence has finally become a reality. The Pats should want to make Brady happy. He deserves the respect.

But, ultimately, we ask the fallback Patriots question: What's best for the team? The answer isn't even close. Garoppolo deserves every snap, save for that potential emergency exercise with Brissett.

As for Brady's feelings? He'll get over it.

Email Felger at mfelger@comcastsportsnet.com. Listen to Felger and Mazz week days, 2-6 p.m., on 98.5 FM. Watch the simulcast daily on CSN.

Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

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Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

SAN JOSE, Calif. - David Bingham had his sixth shutout of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes tied New England 0-0 on Wednesday night, extending the Revolution's winless streak to five games.

Bingham, who was tied for second in MLS soccer with 12 shutouts last season, had three saves - including a stop on Diego Fagundez's shot in the 86th minute.

The Revolution haven't scored since a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Aug. 9, a stretch of more than 270 minutes.

New England (6-11-8) had beaten San Jose three straight times.

San Jose (7-7-10) has just one loss in its last seven matches.