Wakeup Call: When Tortorella loses, we all win

Wakeup Call: When Tortorella loses, we all win
March 13, 2013, 8:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, March 13:


-- Before you go purchasing that NASCAR headstone for the dearly departed, check with the church. You might be spending a lot of money on something they won't let you use. (Yahoo! Sports)


-- This is what's so great about spring training: It doesn't matter what you do, it only matters how you look. So Tim Lincecum's 14.73 ERA doesn't bother the Giants because, boy, he looks good! (CSN Bay Area)

-- But when you look as bad as Roy Halladay looked Tuesday . . . (CSN Philly)

-- Carl Crawford's latest comeback takes "a step in the right direction". (NBC's Hardball Talk)

-- The Miami New Times to MLB: Do your own investigating. (AP)

-- Derek Jeter will be back at shortstop tonight for the first time since breaking his ankle in last October's playoffs. (AP)


-- Notre Dame escapes The League Soon-To-Be Formerly Known As The Big East and will move to the ACC next season. (AP)

-- And the Irish's women's team is going out in style. (AP)

-- The Notre Dame-UConn thriller was a fitting final act for TLSTBFKATBE, which has been, arguably, the best women's basketball conference in the country over the last decade. (AP)

-- They're going dancing: South Dakota State, Valparaiso and LIU Brooklyn. (All AP)


-- Penn State's bill for the Sandusky Scandal: $41 million . . . so far. (AP)

-- Cayleb Jones, a sophomore wide receiver being counted on to play a big role in Texas' offense, is charged with felony assault after breaking the jaw of a man who was at a club with his ex-girlfriend. (AP)


-- Talk about a sand trap . . . (golfchannel.com)


-- There's nothing, and I mean nothing, like a John Tortorella press conference after the Rangers lose. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

-- With the Capitals, though, it's the players who talk like Tortorella. (CSN Washington)

-- Their coach, Adam Oates, has some pointers for ex-players/TV analysts like Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire and Ray Ferraro . . . and anyone else who criticizes Alex Ovechkin. (Pro Hockey Talk)

-- So who had Pekka Rinne in the pool for most NHL shutouts? (AP)


-- Dwight Howard's return to Orlando was a Dwightmare, all right . . . for the Magic. (AP)

-- Howard thought his triumph over the hostility he encountered was "good for me as a person, as a man." (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

-- LeBron James finally acknowledges the obvious: This winning steak the Heat is on, now at 19 after last night's dispatching of the Hawks, is special. (AP)

-- The Grizzlies are also surging; their 102-97 win in Portland was their 13th victory in 14 games. (AP)

-- It hasn't been much of a year for Ricky Rubio or the Timberwolves, so Rubio's first career triple-double in Minnesota's 24-point thrashing of the vaunted Spurs is something to savor. (AP)

-- Derrick Rose admits that, at this stage, the obstacles he's facing in his comeback are more mental than physical. (AP)


-- So who are the early "winners" in free agency? Take a look. (Yahoo! Sports)

-- No list of the early "losers", but you have to think the Ravens qualify . . . especially after Dannell Ellerbe, their best linebacker in 2012, bolted to the Dolphins. (CSN Baltimore)

-- But, hey, they did get Chris Canty. And they kept old friend James Ihedigbo. (Both CSN Baltimore)

-- You just had the feeling Tony Gonzalez wasn't going to let his career end with that frustrating, last-second loss to the 49ers in the NFC title game . . . and you were right. (AP)

-- Speaking of San Francisco, Charles Woodson is visiting there today. (CSN Bay Area)

-- That may be a signal the 'Niners are out of the Darrelle Revis market, which makes sense since it appears Tampa Bay is the Jets' main trade partner. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

-- But there's another corner out there for anyone who's interested: Nnamdi Asomugha. To the delight of Eagles Nation, I might add. (CSN Philly)