Wakeup call: Super Bowl predictions; what about Bob?

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Wakeup call: Super Bowl predictions; what about Bob?

A little late because of technical woes, but here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, July 26:

BASEBALL
Wait a minute. Coco Crisp, with a chance at a three-homer game? (CSN Bay Area video) Isn't that one of the signs of the apocalypse?

Ryan Dempster's the center of attention in the baseball world these days, and it looks like he's starting to crack under the pressure. (CSN Chicago)

Cole Hamels has 144 million reasons to be happy today. (CSN Philly)

Hanley Ramirez had a nice Dodger debut (AP), even though they lost.

First to 14 wins: David Price (AP)

A scary story: Cal Ripken's mom is safe after being abducted outsider her home. (AP) The whole thing shook up Buck Showalter, among others. (CSN Baltimore)

BASKETBALL
The Dwightmare continues. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk) Click the link if you're interested . . . though I can't imagine why you would be.

The deal is done between the Hornets, Suns and Timberwolves. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Now we know why Penn State accepted its NCAA penalties so placidly. The alternative was four years with no football. (AP)

HOCKEY
Rick Nash is "excited" to be in New York. (AP) Not as excited as the Rangers are to have him, I'm sure.

PRO FOOTBALL
It's July, and everyone's a Super Bowl contender. Right, Ryan Kalil? (AP)

Right, Brian Urlacher? (CSN Chicago)

Nice to see someone else was irked by the Giants' championship last year. (CSN Philly)

Randy Moss arrives at 49ers camp a day early. (CSN Bay Area) Why does it bring to mind the old phrase of learning to say hello when it's time to say goodbye?

Beware, AFC: John Fox thinks he's seen "tremendous improvement" in Peyton Manning during Manning's three months as a Bronco. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Training camp's here, so let the holdouts begin. First up: Maurice Jones-Drew. (Pro Football Talk) Next: Mike Wallace. (AP)

Bob Griffin doesn't take the bait from Osi Umenyiora. (CSN Washington)

Brady hears from Manning and Favre on wins record, but not Goodell

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Brady hears from Manning and Favre on wins record, but not Goodell

The congratulatory messages rolled in for Tom Brady following win No. 201 on Sunday. He heard praise from his teammates and coach Bill Belichick and he received a game ball from Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Two of the guys he recently passed on the all-time wins list reached out as well.

Both Brett Favre (199 career wins) and Peyton Manning (200) touched base with the new record-holder after he surpassed the two retired quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks. 

Favre posted a video online to show his support for Brady, which Brady saw after a friend sent it his way, he told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show.

"We were in touch this week a few times just with a couple of things that we were talking about football-wise," Brady said of Favre. "We exchanged some text messages, too. He’s a great guy. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to . . . There’s nobody physically or mentally tougher than that guy and endured the streak that he had. It was incredible. I’ve always really looked up to him. It was really cool."

Manning checked in, as he's wont to do, with something a little more traditional.

"I did hear from Peyton. He's someone that I've always been in touch with for a long time. I've known him for 16 years. He sent me a very nice note," Brady said. "I have a lot of respect for him and all that he accomplished, too. He's a great guy. We share a lot of things in common and I just always appreciate him as well."

Kirk and Callahan co-host Gerry Callahan acknowledged that the NFL sent out a tweet recognizing Brady's achievement, but he wondered if Brady had heard anything from commissioner Roger Goodell. Brady laughed when he heard the question initially. When he didn't respond at first, Callahan circled up again.

"I don't hear anything from the league," Brady said.