Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, September 5:
Derek Jeter describes blowing a 10-game lead in 47 days as "scuffling a little bit". (AP) Yeah, we've been scuffling a little bit up here, too, Jetes.
Meanwhile, the Orioles -- as in, the tied-for-first-place Orioles (yes, it's still okay to shake your head in disbelief) -- are "just having a good time," says Mark Reynolds. (AP)
And now just about everyone in baseball is looking forward to the four-game series between the Yanks and O's this weekend at Camden Yards. (CSN Baltimore)
Pitching in the major leagues at age 50? Even Roger Clemens thinks that's a stretch. (NBC's Hardball Talk) But at 51 . . . ?
Keith Hernandez and his mustache are back in the news. (Hardball Talk)
Stories are seeping out about Billy Gillispie, and none of them are good. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)
Yo, Steve Sarkasian: It's just their nickname. (NBC's College Football Talk)
Notre Dame isn't done punishing Allen Pinkett just yet. (College Football Talk)
USC didn't cover the 40-point spread against Hawaii -- the Trojans only won by 39 -- so the AP voters promptly replaced them with Alabama at the top of their poll. (AP)
Defending itself in the Jerry Sandusky scandal has cost Penn State 16.8 million . . . and counting. (AP)
Now that we know who's on the Ryder Cup team, let's take a guess at the pairings. (golfchannel.com)
Wayne Gretzky's lifelong dream was to play a game in Russia. Sort of a strange dream if you ask me, but he's finally getting the chance. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)
We'll talk, say the players. (Pro Hockey Talk)
Well, talk amongst yourselves then, say the owners. (Pro Hockey Talk)
Dwyane Wade says he's ahead of schedule in his rehab from knee surgery. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)
On the day of the season opener, the Patriots are ranked No. 3 in NBC's Pro Football Talk's power rankings.
Having already notched Tom Brady, Wes Welker (sort of) and Rob Gronkowski (also kind of sort of) on his belt, Bernard Pollard is taking aim at A.J. Green. (CSN Baltimore) So much for the kinder, gentler NFL.
Redskins receiver Josh Morgan thinks RGIII is a hybrid of Michael Vick, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. (Pro Football Talk) And just imagine how good he'll be after he actually plays a couple of games, eh, Josh?
The Vikings will decide Saturday whether or not to play Adrian Peterson in the season opener. (AP)
The NFLPA is investigating Drew Rosenhaus. (Pro Football Talk)
And it won't let Bountygate die. (AP)
Yes, that's Chad Ochojohnson refusing to give up the ghost. (Pro Football Talk)