Wakeup Call: Don't call us, boys, we'll call you


Wakeup Call: Don't call us, boys, we'll call you

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, October 17:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. visits a concussion specialist as he works to get back on the track. (AP)

NASCAR makes some rules changes that it calls "a big win for our fans." (AP)

When Joe Girardi benches you, you stay benched . . . no matter what. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Marco Scutaro's laughing about his takeout by Matt Holliday, which has to be a good sign. (CSN Bay Area)

Word to the wise, Matt: Be loose up there tonight. (Hardball Talk)

So what's Stephen Strasburg been doing since the Nationals shut him down? Pretty much what you'd expect any 24-year-old to be doing. (CSN Washington)

R.I.P. Eddie Yost, who was the Red Sox' third-base coach in the late '70s and early '80s. (Hardball Talk)

Ozzie Smith -- apparently taking a page from the Bobby Knight book -- is putting his 13 Gold Gloves and two World Series rings up for auction. (AP)

Steve Lavin is fully recovered from prostate cancer surgery and back on the bench at St. John's. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Holly Warlick says she's embracing the challenge of replacing Pat Summitt. (AP)

Geno Auriemma's setting bar pretty high at Connecticut. (AP)

Charlie Weis has decided -- 125 years of evidence to the contrary be damned -- that two quarterbacks are better than one. (NBC's College Football Talk)

The referees who decided that Stepfan Taylor never made it to the end zone Saturday, giving Notre Dame a victory over Stanford, were backed up Tuesday by their boss. (AP)

Not yet, Everett. Not yet. (AP)

The Sandusky scandal will cost Penn State AD Tim Curley his job. (AP)

Now it appears Tyrann Mathieu could be in trouble with the NCAA. (AP)

Sorry, North Carolina. You're too good for Minnesota. (AP)

Like me, the players are taking back all those nasty things they've been saying about Gary Bettman. At least a little. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

If it makes you feel any better about the Celtics, the Lakers are 0-4 and questions about their depth are surfacing. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Well, that didn't work out so well, did it, Mike? (AP)

What's the reason for Juan Castillo's firing in Philadelphia? Here are five of them. (CSN Philly)

Aaron Rodgers' big night in San Diego didn't come without a cost. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The 49ers will have a new stadium by 2016 and they'd love to celebrate by hosting that year's Super Bowl, a.k.a. Super Bowl L. (CSN Bay Area)

Looks like they've got a shot at it, too. (Pro Football Talk)

Excuse me? Patrick Willis? When you answer criticism by pulling out the old "What does he know? He never played the game?" card, you really should find out first a) whether or not the guy actually did play the game, and b) whether or not he played it better than you. (Pro Football Talk)

There are some things Troy Polamalu just won't do . . even for a Super Bowl championship. (Pro Football Talk)

And there are some behaviors the Steelers just won't tolerate, as rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu discovered. (AP)

James Harrison says his new padded helmet is protecting him from concussion-like symptoms. (AP)

Speaking of concussions, Matt Cassel's been cleared for non-contact practice. (AP)

The hits never stop for Kevin Kolb. (AP)

The NFL's decided to make not one, but two trips to London next year. (AP)

At last! Someone younger than 50 will perform a Super Bowl halftime show. (NBC's Off The Bench)

With its 3-1 win over Guatemala, the U.S. is one step closer toward its seventh consecutive World Cup berth. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

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