Wakeup Call: There's love, and then there's love

Wakeup Call: There's love, and then there's love
February 3, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, February 3:

BASEBALL

Chris Davis says he loves it, just loves it, in Baltimore. But he's a Scott Boras client, so that means one-year deals right up to free agency. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Cubs apparently realize they can't use the leverage of leaving Wrigley Field because of problems with the rooftop owners unless they make a threat to move. So they make a threat to move. (Hardball Talk)

Joel Piniero is talking comeback. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

No. 1 Arizona lost a lot more than a game and, most likely, the top spot in the AP poll on Saturday. One of its top starters, forward Brandon Ashley, suffered a foot injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season. (AP)

In that context, No. 10 Michigan getting beat by under-.500 Indiana doesn't seem so bad, does it, Wolverines? (AP)

Nor does No. 18 Pitt's last-second loss to Virginia, does it, Panthers? (AP) 

We have a new NCAA career leader for 3-point field goals: Oakland's Travis Bader. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

It's been almost a month since Florida State won the national championship, but they didn't get around to holding a public celebration in Tallahassee until yesterday. (AP)

GOLF

If the name of the Phoenix Open champ sounds familiar, it should. Kevin Stadler is the 33-year-old son of Craig "The Walrus" Stadler. (AP)

Stephen Gallacher wins the Dubai Desert Classic, but the real news is that Tiger Woods finished 41st. (AP)

HOCKEY

For the second time in three days, Alex Ovechkin scores late against the Red Wings. Only this time, a) they don't take the goal away and credit it to somebody else, which happened Friday night, and b) it wins the game in overtime rather than merely ties it in regulation of a contest the Caps would lose in a shootout. (AP)

The Canadiens cry about the officiating in their 2-1 loss to the Jets. (AP)

The Flyers have moved Vinny Lecavlier to left wing for the first time in his career, and he's having a tough time making the adjustment. (CSN Philly)

PRO BASKETBALL

Luol Deng must have figured things would be different once he was traded from the Bulls to the Cavs. But friends say he's stunned at the "mess" he walked into in Cleveland. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

P.T. Barnum was right. (AP)

The Suns reportedly are thinking about making a bid for the Lakers' Pau Gasol. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Nene isn't a fan of our old friend Kendrick Perkins. (CSN Washington)

PRO FOOTBALL

Maybe it was the pain from his injured ankle, but this time Richard Sherman was humble in victory. (AP)

Not to worry; teammate Doug Baldwin made sure someone got blasted after the Seahawks won. Instead of a "sorry" opponent, however, he went after Hall of Famer Cris Carter. (AP)

And the winner of the Rodney Harrison No One Thought We Could Do It! Award for Super Bowl XLVIII is Michael Bennett. (Yahoo! Sports)

They say third-round draft choices can't quarterback a team to a Super Bowl victory. Or 5-foot-11 quarterbacks. Or second-year quarterbacks. Russell WIlson shatters all those stereotypes  . . . and becomes the second black QB to win the Super Bowl in the process. (Yahoo! Sports)

Twitter's a tough town in the best of times. So you can't be surprised it wasn't kind to Peyton Manning last night. (Yahoo! Sports)

Even ex-big leaguer Fernando Tatis piled on. (Yahoo! Sports)

For his part, Manning was "insulted" that someone could even think that the Broncos' performance was embarrassing. Might want to stay off Twitter, then, Peyton. (NBC's Pro Footbal Talk)

All sides concerned say crowd noise caused that botched snap for a safety that set the tone on the game's first play. (Pro Football Talk)

Somehow, I don't think Brett Favre's the guy to make the "Peyton's legacy is intact no matter what happens in big games" case. Kind of like Dan Marino arguing that Super Bowl championships don't matter when ranking quarterbacks. (Yahoo! Sports)

No one had ever held the lead for 59 minutes and 48 seconds of a Super Bowl game before the Seahawks. (Pro Football Talk)

But maybe the strangest item of all from yesterday: There had never been a 43-8 game in NFL history -- never -- until this one. (Yahoo! Sports)

There was a big traffic jam afterwards, only this time it was because fans heeded the warnings and took mass transit to MetLife Stadium. (AP)

There are nuts everywhere . . . even at the press conference of the Super Bowl MVP. (AP)

They're partying like it's 1979 in Seattle. (AP)

The 2014 NFL season begins Thursday night, September 4, at CenturyLink Field. And the Seahawks won't have the same problem with their next-door neighbors, the Mariners, that the 2012 champ Ravens had with the Orioles, because the M's are in Texas that night. (Pro Football Talk)

I liked the Doritos time-travel ad a lot better than these guys did. (Yahoo! Sports)

Our friends in Chicago loved the Tim Tebow spots. (CSN Chicago)

Warren Sapp comes to his senses. And here you thought he didn't have any, right? (Yahoo! Sports)

TENNIS

Andy Murray leads Britain over the U.S. in the first round of the Davis Cup. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)