Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, July 20:
Nick Swisher apparently still doesn't understand that most people hate the Yankees. (CSN Bay Area)
Not a surprise that after naming -- and, we assume, insulting and infuriating -- all those he deemed not worthy to be enshrined with Himself, Reggie Jackson is skipping the Hall of Fame ceremonies this weekend and is instead with the Yankees in Oakland. But if you want to know how he feels about the whole thing, he ain't talkin'. (NBC's Hardball Talk)
And speaking of the Yankees, Brett Gardner's done for the year. (NBC's Hardball Talk) Very little surprise there; he hasn't played since April 17.
The Ryan Dempster Watch is on. (CSN Chicago) He claims it's "business as usual," though how often do trade rumors swirl around you 247?
Dennis Rodman's father skipped out on him 42 years ago, but the other day they had a brief meeting. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk) You know the old saying about the apple not falling far from the tree . . . ?
Wonder if Chico's Bail Bonds ("Let Freedom Ring") is still looking to advertise? (AP)
The latest on Joe Paterno: Ex-Georgetown coach John Thompson calls him "a damn good man" (NBC's College Basketball Talk), while Grambling -- the college where Eddie Robinson won 408 games, a total that was passed by Paterno less than two weeks before he was fired in the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal -- wants at least some of JoePa's victories vacated and their man returned to the top of the NCAA record book. (AP)
It wasn't a Leviathan ego that brought Brett Favre back for his disastrous 2010 swan song. It was the money. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)
The joy in Baltimore over Ed Reed deciding not to hold out has been tempered by his decision to hit free agency at the end of the year. (CSN Baltimore)
When Luis Castillo was a free agent this spring, he visited both the Patriots and the Chiefs before re-signing with San Diego. Yesterday, the Chargers released him. (AP)
The NFL hit Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins with a one-game suspension for a violation of the league's substance-abuse program. (AP) Don't ask what substance, because they didn't say.
What a relief: T.O.'s not going to jail. (AP)