Wakeup Call: A terrible thing -- Tebow's sad and Rex is furious

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Wakeup Call: A terrible thing -- Tebow's sad and Rex is furious

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, November 15:

BASEBALL
Jeffrey Loria -- the Marlins' owner, a.k.a., the most reviled man in American sport at the moment -- tells reporters if "you haven't figured out why Miami gutted its team yet, I'm not going to figure it out for you." Let's see, Jeff: You took taxpayers' money to build a stadium; told everyone you were going to put a contender in that stadium; then dumped all the big-name players you signed so that you dropped your payroll to 34 million, all the while raking in the dough from your public palace. What's to figure? (AP)
Ricky Nalasco's laissez-faire attitude about the whole thing probably stems from the belief that he's next. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Your 2012 Cy Young Award winners: David Price . . . (NBC's Hardball Talk)

. . . and R.A. Dickey, the first knuckleballer to ever win a Cy Young. (Hardball Talk)

The MVP Awards will be announced tonight, and Nate Silver -- whose skills in analyzing the political winds made him the most accurate predictor of the last three elections -- goes back to his sabermetric roots and explains why Mike Trout should be the A.L. choice. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
I can't imagine Deval Patrick publicly criticizing Bill Belichick's play-calling, but then again this is New England and not Alabama. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Tommy Tubervillle's getting a public reprimand from the Big 12 for his well-publicized confrontation with a graduate assistant on the sideline last weekend. (AP)

You're forgiven if you tuned in last night and thought Ball State and Ohio were playing basketball instead of football. (AP)

GOLF
No one -- not even Tiger Woods --met the PGA's strict guidelines for winning this year's Comback Player of the Year award. (AP)

HOCKEY
Bill Daly -- you know, Bettman's caporegime -- says the NHL is "done making proposals". How come, Bill? What's so tough about coming up with things you know the players will never accept? (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Guess he wasn't kidding, though, because the two sides didn't communicate at all on Wednesday. (AP)

Count Mike Knuble as one of those who believes BettmanDalyJeremy Jacobs et al have a date in mind when they're finally going to get serious about the whole thing, and says the players are perfectly willing to wait until then. (CSN Washington)

PRO BASKETBALL
Perk vs. Zack Randolph was the heavyweight undercard to the Grizzlies-vs.-Thunder main event. (AP)

At last, the Pistons are off the schneid. (AP)
Steve Nash never thought he'd get the chance to play for Mike D'Antoni again, and he's thrilled to be wrong. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Tim Tebow says he felt "some frustration and I guess some sadness" at a Jets teammate -- unnamed, of course -- calling him "terrible". (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

As for Rex Ryan, he's neither frustrated nor sad. He's furious, and thinks that hiding behind anonymous quotes is "about as cowardly of a thing as there is." (AP)

It's looking like DeMarco Murray is good to go in Dallas. (AP)

Not Michael Vick in Philadelphia, though. (AP)

As for Jay Cutler in Chicago and Alex Smith in San Francisco . . . who knows? (AP)

No questions about Green Bay's Clay Matthews: He's out for Sunday's game in Detroit. (AP)

Remember when Tim Dobbins said he shouldn't be fined for the hit that caused Cutler's concussion because, he felt, the Bears' QB ran into him? The NFL disagreed, to the tune of 30,000. (AP)

Ainge: Isaiah Thomas visiting hip specialists, no decision yet on surgery

Ainge: Isaiah Thomas visiting hip specialists, no decision yet on surgery

BOSTON – The last 2 1/2 games for the Celtics have come without Isaiah Thomas (right hip) and it has certainly been a factor in Boston trailing Cleveland 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals heading into tonight’s must-win for the Celtics to keep their season alive.
 
There have been rumors that if the series with Cleveland were closer, maybe that would lead to a return to the floor for Thomas.
 
“No. No way. He’s done [this season],” Danny Ainge, Celtics president of basketball operations, said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s "Toucher & Rich" show this morning.
 
Ainge said there’s still swelling in the hip, and it probably won’t go down enough for doctors to make a determination whether surgery is needed for another couple weeks.

Thomas was in New York City earlier this week visiting a hip specialist. He's expected to consult with at least two more before making a decision as to what's the best course of treatment.
 
“Everybody agrees if there’s anything that needs to be done to it surgically, it helps...if the inflammation goes down,” Ainge said. “The recovery [time] would be quicker.”
 
The injury initially occurred on March 15 against Minnesota.
 
Ainge said he didn’t become too concerned about it until after Thomas re-aggravated it in Game 6 of the second-round series against Washington and was questionable to play in Game 7.
 
“I was worried going into the Cleveland series that he was nowhere near himself in Game 1 or 2,” Ainge said. “And Game 2 in the second quarter it was clear he was in a lot of pain. No way we could go out and allow him to play the second half.”
 
Boston was blown out 130-86 in Game 2. In the first half, Thomas had two points and six assists, while missing all six of his shots from the field.
 
Ainge said there was “a lot” of irritation and inflammation around the affected joint in Thomas' right hip.
 
“It had gotten worse from the MRIs he had before,” said Ainge, who added that it would have been “irresponsible to allow him to play anymore.”
 

Farrell launches 'Farrell's Fighters' ticket program for cancer patients

Farrell launches 'Farrell's Fighters' ticket program for cancer patients

Red Sox manager John Farrell, who was diagnosed with and successfully treated for lymphoma in 2015, today announced a new ticket program, “Farrell’s Fighters,” that invites patients being treated for the disease and their family to a game each month throughout the season.
 
“It was a challenging battle going through the treatment a few years ago, and beyond the support of family and friends, one of the things that helped me get through it was the escape I found in the game of baseball,” Farrell said in a team statement. “I hope this program can provide a positive, momentary break for the patients and their families from the daily rigors of treatment, and for baseball to be a tonic for them, as it was for me.”
 
In addition to VIP seats at the game, the program will include a meeting with the Red Sox manager, a tour of the ballpark, the chance to watch batting practice, and lunch or dinner in the EMC Club restaurant.
 
“Farrell’s Fighters” will launch with patients from Massachusetts General Hospital, where Farrell was treated in 2015, but will expand to include other area hospitals. The first patient to take part in the program is Nate Bouley, 42, of Sudbury, Mass., who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2015, and is in remission for the third time. Bouley, his wife, and two children will attend the Red Sox-Mariners game Sunday.