Sutcliffe Tries To Solve That Thing

USA Today's Michael Heistand has the scoop this morning: ESPN's Rick Sutcliffe has been suspended from calling tonight's Red Sox-Orioles game.

Sutcliffe's "offense," of course, was the drunken appearance he made on a local Padres telecast last week, including the now famous, "George Clooney! Down there trying to solve that thing!" soliloquy.

Sutcliffe has since apologized, saying he "was not in optimum condition to go on live television." We have to say, though, that if every ESPN personality who was "not in optimum condition to go on live television" was suspended for a game, well, our telecasts would be oddly silent. Which might not be too bad, actually.

Out: Rick Sutcliffe [USA Today]
And Here's Your Rick Sutcliffe Video [Deadspin]

(UPDATE: Actually, the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein had this scoop first.)