What we watched: The rapid, ongoing decline of Roberto Luongo, who in the last two years won an Olympic gold medal and helped Vancouver get within one victory of a Stanley Cup. Luongo is only under contract with the Canucks for 10 more years, but he has struggled mightily to start the season. And it got so bad last night—three goals in a span of 5:02 at Edmonton—that he was pulled for Cory Schneider.
The season is just nine games old, but Luongo has already allowed three or more goals in five of his six starts. And while he's not solely to blame, he is the target for much of the condemnation, and the backlash has already flirted with the ridiculous.
The new man in Boston: "At last, the job is his after two weeks of limbo while the Red Sox haggled with the Cubs over compensation for forgiving Epstein the final year of his contract, an issue that remains unresolved. And now, nearly a month after the season crash-landed, Cherington has a long to-do list, much of which he outlined during and after an hour-long Fenway Park press conference." [Boston Herald]
Whatever it takes, but maybe they just played better: "So after the Chiefs lost the season opener 41-7 to Buffalo, Haley asked team video director Pat Brazil to see whether he could procure the Steelers' 1989 highlight video from NFL Films. Haley didn't show it to the team after one game because he never imagined week two would be even worse. But it was, a 48-3 loss at Detroit. Time to cue the video. On the Wednesday before the Chiefs began preparations for a week-three trip to San Diego, they watched the 17-minute, 1989 Steelers season highlights video, complete with NFL Films' symphonic musical score and golden-throat narration of Pittsburgh's march to the playoffs." [Kansas City Star]
Your Horseshoe Toss Interlude:
Time for Notre Dame to join a conference in all sports: "But can it happen? Would Notre Dame ever relinquish its football independence and, for the first time, join a league for all sports? ‘They're certainly going to think about it more than they ever have before,' Corrigan said from his home near the University of Virginia, ‘because things have changed so much. … You pick up the paper every day and you have no idea what you might read (about conferences). … It's kind of a crazy time, isn't it? I don't mean that in any way to be critical of anybody. It just is (a crazy time).'" [Newport News (Va.) Daily Press]
An interview with BiBi Jones: "After speaking with her today, it appears that the relationship between her and the agent was primarily social, with a touch of business. For him, she was a way to make an impression on players. For her, he was a way to hook up with athletes. ‘It was like a dream come true because I love athletes and baseball's my favorite sport,' she said. ‘We both knew what we were doing.'" [Business Insider]
High school kids hit better than Asante Samuel: "That debut could well be the stuff of narrative lore for a kid described by his coach as ‘a shut-down corner and a big hitter, too, not an Asante Samuel,' referring to the Philadelphia Eagles' embattled cornerback." [Newsworks]
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