What we watched: Bowl Season! I wish I had thought to count how many times the broadcast booth said "Ragin' Cajuns." Had to be on the order of five million. It sounded even better in that sing-songy voice of Brock Huard's.
I also checked in on Saturday Night Live last night. It was pretty OK. However, I was disappointed that Jimmy Fallon didn't turn the show into one extended gag reel of everyone losing it during every sketch. He gets killed for that, but those are some of the biggest laughs I can remember having while watching that show. Oh, and Kristin Wiig is batty, get it America??
What we're watching (all times EST, unless noted): Pro Football: Redskins at Giants at 1:00 p.m. (FOX), New England at Denver at 4:15 p.m. (CBS), Baltimore at San Diego at 8:20 p.m. (NBC). College Basketball: Holy Cross at UConn at 1:00 p.m. (ESPN3/Full Court), William and Mary at Missouri at 3:00 p.m. (ESPN3/Full Court). Hockey: Calgary at Chicago at 7:00 p.m. (WGN).
Fishin': "I am as surprised as anyone that I have become an avid fisherman. I grew up landlocked, and now I live on the West Side of Manhattan. As I sit on my couch and write these words, I can look out the window to my left and see a long slice of the Hudson River, as gray and motionless as the cement that spans the distance between it and me. In theory, I suppose I could fish the Hudson, though I also suppose I'd be as likely to catch a box of hypodermic needles as I would a fish worth crowing about. The first time I went deep sea fishing wasn't until just over a decade ago. But in the time since, fishing is something I have quietly pursued with passion, across oceans and lakes, from Africa to the Pacific. As a result, I now own a collection of photos of me holding fish in the air, briefly suffocating them several yards above their homes. More importantly, I have selection of memories tucked away in my mind. I have had to become willing to pay a premium for these things-fishing in beautiful places with people who know what they're doing isn't cheap. But no matter what I catch, or do not catch, it is worth it, it is always worth it." [The Classical]
J-Roll back in the fold: "Remember that, for a time, $12 million per year for Rollins seemed like a certainty. After Reyes signed, $14 million began to look reasonable because it was hard to label Reyes $6 million better per year than Rollins. But as Amaro continued to wait and the market continued to shrink, every number involved in a deal for Rollins dropped, until the Phillies found a price they were willing to pay. And now a team that had major work to do this off-season finally has a clear picture for 2012. Plugging the holes of a 102-win team while avoiding crippling deals and saving dollars for future contracts is no small task." [CSN Philly]
And Steve Miracle Whip remains a free agent: "The New England Patriots have signed Pro Bowl linebacker Jerod Mayo to a five-year contract extension, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Saturday. The extension is through 2017, as the Patriots added the five years on to Mayo's existing deal, which was to expire after the 2012 season." [ESPN]
Your camel interrupting an interview Interlude:
The mind is a terrible asset to waste (Boxing!): "Andre Ward staked his claim as the top 168-pound division fighter, using his speed and a combination of lefts to defeat Carl Froch in a unanimous decision Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in the Super Six super middleweight tournament final. Ward, the Olympic gold medalist from Oakland, Calif., retained his WBA championship and won the WBC super middleweight belt in the final bout of the unique tournament that stretched out over two years. 'One of the strongest assets I have is my mind. I kept my composure, I kept things under control. And we pulled it off,' Ward said. 'I hope I did a good job. But we can still get better, believe it or not.' Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) dictated the pace from the opening round, connecting on a series of left hooks to rattle Froch. Froch, out of Nottingham, England, never came close to getting knocked out. Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) did not get going until late, though, finally showing some overdue aggression in the 10th." [SI]
Jeff Green to miss season following heart surgery: "The Celtics said Saturday that surgery 'should completely repair' the condition, though Green will miss the 2011-12 season. He is expected to be able to resume playing next season. 'While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health, and we were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff's case,' said Celtics president Danny Ainge. 'The entire Celtics family supports Jeff during this difficult time in his career.'" [Fox News]
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