About Last Night: Pitt Happens
In case you were out living a life of leisure, here’s what you missed in sports on Wednesday.
- Casper Ware scored 28 points to help Long Beach State upset no. 9 Pittsburgh 86-76. To add insult to injury, the Long Beach players returned to Long Beach, while the Pittsburgh players had to stay in Pittsburgh.
- According to local and university police departments, there is no record that Mike McQueary ever filed a police report after witnessing Jerry Sandusky molesting a young boy. This is contrary to McQueary’s recent claims, but I’d just ask that everyone reserve their judgment before we know for sure whether the police thoroughly checked the “coward” folder in their filing cabinet.
- Tampa Bay’s Joe Maddon and Arizona’s Kirk Gibson have been voted managers of the year. Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa placed an angry phone call to the voting committee, repeating the words “you’re making the wrong f—ing choice!” before realizing that he dialed the wrong number.
- Terry Francona has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Chicago Cubs manager job. He was dissuaded, he said, by a profanity-laced phone call he received from Tony LaRussa emphasizing that he was making the wrong choice.
- Jim Crane, the businessman who purchased the Houston Astros, was forced by MLB to move the team to the American League West as a condition of the sale. Crane wasn’t happy with the mandate, but he did receive words of encourgament from several clubs, including the Angels, Mariners, Rangers, and Athletics.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers are alleging that lawyers from Fox are interfering with the sale of the team. The lawyers countered that the sale is being hindered by the fact that the Dodgers won’t get to play the Houston Astros anymore.
- FIFA president Sepp Blatter has come under fire for downplaying racism in soccer, and saying that players involved in these incidents should settle things between themselves with a handshake. Many were upset that he would brush aside the negative impact of racism, and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was appalled at the idea of having to shake hands with someone of a different race.
- Michael Vick sat out Wednesday’s practice because of two broken ribs, and his status for Sunday’s game against the Giants isn’t clear. “The next few days will tell,” said Eagles coach Andy Reid. After sinking into deep thought for several minutes, he added, “especially Sunday.”
- Natalie Wisneski, the former COO of the Fiesta Bowl, has been indicted for filing false income tax returns for the bowl game. Police cracked the case when they followed a trail of Tostitos crumbs from the IRS office to the front door of Wisneski’s house.
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