Thursday, March 16, 2006

Speed round!

Item: Red flag! Looks like Guzman's shoulder might be in seriously bad condition. The Washington Post is reporting that the Nationals starting shortstop is going to Cincinnati for a second opinion. do we or do we not have our own team doctors? Anyway, looks increasingly like Royce Clayton could be our shortstop for opening day and beyond.

Item: Catchup! Marc Fisher has both an article and Raw Fisher post looking beyond the stadium design to how long the stadium will be a gleaming island in a sea of...well...how the area looks now. Interesting reality check about areas that, in the watercolors, look like beautiful tree-lined corridors.

Item: WBC! As I mentioned, three quarters of the WBC field has been set. In Pool 1 action, Korea managed a second win over Japan and is now the only undefeated team. In Pool 2 action, Cuba eliminated Puerto Rico before a home team crowd at Hiram Bithorn in San Juan, and avenged the mercy killing they suffered in the first round. They will next play the Dominican team they lost to in earlier play. Korea will either face the US team they beat 7-3, the Japanese team they've beaten twice, or even an outside chance of the Mexican team they beat 2-1.

Item: Madness! March Madness starts today. I'll admit I've not been following college basketball since Wake Forest started sucking, which was the preseason NIT. Still, my big upset pick? GW over Duke in the second round. If for no other reason than to watch Dukie V go into conniptions.

Item: Curling! Fords Womens Curling Championship starts this weekend. Curl Girls will not be Team USA for the event, falling in the semis of the American quals last week. Still, this is the first chance to recover from a rather sorry performance in Torino.

Item: Football? Lot of QB signings this week, including the Redskins picking up a new backup QB, casting Ramsey to the wind. He's still technically on the team, but he's being heavily shopped. Two most likely destinations? Miami to back up new acquisition Dauntee Sexboat or up to the Jets to step in when Pennington inevitably has some part of his body explode into blood and gore. Yum yum.

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