A true Royal succession: K.C. goes, trouble comes

The Kickoff

May 15, 2006|By PETER SCHMUCK

Don't turn your nose up at what happened at Camden Yards over the weekend. A sweep is a sweep, even if it came against a team that requires only a whisk broom.

If the Orioles are to be in any way competitive this year, they have to beat up on all the teams wearing the "Kick Me" signs. The Kansas City Royals are welcome here any time.

The rest of the homestand might be another story. The Boston Red Sox open a three-game series at Oriole Park tonight, and everyone knows what that means: Curt Schilling on the mound and thousands of obnoxious Red Sox fans milling about the Inner Harbor regaling everyone with beer-soaked tales of their one world title in the past 88 years.

Welcome to Charm City. Just take any seat you want.

Barry Bonds came up empty against the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, which is something of an upset. The Dodgers have a history of giving up historic home runs, from Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World" to Hank Aaron's record 715th homer to pass Babe Ruth.

I thought it was a nice touch that Jeff Kent hit a home run Saturday and again yesterday, probably as a personal tribute to Barry.

Can't anybody just quit anymore? Veteran quarterback Doug Flutie announced over the weekend that he will announce sometime in the next week whether he'll retire.

Brett Favre was unavailable for comment.

NFL phenom Reggie Bush went through the New Orleans Saints' rookie camp wearing No. 5 while he waits to see whether the league will waive the rule that limits running backs to numbers in the 20s, 30s and 40s.

I hope he's not holding his breath (unless it's for a nationally televised stunt). The NFL rules committee is about as flexible as my neck was for the past two weeks.

For the record, I oppose Bush's wearing No. 5 unless he personally gets permission from Brooks.

Melvin Mora's new contract remains unsigned, but I've been assured that the deal is essentially done and agent Lon Babby and Orioles owner Peter Angelos are just working out the final contract language. Frankly, it has taken so long I'm starting to wonder which language that might be.

Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb made it clear over the weekend that he doesn't expect there to be any fallout from the Terrell Owens controversy that split Philadelphia's locker room last year.

"I don't plan on doing anything different than what I've been doing," McNabb told reporters at Eagles minicamp. "I'm not here to make friends, I'm here to win ballgames."

That should come as great news to Eagles fans, who came dangerously close to running out of expletives last year.

Former Orioles pitcher Scott Erickson returned to the major leagues yesterday as a middle reliever for the New York Yankees, pitching 1 2/3 innings in a 6-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. He did not give up a hit, but walked two and was charged with an earned run.

The Yankees are the fourth team that Erickson has played for since a serious arm injury ended his stay in Baltimore. He is just 2-8 in 26 appearances since then.

Congratulations to Huntington Beach, Calif., which was awarded the right to bill itself as "Surf City USA" by the United States Patent and Trademark Office after a lengthy dispute with Santa Cruz, which also claimed the nickname taken from the 1960s song by Jan & Dean.

Santa Cruz? Apparently, they've got some pretty good waves up in that part of Northern California, but this one was a no-brainer. Huntington Beach is one of the most popular surfing spots in the world and Dean Torrence, who co-wrote the song, lives there.

Funny sports headline from The Onion, the fake news site on the Web: Roger Clemens' Family Offers Him One-Year, $10 Million Contract


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