Swing and miss on Cabrera

May 11, 2008|By PETER SCHMUCK

News item: The Orioles are 6-1 (plus an incomplete suspended game) in the eight starts this season by Daniel Cabrera, who pitched a three-hit complete game Thursday night in Kansas City.

My take: Can you believe that some idiot sports columnist wrote him off during spring training? Any fool can see the guy is bound for glory.

News item: Top Ravens draft choice Joe Flacco says he's out to prove he's the team's best quarterback.

My take: I hope he succeeds, but I'm sticking with my original prediction that Troy Smith will be the starter when the Ravens open the regular season against the Cincinnati Bengals.

News item: Videotapes turned over to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly include evidence that the New England Patriots engaged in a long-running program to steal offensive and defensive signals from opponents.

My take: What a letdown. Everybody was hoping for footage of Bill Belichick kicking puppies.

News item: Ray Lewis said Friday that he's not concerned about his contract situation and insists it has never been and will never be a problem that affects the team.

My take: We'll see whether that's still the case if the Ravens put the franchise tag on him next year.

News item: Twelve horses are confirmed for the 133rd Preakness on Saturday, with a decision pending on undefeated Harlem Rocker.

My take: Preakness officials can only hope the Withers Stakes champ confirms, because it looks like a one-horse race right now.

News item: If you think the Preakness is just about horses, think again. Among the pre-race activities are a Preakness Frog Hop at War Memorial Plaza on Wednesday and a Preakness Crab Derby at Lexington Market on Thursday.

My take: Guess it's going to be a busy week for the animal-rights activists.

News item: Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden remains mum on his plans for next season, though he still appears likely to end his great career.

My take: That would be my guess, but the longer he goes without saying anything, the more you have to wonder.

News item: Miguel Tejada warmed hearts all over the baseball world when he promised an 8-year-old muscular dystrophy patient that he would hit a home run for him, then delivered during an MD fundraising promotion that night.

My take: It was a touching story, and Miggi certainly can use the positive publicity.

News item: Climbers carried an Olympic torch to the summit of Mount Everest on Thursday.

My take: Chalk one up for China. No pro-Tibet protesters were anywhere to be found.

News item: Seattle Mariners first baseman Richie Sexson was suspended for six games and fined for "violent and aggressive actions" after charging the mound and throwing his helmet at Texas Rangers pitcher Kason Gabbard on Thursday night.

My take: Six games is a little stiff. Sexson got extra credit for the helmet, even though pitchers get away with throwing at hitters all the time.

News item: Papa John's "Pizza Apology" to LeBron James in the Cleveland area -- a promotion that allowed customers to buy a large pizza for 23 cents -- ran into some predictable supply-and-demand problems but still was considered a success.

My take: Apparently, Papa John's didn't totally account for the possibility that a lot of people like pizza and even more like it when it's almost free.

News item: The New York Knicks reportedly have outbid the Chicago Bulls for the services of highly regarded coach Mike D'Antoni, who is believed to have agreed to a four-year, $24 million deal.

My take: I was sure he would choose the Bulls. The pressure of trying to replace Isiah Thomas is just too great.

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