Week in Review: Brooks Robinson statue is a worthy tribute

October 21, 2011|Peter Schmuck

News item: The statue of Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson that was commissioned by the Dorothy L. and Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr. Foundation and the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation will be officially unveiled at noon Saturday on the Washington Boulevard Plaza outside Camden Yards.

My take: What a great tribute to one of the true giants of Baltimore's sports history. Can't believe it's been 41 years since Brooks dazzled the baseball world with his MVP performance in the 1970 World Series.

News item: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Lions coach Jim Schwartz were the talk of Week 6 for their post-game confrontation Sunday in Detroit.

My take: I know I was offended. The last thing I want to see on Sunday is a couple of coaches acting like they're center stage at a Republican presidential debate.

Loosely related news item: The Ravens are up to No. 3 in ESPN's NFL Power Rankings, behind only the Packers and Patriots.

My take: No big surprise there, but did anyone expect the team immediately behind them to be coached by the other Harbaugh?

News item: The Orioles interviewed Jerry Dipoto and Tony LaCava this week for the baseball operations position vacated by Andy MacPhail. The search committee is expected to conduct one or two more interviews before deciding who will be offered the job.

My take: This thing should wind down pretty quick if the Orioles want to make the most of this offseason.

News item: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said in a televised interview that he believes that certain "marquee" quarterbacks get protective treatment from the officials in the NFL. He specifically mentioned Patriots QB Tom Brady.

My take: Finally, something we agree on. Though it's hard to like "Big Ben" on a personal level, he takes a beating without all of Brady's bleating.

News item: Rex Ryan started another coach-on-coach controversy this week when he said he would have won a "a couple of rings" if he had gotten the San Diego Chargers job he interviewed for in 2007.

My take: Can't wait to see that postgame handshake on Sunday.

News item: Tim Tebow is scheduled to make his first professional start Sunday against the Dolphins in Miami. The Dolphins have listed three starters in their defensive secondary as either doubtful or questionable for the game.

My take: It looks like the stars may be lining up for the big guy, who — by the way — is so awesome that he invented the pedestal, then he invented the stiff arm to knock people off of it.

News item: Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson maintains that newly acquired quarterback Carson Palmer's status for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs will come down to a game-time decision.

My take: Since the Raiders have a bye next week, it shouldn't be a tough decision. Palmer will need every bit of the next couple weeks to get ready to play. Sending him out there on Sunday would be an unnecessary risk for a run-first team that should be able to win without him.

News item: Red Sox Nation has been rattled by the revelation last week that several Sox starting pitchers drank beer in the clubhouse during games in which they were not involved.

My take: There has been some out-sized outrage over this story in the wake of the team's 7-20 September collapse, but it's hard to connect the dots here. If you're looking for a reason for the Sox' deteriorating team chemistry, this kind of thing is more likely to be a symptom than a root cause.

Bonus take: Of course, if you're an Orioles fan and you already considered the Red Sox a bunch of dirtbags, feel free to add this to your list of grievances.

News item: Three LSU football players were suspended for one game after the school reported they tested positive for synthetic marijuana.

My take: This is susprising. I mean, is it really that difficult for big-time college football players to get real pot?

Listen to Peter Schmuck when he hosts "The Week in Review" Fridays at noon on WBAL (1090AM) and wbal.com.

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