This doesn't meet traditional journalism standards and it falls short of 100 percent certainty, but a tweet by FOX Sports analyst and former coach Jimmy Johnson is the basis for a Chicago Tribune story about the chances of former Gophers quarterback and St. Louis Park native Marc Trestman's chances of getting the Chicago Bears coaching job.
Early Friday morning, Johnson tweeted:
Looks like 2 of my guys getting NFL jobs..Chud Cleveland and my QB coach at U Trestman to Chicago— Jimmy Johnson (@JimmyJohnson) January 11, 2013
Translation: "Chud" is Rob Chudzinski, who was introduced Friday as the new coaching of the Cleveland Browns. Trestman was Johnson's quarterback coach at the University of Miami, known as "the U" to those who don't know Minnesota as "the U." He is the head coach of the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes, who have won three of that league's last five titles.
Chicago Tribune football writer Brad Biggs wrote: "A Bears spokesman declined comment, saying the team would maintain the policy it adopted when the coaching search process began."
Biggs also wrote: "Now, Johnson did not specify Trestman was specifically coming to the Bears as head coach. It is possible he could be considered for another role but [general manager Phil] Emery is on the road looking for the team’s next head coach, not in an effort to hire the offensive coordinator for his next coach."
You can read the full Chicago Tribune report here.
A Canadian Press story Friday morning said: "An Alouettes spokesman said the CFL club had no comment about Johnson’s tweet."
Trestman graduated from St. Louis Park in 1974 and was at the University of Minnesota for three years before transferring to Minnesota State-Moorhead. He became a much-traveled NFL and college assistant coach, including two stints as a Vikings assistant, once as running backs coach and once as quarterbacks coach.
In 2007, he was named coach of the Alouettes.
ESPNW profiled Lynx forward-center Jessica Adair and her amazing physical transformation. The accompanying photo is enough to tell the tale, except for all the hard work it has taken -- and continues to take. At left is Adair in her playing days at George Washington University, where she weighed up to 270 pounds. At right shows her at her current weight of just shy of 200 pounds. Teammate Amber Harris, who played against Adair in college, probably sums it up the best: "I didn't even recognize her last year when I got to Minnesota. She was all skinny. I didn't know who she was." And now Harris has lost 30 pounds herself.
In the article, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, who helped bring Adair to the Lynx after she was out of the WNBA for a year, calls her "an example" and a role model. "When other people are struggling or have questions, I send them to Jessica to have her talk to them about the things she's done," Reeve said.
So what was the solution? Any number of things: Changes in eating habits that took years to build, thanks to a mom used to cooking for 18 in the Army. Living for a time as a vegan, including when she had to lose 30 pounds in a month during her senior year at GW. Changing her workouts into including P90X, Insanity Workouts and plyometrics, or jump training. Knowledge about what works for her body.
And don't forget the vegetables. In the article, Adair jokes that she used to count potatoes as her vegetable, subbing fries for veggies when she eat out. Now she's eating zucchini and raw spinach. A typical meal is sautéed zucchini, baked chicken and rice. A typical breakfast: an egg-white omelet or protein shake.
But the battles continue, especially as she has recovered from knee surgery this year. Adair cites the time on the road as the biggest problem. So is the strawberry shortcake at the Cheesecake Factory. Cheating every now and then helps. So does losing more weight in the offseason because it's a better fit for clothing. And Adair knows she's not alone in struggling with her body image.
"I think about food all the time, my next meal, but it's easier if I think about it ahead of time. People have a to-do list, and I have a to-do list of what to eat."
The Twins have lost 94 games, the Rockies have lost 97 despite signing former Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a three-year, $31.5 million contract last winter.
Limited to 101 games by injuries, Cuddyer had a Cuddyer-like season: Pretty good numbers, fan favorite, good clubhouse presence.
And the Denver Post is reporting that the Rockies would trade him if it would improve their dreadful pitching.
The money paragraphs from the Post's Troy E. Rench:
"The Rockies' problems are numerous — from their starting rotation, porous defense and inability to score consistently on the road. As such, they will entertain trade possibilities for multiple position players, including Dexter Fowler and Michael Cuddyer, according to opposing executives and scouts."
"Cuddyer has two years and $21 million left on his contract. He batted .260 with 16 home runs and 58 RBIs, a disappointing first season that was limited to 101 games because of a right oblique strain. He developed into a fan favorite because of his hustle and was a quiet force in the clubhouse. Teams like him — he had at least one other suitor that was willing to match the Rockies' three-year, $31.5 million contract last winter. Though his contract seems big, it might not after the Yankees' Nick Swisher signs as a free agent. Cuddyer could be a complementary piece on a contender and has experience playing in both leagues."
Read the entire story here.
Cleveland outfielder Vinny Rottino might have saved Thursday's 4-3 extra-inning win over the Twins with his catch in the ninth inning. But his spot start also had people talking about his walk-up music: The theme from "The Godfather."
Batting leadoff in front of a sparse Cleveland crowd, the 32-year-old September callup provided quite the contrast from the usual rock, pop, country and rap fare heard at ballparks these days. The trumpet blared especially loud over the Twins radio feed in the first inning, drawing comments and a chuckle from play-by-play man Cory Provus and Kris Atteberry.
The "Godfather" music is "something you rarely hear at the ballpark," Provus said later via Twitter. The music had the two talking about how the Twins radio team would fit into the storied "Godfather" cast. One thing quickly agreed to: "Danny [Gladden] would be Sonny," played by James Caan, Provus said.
The Cleveland radio team was just as taken with the musical choice Thursday, according to the Positive Tribe blog, "cracking up the radio guys every time" Rottino came to the plate. "No, we're not going to a funeral," Cleveland play-by-play man Tom Hamilton said.
"I was just reading the leadoff batter's handbook, and it says that techno-pop-dance music is mandatory. I guess Rottino didn't get the memo," Jim Rosenhaus added.
Perhaps it was a surprise that the Cleveland broadcast crew was so surprised. In 2008, David Dellucci used the music in his walk-up rotation, albeit as a secondary, back-up choice, mostly on the road. And earlier this season in Milwaukee, shortstop Cody Ransom also used the "Godfather" theme for one July game. The occasion? Italian Heritage Day.
On Thursday, Rottino's choice struck a chord on Twitter. One tweet that drew plenty of retweets was from MLB.com reporter Zack Meisel: "Ironic that Vinny Rottino walks up to the plate to The Godfather theme considering how rare it is that he produces a hit."
When the Minnesota Twins return to town next week after a lengthy road trip covering much of August, their first opponents will be the Seattle Mariners. And when the Mariners on Friday begin their road swing that will bring them to Minneapolis, they and the Target Field press box, shown above, will be without a contingent of beat reporters from the Seattle and Tacoma newspapers, according to a blog post from the team's communications staff.
"Because the Seattle Times and the (Tacoma) News Tribune as of now are not planning on sending their beat reporters to cover the team on the road the remainder of the season, the only coverage of Mariners Baseball by the regular reporters will be provided by Greg Johns, the fine beat reporter for Mariners.com," the post said.
Deadspin.com got in touch with the Seattle Times sports editor, who said the paper has "lined up experienced freelancers" for coverage and added that "we will decide each remaining trip this season on the merits."
In that post, Deadspin also weighed the merits of not sending reporters on the road, especially for a last-place team. While a news outlet saves on the very expensive cost of travel (the Mariners also go to Chicago on this road trip), a beat reporter loses out on building relationships and drawing a basis of comparison. And a news outlet's coverage likely suffers and gives avid readers less of a reason to make time for its product. But then again, if a newspaper goes out of business, like one did not too long ago in Seattle, they won't be doing any coverage. Of course, some might also be thankful for the chance to pass up watching two last-place baseball teams.
What do you think? In this age of Twitter and TV and pool quotes and ever-present cellphones, is your choice of team coverage determined by proximity to the team? Or by the power of the observations?
And here the view that the reporters won't have, from a 2010 video on YouTube from a press box walk-through:
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