Cubs add Theodore Roosevelt Lilly to front office

March 4, 2014 – 8:09 pm by Hickey

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We’re not ones to mix our presidential metaphors, but it is beginning to look like a Cubs World Series title is (manifest) destiny.

See, the last time the Cubs were the kings of the baseball world, Theodore Roosevelt was in office. And after a century of tinkering (hidden Cub pun!) with various failed measures like a College of Coaches and back-t0-back-to-back  first-round picks Ty Griffin, Earl Cunningham and Lance Dickson and a list of other occurrences and decisions long enough to break the Internet, the team has finally returned to a proven winning formula: Theodore Roosevelt in office.

To be specific, that would be Theodore Roosevelt Lilly III, aka TRL, aka Teddy Ballgame Jr., aka Ted Lilly. The former Cubs pitcher, who hung up his cleats this offseason, was named a special assistant to club president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer on Tuesday.

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Johan Santana signs with Baltimore Orioles

March 4, 2014 – 12:01 pm by Ryan Phillips

Johan Santana

After a year on the sidelines, two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana signed with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. Santana is coming off major shoulder surgery and no one knows what he will actually offer the Orioles, but now he’s on board and it will be interesting to see how they use him.

While you may be more interested in how this news impacts MLB betting odds favoring (or against) Baltimore, the fact is Santana’s return is fascinating when you consider the pitcher he used to be. The guy was flat-out filthy during his time with the Minnesota Twins, and was very good for most of his tenure with the New York Mets.

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Peyton Manning fully cleared for 2014 after neck exam

March 3, 2014 – 11:36 pm by Ryan Phillips

Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning got the green light to continue his playing career on Monday after a thorough exam on his surgically repaired neck. Manning’s future was potentially in doubt based on the examination, but his annual checkup showed that there are no structural issues and he is free to resume playing football.

The Denver Post is reporting that all is well and the soon-to-be 38-year-old quarterback will return to the team in 2014. Manning underwent four neck surgeries in 2011, including a cervical fusion. His contract mandates that he undergo a yearly examination on the area.

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Video: Lionel Messi’s sick free kick vs. Almeria

March 3, 2014 – 4:46 am by Ryan Phillips

Lionel Messi

We’re far beyond needing to come up with adjectives to describe just how good Argentina’s Lionel Messi is at soccer. The man is amazing and on Sunday he showed that again.

With Messi’s FC Barcelona up 1-0 over Almeria, he stepped over the ball in the 24th minute for a free kick. He then unleashed one of the best highlights of the year so far.

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Court-storming leads to brawl after Utah Valley-New Mexico State game

February 28, 2014 – 2:20 am by Ryan Phillips

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It was as inevitable as an invasion of Russia in winter ending badly: some day, an innocuous court-storming would turn ugly with a player-fan incident. Thursday was that day, and Orem, Utah was the unlikely site.

Utah Valley topped New Mexico State 66-61 in an overtime thriller Thursday night. Utah Valley stayed on top of the WAC with the win, but that news took a backseat to what happened after the game.

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Adam Muema: Person close to SDSU RB doesn’t know where he is

February 26, 2014 – 11:30 am by Ryan Phillips

Adam Muema

San Diego State running back Adam Muema made headlines on Sunday after he left the NFL Scouting Combine without working out. Muema claimed that God told him that if he left, he would wind up playing for the Seattle Seahawks. Now, a person close to Muema claims he has no idea where the 21-year-old is.

Lou Farrar – Muema’s former high school football coach – is apparently concerned about his former pupil and claims he and SDSU coaches are both trying to contact the running back.

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Ozzie Smith and Budweiser try to make Opening Day a holiday

February 26, 2014 – 12:46 am by Hickey

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Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith has teamed up with Bud — as in Budweiser, not Bud Selig — in an attempt to make baseball’s Opening Day an official national holiday.

The two St. Louis institutions have teamed up to start a petition with the White House’s “We the People” web program. If 100,000 signatures are collected within 30 days, the petition would be reviewed by the Obama Administration.

This is far from the zaniest idea to be petitioned. In 2011, a petition started by Star Wars fans pushing to government to build a Death Star as a means of economic stimulus got enough signatures to warrant an official, albeit facetious, response. One fairly recent petition that called for the deportation of CNN anchor Piers Morgan failed, although his show just got canceled, so those people probably feel like they’ve won.

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