Morning Jolt: Golden Gophers could go after Dungy
As of Tuesday morning, Tim Brewster is still Minnesota's head coach. But if there is a change, speculation will immediately focus on two former Gophers quarterbacks, Tony Dungy and Marc Trestman. And count on it -- Dungy will be the first person contacted, as he was after the Gophers fired Glen Mason. People close to Dungy, who coached the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl championship, feel he would be more inclined toward the NFL than college if he were to try coaching again. But Dungy is different than most big-time coaches, and has a special affinity for his alma mater. A $5 million annual contract from a NFL team might not be as important to Dungy as the challenge to make his alma mater relevant in football. (Pioneer Press) Comment
According to a Brian Sabean radio appearance, the Giants are not only hearing positive news in the form of Freddy Sanchez and Andres Torres, but also talking about their starting rotation. [Sabean] said he and Bruce Bochy have talked about moving Tim Lincecum up a day in the rotation ... "It's pretty obvious the flip-flop on the Timmy/Zito thing doesn't factor in either way because ... if we have a (one-game) playoff, they're pitching on short rest. One of the greater considerations would be maybe pitch Timmy on Wednesday which would keep him on time, allow him to have four days before a playoff if necessary and giving (Madison) Bumgarner the extra day." (San Jose Mercury News) Comment
Though not particularly old, Trent Edwards may fit the suit of a veteran backup rather than someone who can take over a moribund offense. Another quarterback-starved NFL team -- perhaps Carolina, Cleveland or Jacksonville -- could be a landing spot for him, but those teams have similar problems to Buffalo. At this point, signing to be a backup behind a top quarterback on a well-established offense -- such as Tom Brady in New England -- would be much more beneficial to Edwards. (Sporting News) Comment
The Phillies celebrate after clinching their fourth straight NL East title. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
One fan's view of Devin Hester returning a punt 62 yards for a touchdown in the Bears' 20-17 win over the Packers.
- SI Vault: Ted Williams
- 1919 -- Giants beat Phillies 6-1 in fastest major league game (51 minutes).
- 1920 -- Eight White Sox players indicted for allegedly throwing 1919 World Series (Black Sox scandal).
- 1941 -- Ted Williams ends the baseball season with a .406 batting average.
- 1974 -- Angels ace Nolan Ryan throws third no-hitter, beats Twins 4-0.
- 1976 -- Muhammad Ali beats Ken Norton in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
- 1996 -- Orioles' Roberto Alomar suspended five games for spitting at ump.