Responding to an online report Monday that said he contemplated retirement following the team's loss last week in New York - and the scary way it ended when teammate Anquan Boldin was hurt - Kurt Warner admitted he isn't so sure anymore, and he truly wonders, "Is it worth it?" It started with a phone text to his wife, Brenda, shortly after he committed six turnovers and Boldin got hurt in the Jets game. He told her he didn't know if he could do it anymore, that perhaps life is too short for him to continue playing after more than a decade in the NFL, especially now that he is in the last year of his contract. "She's wanted me to retire for a couple years now," said Warner, 37, who ranks second in the league in passing yards (1,472) and is tied for third in touchdown passes (10). "I'm not blind to what this game can do to you. I'm not blind to what's most important in my life - and that's my family. "I just wanted her to know . . . I want to have a long and productive life after the game of football and I'm going to make a quality decision and move forward." That isn't to say, Warner wouldn't listen to a Cardinals contract extension offer. He would. And privately, he's been craving such negotiations since talks broke down in the off-season. But as much as he wants to finish his prolific career by taking the Cardinals to the playoffs, the father of seven seems genuinely vexed.(Arizona Republic) Comment
Curt Schilling is considering coming back next year -- for half the season. The Boston Red Sox right-hander, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery on June 23, said in an interview with Sporting News that he might try to pitch in 2009 under the right circumstances. "I won't come back for a full season, that much I know. If I do decide to come back I would work to the point I was ready and somewhere around May 1 let the teams know I wanted to pitch the second half," he said. "I'd obviously need to spend June in the minor leagues building it all back up and then hopefully come back and help a team in contention win a World Series. All of this is predicated with the fact that I am completely healthy and able to pitch like I did prior to breaking my shoulder early in 2007."(Associated Press) Comment
Sounding unusually contrite and un-Starbury-like, Stephon Marbury said last night he'll be happy to come off the bench this season and promised he won't cause a "distraction" if Chris Duhon is named the starting point guard. One day after predicting he would be the opening-night starter and one week after he said he would be OK if the Knicks cut him, Marbury backed off after an epiphany following yesterday's practice. Marbury said he's been wrestling with this issue for several days on whether he could live with being a reserve for the first time in his career and playing shooting guard.(New York Post) Comment
Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria gets a taste of champagne as the Rays top the White Sox for a trip to the ALCS (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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