Morning Jolt: No love lost between Bradshaw, Big Ben
In a recent interview, Terry Bradshaw had a few words for Ben Roethlisberger: Stay out of trouble. That's sound, if simplistic, advice that Roethlisberger has yet to grasp. I second all of it, except for maybe the part about Roethlisberger doing whatever he wants after his career. Illegal is illegal, if you're an active NFL player or not. What was that bit about Roethlisberger not paying any attention to Bradshaw? Well, as it turns out, they don't like each other. Bradshaw explained: "Our relationship is not any good. When I told him to park the motorcycle, he got pissed. Alright? Then he had the accident. And since then, there's, you know ... he doesn't like me, and I'm learning not to like him." I have a feeling you're not the only one, Terry. (Yahoo! Sports) Comment
The Blazers' startlingly feel-good win Monday gave way to concern that Brandon Roy might be lost for the foreseeable future with a meniscus tear in his right knee. Roy, who did not play Monday night in a crucial matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder, will miss Wednesday's season finale against the Golden State Warriors, and his playing status for the postseason is in serious doubt. "I don't know right now," Roy said, when asked how optimistic he was about his chances of playing again this season. "I want to play -- it's the playoffs. You play 82 games and you take a beating just to get to these moments. And I want to be out there." But the timing and extent of the injury makes that unlikely. (The Oregonian) Comment
Detroit, which has only seen a starter go six innings twice in 2010, is winning games with the middle of its order. There are a lot of good stories in the early going, but [Magglio] Ordonez and [Miguel] Cabrera do tend to jump off the page. Ordonez is more notable because of his horrid first half in 2009. He slugged .729 through six games after putting up a .428 last season. He had 35 extra base hits for the entire season last year and he had four in the early going this year. We take all of this with a certain amount of caution after watching Chris Shelton dominate baseball in April 2006. But Ordonez has a track record as a hitter and I tend to think that the second half last season is more of Mags than the first half was. Regardless, if either Ordonez or Carlos Guillen can provide any sort of secondary offensive threat to Miguel Cabrera, then the middle of the order will be pretty good. Cabrera is in that Albert Pujols/Manny Ramirez/Barry Bonds "you better watch out because I just might dominate this league for the entire season" mode. (Detroit Free Press) Comment
Chicago's Gordon Beckham upends Toronto's John McDonald, but can't prevent the double play (AP).
Ariel Antigua can consistently hit 85-mph pitches, flash the leather and deliver a strike to any base. He also happens to be five-years-old. Note: SI does not condone the absence of a batting helmet.
- SI Vault: More Tiger
- 1997 -- A 21-year-old Tiger Woods wins the Masters Championship by shooting a 270, 18 under par.
- 1997 -- The Hartford Whalers play their last NHL game.
- 1986 -- The Celtics end the season with a 40-1 home record.
- 1984 -- Pete Rose becomes the second player in MLB history to amass 4,000 career hits.
- 1980 -- The U.S. boycotts the Summer Olympics in Moscow.
- 1954 -- The Baltimore Orioles lose their first game, 3-0, to Detroit.