Today's batch of linked freshness is sponsored by Gordie Howe, Mike Modano, Glenn Anderson and Maurice Richard. They're probably miffed that we don't have any hockey notes in today's incarnation, but Puck Daddy has your back on that. Around here in early August, we're talking baseball and football 99 percent of the time.
If you blog with a criticism of Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi, I'm probably going to read it. And if you make your points as well as Joe Posnanski does, I'm probably going to post it. Get our your Econ 205 notebook and let's talk about bad MLB contracts. [JoePosanski.com]
The Tigers have a tricky game to play with Magglio Ordonez(notes); they're happy to see him playing better of late, but they don't want to see his contract automatically vest for 2010 (he's no $18 million player, we can all see that, right?). R.J. Anderson, the floor is yours. [Fangraphs]
Brandon Marshall's misdemeanor trial case is going on as we speak, though a verdict isn't expected until Friday. We should finally have our arms around Marshall's 2009 playing status in the next 24-48 hours. [Denver Post]
We've got four preseason games on tap for Thursday night, and it looks like Tom Brady will be one of the players getting hit. [Boston Herald]
Brad Childress hasn't named his quarterback starter for Friday yet – he doesn't want to give the Colts a planning advantage, apparently – but he says Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels will see equal reps. The winner of this battle gets a pretty good gig; Minnesota has the game's most dynamic running back, an underrated deep threat in Bernard Berrian, and a potentially-destructive defense. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
Lots of Indianapolis Colts news to keep tabs on: Bob Sanders might not be ready for the opener; Dallas Clark is coming off a concussion; Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie are batting for the coveted No. 3 receiver spot. [Indianapolis Star]
Jerry Remy returned to the Red Sox booth Wednesday night; he's been battling cancer and depression. Here's rooting for one of the good guys in baseball, one of the funniest and most insightful analysts out there. (I realize this link doesn't directly tie into fantasy, but many of you have MLB.TV or MLB Extra Innings and I want you to be entertained as you do your scouting.) [Boston Herald]
Andy Behrens contributed to this post, because he's a really swell guy and all that. Wednesday night beer dousing? I don't buy his alibi.
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