Charlie Crist's first pitch strong on comedy if not accuracy
Charlie Crist's ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the American League Division Series between the Texas Rangers and the Rays of Tampa Bay was high and juuuuuuuuuuuust a little outside.
You'd think that a former quarterback at Wake Forest might have a little better feel for a target. You'd also think that, since this was the Florida governor's third trip to the ceremonial-first-pitch rodeo, he might have practiced a little. (Maybe he did. In which case, this is really bad.)
Crist is running for the Senate as an Independent; he trails Republican Marco Rubio but leads Democrat Kendrick Meek.
Kobe "isn't ready"
The tall guys in sandals and socks wandering around Barcelona with cameras around their necks, looking lost? Those were the Los Angeles Lakers, who lost 92-88 to FC Barcelona.
The big news, though, was Phil Jackson's assessment of the health of Kobe Bryant, who underwent knee surgery in July: "He's not ready to play."
Bryant made two of 15 shots and scored 15 points almost all of them at the free-throw line.
"My knee was feeling good. I was feeling fine, didn't have any pain, any stiffness, so when that happens, you've really got to stretch it out as much as you can and try to get in rhythm as much as you can, and that's what I'm trying to do," Bryant said. "This is the first game I played in, really competed in, since Game 7[of the NBA Finals]."
Kris Jenkins isn't quitting
New York Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins will attempt to come back from knee surgery -- the former Maryland player has torn his anterior cruciate ligament three times (twice in 11 months) -- after all. He tells Greg Bishop of the New York Times: "I've made a decision. I'm coming back. I have to. You know why? It's my choice. I choose to. I don't need any more money. I don't need anyone's approval. I still want to leave my mark."
This time around, doctors discovered less meniscus damage than they expected and they used the patella tendon in his left knee for the repair rather than part of his hamstring (as they did before). While cadaver tissue is usually used in surgery, Jenkins opts to be his own donor, saying, "I don't do dead people."
Enough with Batman and Robin
Memo to athletes: Not everyone can be Batman and Robin. Gilbert Arenas says he's Robin to John Wall's Batman. And Chad Ochocinco is Robin to Terrell Owens' Batman (they called dibs and even posed with a Batmobile). Couldn't someone be
Ironman Spiderman (that one is free)? Green Hornet? Fantastic Four? Wolverine?
Ochocinco goes on a blind date
Ochocinco's blind date with a woman who turned out to be 57 prompted the tweet of the night from Owens, who should just change his nickname to "Wikipedia:" here. It prompted this helpful reply from Owens, whose nickname should be "Wikipedia."
@OGOchoCinco the AARP card is like a special rates or discounts card u receive whn u reach or approach 50!!!
| October 8, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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