Our (Late Afternoon) Daily Dread: If only he could have taken 140 words to write this column about the Twittersphere


By Tim Dahlberg
The Associated Press

Perhaps the best thing about Twitter is that it forces people to get to the point, in 140 characters or less.


Not that it matters much for most athletes, who rarely have thoughts that run that long anyway.

They get paid to play, not to tell us how to eliminate hunger or explain black holes in the universe (Phil Mickelson excepted, of course).

Take Allen Iverson,for instance. He didn’t come close to using up his Twitter allotment to show off his new character in Memphis.

“I want to help them develop a winner,” Iverson tweeted after signing with the Grizzlies.

Pretty innocuous stuff, the kind that in previous times would be handled in a team statement or e-mail.

But these are new times, and this is new technology. No longer must athletes risk having their words muddled by the media.

It’s a perfect tool for Terrell Owens and the attention hounds that populate sports, even if they don’t have anything to say.

Better yet, they can only misquote themselves, as T.O. so famously did in his own autobiography.

He did the other day after former Patriot Rodney Harrison called him a “clown” and T.O. fired off a barrage of tweets in response.

Most had to do with Harrison being suspended in 2007 for using steroids, which Owens finally conceded wasn’t exactly correct.

“My bad Rodney! I hv been corrected by ur supporters, u used HGH nt steroids! So, every1 go ahead & use HGH!!”

Before Twittersphere thoughts appeared and disappeared within seconds, those kind of things could lead to defamation lawsuits.

But while there’s a new world order out there, there’s no new sheriff in town.

That scares coaches, and it terrifies teams. Secrets are being spilled, and control freaks are losing control.

The food in San Diego is slop. The fans in Washington are dim wits. Coaches have no clue, and talking heads on TV are worse.

(By the way, have you noticed every thought in this column is 140 characters or less?)

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‘It’s like when a midget stands next to a smart car … You ain’t tall, midget, you just clever’

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That’s the line of the week from the first “Saturday Night Live” Thursday “Weekend Update” edition, when Bill Hader did his scary interpretation of politico James Carville.

The real Carville, appearing on CBS College Sports Network’s Tony Barnhart show today, had this to say when asked if he favored a playoff system instead of the current polls leading into a BCS title game:

“Of course I’m a playoff guy. If you want to know just how stupid this whole system is, the Coaches Poll has Penn State ranked above Iowa. This is the beautiful one, they have Cal ranked higher then Oregon. Last week they had BYU ranked higher then Florida State. How can anyone with a straight face defend the poll? Oregon beat Cal 42-3. I think I know who the better football team is…They have got to turn this thing around. And they can do it within the existing bowl structure.

“If it was up to me, every team would play nothing but conference games, and then have the conference champions tee it up and have all the bowl games be intersectional games…

“This system is no good. I pull against it every time. I hope there are three undefeated teams in the country, and I hope it’s just a big mess. That’s the one thing I pull for more than anything in college football, that the BCS just turns into a big, rotten mess.”

Maybe we can mute this and just put in those quote above as subtitles:

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What else do you need to know about how the LFL runs its business?


From a post on SportsByBrooks over the weekend (linked here):

An upcoming game between the Chicago Bliss and the New York Majesty has been “postponed” for six weeks because of “issues with New York’s facility.”

The Majesty was to play their games at the Nassau Coliseum — yes, indoors — which is the home of the New York Islanders.

Speculates Brooks:

“My guess is so few tickets were sold that putting on the game would’ve been a complete embarrassment. And that (LFL founder Mitch) Mortaza finally got the hottie girlfriend outta all this that he dreamed of.”

As far as we can tell, your Los Angeles Temptations still plan to play their home opener at the L.A. Sports Arena on the day after Thanksgiving (linked here) and January 29 (linked here).

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Your NFL Week 4 TV schedule: Don’t Favre this thing up too much

How many commercials for Sears will you see this week, versus what ESPN will do to promote its next Monday night football game? Can’t they just combine the two somehow?

Brett Favre, hot off his miracle pass gamewinner in last Sunday’s Vikings’ home win against the 49ers, have his old team, the Green Bay Packers, visiting the Metrodome. It won’t be as caustic as Week 8 — a 1 p.m. local kickoff at Lambeau Field, which Fox has and likely won’t give up.

But assume the worst and hope for the best.

The punch to the gut as far as L.A. football care about: CBS has only one window this weekend, and has picked a less attractive meeting in the AM instead of the star-studded contest in the PM that would feature Mark Sanchez’s visit to New Orleans to face Reggie Bush’s team.

Register your complaints early and it could be changed…


== 10 a.m., Channel 2: Baltimore at New England (with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, instead of Tennessee-Jacksonville, Oakland-Houston or Cincinnati-Cleveland in this window).

== 10 a.m., Channel 11: N.Y. Giants at Kansas City (with Kenny Albert, Darryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa, instead of Detroit-Chicago or Tampa Bay-Washington)

== 1 p.m., Channel 11: Dallas at Denver (with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, instead of St. Louis-San Francisco; CBS also has N.Y. Jets-New Orleans and Buffalo-Miami in this window)

== 5:15 p.m., Channel 4: San Diego at Pittsburgh (with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Andrea Kremer)


== 5:30 p.m., ESPN: Green Bay at Minnesota (with Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski)

Bye week: Atlanta, St. Louis, Carolina and Philadelphia.

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Anything on there that might explain how can’t-miss Miss Missouri showed up on anyone’s phone records?


The Associated Press

The University of Missouri athletics department is changing its procedures for clearing out old merchandise after selling a box of formerly-used cell phones that included text messages and contact numbers.

After someone named Mike Bellman paid $190 for 25 phones, he found out they included text messages to and from basketball coach Mike Anderson, football coach Gary Pinkel and Athletics Director Mike Alden. E-mails and contact numbers were also on the phones.

The university offered to buy them back, but Bellman said he hoped to sell them to a sports collector. Bellman did not immediately return calls and e-mails from The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Athletics department spokesman Chad Moller said all information will now be wiped out of phones before they are discarded.

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