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08/26/2010 - 4:06pm
Collinsworth: 18-game season 'stupid'
By: DJ Bean

Former Bengals receiver and NBC football analyst Cris Collinsworth joined The Big Show Thursday to discuss the proposed 18-game season while also admitting that he "loves" HBO's "Hard Knocks."


On the subject of the 18-game season, in which two preseason games would be cut out in favor of two additional regular-season games and a second bye week, Collinsworth didn't hold back in voicing his displeasure.


"It's stupid," Collinsworth said of the idea. "There's no way that for anybody that has never played a 16-game schedule to say that we ought to move to 18 games."


Collinsworth said that while adding two games to the schedule wouldn't hurt the Patriots with ticket sales, in many teams' cases it is currently already "hard to give away tickets in December." He also pointed out that players would increase their risk of injury in a longer season.


08/26/2010 - 12:27pm
Reynolds on D&H: Rays better than Yanks

 MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday to talk about baseball news. Reynolds said he backs the Red Sox' decision to insert Tim Wakefield into Wednesday night's game and hold Jon Lester until Friday's opener of a three-game series against the Rays. Said Reynolds: "I look at the Tampa series, and I look at what the Rays have done against left-handed pitching: They've been horrible."


As for the Red Sox' outlook, Reynolds said the Sox deserve credit for competing for a playoff spot in the face of a trying season. "It's a miracle they're in it, with all the injuries," Reynolds said. "They've done a great job of hanging in there, and they're going to need some luck [down the stretch]."


Asked which team between the Yankees and Rays he favors to win the AL East, Reynolds went with Tampa Bay. "The Yankees right now, they're not as...

08/26/2010 - 12:14pm
Clemens scheduled to be arraigned Monday

 Former Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens, who has been indicted on six charges that he lied to Congress regarding his use of performance-enhancing drugs, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon on criminal charges in Washington D.C. Clemens will appear before U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, facing charges that he obstructed a congressional inquiry with 15 separate statements made under oath, including the statement that he never used steroids or human growth hormone.


Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, has stated that federal prosecutors offered a plea but the pitcher rejected. The former pitcher faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.


To read legal expert Michael McCann's take on the case when he appeared on the Dennis &...

08/26/2010 - 8:42am
ESPN's Wiley on D&C: Pats not on short list

 ESPN NFL analyst Marcellus Wiley joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and weighed in on the top teams in the league this season. Wiley, wo spent 10 years in the NFL as a defensive end, likes the Jets, but not as much as some others in the media.


"I think that they have a great chance. It's going to be interesting to see," he said, noting that there still are question marks, especially regarding chemistry issues. "When you have a good team and you add some great players, human nature makes you think you're going to be great automatically. It's not automatic. So, they have to go out there and work for it."


Wiley said he doesn't think the Jets' appearance on HBO's "Hard Knocks" will be a problem, even though they are providing opposing teams with ammunition. "I think it's a great thing for them," Wiley said. "I'm always a fan of anybody...

08/26/2010 - 7:40am
Mashup: Forbes values Pats No. 3 in NFL

 Forbes magazine compiled a ranking of NFL teams by their value, and the Patriots are third at $1.4 billion, behind only the top-ranked Cowboys ($1.8 billion) and the Redskins ($1.6 billion). The magazine praises the Pats as one of the best-run teams on and off the field, and notes that team sponsorship revenues are up again this season. And speaking of sports teams' financial information, the fallout continues after the leak of documents detailing some baseball teams' expenses and income. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is coming under fire after getting substantial assistance from Miami to build a new stadium following claims that his team was not nearly as healthy as the documents indicate. Read about those stories and more at Thursday's Morning Mashup.

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