EXPOS VERY, VERY CLOSE

Baseball returns to D.C.The Wash. Times

Top story from The Washington Times says that the Expos are coming here and it will be announced today. Some former Senators are supposed to be a part of the ceremony. I still think any announcement would be tomorrow. It looks like The Wash. Times and The Sun have more stories on D.C. baseball than The Post today too.

More from The Sun: Baseball for D.C. appears imminent

More from The Sun: Baseball, Orioles progress on deal

More from USA Today: Expos set for relocation, finally


Baseball, Angelos Close To DealThe Post

More on the expected announcement from The Post. Peter Angelo$ apparently wants a subsidy to go on forever, while MLB wants it as long as he owns the team.

Baseball Has Eluded Va. Despite Tax Giveaway PlanThe Post

Take away all the financial incentives that either bid put together and putting the Expos in D.C. simply makes the most sense. The fact that D.C. offered a better financial package just seals it. I feel for Bud Collins, who carried the flag for baseball in this area for so long. I really hope he gets to be part of any ownership group.

F. Robinson wants role with D.C. teamThe Post

Another Baltimore great, the “greatest Oriole” in fact, wants in on D.C. action.

MLB will call shots for club in offseasonThe Wash. Times

It could be a while before the team has a front office of its own. We can live with that for a little while, I suppose.

D.C. watchword: Restrained joyThe Wash. Times

Lots of folks with ties to the former Senators are quoted, including Frank Howard.

Few cry foul over idea of D.C. ballThe Sun

Baltimore’s city council could not get a symbolic resolution against D.C. baseball passed. Even Wild Bill Hagy is not getting worked up about it.

Expos-O’s television network consideredThe Sun

More about the proposed cable network to be shared by both franchises.

D.C. would cozy up to smaller stadiumThe Sun

Anacostia ballpark would follow intimate industry trend, seat 41,000

Like every ballpark built since 1992, a D.C. model would be like Camden Yards, only smaller. I do not think 41,000 seats are enough.

DuPuy: driving lawyer, fan, commissioner’s deputyThe Sun

A profile of Bobby DuPuy, who may be hours from becoming one of our newest heroes.

Plans in place to close up shop in Montreal, open up in WashingtonCP via Montreal Gazette

Details about closing up shop in Montreal and setting it up (from scratch) in D.C. They are going to have to throw this thing together, should the team come here, as expected. No matter, we will take a franchise that is held together with kite-string and chewing gum if we have to; the poor folks in Baltimore seem to endure that fairly well.

One Last Goodbye in Montreal for ExposThe Times

Another eulogy for Les Expos. One of the photos on the right makes me wish I had been able to find a Youppi plush when I was up there. He can come too!

Troubled Mets Turn to MinayaThe Times

Looks like GM Omar Minaya is choosing NYC instead of D.C. D’oh!

PATERNO PRESS CONFERENCE

Joe Paterno press conference transcript: 9/28/04Post-Gazette

Read what Joe had to say. No update on his son-in-law, but it does not sound too good.


Penn State Notebook: Poor play of wideouts Paterno’s top concernPost-Gazette

We could use some help at tight end as well.

Robinson day-to-day after suffering concussion against WisconsinCDT

It does not look like he will play on Saturday or even suit up, he is not on the depth chart. It could be 3 – 4 weeks. He’s such a trooper too.

Penn State offense faces several questions this weekCDT

They probably face more than several.

Robinson fortunate to walk away from jarring hit SaturdayPost-Gazette

More on Mike Robinson, who is not out of the woods yet.

Paterno ponders time for MorelliPatriot-News

The Penn State nation is chomping at the bit for Anthony Morelli to get in their and play QB. I do not have any strong feelings on the matter. Also, Paterno thinks the WRs stink.

Nick Horvath, Jr.No brainerPatriot-News

Keeping Morelli on bench vs. Badgers was only call

A columnist in favor of keepin Morelli on the bench?! The message boards are not going to like this at all.

Lions remain focusedThe Collegian

We have heard this all before, maybe this time it will come true. Play for the breaks boys!

WHY THE RED SOX SHOULD NEVER WIN

Peter MehlmanHow Winning the World Series Can Mean Losing YourselfThe Times

An excellent essay on how the Red Sox winning it all might be a tragedy of dreams come true for their fans. Too much of the New England character (except for Vermont of course, which is so damn high on itself and convinced of a uniqueness that probably does not actually exist) is based on the Red Sox “exquisite futility” and suddenly “not having the Sox to kick around anymore would be an adjustment.” Also whether you have a stake in the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry, listening to New England gloat about winning one world series in 90 years would get really tiresome.


SPACEBALLS 2?!

Brad Stratton passes on word Mel Brooks is planning on a sequel to the 1987 classic, Spaceballs. We can only hope and imagine that it will be Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money. Who will play Barf though?

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MUST BE LUNCHTIME (I EAT LATE)

Bob FloundersThe clock is tickingPatriot-News

Flounders thinks the Lions still have a shot at a bowl game. I agree, but then again, I did not think that Saturday’s loss was the end of the world either. Also see, THE PENN STATE HOT LIST.


David JonesOnly problem with James? He wore redPatriot-News

Apparently, Dave Jones got fed up with emails from whiny Penn State fans and tells us “the way it is.”

Frank BodaniIt’s time for MorelliYDR

In Penn State circles, calling for true frosh QB Anthony Morelli to get playing time is the “new rock-n-roll.” He should probably be 2nd string until Mike Robinson heals, but he is apparently third on the depth chart.

Defense plays well, not good enough for ShawThe Collegian

MLB Tim Shaw is starting to show some leadership, as well as becoming a solid linebacker.


Status of weekend’s PSU football injuries do not changeThe Collegian

So, why did I even bother posting the article, right?

MEANWHILE, MLB…

No timetable for Expos moveMLB.com

Methinks, that this press release is just MLB issuing a customary denial that something is about to happen. I would not get too worried over this, it would appear to be standard operating procedure. Still, with MLB, there is always a danger that they will blow it.


Warner: D.C. pitched a better dealAP via Potomac News

Virginia Gov. Mark Warner concedes defeat, but says it is good for the whole region.

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NO ANNOUNCEMENT YET

Expos likely to come to DistrictThe Wash. Times

What appears to be a front page story has the Expos coming here, with an announcement tomorrow or Thursday. I would expect Thursday, if it is to happen, because of the symbolism of being 33 years to the day after the Senators final game and an USA Today article supports my theory. Also, baseball is willing to make the decision with or without a deal with Baltimore.


MLB, Angelos Continue Talks On Financial Deal for OriolesThe Post

Peter Angelo$ continues to hold up the process. He says if the Expos move to Washington before a deal is struck, he will go to court. So, if that is what he would do, what is his incentive to strike a deal? The Sun apparently has found out what his incentive is, to protect the O’s, Camden Yards, and Maryland taxpayers; this is “bigger than Peter Angelo$,” is the implication of the article.

Williams Details Stadium FundingThe Post

Free Tickets Included For Low-Income Kids

More about the ballpark plans.

Marc FisherN.Va. Blew Chance to Get A Baseball TeamThe Post

More about the competition between the two area bids. Also, Fisher thinks the team needs to be named the Senators. Oh and about that, Brad Stratton (thanks!) sent me this email:
The Texas Rangers retain ownership of the name “Washington Senators,” baseball spokesman Carmine Tiso said after consulting with Ethan Orlinsky, a lawyer for Major League Baseball Properties, the sport’s licensing division.

I think if the Expos do come here and new ownership wants the Senators name, they will get it.


Rooting for the Expos Until the Final OutThe Post

There are a few diehards, but the city is largely indifferent. That was my take on it while I was up there. Also, USA Today columnist Hal Bodley eulogizes the Expos and Olympic Stadium.

John EisenbergO’s to NL East? But seriously …The Sun

Eisenberg calls moving to the NL East as ridiculous as moving them to the AFC North. It is mostly an inane column, but there is a good point made:
But more importantly, running off to the NL East would be tantamount to the franchise raising a white flag of surrender and admitting it couldn’t beat the Yankees and Sox.

Baltimore fans would despise that.


Time running out for D.C. to smooth Expos’ moveThe Sun

Gee, why is the plan being held up again, I cannot remember, can you? Great Jack Evans quote at the end too.

SchmuckAngelos won’t stop trying to give Yanks, Red Sox run for their moneyThe Sun

Schmuck finally wrote a column that did not make my blood curdle. Angelo$ will apparently keep trying to beat the Red Sox and Yankees and move on to the “next phase” in doing that in the offesason. That is good news for those of us concerned they might switch leagues. Could it be Angelo$ is finally getting the big picture?

Md. stadiums chief warns team in D.C. could affect state coffersThe Sun

At this point, Baltimore attendance will suffer either way, because of Angelo$ completely disrespecting D.C. area fans at every turn. Perhaps some more marketing, specifically to areas north of Baltimore would offset that loss. Also, moving the O’s AAA team to Harrisburg, which is currently under consideration, would turn the I-83 corridor into solid O’s country.

PENN STATE NEWS COMING LATER

I have run out of time this morning and will have to update the PSU news over lunch.

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