MIKE LOPRESTI – Illness has Penn State walk-on facing bigger opponent off field – USA Today Until this morning I was somehow unaware of Tom Golarz. The Penn State walk-on special teams player is on the team despite living with sclerosing cholangitis, the same liver disease that killed Walter Payton. Golarz was diagnosed at 17, so he is hoping he can live a long enough for better treatments to help him out. A transplant is likely someday, but he is hoping to avoid it.
Look for #39 in tomorrow during the Capital One Bowl, that’s Golarz.
Capitals trade Clark, Jurcina for Chimera – The Post “Washington Post Capitals and NHL Editor Lindsay Applebaum will be online Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. ET to take your questions about the team’s trade of captain Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina to Columbus for winger Jason Chimera.”
Capitals trade captain Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina for Jason Chimera – The Post Capitals trade their captain to Columbus – The Wash. Times I don’t think anybody saw this trade coming. The Washington Capitals traded their captain Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jason Chimera, best known around here for mixing it up with Alex Ovechkin back in November at the only game I have been to this season. After Ovechkin was injured in scrum that Chimera got started, Chimera declined to fight, so I don’t know if his acquisition toughens up the team at all. So, now I have to cheer for him? Many have suggested that the Caps need an enforcer, but I saw the word “agitator” in early stories about the trade yesterday. I’m a little skeptical of Chimera, but certainly willing to be won over.
Clark, captain since 2006, was blindsided by the trade. He had 30 goals that season, but lost most of the next two seasons to injuries. His production has diminished as the team got better too, though Clark did not mind. Praise for his leadership and toughness has been universal, so he will really be missed. Jurcina on the other hand was often a healthy scratch lately and dealing him frees up a spot for a younger, cheaper blueliners. Also, the trade frees up more salary cap space which means the Caps could be buyers at the deadline. It also comes right after Alexander Semin signed a one-year extension that will keep him in Chinatown through next season. That was pretty shrewd for both parties.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said the next captain will not be named right away. The three candidates that come to mind are Ovechkin, Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble. It will be interesting to see how gets the C and when. I would not be surprised if it comes after the Olympic break.
Zimmerman mostly unknown commodity – ESPN The Magazine Ryan Zimmerman has been flying under the radar as a baseball player and as a man-about-town in the D.C. area since he got here after being drafted in the first round in 2005. Now, he is the best third baseman in the National League and is starting to be appreciated for how good he is but locally he isn’t immediately recognizable when he is out and about. Such is life of the Washington Nationals only superstar, though Zimmerman seems able to deal with the changes that will come if/when the Nats improve and raise the profile in the Nation’s Capital.
One odd thing — he’s never been on the Metro. That’s kind of part of the D.C. experience Zimm.
Prospectus Q&A Jim Riggleman – The Post Riggleman answers about 20 questions from David Laurila. All of the answers are a paragraph long and fairly thoughtful. He calls strikeouts “unproductive outs” and talks about how even with restrictive pitch counts, young hurlers sometimes get hurt, among other things. Not mentioned — him being from suburban Montgomery County.
Ask Boswell: Redskins, MLB, Nats, Caps and More – The Post “Washington Post sports columnist Thomas Boswell will be online Thursday, Dec. 17, at 11:00 a.m. ET to talk about the new Redskins front office and take your other questions about the Nats, Tiger Woods, the NFL and the Caps. “
I didn’t expect to see a Bos chat today. Perhaps he will talk more about the Nats and their recent acquisitions (including reliever Matt Capps apparently) than the dysfunctional Redskins. I really don’t think there is anything else to add on that front.
Public radio show This American Life visited Penn State over the final football weekend of 2009 (vs. Indiana) and examined the drinking culture. They picked Penn State because the Princeton Review said it is the #1 party school in the country. The program’s portrayal of the students is harsh.
The program is 100% accurate too.
It sounds like little has changed since my time there, other than the preference for candy liquor over beer.
Marquis deal is another positive sign for Nats – The Post New National Marquis grabs mentor role – The Wash. Times The Nationals newest starting pitcher and projected #1 starter, Jason Marquis, was introduced to Washington yesterday. Marquis speaks highly of the moves that the Nats have been making in the offseason and by signing Stephen Strasburg. He also got to know John Lannan a little last year in Colorado during the Nats-Rockies series. Marqis wants to be a mentor on the staff. Given that we are not even to the New Year, I’ll take him at his word.
Nats nearing deal with veteran reliever Guardado – Nationals Journal, The Post Oh how times have changed — back in 2008 when he was pitching for the Texas Rangers, Eddie Guardado was told he was traded to D.C. at the deadline — he was furious. In reality, he was pranked by his manager. Now, he is apparently ready to sign with the team. At 39 years old and a career almost exclusively in the American League, I’m skeptical about this signing and I can’t help but think of Julian Tavarez. I hope my gut is wrong on this one.
Okay, Pirates fan(s), Matt Capps has the Nats as one of the two teams he will sign with soon, how should I feel about him in a curly W cap?
Strasburg lands endorsement deal with Topps – National Journal, The Post Strasburg signed a deal with the only baseball card manufacturer left — Topps. No word yet one whether it means he’ll be restricted in his autographs like Ryan Zimmerman.