SportsCrack Blog

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Jason Heyward can now play since it's his bobblehead doll night

From the AJC...

Hello there, and happy Jason Heyward Bobblehead night….which is going to be a pretty good way to punctuate his return from the disabled list.

Update: The Braves announced this afternoon that Heyward had been activated from the disabled list and is in the starting lineup for the first time since May 19. Freeman is out of the lineup as the Braves are going to play it cautious with his strained right oblique. (Lineup: 1. Schafer CF, 2. Uggla 2B, 3. McCann C, 4. Jones 3B, 5. Hinske 1B, 6. Gonzalez SS, 7. Heyward RF, 8. Mather LF, 9. Hudson P.)

Heyward told a person close to him this morning that he’s feeling good and ready to return to the lineup. After two minor league rehab games with Triple-A Gwinnett up in Indianapolis, Heyward traveled back to Atlanta today. Heyward will likely take batting practice before the Braves make a final decision on activating him but he told this person his shoulder is feeling as good as it’s felt in a long time and he’s “ready to get back to the office.”

Heyward might normally have played another game or two for Gwinnett, but the G-Braves are off today and return home for a long homestand.

How magically delicious! So let me get this straight: Heyward has been out of the lineup since May 19th and couldn't take a swing because of his shoulder up until a few days ago and now he has miracously healed and will be in the starting lineup tonight. All the Braves had to do was rub a little Bobblehead doll magic on him and gusto, the big guy is all good. Crazy how that works out.

Chipper calling him out might have been the wake up call Heyward needed. Everybody plays hurt and I think it's now become apparent to Heyward that he needs to stop being a puss and play. Like Chipper said, 80% of Heyward is still a lot better than most guys in the league. While I still have my doubts Heyward will ever be a legit star in the league because of his numerous injuries (I'm thinking he's more of a Cliff Floyd/Jeffrey Hammonds than a Vlad) there is no doubt the Braves are going to need him especially when vying for a playoff spot.

Let's just hope he doesn't suck it up once they get to the playoffs like last year.

And oh yeah, I will be at the game tonight. Heyward owes me a bobblehead at the very least right?

Terrelle Pryor Apologizes to Jim Tressel and the Buckeye Nation

How do you take this apology if you are Buckeye Nation? To me it seemed sincere even though Terrelle Pryor never admits to what he is apologizing for to Jim Tressel. But at least Pryor did say "sorry" and we still have never heard that from Reggie Bush to the USC program.

I say sorry to all the Buckeye nation and all the Buckeye fans across the country," Pryor said. "I never meant to hurt anybody directly or indirectly with my conduct off the field and I am truly sorry."

So now it's time for the Ohio State football program to move on. Pryor is gone along with Tressel. Sure sanctions are on the way but that will still take a while to get sorted. Until then you got the 2011 season on the horizon. It's time to put your trust back into the program. You've been burned. It hurts. But now you got a new face. A new team. And a new shirt from

In Braxton We Trust .....

Michael Floyd Won't Miss Any Games

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According to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune it has become increasingly clear that All-American wide receiver Michael Floyd won't miss any games in 2011. Can I get a HOORAH ND Nation?

It's increasingly clearer now that Floyd won't miss a game for the Irish this fall.

Not with Irish coach Brian Kelly saying Tuesday he is "very optimistic" about Floyd fulfilling all the requirements that will ensure his return to the field in September. And that means it's more likely than not that the standout receiver suits up for the opener against South Florida.

"He makes one mistake, in terms of how he handles himself, he doesn't play here ever," Kelly said, before a "Football 101" event on the practice fields that benefitted breast cancer awareness and prevention.

"There is no suspension, there is no sit for one game. He's got to live his life the right way. If he does that -- and all the signs point toward he's moving in that direction -- then I expect him to play every game. That's why I've been optimistic."

And Kelly didn't waver when asked for clarification Tuesday: There will be no one- or two-game suspensions stemming from the March arrest. Floyd plays every game, or he plays none.

It can't be understated enough. Losing Floyd for any games would have been crippling for the Fighting Irish. I don't want to say he carries the offense but at times he is the one piece that can keep it moving especially on 3rd downs. Everyone knows Floyd F-ed up when he got caught behind the wheel with too much alcohol in his system. But suspending him wouldn't have accomplished much if anything. Floyd is fulfilling his duties to society for the law he broke. Now it's time to move on. And win football games.

Isn't that right Michael?

I Introduce You To Golf Boys, The First PGA Boy Band

PGA golfers Bubba Watson, Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler, and Hunter Mahan have joined forces to create the first PGA Tour Boy Band called "Golf Boys." You better watch out News Kids. These aren't some weekend hackers. Bubba needs to keep the no shirt with overalls look for this week's US Open at Congressional. It's pure class if you ask me.

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