Weekly Wonderings - How Peyton Manning's Birth Plan Went Wrong
• Manny Ramirez announced that he will retire rather than face a 100-game suspension for a second positive drug test. Despite his most recent transgression, Ramirez still remains without child.
• Free agent quarterback Matt Leinart recently stated that spending a year on the bench in Houston has helped jumpstart his self confidence, further proving what several coaches and talent evaluators already suspected: Not throwing a pass is the best possible thing for Leinart’s career.
• Fred Taylor stated that he is “basically retired” in an interview with the Gainesville Sun. Taylor has spent the offseason ardently studying the Brett Favre guidebook to media relations.
• Colby Rasmus’ drop against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night was bad. But the biggest drop that benefited a Giant this week was made by a federal jury that only found Barry Bonds guilty on one charge of obstruction of justice.
• If and when there is a 2011 NFL season, sources say the Chicago Bears will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London. League business officials expect a record turnout for the game resulting from British fans confusing Jay Cutler for John Lennon’s long lost son.
• Wednesday’s game in Sacramento may have been more than just a season finale with the Kings potentially moving to Anaheim. On the bright side, the city will consider naming its new team the Sacramento Kings of Anaheim as a consolation.
• Recent praise from head coach Rex Ryan has led to speculation that the New York Jets will pursue Randy Moss in free agency. Ryan is believed to covet the former Pro Bowler’s ability to moon rival fans and squirt officials with water bottles.
• Former Blue Jays and Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado decided to officially call it a career this Wednesday. The move generated confusion amongst the majority of baseball fans who thought Delgado had been retired since 2009.
• LeBron James has surpassed Kobe Bryant in jersey sales for the first time since his rookie season in Cleveland. This also represents the first time a diva has tried to upstage the “Black Mamba” since Kanye West appeared in Bryant’s Nike commercial.
• South African Charl Schwartzel won the Masters last weekend over a competitive field that included Tiger Woods. Woods was disappointed not to win a green jacket because he is in the process of losing the shirt off his back as part of his divorce settlement.
• Early reports indicate that Major League Baseball is leaning toward expanding instant replay for the 2012 season. The decision stems from a series of controversial finishes that recently took place during the Miller Park sausage races.
• La Quinta High School senior volleyball player Simone Henderson will be heading to the University of Alabama after earning a full NCAA Division I volleyball scholarship. Bump, set, spike Tide!
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