But he should be ready for 2010, when the current former- Phillies-ace-turned-Senator, Jim Bunning, will likely be ejected.
(It is preferable for the Phillies to have a former ace
pitcher in the Senate, at all times.)
Unlike Bunning, chosen by MLB as a Hall of Famer, and by Time Magazine as one of America's Worst Senators, the Schill is a prime-time player, and does not require a teleprompter. (Perhaps Bunning can return to MLB in 2010 as a 79 yr. old reliever. He could put up a 27.00 ERA in a pitcher's park, and still show improvement over his performance as a Senator.)
In other Curtis Montague Schilling news, he announced that, if not given an contract extension (note: he doesn't want a more lucrative deal, he just wants another year at the same salary tacked on), he will become a free agent after the 2007 season. (He would be quite a good pickup for the Phillies, even as a 41 year old.) So, Theo, if you're reading this, put down the Nathan's Hot Dog, and lock up The Schill for another season. Unless you want to face him 3 times (2 starts, 1 relief appearance) in the 2008 World Series. Which I'm sure you don't.
J.D. Drew is officially (maybe) a Red Sox. Until I see a roster move made, putting Drew on the Sox' 40-Man Roster, I choose to remain in denial.
The Todd Helton trade talks seem to have fallen through, for the time being. I wasn't too excited about locking Helton in as the Red Sox 1B, as he continues along the downward, diminishing returns phase of his Coors-inflated career. Even at $5 million/yr. (after Colorado kicked in some $). Especially if the deal would have cost the Sox Craig Hansen, who I still feel could be an MLB closer. Helton will prob. put up Youkilis numbers this year, and the Sox already have a Youkilis of their very own. Unless the player/$ package was very different than that leaked by the Rockies, this was a good non-move by the Sox.
In NFL news, there's a game being played this Sunday, somewhere in Florida.
The Eagles signed Saverio Rocca, former Australian Rules Football star, as a punter. (I guess the Eagles are reading my e-mails.) I have often gazed longingly at NFL punting statistics, and fantasized about the day that the Eagles would have a Shane Lechler of their own. (Despite the fact that, as a young lad, I was Commanded not to covet thy neighbor's punter.) While logic tells me that Rocca may very well be nothing more than a training camp leg to limit incumbent Dirk Johnson's (24th out of 30 punters in gross avg.) reps, perhaps Rocca will win the Eagles punting gig, and lead the NFL with a 50 yd. avg, on the way to an appearance in the 2008 edition of the NFL game being played this Sunday.
The Flyers continue to lose, despite getting some pretty decent goaltending and even a cameo from Peter Forsberg, who actually played like his skates fit the other night. The Flyers are now attempting to think outside-the-box, (No- not outside-the-penalty-box -they still feel the need to keep that place staffed with at least one player at all times.) and are splitting the remainder of the season into 5 game segments. So, instead of being in last place this season (in the entire NHL), they are in 2nd to last place (in the entire NHL) in their current 5 game segment. Congrats, Flyers!
The Bruins are, possibly, in their worst stretch of the season right now, with 4 consecutive losses, including consecutive blowouts. Their 7-1 loss Tuesday night in Buffalo was one of their worst performances this season.
As a result, I am taking extreme measures to save the Bruins' season. I will be in attendance tonight as the B's try to avenge their Tuesday pasting by the Sabres. So, Mr. Lewis, if the guys need a pep talk, or if you need me to play in goal in the 3rd period, play the point on the PP, D on a 3-on-5, fraternize with the Ice Girls, just let me know. I'll be the dork with the Phillies hat sitting in the rafters. Just send an usher for me when you need me. The losing streak ends tonight.