LINEBACKER AND DEFENSIVE LEADER BRUCE TAYLOR says he will play for Virginia Tech on Saturday against Pitt despite a sprained ankle that is limiting him in practice. Andy has that and many more defensive nuggets in his blog post here.
-Andy looks at the struggles Pitt has has thus far here.
TIP YOUR CAP: With all the talk about Penn State’s struggling kicker on Saturday, Doughty pauses to give a little credit to the guy who made his attempts.
KEY-DECKED: Rough news coming out of Lexington, where VMI has lost former Hidden Valley standout David Turner to a torn ACL and the basketball team loses two key returners in Quinton Upshur (transfer) and Jordan Weethee (torn ACL). I know for a fact that Nappy will miss saying “Weeeeeeetheeeeeeeeeeee for threeeeeeeeheeeeee” on press row.
FEARLESS FORECASTERS slate for this week is up. I have overtaken Berman. This is important.
NFL: The Ravens rout the Bengals and the Chargers beat the Raiders.
PENNANT RACES: Two teams chasing the Yankees and/or a wildcard berth duke it out in Charm City tonight, as the Rays visit Baltimore (7 p.m., MASN2). The Red Sox try to play the unusual role of spoiler at home against the Yankees (7 p.m., MLB Network).
-The Tigers have lost four in a row and have fallen three back of the White Sox in the AL Central after Chicago’s 6-1 win over Detroit last night. Series continues tonight.
-Oakland’s story is every bit as impressive as Baltimore’s. The A’s knock off the surging Angels 3-1 and are three games back of Texas in the AL West. Angels still are firmly in that wildcard mix, 1.5 games back of Baltimore.
-Gio Gonzalez gets his 19th win for the Nationals.
-Andy Murray wins U.S. Open for his first Grand Slam title.
WRESTLING: I don’t know anything about pro wrestling but I do know Jerry “The King” Lawler came to a Salem Red Sox game in July and drew plenty of autograph seekers. Lawler collapsed ringside during a broadcast last night and was hospitalized, but his condition has stabilized, according to WWE officials.
Shawty you the hottest, love the way you drop it
Brain so good could’ve sworn you went to college
Hundred-K deposit, vacations in the tropics
And everybody know it ain’t trickin’ if you got it
You ain’t never ever gotta go in your wallet
Long as I got rubberband banks in my pocket
5 6 rides wit rims and a body kit
You ain’t gotta downgrade, you can get what I get…