Orioles and Bryant have failure to communicate

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News item: When it became apparent the Orioles might have lost a chance to sweep the Yankees because of a communications breakdown in the stadium operations department, stadium ops director Roger Hayden deflected questions to Orioles communications director Gregory Bader, who declined to comment on the record.

My take: Talk about a situation speaking for itself.

News item: Orioles first baseman Aubrey Huff just became the third Orioles player to hit for the cycle, joining Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. It was the first time an Orioles player has pulled off that feat in Baltimore.

My take: It also was the first time that Aubrey Huff has been mentioned in the same sentence with Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr.

News item: Frank Thomas hit his 500th career home run Thursday afternoon and Craig Biggio collected his 3,000th hit Thursday night.

My take: There was a time when milestones like those would get you into the Hall of Fame. Now, they barely get you on SportsCenter.

News item: Rumors have surfaced that the Yankees are interested in trading for Texas Rangers star - and Baltimore-area native - Mark Teixeira.

My take: Peter Angelos drew a line in the sand when he thought the Yankees were going to sign Albert Belle. Why not now?

News item: More than 50,000 fans showed up last weekend for the Dew Tour event at the Camden Yards sports complex.

My take: It must be a generational thing. When I was growing up, if you were a 28-year-old guy and you wanted to make a living riding a tiny bicycle, you had to join the circus.

News item: The NCAA might soon pass a rule making it illegal for coaches to send text messages to recruits.

My take: I think that's a great idea. Those kids need to keep their eyes on the road when they're tooling around in their new BMWs.

News item: Highly talented South Korean golfers are beginning to dominate the LPGA Tour.

My take: The only thing surprising about that is that the Yankees haven't tried to sign any of them yet.

News item: The Portland Trail Blazers made Ohio State big man Greg Oden the first pick in the 2007 NBA draft.

My take: I don't think Oden will live up to the hype, but I said the same thing awhile back about another college giant. If that Shaq guy wins one more title, I'm going to admit I was wrong.

News item: The Boston Celtics acquired gimpy 31-year-old Ray Allen and the 35th overall pick in Thursday's draft in exchange for Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak and the fifth overall pick.

My take: I'm going to have to buy David Steele lunch and get him to explain this one to me.

News item: The NHL announced Friday that its salary cap will go up by about $6.3 million for the 2007-08 season.

My take: Great news for the Orioles. This opens up exactly enough cap room for the Washington Capitals to trade for Danys Baez.

News item: The NFL has decided to fold NFL Europa, its overseas development league, less than a week after the Hamburg Sea Devils beat the Frankfurt Galaxy before 48,125 in the World Bowl.

My take: I don't know if I want to live in a world without a World Bowl.

News item: Kobe Bryant refers to Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss as "an idiot" on an audiotape that has been posted on the Internet.

My take: I sure wish there was an idiot out there willing to give me $136 million.


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