Bon voyage, Coach Johnson; pronounced change for Navy

News item: The other shoe finally dropped at the Naval Academy when football coach Paul Johnson announced Friday he will replace Chan Gailey at Georgia Tech.

My take: Certainly, it's a painful loss for Navy, but Johnson has more than earned the opportunity to pursue a BCS title with a major program.


Related news item: Navy announced yesterday that assistant head coach Ken Niumatalolo has been hired to replace Johnson.

My take: That's great, but I'm a little worried about Navy radio broadcaster Bob Socci, whose head might explode if Niumatalolo and quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada get into an argument on the sideline next season.


News item: Ravens linebacker Bart Scott was fined $25,000 for throwing a penalty flag into the stands during Monday night's loss to the New England Patriots.

My take: It was stupid and childish, but you have to admit he had better command than Daniel Cabrera.

News item: Patriots safety Rodney Harrision also was fined $5,000 for taunting the Ravens' bench after an interception by teammate James Sanders.

My take: Ravens coach Brian Billick was not fined for blowing him a kiss but might be required to undergo marriage counseling.

News item: Home run king Barry Bonds has pleaded not guilty to federal perjury and obstruction of justice charges. He faces up to 2 1/2 years in prison if convicted.

My take: He could do 30 months standing on his head and there would still be room for several other people to stand on it with him.

News item: Orioles front-office officials returned from the winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn., without making a major deal, but they still hope to complete a major roster overhaul before spring training.

My take: If Miguel Tejada isn't out of here soon, I'll offer to drive him to Anaheim myself.


News item: The Ravens play the Indianapolis Colts at M&T; Bank Stadium tonight.

My take: After Monday night's near-miss against the Patriots, the Ravens probably aren't afraid of the Colts, but based on their performance in their first three night games this season, they appear to be afraid of the dark.

News item: Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons will have to sit out the first 15 days next season after being suspended by commissioner Bud Selig for using human growth hormone.

My take: I'm guessing this is going to cost him at least five or six at-bats.

News item: Jose Guillen signed a three-year, $36 million contract with the Kansas City Royals, right before being suspended for the first 15 days of 2008.

My take: This is the same struggling small-market team that gave one-time 15-game winner Gil Meche $55 million last winter. Am I missing something here?


News item: The Oakland Athletics appear to be the front-runners to sign Bad News Barry, who would split time between left field and designated hitter.

My take: Billy Beane caught lightning in a bottle with Frank Thomas a couple of years ago. Bonds allegedly got his lightning out of a bottle. Subtle difference.

News item: Sen. John Kerry sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Kyle McSlarrow, the president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, on Thursday asking them to resolve their differences and make the NFL Network available to all cable television viewers.

My take: I'm proud that one of our legislators is taking such a strong stand on an issue so vital to the survival of our American system. If he runs for president again, I bet he gets all the electoral votes from Massachusetts and Maryland.

News item: The long-awaited Mitchell Report, the result of an expensive 20-month investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in major league baseball, is expected to be released this week.

My take: Great timing. It's exactly what I was hoping to find under the tree this year.


News item: Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett, who suffered a severe spinal injury during the team's Sept. 9 season opener, reportedly is walking under his own power.

My take: No punch line here. Just wonderful news.

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