My take: Great to see him getting off to a good start. It'll also be good to see him make his first appearance as a pro at Camden Yards on Thursday, barring a weather disruption in the Chicago White Sox rotation.
My take: Works for me. Don't know if it'll put the whammy on the evil Yanks, but that's one fewer Red Sox jersey we'll have to look at this year at Camden Yards.
News item: The Orioles moved up from 30th to 21st last week in ESPN's major league Power Rankings.
My take: Still no respect. That's only three spots lower than the Detroit Tigers, who were 1-8 when the latest rankings were published.
News item: Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have amended the game's drug policy for the third time in three years, toughening the testing regimen and ending the threat of discipline for the players named in the Mitchell Report.
My take: The only active player who isn't off the hook is former Oriole Miguel Tejada, who still is the subject of a federal perjury investigation.
News item: NFL players union chief Gene Upshaw is reportedly trying to consolidate his power after someone leaked an e-mail by Ravens kicker Matt Stover encouraging his fellow player reps to begin the search for a successor to replace Upshaw after the next round of collective bargaining.
My take: By publicly blasting Stover for having "no clue," Upshaw proved one thing ... he's long since forgotten who works for whom.
My take: There must be more than smoke here, because the Cowboys and Titans wouldn't be talking trade without some signal from the NFL central office that Jones will be allowed to play this year.
News item: Lead play-by-play man Bryant Gumbel is leaving the NFL Network, citing the mutual desire of him and the network to go in "different directions."
My take: Interesting choice of words. It's a nice way of saying the network agreed with everyone else that Gumbel needed to go in whatever direction got him the farthest away from the broadcast booth.
News item: International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge insists that athletes will have total freedom to express themselves during the upcoming Olympic Games ... with just a few minor restrictions.
My take: Don't get all worked up. The Chinese government has made a very reasonable request that the Olympic movement avoid muddying up the Beijing Games with "irrelevant political factors."
News item: Brett Favre already is hedging on whether he could be convinced to come out of retirement and rejoin the Green Bay Packers sometime next season.
My take: Don't cry for Aaron Rodgers. He gets to be the starter all offseason, and he doesn't have to worry about prying Michael Strahan out of his rib cage in October.
News item: Tiger Woods spun around angrily and berated himself after his drive on the 530-yard 15th hole during the third round of the Masters yesterday.
My take: That should give you a little perspective on just how much he expects of himself. He hit that drive 296 yards and kept it on the short grass but didn't leave himself with a great angle to the hole and had to settle for par.
News item: Southern California star O.J. Mayo is leaving school after only one season to enter the NBA draft.
My take: I hear it was a mutual decision. The guy was threatening to divert attention from the football team.
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