Celtic's next game after that is Motherwell. I'll be interested to see what kind of tribute, if any, they do for that game.
Damn, it must suck being a college quarterback who wins a bowl game in overtime.
9. SP Mark Prior — Often in people's lives, sometimes it takes 20 or 30 years to discover allergens that irritate or even corrupt immune systems. Mark Prior is getting paid $1 million by the San Diego Padres to determine if he's allergic to the color red.
The former Chicago Cubs pitcher has made nine major league starts in the last two years — all in '06, and none of them pretty. This year he will be five years removed from his magical 18-6, 2.43 ERA year in 2003. If he can somehow get it together, his incentive-laden contract could net him over $3 million this year, all while he pitches for his home state of California.
So in a way, it's a homecoming. In a more accurate way, it's $1 million for about four rehab starts.
Coach: Eddie Sutton — Earlier this year, the New York Islanders propped up legendary coach Al Arbour for one game, 13 years after his retirement, so he could end his career with 1,500 games coached. That reminds me a lot of Sutton taking over the University of San Francisco mens basketball team last week, two wins shy of 800 for his career. Even though Sutton is hardly a figurehead coach, the same feeling surrounds the story. He wants two more twins, so he's going to coach a team where he can win two more games this season, and this way he doesn't have to smile for the media guide photos.
But there is one solid reason for Sutton coming back, and it's not to reach 800 (I won't think any more or less of him as a 798-win coach or an 803-win coach). He left Oklahoma State in such disgrace that he wants to end his coaching career on some semblance of a high note. Sutton checked into rehab after a DUI accident back in 2006 and promptly resigned as head coach. That's not the way he wants to leave the sport.