A Day Late and a Dollar Short
This morning, we'll have an abbreviated set of links. We'll follow-up this afternoon with a summary of the exhaustive previews of the upcoming NFL season that kicks off tonight with a special Thursday edition of Monday Night Football (marketing geniuses at work there) featuring a rematch of last year's AFC championship game.
The Phillies managed to win both games of their doubleheader yesterday against the Braves. Todd Zolecki, Marcus Hayes, and Dennis Deitch have the game stories. Zolecki's notebook says its possible that both Placido Polanco and Chase Utley could be on the roster next year, and Deitch's notebook says that John Vukovich's failing eyesight led him to pull himself out of the first game yesterday, but he was back at his position as third base coach for the second game. Deitch also talks about how normally mild-mannered Bobby Abreu went ballistic after a called third strike.
Marc Narducci has the story of the Sixers buying out Greg Buckner's contract, a story originally broken by Phil Jasner yesterday. Jasner provides additional details today, including the unconfirmed report that the Sixers negotiated the contract buyout for almost $5 million less than the nearly $13 million Buckner was due. Interestingly, while both Marducci and Jasner seemed to be able to get quotes from Buckner's agent Steve Kauffman, Jon Marks wasn't able to, listing him as "unavailable for comment."
CSN has Phillies-Braves starting at 7:35. ABC has Colts-Patriots at 9.