TheSTN – MLB & MLBPA Reach Agreement On Melky Cabrera/Rule 10.22(a)

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced that for purposes of determining the individual batting, slugging or on-base percentage champion, the last sentence of Official Baseball Rule 10.22(a) shall not be applicable for the 2012 season for any player who failed to obtain 502 plate appearances if such player served a drug suspension for violating the Joint Drug Program. This agreement was reached at the request of San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was suspended for 50 games without pay on August 15, 2012 after testing positive for testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

“After giving this matter the consideration it deserves, I have decided that Major League Baseball will comply with Mr. Cabrera’s request,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “I respect his gesture as a sign of his regret and his desire to move forward, and I believe that, under these circumstances, the outcome is appropriate, particularly for Mr. Cabrera’s peers who are contending for the batting crown.”

“Melky Cabrera, through a written request to me, asked for the Union’s assistance in removing him from consideration for the 2012 National League batting title,” said MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner. “We complied with Melky’s wish and brought the matter to the Commissioner’s Office, which agreed to suspend the rule. We commend Melky’s decision under these circumstances.”

At the time Cabrera was suspended, he had 501 plate appearances and a .346 batting average, which led the National League. 502 plate appearances qualify a player for a batting championship.

Rule 10.22(a): “The individual batting, slugging or on-base percentage champion shall be the player with the highest batting average, slugging percentage or on-base percentage, as the case may be, provided the player is credited with as many or more total appearances at the plate in league championship games as the number of games scheduled for each club in his club’s league that season, multiplied by 3.1 in the case of a Major League player. Total appearances at the plate shall include official times at bat, plus bases on balls, times hit by pitcher, sacrifice hits, sacrifice flies and times awarded first base because of interference or obstruction. Notwithstanding the foregoing requirement of minimum appearances at the plate, any player with fewer than the required number of plate appearances whose average would be the highest, if he were charged with the required number of plate appearances shall be awarded the batting, slugging or on-base percentage championship, as the case may be.

Note: Bold text indicates the portion of the rule that will not apply to a player who has been suspended for violating the Joint Drug Program during the 2012 season.

TheSTN – NCAA Division I Football Schedule 09.22.12








Saturday, September 22
12:00 PM Maryland at No. 8 West Virginia FX
12:00 PM Kentucky at No. 14 Florida SEC Network ESPN 3
12:00 PM UAB at No. 16 Ohio State Big Ten Network
12:00 PM Virginia at No. 17 TCU   
12:00 PM Massachusetts at Miami (OH) ESPN 3
12:00 PM Bowling Green at Virginia Tech  
12:00 PM UTEP at Wisconsin  
12:00 PM Central Michigan at Iowa Big Ten Network
12:00 PM Ole Miss at Tulane
12:30 PM Army at Wake Forest ESPN 3
2:00 PM Norfolk State at Ohio ESPN 3
2:00 PM Northwestern Oklahoma State at UTSA
2:00 PM Connecticut at Western Michigan ESPN 3
3:00 PM Miami (FL) at Georgia Tech ESPN 3
3:30 PM Missouri at No. 7 South Carolina CBS
3:30 PM Oregon State at No. 19 UCLA
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3:30 PM Eastern Michigan at No. 21 Michigan State Big Ten Network
3:30 PM Idaho State at No. 25 Nebraska Big Ten Network
3:30 PM South Dakota at Northwestern Big Ten Network
3:30 PM East Carolina at North Carolina  
3:30 PM Temple at Penn State
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3:30 PM Gardner-Webb at Pittsburgh ESPN 3
3:30 PM Marshall at Rice
3:30 PM Virginia Military Institute at Navy CBS Sports Network
3:30 PM Kansas at Northern Illinois ESPN 3
4:00 PM Colorado at Washington State FX
4:30 PM South Florida at Ball State ESPN 3
5:00 PM Florida Atlantic at No. 1 Alabama ESPN 3
5:00 PM Wyoming at Idaho ESPN 3
6:00 PM California at No. 13 USC Pac-12 Network
6:00 PM Memphis at Duke ESPN 3
6:00 PM Citadel at North Carolina State ESPN 3
7:00 PM No. 2 LSU at Auburn  
7:00 PM No. 20 Louisville at Florida International ESPN 3
7:00 PM South Alabama at No. 23 Mississippi State ESPN 3
7:00 PM Rutgers at Arkansas  
7:00 PM Utah State at Colorado State
7:00 PM Southern Miss at Western Kentucky ESPN 3
7:00 PM South Carolina State at Texas A&M ESPN 3
7:00 PM Troy at North Texas ESPN 3
7:00 PM Stephen F. Austin at Texas State
7:00 PM Alcorn State at Arkansas State ESPN 3
7:00 PM Coastal Carolina at Toledo ESPN 3
7:30 PM No. 18 Michigan at No. 11 Notre Dame NBC
7:30 PM Akron at Tennessee ESPN 3
7:45 PM Vanderbilt at No. 5 Georgia  
7:50 PM No. 15 Kansas State at No. 6 Oklahoma FOX
8:00 PM No. 10 Clemson at No. 4 Florida State
8:00 PM San Jose State at San Diego State
8:00 PM Syracuse at Minnesota Big Ten Network
8:00 PM New Mexico at New Mexico State ESPN 3
8:00 PM Fresno State at Tulsa CBS Sports Network
8:00 PM Louisiana Tech at Illinois Big Ten Network
10:00 PM Utah at Arizona State Pac-12 Network
10:00 PM Air Force at UNLV
10:30 PM No. 22 Arizona at No. 3 Oregon  
10:30 PM Nevada at Hawaii NBC Sports Network

Jim Ross – @JRsBBQ Talks WWE RAW/NXT – UFC 152 (And Why He Isn’t Buying It) + More

What a week…I was home approximately 12 hours from Saturday through Friday late afternoon. Here’s the story…

Always good to hit Boston and see my friend Sean Grande who is the radio play by play voice of the Boston Celtics. I enjoyed being in Boston, for the most part, except forgetting my prized, 200X Resistol hat in an unmarked livery vehicle and not being able to retrieve it. Same hat I wore when inducted into the WWE HOF in 2007 and at several WrestleManias and Monday Night Raws. Hopped in a car at Logan Airport and simply forgot my hat. DAMN…as Ron Simmons would espouse.

I know it’s a long shot but I’d pay a nice reward if I get my hat back.

Nice, three hour drive Sunday night after NOC in Boston to Trumbull, Ct to sleep for a few hours before beginning a 12 hour day, from start to finish, on Monday in Bridgeport.

Really enjoyed working the three man announce table with JBL and Michael Cole as I felt that we started somewhat slow but really found our rhythm as the show progressed.

JBL is a polarizing personality with big talent and and an edge which adds to any WWE broadcast. A smart antagonist has and always will have a place in sports entertainment television.

Michael Cole, in the role that he is currently in, has been outstanding. Michael is a tireless worker who prepares like no one that I’ve ever worked with. He handles the required social media business, etc expertly which is something that I’d be challenged to do in today’s WWE.

I also don’t think that I would have come close to handling the King’s situation in Montreal as well as Michael.

I have no idea who WWE plans to pair with Cole in the weeks leading to Jerry Lawler’s expected return to the announce table on RAW but who ever it may be will be receiving a great opportunity for exposure and to enhance their TV persona.

JBL’s going to be a little busy over the next couple of weeks traveling to Africa and climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.

By the way, JBL is fully stocked with JR’s Original Beef Jerky for his latest adventure. 97% Fat Free and each resealable bag is 2.5 ounces of premium beef jerky taken from the eye of round.Http://

Always enjoy traveling to Orlando to help out with NXT at Full Sail University. By the way, if one is interested in getting in the TV business in a multitude of jobs and then perhaps catch on with WWE, I’d suggest doing some research on attending college @FullSail.

Nice night for several NXT talents and other young, WWE performers. We always get great effort from the men and women who perform/compete at NXT. Some could stand to slow down a bit but that’s another story. Great in ring psychologists over the years weren’t great because they performed at a break neck, frenetic pace. Think about it.

Of course it’s easy for one to take the other side of the issue and take it to the extreme by saying that no one wants to see a slow, plodding bout with little action or drama. That’s not what I’m endorsing for the record.

The attitude of everyone at the NXT tapings is so positive and motivating. These individuals know that they are being evaluated not only by their ring work but also by how they prepare and how they represent themselves and WWE.

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Thought Big E Langston had a nice Thursday evening. Big, strong, and smart, Big E has an opportunity to be special at some point in the future. E’s about 285 pounds and unearthly strong. Plus, he’s not a plodder and moves with excellent quickness and it’s obvious that he’s done plenty of football agility drills including playing some at DT at Iowa. The fans at the tapings are really getting with Big E Langston.

Leo Kruger is another talent who has excellent in ring skills and an intriguing TV persona tied to his South African heritage which includes being a “big game hunter.’

Bray Wyatt killed it with a promo segment in a persona that may remind some of Waylon Mercy aka Dan Spivey back in the day which was based on the ‘Sam Cady’ character from ‘Cape Fear.’ Bray Wyatt looked physically better than I’ve ever seen him and when the third generation performer gets healthy he’s going to have an opportunity to make an impact or so it seems to me.

Bo Dallas also had a stellar night. I love his fire and passion and he gets better every time that I see him. Plus, Bo is so young and he’s still growing.

Diva Paige from England has impressed for several weeks. She’s seemingly got a bright future ahead of her. She has uniquely connected with the live audience.

Roman Reigns has the tools to be a big time player if he keeps working hard. Great, athletic look with natural instincts. Seems to have ‘it.’ Let’s just hope that he enhances ‘it’ and doesn’t lose ‘it.’

There are several others who I didn’t mention here who also had solid nights at NXT and who are being counted on to contribute in a big way.

When the time is right for talents to crack the lineup on Raw or Smackdown, every piece of the puzzle needs to be in place. I don’t know what the timeline is for any talents but I am extremely optimistic about those that will be coming to WWE in the future. Until then, we all have to be patient so that those that we are excited to see have the very best chance of succeeding the first time when they’re introduced.

It’s up to everyone in developmental to continue to work diligently to improve and to continue to demonstrate professionalism and dependability. Don’t allow a lapse in judgment cost one an opportunity that might not come back around.

One of my favorite parts of going to Full Sail are the food trucks that come by around 4 pm or so. Good stuff…”as seen on TV.”

The non televised main event featuring World Champ Sheamus vs. U.S. Champ Antonio Cesaro took me back to some memorable Mid South or UWF battles of yesteryear. The two men beat the hell out of each other in one of the most aggressive and physically intense bouts that I’ve seen in a while. Great stuff.

Because I’ve been busier than usual with travel and other projects on which I’m working, I’ve not emotionally invested in Saturday night’s UFC 152 PPV. I know John Jones is in the main event but I’m not watching as I will be on the Sooner sideline for the OU vs. Kansas State Big 12 match up. Nope, don’t even care to tape it. The debacle that is UFC 151 still somewhat lingers with me. I’ll reinvest but it will take a more competitive matchup and more star power for that decision to be made but it will happen.

@RealKingRegal is a refreshing voice at the announce table on NXT. Regal is bright, witty, and knowledgeable. Nice set of skills for a color broadcaster to possess.

Good to see Matt Striker, who handled some of the ring announcing on NXT, down in Florida. Striker is ubiquitous as he was in Boston, Bridgeport, Philly and Orlando.

I’ve heard nothing about when or if NXT will begin airing in the United States but the feedback from other regions that air the broadcast has been universally favorable.

You might catch me on FX Saturday night hanging out on the Oklahoma sideline but no drinking games when there’s a black hat sighting, please, and no drinking and driving.

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Follow me on Twitter @JRsBBQ and enjoy the craziness.

Boomer Sooner!


TheSTN – Browns RB Trent Richardson Voted NFL Rookie Of The Week

Browns running back Trent Richardson was voted the Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Week for games played on September 13-17, the NFL announced today. He is the first Browns rookie to win a weekly award since Charlie Frye was named the Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week in Week 17 of the 2005 season.

Richardson rushed for 109 yards with a 32-yard touchdown run and caught four passes for 36 yards with a 23-yard score at Cincinnati last Sunday. He became the first Browns rookie to rush for 100-yards in a game since 2003 and his 109 rushing yards are the most of any NFL rookie this year in a single-game.

Richardson was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on  The other finalists were punter Johnny Hekker of the St. Louis Rams, quarterback Andrew Luck of Indianapolis Colts, quarterback Ryan Tannehill of Miami Dolphins and quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks.

After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year honors.  Fans can vote for the winner on throughout the month of January.  The Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year will be announced at the second annual “NFL Honors” awards show in New Orleans on Saturday, February 2, the night before Super Bowl XLVII.

This is Pepsi’s eleventh year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the eleventh year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.