Today in sports: The World Series is rained out, the University of Louisville has complicated West Virginia's plans to join the Big 12, and the NFL's smartest quarterback also has a pretty good arm.
- We're going to have to wait a little longer to see how Tony La Russa bounces back after imploding before the bullpen phone Monday. Tonight's Game 6 of the World Series has already been called due to bad weather. [CBS News]
- The University of Louisville is making a late push for a spot in the Big 12 that seemed all but certain to go to West Virginia yesterday afternoon. What happened? For starters, it looks like The New York Times' Pete Thamel got burned by the source who told him West Virginia had already "applied and are accepted" by the other Big 12 schools. The first indication the talks had gone south came last night when West Virginia press release saying there was no news conference scheduled to announce the team's move to the Big 12, and that a visit by conference officials to the West Virginia campus today had been postponed. So again, what happened? The simple answer is that Louisville, worried about being left behind in patchwork football conference, benefited yesterday from "lobbying by the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, including to David Boren, the president of the University of Oklahoma and a former senator" to slow down West Virginia's admittance. Thamel asked two insiders which school has the edge to replace Missouri. The first said, "It's fifty-fifty right now." The second insider deemed it "too close to call." [The New York Times]
- Before he started shredding opposing defenses this year out of the pistol offense, Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was known as the journeyman quarterback who went to Harvard and posted the third highest score on the Wonderlic test in league history at the 2004 NFL scouting combine. His 48 score projects out to an IQ of 150, Stephen Hawking-range. But does it matter? Considering the article appears in the Washington Post and the reeling Redskins are playing the Bills on Sunday, it's inevitably going to matter somewhat, but so does Fitzpatrick's mobility, pass accuracy, and willingness to stand in and take a big hit. In other words, he's smart and good, which Post columnist Mike Wise found out after he took his own Wonderlic test and repeatedly looked like he wanted to stab it with his pencil. [The Washington Post]
- House Democrats Henry Waxmon, G.K. Butterfield, and Bobby Rush sent a letter urging the House Energy and Commerce Committee to hold hearings on why the NFL hasn't begun testing players for human growth hormone, even though it was agreed to in the league's collective bargaining agreement. Officially, the player's union is worried the number of false positives, which on the surface seems absurd, since the same testing procedure is used by the World Anti-Doping Agency and dozens of the world's top sports scientists signed off on it in a letter to the league. The letter quotes CBS football analyst Boomer Esiason who suggested the union was "backing off [administering the tests] because they have players guilty of using this substance." But that also wouldn't make much sense, since all traces of human growth hormone are out of the body in 24-48 hours, meaning it would be easy for players to clean up in advance of a test. The NFLPA's false positive fears, as dubious as they sound, could very well be the reason the union is dragging its feet. If a false positive is registered, the union is suddenly wide open to a potential lawsuit as well, just for signing off on it. [ESPN]