LUGNUTS MOVE LIUZZA, DELANY AND HIS COMMENTS

     The Lugnuts have promoted their 24-year old catcher Matt Liuzza to their high class A sister team in Dunedin, Florida.  The Toronto Blue Jays made the move because Liuzza has progressed quickly.  The LSU alum hit the longest homer I think I ever saw in Oldsmobile Park's 13-year history back in June on our telecast-- a 450-foot blast over the top of the centerfield fence.

     Jim Delany has been Big Ten commissioner for 18 years and his "state of the Big Ten address" at the Media Day in Chicago Thursday was typical of how he addresses issues-- not a lot of meat.  Delany dodged questions about the problems at Iowa and other athletes misbehaving.  He didn't know the new rules and didn't want to comment on them, deferring instead to Dave Parry, his director of officials who talks tomorrow.  He isn't for a play off but his replay "Big Ten fans vote on a play off by their feet at the stadiums and they seem pretty satisfied."  Really?  Here's my take-- the fans generally want a play off and eliminate many of these meaningless bowl games, but that doesn't mean because they don't have it they won't buy tickets and go enjoy the sport they've loved for years.  And by the way Jim, last time I checked, a number of Big Ten stadiums weren't sold out recently.

     The suspensions from the WNBA are in-- and they seem a bit silly in their severity-- 10 players and Shock assistant Rick Mahorn suspended from two to four games and Mahorn is on the two game list.  The Shock and Los Angeles Sparks had a seemingly mild skirmish near the end of their game Tuesday night at the Palace and these suspensions suggest that there were massive injuries and arrests.  Shock head coach Bill Laimbeer is outraged at Mahorn's punishment and appeals are being considered by one and all.

     The Shock also signed 50-year old ESPN analyst Nancy Liebermann to a 7-day contract-- gimmick, right?  She'll be the oldest to ever play in the 11-year old league and she already holds the record because she played 11 years ago when she was 39.

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