Shanoff's Wake-Up Call: This Time It ... Zzzzzz

Today's Calls: JD Drew vs. Dan Uggla, Roger Clemens vs. Brett Favre, Barry Bonds vs. Hank Steinbrenner, Marcus Camby vs. Carmelo Anthony and More! ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: This time it ... never ends? ↵

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↵The NL continues to find new and creative ways to lose home-field advantage in the World Series: ↵

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↵This time ... I suspect not many fans were watching live when it ended, certainly on the East Coast. ↵

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↵This time ... it was the longest game, by time, in All-Star history (4h, 50min -- and a record-tying 15 innings). ↵

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↵This time ... it was a walk-off ending, the first since 1994 (the sort-of-dramatic, sort-of-anti-climactic "walk-off sac fly!") ↵

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↵This time ... the NL made an MVP out of a player from the Red Sox in the Yankees' house (JD Drew, who hit a game-tying 2R HR in the 7th.) ↵

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↵This time ... it brought the NL's winless streak to an even dozen and, once again, asserted league dominance and bragging rights. ↵

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↵This time ... hey, at least it wasn't a tie. ↵

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↵Signature Yankee Stadium moment: "Hit the ball to Uggla!" Sometimes, I love those fans out in the bleachers. (Uggla had 2 errors in the 10th, with another in the 13th that prompted the cheer/jeer. His 3 errors were an All-Star Game record.) ↵

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↵In other baseball news, Roger Clemens got HGH shipped to him in the mail: And it's not just the word of Kirk Radomski; Radomski has documented evidence he turned over to the Feds. ↵

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↵Now, that doesn't mean Clemens actually used HGH -- hey, if you believe him, he says it's his wife who did! -- but the circumstantial evidence is ... hmm, what's the word? Oh yeah: Damning. ↵

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↵Brett Favre Watch: It's official. Favre is going to apply to Roger Goodell for reinstatement. And now he thinks he's playing chicken with his team, the management of which he obviously now despises. ↵

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↵But who's bluffing who? Favre is threatening to show up at minicamp, but insists it's not to call the team's bluff that they won't trade him. (Here's where the joke's on him: They ain't bluffing.) ↵

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↵Bonds to the Yankees? Brian Cashman, smartly, won't rule it out. If any market/team can handle it, it's the Yankees. The question is: How badly does Hank Steinbrenner want to win? I presume his answer is "Very badly." In that case, signing Bonds should be a no-brainer. ↵

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↵(Between items on Clemens, Favre and Bonds, this column is approaching "Apocalypse" status in terms of today's sports news.) ↵

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↵NBA Trade Mania: Clippers get Marcus Camby, salvaging their summer snafu in the post. Camby isn't the scorer that Elton Brand is, but he is an all-NBA defender. (Question: How does Camby mesh with Chris Kaman? Can Camby guard 4s?) ↵

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↵Meanwhile, what game-changing personnel did the Nuggets get in return? ↵

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↵That intriguing prospect also known as "the $10 million trade exception," whose scouting report includes "financial flexibility" and "won't help you win now." Carmelo and AI must be thrilled. ↵

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↵Olympics: Is Yao going to return to the court this week for China? Who is more nervous: Chinese leaders or Rockets execs? ↵

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↵NBA Summer league in Vegas: DJ Augustin breaks out (30 pts on 9/14 FG, 10/11 FT). ... Jerryd Bayless has another big game (26 pts on 6/15 FG and 13/16 FT). ... Marreese Speights (16 pts on 7/11 FG with 9 reb). ... Joe Alexander (11 pts on 5/9 FG). ... ↵

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↵NFL: Bears sign RB Kevin Jones, finally filling the void left by the exiled Cedric Benson and currently filled by only rookie Matt Forte (though Adrian Peterson and Garrett Wolfe are in the mix at RB). Jones is coming off an 8-TD season -- but also a knee injury. The Bears can afford to (read: are desperate enough to) take a risk. ↵

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↵MMA: Rampage Jackson arrested after leading cops through an L.A. street chase. Between that and losing his title, it's been a bad July. ↵

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↵Meawhile, this is GREAT for the image of MMA. (That's unfair: Compare this one incident to the epidemic of incidents from any of the "major" leagues. But perception is what it is.) ↵

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↵Soccer: The Ronaldinho Era is over for Barcelona. The one-time World's Greatest Player has transferred to AC Milan for $33.4M plus kickers if Milan makes the Champions League. ↵

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↵Perhaps I don't know enough about soccer, but I remain stunned that new Barca coach Pep Guardiola insisted that Ronaldinho not be part of the team's plans. ↵

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↵CFB: If any coach earned an extension and raise after last season, it's Kansas' Mark Mangino. High hopes for '08 and beyond. ↵

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↵The next Notre Dame AD? Indianapolis lawyer Jack Swarbrick. You may now ask the logical question: Who? ↵

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↵The Last Word: Congratulations to Ballhype founders Jason and Erin Gurney, whose company announced it was acquired yesterday. ↵

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↵Ballhype is an institution within the sports-blog universe, the most respected system for sorting and spotting the best sports-blog content -- and whose blog "rankings" are an ongoing source of intrigue. ↵

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↵Beyond being more than capable of buying their own credit now, the Gurneys deserve huge kudos for one of online sports' great indie success stories. ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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