Shanoff's Wake-Up Call: Hochuli, We Forgive

Today's Calls: Ed Hochuli vs. History, Adrian Peterson vs. Brandon Marshall, West Virginia vs. Oblivion, SEC vs. USC bye week, Terrelle Pryor vs. Kodi Boo-urns, Cubs vs. Twins, Tim Lincecum vs. CC Sabathia, Ryder vs. Tiger and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: I'm ready to get closure on the Ed Hochuli scandal. ↵

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↵He has earned my respect. Not for obviously torturing himself, but for his textbook execution of how to successfully handle a scandal: ↵

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↵(1) Own up to it ↵

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↵(2) Be public about it ↵

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↵(3) Engage with fans directly. ↵

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↵And so, after a full week of fans beating up on him (and him beating up on himself), it's more than enough. ↵

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↵I can't speak for Chargers fans, but on behalf of non-Chargers fans offended by the incident: ↵

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↵Apology accepted. ↵

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↵Let's move on ... ↵

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↵NFL Week 3 Top Storylines ↵

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↵— Injury: Adding injury to insult, will Adrian Peterson (hamstring) miss this weekend's home game? ↵

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↵— Crime: The karmic boomerang comes for Brandon Marshall after his 18-catch debut last week. ↵

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↵— Finances: It's not AIG, but still: Hope the Steelers weren't counting on that billionaire Druckenmiller's bail-out. ↵

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↵— Game of the Week: Steelers-Eagles might tell us who the second-best team in the NFL is right now. ↵

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↵— QBs: Remember: Matt Cassel is unbeaten as an NFL starter ... Kurt Warner can't possibly keep this up, can he? ↵

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↵— Bandwagons: At the pace he's at, Aaron Rodgers may steal Jessica Simpson from Tony Romo. ↵

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↵NFL Week 3 Picks: ATL, BUF, CHI, MIN, NE, NYG, HOU, ARI, DET, SEA, DEN, PHI, IND, BAL, DAL, SD (LW: 9-6, YTD: 18-13) ↵

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↵CFB: West Virginia chokes in Boulder, despite 281 yards combined rushing from Pat White and Noel Devine. Their national-title hopes were already over; now they won't sniff the Top 25 for months. (Ironically, with the two losses both out of conference, they could still win the Big East — though the way they looked against CU, I doubt it.) Meanwhile, Colorado walk-on kicker Aric Goodman got a scholarship immediately after kicking the game-winning FG in OT — made a great ending even greater. ↵

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↵CFB Weekend Preview: Without USC for pollsters to drool over, perhaps they will see their way to noticing four of the Top 10 teams — all from the SEC — in big games that define the weekend: ↵

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↵— (3) Georgia at Arizona State: OK, if you're going to give USC credit for playing in the Pac-10, you also have to give UGA credit for winning in Tempe. ↵

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↵— (4) Florida at Tennessee: A classic SEC rivalry game, even if the Vols aren't ranked, and each team's fans savor the win here beyond the rest of the season's results. ↵

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↵— (6) LSU at (10) Auburn — the Auburn dean asked students not to boo. Ha ha ha. The Simpsons reference can't be ignored... ↵

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↵They're not saying "Boo!"; they're saying "Boo-urns." (Really! As in Kodi Burns, the Auburn QB! Um, yeah: Even when he's not on the field and they appear to be yelling at LSU. "Boo-urns," totally. ↵

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↵CFB Top 25 Picks: Picking only one ranked upset, Boise State over Oregon in Eugene. ... Prove-It Game of the Week: Florida State at home against Wake Forest. ... If I had any guts, I would take: Troy over Ohio State (but I don't, especially if Terrelle Pryor is going to get 50 percent or more of snaps). ↵

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↵MLB Instant History: Cubs wins! Cubs win! No, really: Down 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs and no one on, the Cubs rallied to beat the Brewers 7-6. ↵

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↵And if that isn't the signal that the Cubs are going to clinch the division (magic number: 2) — and the Brewers will not make the playoffs — I don't know what is. Amazing rally. ↵

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↵A.L. Playoff Push: Speaking of rallies, the Twins scored 5 in the 9th to top the Rays in Tampa to take advantage of a White Sox loss in N.Y. and to move up to 1.5 GB in the Central, if still impossibly behind for the Wild Card (6.5 behind Boston with 9 to play). Evan Longoria hit 3 HRs, and if he hadn't locked up A.L. Rookie of the Year yet, he did last night. ↵

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↵NL Playoff Push: The Phillies won their seventh in a row, and it's a good thing, because the Mets beat the Nats to cling a mere .5 GB in the NL East (and 1.5 up on the imploding Brewers for the Wild Card). Meanwhile, the Marlins have won 8 straight, but sit 5.5 GB the Mets with 10 to play — too much, right? Even for these Mets? ↵

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↵Awards Watch: Ironically, on the night that Tim Lincecum lost his first game since July, I came to terms with the idea that he is the obvious choice for NL Cy. The "CC-for-Cy" campaign is over. ↵

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↵Schilling Open-Mike: When you read the quotes, he didn't exactly "blast" Manny. He ripped him, but what else is new? Hasn't he done that before? Schilling must be missing the spotlight of September. ↵

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↵Nostalgia Watch: It's the end of the line for old Yankee Stadium, and coverage of the “House That Jeter Closed” will be THE schmaltzy side-story from the playoff chase this weekend. ↵

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↵Ryder Cup: Ahh, just what we could use right now in the middle of a world economic crisis of our own making — a little golf-course jingoism, where we can jeer the Europeans, even though they could each buy Valhalla with the way the exchange rate and credit markets are going. "USA! USA!" (They might just shout back: "AIG! AIG!") ↵

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↵NBA: Michael Beasley is already on the league's bad side, earning a $50K fine for the rookie symposium scandal. It's a Shanoff rule: It's always the cover-up, never the crime. ↵

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↵The Last Word: I went to Yankee Stadium last night, and while I'm no Yankees fan (I'm a hater, in fact), I couldn't help but consider the history of the place as I took my last look around and be respectfully awed, if not overwhelmed with nostalgia. By the way, the new place looks spectacular — very "cathedral"-ish. ↵

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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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