Shanoff's W.U.C.: Dog Days, Tulo, Pedro, PGA

Today's Calls: Troy Tulowitzki vs. Alex Rios, Pedro Martinez vs. the Cubs, Steve Smith vs. Tom Brady, Tiger Woods vs. the PGA, Patrick Kane vs. the Cab Driver, Big Baby vs. NBA Free Agency and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: You know it's a classic dog day of August when ... ↵

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↵• You're already looking ahead to Thursday's big story (Pedro starts Wednesday) ↵

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↵• Even the allegedly assaulted cab driver thinks the Kane story is overblown. ↵

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↵• You really really really care about NFL camp injury issues. (Smith! Ack!) ↵

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↵• The biggest name in the news is ... Kurt Rambis? ↵

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↵• White Sox GM Kenny Williams is criticized (isn't that every day?) ↵

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↵• The PGA is actually challenging its meal ticket. ↵

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↵• The biggest QB story at Florida practice is the star CB playing QB. ↵

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↵• Deadspin's Daulerio and Leitch are hosting a national radio show. (Love it!) ↵

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↵And so I'm putting on my Tulowitzki T-shirt (yes, I actually have one) and waiting for something exciting to happen today.  ↵

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↵MLB Talking Points ↵

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↵• What did I say about misplaced Red Sox panic? ↵

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↵• Your new NL Wild Card leaders: Rockies. ↵

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↵• Milestones: Vlad hits HR No. 400. ↵

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↵• White Sox claim Rios: That'll be $60M, please. ↵

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↵• Game of the Week: Pedro's start Wednesday. ↵

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↵• Fantasy Stud: Troy Tulowitzki (Hits for cycle). ↵

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↵NFL Camping: (1) Ack! Steve Smith! ... (2) Tom Brady is getting better (and Fred Taylor is still good) ... (3) I love the Dolphins cut-down system -- "Don't like it? Leave." ↵

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↵Must-Read: Florio on future NFL HOF'ers among current players. (And be sure to read the comments for players Florio missed.) ↵

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↵Vick Watch: Where does the repentant sports star turn for sympathetic airing? Just sign an exclusive deal with "60 Minutes." Wonder if they will ask him about the Young Jeezy video. ↵

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↵Tiger: Will get fined by the PGA for criticizing a rules official. You're going to time Tiger?! He could spend an entire day futzing around with a single shot, and it would still draw more of an audience than anything else in the PGA. Can you say "Tiger Tour?" ↵

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↵Kane, Cont'd: As is the case more often than not, the Buffalo cab driver himself says that the Kane mutiny was overblown by the media. ↵

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↵CFB: Not the best way for Rich Rodriguez's 2nd season at Michigan to start off. ↵

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↵Scheduling: Are folks really going to complain about Florida's schedule? Sure, there's Charleston Southern, but there is also underrated Troy and not-Florida's-fault-they-are-down Florida State. Oh, and the usual SEC schedule, including the SEC title game. So no more griping. ↵

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↵SN Countdown: No. 25 Kansas (Doesn't it feel like Todd Reesing has been in college forever?) ↵

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↵NBA Offseason: Big Baby sticks with Boston for two more years. That feels like the outermost limit of the team's relevance, given the mileage on the Big Three. (And that Rajon Rondo will likely be a beneficiary of the millions left over next summer when teams can't get LeBron or Wade.) ↵

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↵The Last Word: "It's still very problematic." -- Timberwolves GM David Kahn on the team's coaching situation, after hiring Kurt Rambis. ↵

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↵Kidding! Kahn is talking about Rubio. (But, really, anyone else not feeling the Rambis hire?) ↵

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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. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/danshanoff. ↵

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

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