Weekend Wake Up: Pacman Punishes, Aggies Grab Bid, Delhomme Inks, Rachel Loses

Pacquiao Cleans Clottey's Clock. Manny Pacquiao laid a Texas-size licking on Joshua Clottey at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday night. How lopsided was the unanimous decision? Pacquiao threw 1,231 punches; Clottey managed just 399. Bill Simmons tweeted, "I should have set $50 on fire." Twitter was so disgusted by the fight in general that Floyd Mayweather was a trending topic, shortly after it was over, boxing fans buzzing about the dream Pacquiao-Mayweather bout. For all involved with boxing, fervently hoping that happens is a great idea. The sport may not be able to take many more nightmarish nights like this one without becoming an object of scorn.

WAC Job. Are you a fan of Florida, Virginia Tech, UTEP, Illinois, Cal, or any other bubble team? If so, you may thank New Mexico State for adding to your anguish today. Jahmar Young scored 19 points to help his Aggies down Utah State and win the WAC Tournament. The auto-bid NMSU scored makes things much iffier for six or seven teams right on the fringe of the NCAA field, and of those teams, only Mississippi State (outside looking in) and Minnesota (foot in the door) get to make their cases on Selection Sunday.

Holmgren's Head-Scratcher. Apparent actual thought process of NFL GM: "I have no quarterbacks I trust. Why not sign a 35-year-old who has almost six times as many interceptions (23) as wins (four) in his last 11 starts?" With his first year in Cleveland now hitched to Jake Delhomme, Mike Holmgren will either be proven a genius who can see things no one else can see, or more off his rocker than Cleveland's fans are off their defunct WNBA franchise. (Sure, that pun was mind-blowingly bad. You know what else is? Delhomme will be paid $19 million this year, between money Carolina owes him and his salary from Cleveland.)

Rachel Getting Outraced. The much-anticipated mega-race between Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra lost at least little of its luster Saturday. Zardana, Zenyatta's stablemate, beat the 2009 Horse of the Year by three-quarters of a length in the New Orleans Ladies' Stakes. But the more troubling development for fans of the sport of kings is the lack of confidence Rachel's camp professed in its horse after her loss. The showdown that could have transpired on April 9 may take a little longer to materialize -- or not happen at all.

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

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