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Shanoff's W.U.C.: Manny, Watson, Holtz, Becks

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Today's Calls: Manny vs. Mannywood, Tom Watson vs. the British Open, Ryan Howard vs. History, Paul Millsap vs. Carlos Boozer, Steve Nash vs. Ricky Rubio, Anthony Morrow vs. Stephen Curry, Aaron Rodgers vs. Brett Favre, Lou Holtz vs. CFB Hall of Fame, David Beckham vs. Expectations and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: The fans in LA still love Manny. ↵

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↵Baseball's hysteric wing may freak out over the idea, but when Manny Ramirez returned to Dodger Stadium (and Mannywood) last night, the fans ... cheered. ↵

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↵Of course they cheered: Not only is Manny their player (which, as Barry Bonds showed, always trumps everything), but -- and this cannot be reiterated enough -- fans don't really care about PEDs. ↵

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↵Losing? Yes. Choking? Yes. Lollygagging? Most defintely. ↵

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↵Fans' biggest issue with Manny last night is that the Dodgers were shut out. But with Manny back in the lineup every day, odds are more wins than losses will keep them cheering. ↵

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↵Manny's PED problem is so first-half-of-the-season. With him back in the lineup and Mannywood inspired again, it's like he never left. ↵

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↵ British Open: Watson Mania! Even if his stint near the top of the leaderboard doesn't last beyond today, how can you not be rooting for Tom Watson? No fan under 40 would have any recollection of Watson's epic British Open in '77 -- all the more reason to go retro and cheer him on. ↵

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↵MLB Talking Points ↵

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↵• Howard hits HR 200: Faster than any player ever. ↵

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↵• Mets stumble: Super omen for 2nd half! ↵

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↵• Injury Watch: Peavy done for season? ↵

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↵• Foreign prospect may have falsified name and age? SHOCKED! ↵

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↵• Fantasy Stud: Jamie Moyer (7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 K). ↵

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↵Sporting Blog Post of the Day: Amen to this, Brian Cook. ↵

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↵NBA Offseason: The Jazz can't possibly pay that much to play BOTH Paul Millsap and Carlos Boozer, can they? ... I guess that's the end of the Nash-to-NYC dream. ... Ricky Rubio sounds resigned to playing in Minnesota (woo team!) ... Most screwed-over free agent: David Lee (money or not, he doesn't really want to go to Greece, does he?)... ↵

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↵Coaching Carousel: Jeff Bzdelik is a good coach and would be a great pick-up for Minnesota, and it's risk-free for Bzdelik; he becomes an NBA head coach again, and if the T'wolves don't win, it won't be his fault (cough-David Kahn-cough). Hmm: Does Bzdelik speak Spanish? ↵

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↵NBA Summer League Studs ↵

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↵(1) Anthony Morrow: 47 points - Vegas summer record! ↵
↵How jealous do you think Stephen Curry was? ↵

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↵(2) Jodie Meeks: 29 pts (12/23 FG). OK, we get it; guy can score. ↵

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↵(3) Chase Budinger: 25 pts (7/9 FG, 3/3 3pt, 8/8 FT) - really? ↵

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↵(4) DeJuan Blair: 20 pts (8/11 FG) - take that, doubters. ↵

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↵(5) Blake Griffin: 18 pts, 15 reb, 5 ast. ↵

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↵NFL (Supplemental) Draft: Did the Redskins get a steal with a 3rd-round "bid" for exiled Kentucky DE Jeremy Jarmon? ↵

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↵Camping Countdown: Packers. I have seen Aaron Rodgers consistently listed as a Top 5 fantasy QB, which -- at least from a fantasy standpoint -- would make him as good in a single-season as Favre ever was. Rodgers will only be really scored on one metric: Do the Packers finish ahead of Favre's Vikings? ↵

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↵CFB Hall of Fame: Lou Holtz headlines the class being enshrined, but I have particular fondness for Pat Fitzgerald, two-time national Defensive Player of the Year at Northwestern (and now, obviously, NU's head coach) and one of the most unlikely within an elite group considered among the "best defensive players in college football history." ↵

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↵Graham Harrell Watch: Maybe some great college QBs are just that. ↵

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↵CBB: Andre Dawkins' early arrival to Durham will help a surprisingly thin backcourt at Duke. Mike DeCourcy has the analysis. ↵

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↵Sports Books: What recession within the publishing industry? They'll let ANYONE write a book these days. Presumably, this will be the opposite of those Rick Pitino books about "winning." ↵

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↵Movie Trailers: Wow, "Big Fan" looks like it's going to be kind of an awesome movie -- I know that the history of sports movies have set a pretty low bar, but this looks like a really really good movie. And Patton Oswalt is incredible -- to see him doing something serious is terrific. ↵The Last Word: Beckham is back! Nope, still don't care. (But for an incredible read about the Beckham-MLS story -- the backstory of which is fascinating whether or not you are a soccer fan -- check out the newly published "The Beckham Experiment" by Grant Wahl.) ↵

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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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