The Big 12 jailbreak is officially underway. Texas A&M official made its move to the SEC. Oklahoma is making an aggressive overtures toward the Pac-10, er, Pac-12.
Texas is keeping the ACC on its radar screen, given that conference’s willingness to let the school keep its Longhorn Network deal with ABC.
Clay Travis over at Outkick The Coverage believes the SEC will woo Missouri to become the 14th team:
Sources say that Missouri is attractive for many reasons. Chief among them: it opens a new market -- a primary goal of the SEC as OKTC has informed you throughout -- provides entree into St. Louis, the nation's 20th largest television market, and Kansas City, the nation's 31st, and it's an AAU school, a point that can't be lost in the conference expansion race. One of the selling points on A&M's addition to SEC presidents was that it would increase the academic prestige of the conference, becoming the SEC's third AAU school after Vanderbilt and Florida.
There's also the belief that Missouri's addition would allow the SEC to take a step firmly into the Big 10's turf and keep the Big 10 from expanding in this direction at any point in the future.
All of this could leave America's Heartland without a major sports league to call its own.
Baylor was mulling over a legal challenge to keep some remnants of the Big 12 in place, but some schools -- like Missouri -- are likely busy shopping for a new home to help out.
CRUMMY EFFORT OF THE NIGHT
The Blue Jays, losers of 10 of their last 15, took a 14-0 nap against the Red Sox Tuesday night. On the bright side, Dustin McGowan actually pitched in the game -- making his first big league appearance since July 8, 2008.
It seems the hurler has had a bit of bad luck medically during that time frame. At least he made it back in time for the exciting 2011 pennant race.
Can Stephen Strasburg possible live up to the hype?
Should the St. Louis Cardinals try to keep their nucleus together or start over?
FROM THE TWEETDECK
DC Sports Blog: “Don Mattingly on #Strasburg: "The kid's got a good arm but we see good arms all the time. He's not all that different.”
Peter King: “In Green Bay. Dined with the NBC crowd tonight at Favre's Steakhouse. The whole scene there was kind of sad. Like, amazing it's still there.”
Ross Tucker: (David) Garrard declining? 8-6 record, most TD passes (23), TD runs (5), best completion % of his career in 2010 w/ below average WRs.
FROM THE BLOG-O-SPEAR
From Can’t Stop The Bleeding:
The 8 games that separate 3rd place Chicago from first place Detroit in the AL Central standings would likely be a less insurmountable figure were White Sox OF Alex Rios and DH Adam Dunn performing at levels even close to their career standards. With his club obliged to pay the pair more than $26 million guaranteed in 2012, skipper Ozzie Guillen tells the Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley, ‘they did this to themselves,’… which is a nice way of letting Kenny Williams off the hook.