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Wakeup Call: Why not Haynesworth?

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> My Friday column looks at whether or not Tino Sunseri is the right fit for Pitt at quarterback. He certainly has the high-octane personality, as you’ll read, but his performance last year leaves room for doubt about the physical tools.

My thanks to all of the Panthers’ folks who were helpful all week, notably the newest color commentator on football, old quarterback Pat Bostick. The broadcasts should be more informative than ever.

>> Sure sounds like the NFL will not suspend New England’s Albert Haynesworth despite his having pleaded no contest to charges of simple assault on a waitress in Washington.

Let me repeat for emphasis: No contest, simple assault.

He essentially confessed.

And, from the sound of it, and from the look of Haynesworth being out on the Patriots’ practice fields, Roger Goodell will do nothing about it.

There are few local sports topics I loathe more than the ones involving Goodell and/or the NFL having a bias against the Steelers. It’s too preposterous to even consider a league having it in for one of its member teams. But man, it sure is tough to argue that Goodell mitigates his justice fairly. Ben Roethlisberger’s case in Milledgeville, whatever might have happened there, never brought a charge, but it still brought four games from Goodell. This one came with a charge and a plea of no contest, and it involves a player who previously was suspended five games for another violation. But there will be no suspension for this.

Goodell will face quite the challenge in explaining that.

>> You will know that Major League Baseball umpires have a complete spine when one of them dares to do something about Tony La Russa’s ridiculous game-stalling stunts.

>> The most misused term in all of sports reared its head in the newest Sports Illustrated, which dubbed the Blue Jays a “mid-market” franchise.

Wow.

Toronto is home to 5 million people, it is swimming in corporate wealth, it has a massive media presence, it has ownership that is backed by $18 billion in wealth, and it has exclusivity on baseball across a country of 34 million. But it’s a “mid-market” just because of its payroll.

Don’t get me going on this one.

>> Thanks to all for participating in a wide-ranging chat yesterday.

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