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Every day we march closer to Saturday's 3:30 p.m. kickoff (NBC / 97.5 The Fanatic), I feel less in love with this Temple (+30) number a lot of locals are all over. And that's not because I like ND (-30) either.
My buddy Bill will explain why:
You want lock-solid action this weekend though? Put down everything you have on at least one Brian Kelly "I'd kill you if I had a better option" look in the direction of his senior quarterback, Tommy Rees.
If you want to know about Tommy's playing career, his success working against a blitz, his meltdowns against coverage, or just what the hell happened to that Everett Golson kid, click here.
But the rest of this post is dedicated to one of my favorite sports storylines of the last three years -- right up there with anything related to Jay Cutler.
I assure you, there is no FBS quarterback that has been berated by his head coach on national television more than Tommy Rees. I thought I was alone in my fascination with their dynamic until I started asking people about it and realized that others were seeing exactly what I was. And then a few weeks ago, when I was looking for a way to photoshop Stella the Owl onto the N.D. sideline, I found AP and USA Today photogs had captured it better than I could write it.
Worth note, a good number of these are from the Notre Dame-Michigan night game at Big House in 2011, when Rees went 27-for-39 for 315 yards, three TDs and two INTs, while Denard Robinson threw up pieces of absolute garbage to score 28 points in the fourth quarter and rally the Wolverines to a 35-31 win. Enjoy:
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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.