Things That Happened in Sports: Hey McNabb, "Tell Us About Your Childhood"

Things That Happened in Sports: Hey McNabb, "Tell Us About Your Childhood"

  • This may be the best Donovan McNabb interview ever (Okay, maybe second best). Donovan McNabb no longer eats Chunky Soup. Can we hire this kid to report for The700Level?
  • Those X Gamers are a tough bunch. Watch snowboarder Shaun White smash his face into some ice and then later win the gold. [Yahoo!]

  • Placido Polanco was at the Majestic Clubhouse this afternoon signing autographs for fans. He also chatted on WIP with Glen Macnow and Ray Didinger. Polanco says the move to third base will be no big deal. He's played the hot corner plenty in the past and may just need a little extra long toss to get the arm adjusted. Describing playing at third base, Polanco says you field ground balls and you throw the ball. So simple even a caveman can do it.
  • Temple handled LaSalle fairly easily this afternoon. [ESPN]
  • Former Eagle great Tom Brookshier has passed away. Ray Didinger called Brooky the greatest open field tackler in Eagles history. The 2010 squad could certainly use a guy like that. RIP, Tommy. [CSN]
  • Brian Seltzer will be the new radio voice for the Reading Phillies. Good news for fans of the minor league team. You can listen to Reading Phillies games on their website.
  • Our buddy Will Brinson over at FanHouse will get to drink Gatorade with DeSean Jackson in Miami and maybe work out or something.
  • Green Men are still humorous sometimes. [Deadspin]
  • Willie Mays tells his story in new book. [NYTimes]
  • Michael Phelps was in Altantic City getting his Michael Phelps on. That is if getting your Michael Phelps on involves playing cards. [Mighty Dan Gross]

Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.

Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,

Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.

Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

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Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- De'Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown and Karan Higdon ran for two scores and No. 4 Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 on Saturday in both teams' Big Ten opener.

The Wolverines scored six touchdowns on the ground as they finished with 326 yards rushing. Wilton Speight threw one touchdown pass.

Michigan (4-0) dominated both sides of the ball. Penn State (2-2) has lost three straight to the Wolverines.

Jabrill Peppers gave the fans an early thrill by returning Penn State's first punt to the 9, although a bench-interference penalty moved the ball to the Nittany Lions 24. Seven plays later, Khalid Hill dove in on 4th-and-goal from the 1.

The Wolverines also scored touchdowns on their next two drives. Penn State finally got a couple stops, but the Wolverines took a 28-0 halftime lead on Higdon's 2-yard run.

The Nittany Lions got on the board with a field goal early in the third, but Chris Evans made it 35-3 with a 3-yard run and the Wolverines cruised to the win.

The takeaway
Penn State: The Nittany Lions came into the Big House without any of their starting linebackers then lost Brandon Smith to a second-quarter targeting penalty. That left the Penn State defense helpless against Michigan's running game and short passes. The offense was even worse, putting up 50 yards in the first half. Saquon Barkley had 19 yards rushing and caught two passes for 47 yards, but the rest of the team combined for minus-16.

Michigan: The Wolverines dominated in the trenches, with their defensive line continuously overrunning Penn State's offensive line. They registered five sacks while building their first-half lead and Speight had all the time he needed.

Poll implications
Michigan: The Wolverines came in at No. 4 and there seems little chance that will change much with No. 1 Alabama winning earlier in the day in a blowout and No. 2 Ohio State on a bye.

Up next
Penn State: Returns to Happy Valley for the first of three straight home games. The Nittany Lions face Minnesota next Saturday in the Golden Gophers' first trip to Penn State since 2009.

Michigan: Plays its fifth-straight game at the Big House to open the season, but will have a tougher test against Wisconsin. The 11th-ranked Badgers routed No. 8 Michigan State 30-6 in East Lansing.