1. Buster Posey is not supposed to block the plate this season. Thats what the Giants say. But can you ask a catcher not to do something that hes already been trained to do? The Minnesota Twins dont think so. Theyve told Joe Mauer to go ahead and block the plate because its part of the business. The collision is coming. Brace yourself.
2. Andrew Luck doesnt need to hire a publicist. Not while Jim Harbaugh is in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine gushing about Luck to anyone who will listen. Harbaugh didnt go to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl but is there this week. He took a side trip to Bloomington to sit on the Indiana bench and act as a manager for his brother-in-law, Hoosiers coach Tom Crean. Harbaugh folded and unfolded chairs for time outs to the delight of observers.3. Jeremy Lin was humbled by the Miami Heat on Thursday. He looks like a guy who could use a break from the spotlight this weekend, maybe even sleeping in that fancy new apartment hes reportedly moved into the one that has a view of the Statue of Liberty. But instead hell be in Orlando for the Rising Stars Challenge, coached by Shaq. Lins impact can be felt everywhere. On Friday morning Kwame Brown was a trending topic in the Bay Area. Why? Because he was signed after the Warriors cut Lin.
4. Ryan Braun won his appeal for violating baseballs drug policy and wont have to serve a suspension. MLB drug testers must either be too young to remember the OJ Simpson trial or are just plain stupid. DNA evidence in the Simpson trial was tainted when police forensic scientist Andrea Mazzola admitted to carrying a vial of Simpsons blood around in her lab coat. A MLB tester did the equivalent, taking Brauns urine home instead of sending it to the lab. This is how you run a billion dollar business? Sticking the urine on the shelf with the mayonnaise?
5. Billy Beane will take off the flip flops and khaki shorts on Sunday and don a tuxedo for the Academy Awards. Hell walk to red carpet to support Brad Pitt, telling the Chronicle Its got nothing to do with me. Except, of course, it has everything to do with Billy. Without him, theres no movie. Dont know if Pitt will win George Clooney seems to be the favorite. But bet on Moneyball to win Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zailian did what few thought possible, turning Michael Lewis book into a very entertaining film.
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