Ocho Cinco Out; Mussina Retires

Thursday, November 20, 2008: 5:10 PM

•Chad Johnson has been deactivated for tonight’s game between his Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The reason: He showed up 45 minutes late to a team meeting. I don’t know what to make of this. It can be seen as a major breakthrough as Marvin Lewis has never really been one to bench star players. It doesn’t really make a difference though for the Bengals. They are having a nightmare of a season and not having “Ocho Cinco” in the lineup tonight will have zero effect on the outcome. The Steelers are going to win the game easily. With or without 85.

•In baseball news, one of my all-time favorite pitchers, Mike Mussina, called it a career today. He finished with 270 career wins and finally got to the 20 win mark this past season, a feat he had come very close to achieving several times in his career. He becomes the first pitcher to retire after a 20-win season since Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax in 1966. He spent 10 seasons here in Baltimore and left after the 2000 season to join the Yankees in pursuit of a several world championships. Unfortunately for Moose he never got one but he will still go down as one of the best pitchers of the mid to late 90’s. Some people debate whether he is Hall of Fame worthy. In my opinion he is without question a Hall of Famer. It would be a shame if he does not get in during his first year of eligibility

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