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LAst Night's Action: The Loser Took It All

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Minnesota Twins' Justin Morneau defeats Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton. This year's edition was supposed to be a snooze fest. No A-Rod. No Big Papi. No Vlad. No Junior. No Bonds. Just a bunch of youngsters named Braun, Morneau, Utley, Berkman, Uggla, Sizemore, Longoria and Hamilton. But boy was this a doozy.

Josh Hamilton stunned everyone in attendance at Yankee Stadium by hitting a record 28 homers in the first round of the Derby, the most homers hit in any one round in Derby history. Granted there is a short right field porch at the Stadium, but Hamilton was hitting them to the back of the batter's eye in center field. Perhaps the most amazing part was hearing the Bronx crowd in unison chanting the name of a hitter who is not a Yankee.

Thanks to the Four-Letter Network everyone and their dead relatives know about Hamilton's story. And his story is one of the more remarkable come back stories in sports as of late.

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The clear loser here is the Twins' Justin Morneau. Yeah he beat Hamilton in the final round 5-3 to win the Derby, but no one will come away today without thinking of Hamilton.

Notable Notes

The Brett Favre story will just not fucking die. Like Rasputin it just keeps getting new life. Now Favre spoke with Fox News' Greta van Susteren saying he doesn't feel welcome in Green Bay anymore. The Packers need to end this charade and trade Favre to an AFC team as soon as possible. If not, then I hope they go 0-16 for letting this drag out for as long as it has.

Another dreadful announcer bites the dust. CBS in a move that's been 27 years too late finally decided to sack Billy Packer. After decades of pissing on the George Masons and Davidsons of the world, Packer will be put out to pasture and hopefully never heard from again. CBS will promote 16-year studio analyst veteran Clark Kellogg to call the Final Four games. Here's to hoping the Four-Letter Network will take a cue from CBS and axe Joe Morgan.

And another story that won't go away is the NBA referee scandal. It looks like Tim Donaghy was busy not only making calls to his bookie in the 2006-2007 NBA season. It looks like he called fellow referee Scott Foster 134 times during the season. There is no detail about what the calls were for, whether they chatted about how dreamy Corey Magette's arms are or anything. The NBA still insist the Donaghy was the only referee to gamble on games during this period. It seems awfully suspicious that the most calls he made to any other official was 13 times. Hm. Maybe it was a love tryst? Who knows, but looking at Foster he sure looks like he could fist a guy good.

AP Photo by Julie Jacobson