After 149 days, the NBA strike seems to be over. NBA owners and players came to an agreement on Saturday. An abbreviated, 66-game season will start on Christmas Day, although the Phoenix Suns are not scheduled to play that day. A handshake agreement was reached, but it needs to be ratified by a majority vote of the owners' group and the players' union. Until then, it's only tentative, but everything is moving forward as if it's been set in stone.
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson was named the National League's 2011 Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writer's Association of America. Gibson is the 2nd Diamondbacks manager given this honor. In 2007, Bob Melvin was named NL Manager of the Year. In addition, he is the fourth MVP to be named Manager of the Year. Gibson was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1988 while he was a player with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 2012 regular season schedule for the 2011 National League West Champion Arizona Diamondbacks includes 81 home games at Chase Field in Phoenix, and 81 away games. Fifteen of these games include inter-league play against American League teams.
The 2012 season opens on Apr. 5 for a three-game home stand against the San Francisco Giants. The regular season ends on the road against the Colorado Rockies with a three-game series beginning on Oct. 1.
Kolb has turf toe, meaning he has torn or sprained ligaments in his toe. That sounds painful. It also inhibits his ability to push off with his foot while passing, which could hinder his accuracy. Not that he's been all that accurate this year. In the 7 games played so far this season, his accuracy rating is right around 50%. And, according to Stats, Inc., the Cardinals have dropped 14 of 145 pass attempts that were deemed catchable, which ties the team for the 8th most dropped, catchable passes in the NFL this season.
If Kolb doesn't play, look for back-up QB John Skelton to take his place. Unfortunately, in the past, Skelton hasn't been all that accurate in his passing either. Last season, Skelton started 4 games, and had an average accuracy rating of just over 47%.
Four players in addition to Kolb will be out for Sunday's game. Safety Kerry Rhodes is still unable to play due to foot surgery; linebacker Joey Porter will sit out with a knee problem. Tight end Rob Housler and fullback Anthony Sherman are also out for the game with groin and ankle injuries, respectively.
Sunday's game against the Rams is a sellout, the 59th consecutive sellout for the Cardinals since moving into the stadium at the University of Phoenix. Fans attending the game will be able to help the hungry by donating non-perishable food items or cash to the 2011 Holiday Food Drive sponsored by the Cardinals and Sagicor Life Insurance. Donations will benefit St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix.