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I’m predicting that the Colts and Saints meet in the Super Bowl, and we’ll be bombarded with stories about Peyton Manning facing his father’s old team.

That won’t get tired.

If you want Jose Offerman to be your team’s next manager, keep in mind that he’s liable to deck the plate umpire during the exchange of lineup cards.

This isn’t the first time that Offerman has gone down swinging.

FOX Sports’ Tracy Ringolsby gives his slam-dunk last-place finishers for 2010, and he’s got the Blue Jays at the bottom of the AL East.

Does that count as noticeable improvement in the standings for the Orioles?

They still don’t intend to watch Ben Sheets’ throwing session today in Louisiana.

Question for hitting coach Terry Crowley: “How high do you rank the importance of pure bat speed?”

Crowley’s answer: “Bat speed can overcome a lot of bad habits. Let’s put it like this: When we got Jonesy (Adam Jones) from Seattle, he had tremendous bat speed. He didn’t get many hits in Seattle. I don’t know if he got a fair opportunity, but once you shorten up a guy’s swing, and then you fall back on bat speed, you’ve got yourself a monster. So bat speed is not the only answer to hitting. You have to have good mechanics, you’ve got to cover the strike zone. Bat speed allows you to be patient and make good decisions, if you want to swing or take. And if you make up your mind to swing and you’ve waited to make this decision and you don’t have bat speed, sometimes you don’t get back to the ball. If you do have bat speed, you can put a charge in it.”

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has announced its honorees for the sixth annual Aspire Gala. Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, former Ravens and Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and former Baltimore Colts defensive lineman (and founder of Building Men & Women for Others) Joe Ehrmann will be recognized Feb. 12 at The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

Joyner-Kersee will be presented with the Aspire Award, Modell will be honored with the Charles M. Cawley Legacy Award and Ehrmann will receive the 2010 Cal, Sr. Award. They’re being recognized because of their work to make a difference in the lives of others and will have the opportunity to pay tribute to the people in their own lives who have inspired and helped guide them to success.

Individual tickets are now on sale for $1,000 and can be purchased by visiting or by calling 1-877-RIPKEN1. Proceeds go to the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, which helps build character and teach critical life lessons to underserved young people residing in America’s most distressed communities using baseball- and softball-themed programs.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction before moving into the dinner, live auction and program featuring Cal Ripken Jr., Bill Ripken and the honorees.

Confirmed celebrities attending the event include Hall of Famers Earl Weaver and Gaylord Perry, former Orioles B.J. Surhoff and Ken Singleton, and former Colts and Redskins players Bruce Laird and Brig Owens.

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