Heisman hopeful humbly avoids hype

Saying he was “raised to be humble,” Michigan sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson does not want to talk about his place in the Heisman Trophy race.

Too many members of the media insist on handicapping and hyping Heisman contenders in early September, when it’s irrelevant. Much will change over the next three months.

But the Wolverines are 2-0, and Robinson has rolled up 885 yards total offense, so he’s already faced with Heisman questions. He accounted for 502 yards in Michigan’s 28-24 win at Notre Dame on Saturday, a performance that makes him the early leader for the award.

“I don’t pay attention to none of that,” he said. “I don’t even have cable.”

So if Robinson wins the Heisman, it appears he won’t have to give it back years later because of a scandal.

It’s probably safe to assume former Southern California star Reggie Bush had free cable when he was college football’s top player in 2005.

■ MANNY’S SINGLES PARTY — The Chicago White Sox celebrated the arrival of Manny Ramirez in late August. But the White Sox are slipping from postseason contention and getting little production from the once-feared slugger.

Ramirez is batting .282 (11-for-39) with 11 singles and 13 strikeouts with the White Sox. He said his timing is off, and he recently wondered why Dodgers manager Joe Torre didn’t play him more during his final weeks with Los Angeles.

“Like I said, I haven’t played for two months,” Ramirez told the Chicago Tribune. “But I’m happy to be here. I could be on another team that’s going nowhere, but I’m on a team that’s fighting for a pennant race or getting the wild card.”

The White Sox are losing that fight and likely going nowhere, just like the Dodgers. And Manny has been going downhill fast since he stopped juicing with a female fertility drug.

■ FAMILY TIES — If the San Diego Padres hold off San Francisco and Colorado to win the National League West, Giants manager Bruce Bochy might blame his brother.

It was Padres scout Joe Bochy who convinced the team to sign pitcher Mat Latos for $1.25 million in 2007. Latos, a Cy Young Award candidate, is 14-6 with a 2.43 ERA.

“Money had quite a bit to do with it, I’m not going to lie,” Latos told Yahoo! Sports. “Joe Bochy expressed a lot of interest in me. I showed a little more maturity than I did in high school, and they offered a lot more money.”

■ A TRUE COLOR ANALYST — Former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach will resurface on the sideline someday soon, maybe at Colorado or UCLA. For now, he’s an analyst for CBS College Sports.

Leach called last week’s North Carolina State-Central Florida game, and Sportsbybrooks.com detailed his most entertaining quotes, including: “I remember when I was a kid Fourth of July was big for me ’cause in Wyoming you could have fireworks all over the place and we’d literally have wars with our neighbors with them.”


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