I'm going to skip Penn State or the dark night at The Dark Knight Returns. Other than that the shooter looks like Carrot Top, all I can say is "there but the grace of God go I" on the Aurora case and that the punishment seems about right in the PSU case.
Interesting news for the Tigers; they solved their 2B problem and their back-end-of-the-rotation problem by getting Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez from Miami. Infante left Detroit as a utility infielder and has settled in as an everyday second baseman, while Sanchez has settled in with a sub-four ERA over the last few years that would mark him a servicable fourth or fifth starter.
However, the Tigers paid a steep price. Both Jacob Turner, a promising pitcher who won for the Tigers Sunday, and AAA catcher Rob Brantley will be taking their skills to South Beach, as LeBron would say. Brantley looked very solid in a brief call-up earler this year, but with Alex Avila being planted there, the Tigers weren't in the market for a second starter-quality catcher.
Somehow, I got the feeling that Brantley might well be the Marlin's catcher of the future, reminding me of the trade that sent Sandy Alomar Jr. from San Diego to Cleveland. The Padres had a good young catcher, Benito Santiago, so a second catcher was redundant; Alomar was sent east as a tack-on to a Joe Carter trade. Alomar proceeded to be the Tribe's catcher of the 90s.
The Yankees went rent-a-player today, grabbing Ichiro Suzuki from the Marriners for a couple of prospects; that saves Seattle about $5M in salary for the rest of the year. Ichiro looked like a Marriner for life, but that is exceedingly rare these days. That gilds a pretty neat lily, as the Pinstripes have two sure-fire HoFers in ARod (if they forgive his 'roiding) and Jeter, a close-call in Texeria and a possible Cooperstown denizen in Granderson.
Here's an interesting bit on the impact of the Dark Night at The Dark Knight; $13 million was the level of underperforming at the box office (173 expected-160 actual). That's still good for #3 all time for best opening weekend.