Here's hoping Gustav ends up packing as much punch as the Mets' late-game offense:
• MLB will introduce instant replay for home runs starting tomorrow. Of course, the most vocal proponent of the new system is Alex Rodriguez; the me-first slugger can't wait to see his (solo) homers replayed over and over.
• Retired DE Michael Strahan has turned down the Giants' bid of $8 million dollars. No wonder; what kind of lowball offer was that? The Packers offered Brett Favre $20 million to stay retired. Oh, I'm sorry, the Giants actually wanted Strahan to play for them rather than go away? My bad.
• The LPGA is hearing criticism about its new requirement that all its players learn to speak English. I'd tell you what the complaints are except, frankly, it's a bunch of gobbledygook. It might as well be another language or something.
• Clemson's defensive coordinator has apologized for saying that two Alabama recruits were tooling around this spring in Escalades. Alabama fans are hopping mad; everyone knows the Crimson Tide's studs drive Denalis.
• A 13-year-old goalie scrimmaged with the Ottawa Senators on Monday. His final line was four goals allowed, 23 saves and countless jokes about Chinese gymnasts.
• Controversial Chicago columnist Jay Mariotti has resigned. Surprisingly, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen -- Mariotti's bitter rival -- had nothing but nice things to say. In fact, Ozzie says he'll think fondly of Mariotti every June 28, aka Gay Pride Day.
• The Mets blew a 7-0 lead in an 8-7 loss to the rival Phillies last night to fall out of first place in the NL East. Sorry, no joke here -- except the Mets bullpen.