Forget Jeter: The Yankee legend who deserves "myth"
status is Rivera, who went from Panama funeral to
private jet to Yankee bullpen to 4-out save.
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Two Words For You:
Who's! Your! Daa-ddy! Clap ...
clap ... clap-clap-clap
In the Stadium's upper deck (where I was
sitting), the chant was overwhelming. Almost as
overwhelming as the roller-coaster ride at the
"Who's your daddy?"
Leave it to Yankees fans to turn a vulgarity
into a rallying cry. The T-shirt flap only intensified
fan interest in making it a part of the game (like
telling a teenager they can't do something ...)
"Who's your daddy?"
With Pedro on deck tonight, don't discount the
chant's effect on Martinez, who can only blame
himself; he's the one who inspired it, which he can
expect every time he sets to pitch.
How will the Red Sox respond? I'm actually more
curious about how Red Sox Nation will respond this
weekend back at Fenway.
Depends on one thing: Who's the daddy
ALCS Game 2
"Who's got momentum?" is the much
bigger question. Sure, the Yankees improbably chased
Schilling, but after hitting the snooze button for six
innings, the Red Sox turned Mussina's perfect game into almost equalling the greatest comeback in postseason history.
Pedro may or may not have been playing mind games with
everyone with the "daddy" talk, but the only people
who fear Game 2 NY starter Jon Lieber are Yankees fans
themselves. After Game 1, can we handle more offense?
Because it's coming.
NLCS Game 1
Nothing screams "Excitement!" like
"Backe vs. Williams" to lead off the NLCS. (Compare
that to, say, Schilling vs. Mussina.)
Apparently, the Astros' rotation is tattered after the
NLDS. More than that, it highlights how unremarkable
-- yet apparently effective -- the Cards' rotation
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think he's winning in 6 or less: He juggled his
roation to start Cards P Jason Marquis in Game 4,
meaning Jeff Suppan will start Game 3 ... and Game
Good thing for him the NLCS won't get that
Phil Jax's Diary
In his upcoming diary, Phil Jackson
opens up a new front in Kobe's personality clashes. As
if battling with Shaq wasn't enough, Kobe was engaged
in "psychological war" with Phil, according to the
Jax went so far as to push Lakers GM Mitch
Kupchak to trade Bryant last January -- a request that
makes this diary almost as hilarious as Jon Stewart's
"America: The Book." (Except for the unintentional
Kobe's reply is classic: "I'd rather read 'Lord
of the Rings' in one day."
Rice on Block?
From the same people who brought you
"Awkward in Oakland," it's the sequel "Rice Relocation
II: Yes, It Can Get Worse." Three places where I'd
like to see him end up:
(1) Cards: With Green, Emmitt
(2) Bucs: With Gruden, Brown
(3) 49ers: With lots of irony
NFL on 4th Down
55 percent conversion rate, as compared
to 46 percent over last season's first 5 weeks (via
USA Today). Why?
(a) Impact of stats analysis
(b) Fans willing to forgive
(c) Bill Belichick copycats
(d) All of the above
NBA in China
If you thought the Euro invasion of the
NBA was pervasive, give David Stern a half-decade or
so in China, where the Rockets and Kings are on the
league's first tour there.
Hundreds of seven-footers in the near-term
development pipeline make this the greatest wellspring
of NBA talent since ... well, ever. (Thursday,
7:30 a.m. ET, ESPN)
In proud tradition of Portland Blazers samaritans, he's been suspended (among other things) for allegedly abusing his dog.
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