Sweep the Mets for first 3-0 start since 1990 title
season. (Of course, it WAS the Mets.) Enjoy huge
challenge Friday vs. Astros (Clemens 2005 debut).
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Two Words For You:
Some things are worse than a
The last half-decade has basically established the Red
Sox Nation archetype as ... wel l... Bill Simmons, I'd
Now, in one fell swoop, it has been overwhelmed by the
caricature of Jimmy Fallon in "Fever Pitch," last seen
at the movie premiere's Red (Sox) Carpet on Wednesday
night in Boston.
What self-respecting Red Sox Nation member could live
with this mockery?
And from many I've heard from, they think it's bad
enough Fallon and co-star Drew Barrymore despoiled the
World Series Game 4 celebration.
Fans across the rest of the country, however, are
collectively enjoying an all-time great "LMAO" moment.
(At you, RSN, not with you.)
There are things worse than a Curse, and they
might be having your lifeblood favorite team be
reduced to a romantic comedy.
The joke's on Red Sox Nation.
Masters: Rain Rules
DiMarco the new Phil? Maybe, except
first-day scores at the Masters have all the
shelf-life of your average Daily Quickie. (Frankly,
second- and third-day, too.)
Tiger's folly: Not just putting into the water
on 13 or tossing his clubs. How about that surreal
"review" after his putt on 14? (Prompted by TV
Billy Casper's 106: You've got to be
"half-full" about it; it was a 106 at Augusta.
(And you try breaking 100 when you're
Hudson's NL Debut
"Effectively wild": He's his own
toughest critic (6 H, 4 BB, 5 IP). But he contained
that powerful Marlins lineup, the Braves won -- and so
did he. Cy voters love win totals.
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New Nats: Break 'em up! 2-1 after Vidro 10th-inn heroics|
Terry Francona: Docs say problem wasn't a heart attack
Jeff Weaver: Finally? 8 IP, 0 R, RBI in LAD W over SFG
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Alex Sanchez' suspension challenge: He's not contesting
Spurs without Duncan: Mavs crush by 36 (how's TD feeling?)
More debuts: That "other" Yankees offseason
pitching pickup, Jaret Wright, makes his NY debut on
Friday vs. Baltimore. (Bigger debut: Mariano Rivera
vs. anyone but the Red Sox).
With Phil Jackson looking on, the
Lakers ensured their first losing season since 1993-94
with a listless L to the Rockets.
That's exactly the kind of thing that will
drive Phil to the other coast, if Jerry Buss had any
intention of wooing him.
First condition he should set for a return is Kobe's
ouster. Wonder if Jackson tried to play armchair GM
while sitting in the luxury box?
Meanwhile, the NBA's biggest long-term drama is
LeBron's dissatisfaction with the Cavs. It's not huge
(yet), but it's simmering. Think teams in NY and LA
will start hording cap space now?
Armstrong supporting Paris' 2012
Olympic bid didn't jibe with his All-American image,
so it's no surprise that he flipped his support to
Meanwhile, it's also no surprise that he hinted
that this summer's Tour de Lance could be his last.
Didn't he say that last year?
NHL Rule Change
Smaller goalie pads? Wider blue lines?
Shootouts instead of ties?
GMs, players can brainstorm all the incremental
changes they want, but they mis-evaluate their fan
The diehards will come back no matter what; the
casual fans ... well, the real problem is that there
aren't any casual fans.
And tweaks won't fix that. The NHL needs
radical changes to create a wider fan
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Thanks to the Business of Sports Club at my alma
mater, Harvard B-School, for inviting me to
participate in their lively annual forum
MLB weekend: Opening Day aces and No. 2s are back up in
the rotation. Unit throws Sat (vs. BAL). Sunday's
best: Pedro vs. Smoltz, Lowe vs. Ortiz.
NBA Draft watch: Kentucky SG Kelenna Azubuike is in. I
like his game a lot, but Insider rumblings are that
the NBA scouts don't agree with me.
Frozen Four mania: Last chance to feed your hockey
jones! North Dakota and Denver will meet for the
title. Did you have them in your pool?
Calling it now: The hot prom shoe (for guys) will be
the all-black patent-leather Air Jordan XX, releasing
Saturday. If only I was 18 again ...
Full disclosure: "Fever Pitch" is my favorite sports
book of all time, and I'm a little disturbed that it
was turned into some Sox fandom joke.