Maybe he reads the Daily Quickie, which endorsed a
"silent treatment" strategy yesterday for his return.
Only real gripes coming from the media.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
I'm calling it early:
The Yankees are finished.
They won't win the wild card.
They'll miss the AL playoffs.
Prepare for the cataclysm.
(Or, alternatively: Laugh.)
How can I be so sure? Simple:
The Yankees still have six more games vs. the
Last night's 6-5 loss, bungled on an 8th-inning combo
of E-4, wild pitch and typically saggy relief, was the
Yankees' 9th in 13 games vs. Tampa.
In a taut AL wild-card race, the Devil dominance over
New York will come back to haunt the Yankees when they
finish just short.
Over their last 43 games, the Yankees will be lucky to
win half. Keep your eye on the brutal 15-game stretch
starting Labor Day weekend, at Oakland.
Then it's nemesis Tampa (love writing that), checkered
with Boston and suddenly surging Toronto.
After the Yankees' dynastic decade, it's so thrilling
to write them off.
Come on: Join in. It's easy.
Wild Card Watch
AL: While OAK, NYY and CLE all lost,
totally underrated Toronto quietly won its 7th in 9 to
move within 4 of the AL WC lead.
NL: Eclipsed by T.O., the Phillies have managed
to climb into a tie with the Astros for the lead.
Closely follow Rocket's start tonight.
NFL Pre: Saints/Pats
Who else likes Tom Brady *way* more now
that he has humanized himself as an everyman
type in GQ than when he was a "golden
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|WHO'S GOT THE MOMENTUM ...|
Blue Jays: Won 7th in last 9 to move w/in 4 of AL WC lead|
D. Willis: MLB-leading 5th shutout, MLB lead-tying 6th CG
J. Francoeur: Still smoking! HR, 3B, yet another OF assist
|... AND WHO'S GOT NO MO'|
White Sox: Lose 5th straight, handcuffed by Johan (10 Ks)|
N. Garciaparra: Typical -- hits HR, then exits game (back)
M. Piazza: Spoils Beltran's return with mildly broken hand
"It is what it is" should go on a T-shirt, the
next great sports catchphrase. (Hmm: Perhaps the Daily
NFL Rookies Sign
Titans have Pacman fever: And the wait
drove so many fans crazy. (Sorry, that was painful --
sort of how Jones' treatment from ticked off Titans
vets will be.)
Bengals ink LB Pollack: The view from the dregs
of the Cincy depth chart finally must have been scary
enough that he decided to begin his pro
That leaves Cedric Benson (Bears RB) as the
final 2005 first-round holdout. Maybe he thinks the
injury to Grossman is leverage; the rest of us just
think he's a dope regardless.
NCAA Buys NIT
Great reaction from fans, off of
yesterday's Quickie item asking how the NCAA can
integrate the NIT into March Madness.
The best idea? Use the NIT to determine the last 4
at-large NCAA bids. Call it the "Big Bubble." Real
stakes would make the NIT real relevant.
Woods Skips PGA
Why did this come out Wednesday, rather
than on Sunday night? This is golf's non-story of the
year. Tiger took a risk by leaving the PGA early, and
his judgment is acquitted by hindsight. ("What if?"
Quickie 50/50: WVA
Impressions of West Virginia:
Jerry West; Randy Moss and those Marshall football
offenses; Kevin Pittsnogle and that fan-fave
Mountaineers Elite Eight team in 2005.
Vote Best of WVA
||Kansas City Royals:
Lose 18th straight, 4 losses from topping the '88 O's
AL record. Relief comes tonight: No game! (Pain
returns Friday, when they play the A's.)
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|Ranking AL WC Contenders|
|Will heat back up|
|Johan can lead them|
|6 more games vs. Rays|
|Not ready yet|
The Cards have MLB's best record, passing the White
Sox. And thanks to "This Time It Counts," that's a
completely meaningless feat.|
David Ortiz is human after all: MLB's most clutch
hitter ended a Red Sox comeback with a ground-out DP
to end a 6-5 L to the Tigers.
Who says NFL kickers are wussies? Chiefs K Lawrence
Tynes was charged with a felony after smashing a
bouncer's nose in a bar fight.
Palmeiro Update: Scratched from Wednesday lineup with
a sprained ankle. Or, as the cynics might now put it,
a "sprained ankle."
The biggest reason to watch the Saints-Pats game
tonight? Pats rookie backup QB Matt Cassel, the most
intriguing rookie storyline of August.