||2005 WNBA champion
At least one pro basketball team in Sacto is able to
break through the wall and win a title. (MVP Yolanda
Griffith: Gotta love the "Yo" shorthand.)
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
If the White Sox hang on for the AL
Central title, they can point to Joe Crede's walk-off
HR last night as the turning point.
But the bigger impact is that we can even
resume using the word "if" to describe Chicago's
chances of winning the division.
Wasn't it a foregone conclusion (say, yesterday) that the White
Sox were done? Finished? Chokers on an epic
With a dozen games to play, 3.5 games is a canyon
compared to 1.5. More than that, the ChiSox snap the
Indians' W streak at 6.
Chicago doesn't have to stop Cleveland's momentum
outright, only slow it down long enough to squeeze
into the playoffs.
(That's right: Playoffs. Let's face it: There's
too much emphasis on winning the Central, when winning
the Wild Card is good enough.
Mentally, it would seem a lot easier for the White Sox
to fend off Boston (3.5 GB) or NY (4 GB) for the Wild
Card than Cleveland.
But the fact that fans can even talk about the White
Sox being back in it shows the outsized psychological
impact of Crede's game-winner.
Red Sox: If Boston feeling pressure
from NY means a 15-run whomping (including 2 more HR
by Ortiz), then Boston has no worries.
Yankees: Who cares if Sheffield can barely
move? He's still almost Ortiz-ish with the bat (slam,
6 RBI). NYY wins to keep pace with BOS.
Angels: Bartolo Colon won his 20th with a gem
in a 2-1 Angels W over the Rangers; if the Angels hang
on, give him the AL Cy Young.
A's And just off the radar, Oakland is keeping
up the race pace in the West, thumping the Twins to
stay 1.5 GB the Angels.
NL Wild Card: HOU beat PIT, up 2 on PHI (who
lost to ATL). FLA? Don't ask: Lost to NYM 3-2 in 12 to
fall 3 GB. Astros zeroing in....
Wie Turning Pro
End of September, reportedly. How can
anyone question this move? Why should she play for
free, or with restrictions of amateurs?
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NFL's MNF Katrina telethon: Raises $5 million in donations
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Brian Roberts: One-time '05 MLB sensation dislocates elbow
Nats: Religion in clubhouse turns into major p.r. fiasco
She's the second-most endorsement-friendly player in
all of golf, behind Tiger (who turned pro early,
Come October, she's probably the biggest endorsement
draw of any female athlete *anywhere.* The bigger
question is: How could she NOT go pro?
Hopefully, this will spark more age-limit debate about
the double-standard between sports that are, let's
say, urbane versus urban.
I'm against the hypocrisy of age limits in major pro
sports, so I say: Good for her, and bring on the
Mr. Bonds Goes To...
If only Barry Bonds had a p.r. sense as
good as his batting eye. Instead, he'll make no new
friends trying to play the Katrina card after being
asked by reporters in D.C. about Congress' interest in
"There are other issues a lot more serious, and you
guys should direct your attention toward taking care
of that. Ask yourselves how much you've donated to
Katrina. Everybody should be pointing the fingers at
Meanwhile, you just know that all those D.C.
boo-birds were thrilled when Barry clocked that
460-foot HR into the right-field upper-deck. That's 3
HR in 19 at-bats, for those scoring at home.
Saints NYC Post-Script
Quote of the Day, from Saints coach Jim
Haslett, on the NFL's decision to put the Saints in
New York for its "home" opener:
"They could have done that anywhere... To play it in
Giants Stadium, to give them another home game and to
put us in a situation where we couldn't hear ... It
wasn't why we lost that game, but..."
Go ahead and say it, Jim. You know you want to: If the
game was played anywhere but the Meadowlands, the
Saints could-should-would have won.
Quickie Book Club
"Mind Game": The gang over at Baseball
Prospectus breaks down how the Red Sox won the World
Series in their own unique way: By debunking most of
the mangled, qualitative "wisdom" that most "experts"
spout. Sure, it's a little wonky, but even non-quant
(and non-BoSox) fans will really enjoy it.
||San Diego Padres:
Regress to .500 in style, giving up 20 runs to the
Rockies. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you your future
2005 NL West champs!
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More Nats news: MLB put a $450 million price tag on
the team. Yes, but is there a "Buy It Now!"
Where should the Sugar Bowl be played? If the choices
are Baton Rouge or Atlanta, my vote is for B.R. Let's
keep any economic gain in-state.
NCAA Mascot Ban: Extends it to bowl games, but it only
affects Illinois in D1. (Florida State, Central
Michigan and Utah got exemptions.)
Reserving judgment on NHL's new ad campaign ("My NHL")
until I see the new commercials. But readers know I
favor self-deprecation over rah-rah.
"Be a Saint": Kudos to Reebok for quickly turning
around a well-intentioned (and clever) Katrina charity
program, as seen on MNF. I got my shirt.
Dancing with the Stars update: After last night's
Dance-Off, will John O'Hurley win the all-fan vote to
take the title from Kelly Monaco?
Tonight's Must-See: Quickie Heisman fave Omar Jacobs
and Bowling Green vs. Boise St. Offensive game of the