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Weekday afternoon playoff baseball is
right up there with the first two days of the NCAA
Tournament as one of the best work days of the year.
Everyone prep your fake Excel spreadsheets and sharpen
your "Alt/Tab" skills!
But the biggest storyline involves a team not even
The Astros are the bandwagon favorite to win
the World Series.
Gammons. Stark. Neyer. Caple.
Four experts from across the
spectrum of ESPN analysts
all pick Houston to win its first World
And the second most popular choice is the
Angels. (Olney, Neel, Crasnick)
Wait: Where's the love for the Red Sox? (Dare I even
suggest the Yankees?)
Nope, not this year. There's an obvious Boston
fatigue. (New York? That got old a half-decade
I'm not sure if fans at large are so quick to pick
against the Red Sox and Yankees, but it's so
refreshing to look out in the distance and project new
Even if it involves old playoff faces like Clemens and
1 p.m. ET: SDP/STL
Peavy vs. Carpenter: I've heard that
the Cardinals are going to blast Team .500 right out
of the playoffs.
All I know is that Carp has been ugly his last
few starts, and if I had to pick one rested NL pitcher
for a must-win game, it's Peavy.
Trust ESPN.com users: Where
is our users' sense of fun? Almost all predict the
Cards in a rout. Doesn't anyone else want to see an
82-80 win the title?
4 p.m. ET: BOS/CWS
Clement vs. Contreras: I've heard Red
Sox fans think they own one-time Boston recruit
All I know is that Contreras has won 8 straight
starts (allowing only 7 ER in his last 5 games). Why
else would Gammons pick the ChiSox to win in
Trust ESPN.com users: More
fans would rather see the White Sox win their first
title since 1917 than the Red Sox repeat. (And yet the
Red Sox are the overwhelming pick to win in 4 or
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8 p.m. ET: NYY/LAA
Mussina vs. Colon: I've heard Yankees
fans talk all about how A-Rod clobbered Colon the last
time they met.
All I know is that Colon is still the leading
AL Cy Young candidate -- and that Moose gets clocked
like that regularly... by players a lot worse than
Trust ESPN.com users: The
majority are almost evenly split between taking the
Yankees in 4 and the Angels in 5. That makes G1
MNF: Packers 0-4
Believe it or not, Brett Favre is
actually in a pretty good situation: His sterling rep
remains intact, despite leading the Packers to their
worst start in 17 years.
"He's carrying the team!" his many fans cry. Now, he
might "carry" them to 2-14 and drafting Reggie Bush
No. 1 overall next spring, but at least he's holding
up his end while doing it.
Vick Will Start
Sunday vs. the Pats, in what will be
the most watched game of the week. Even a half-speed
Vick might be enough to slip through the currently
sieve-like New England D. Keep tracking this
Meanwhile, brother Marcus, emerging as one of
the most exciting (and talented) QBs in college
football, apologized for making obscene gestures at
West Virginia fans on Saturday. And it wasn't the
Knicks Get Curry
Ability vs. liability: That's the Eddy
So for now, give Isiah credit for a bold move,
landing one of the better young big men in the East,
making room for Q. Richardson in the starting lineup
and making tempermental young star Jamal Crawford
That "for now" lasts just about as long as Eddy
Curry's heart does. Not to sound macabre, but there's
a very serious reason the Bulls would give up on one
of their franchise foundations for Mike Sweetney and
NBA Camps Open
"I am not going anywhere." That's the
money quote from LeBron, who sounds thrilled about his
attempts to keep him happy. That won't keep fans from
Top 5 Camp Storylines:
1. Larry Brown in New York
Eddy Curry no Ben Wallace...
2. Phil Jackson in L.A.
And Kwame Brown is no Shaq.
3. Star power on South Beach
Can Heat integrate new guys?
4. Pacers at full strength
All eyes on Artest behavior.
5. Can the Spurs repeat?
They got BETTER; why not?
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policy. Rangers SP Kenny won't be retained by Texas
(for violating MLB's media abuse policy?)
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Shanoff's MLB Picks:|
ALDS: Yankees in 5
ALDS: Red Sox in 5
NLDS: Padres in 5
NLDS: Astros in 5
ALCS: Yankees in 7
NLCS: Astros in 6
WS: Astros in 7
(Self-analysis: What a punk-out in the AL! Wow, I'd
love to see the White Sox and Angels advance; maybe
I'm just trying not to jinx them...)