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The Curse of Bellhorn lives.
First IDed in the Quickie when the Red
Sox exiled their beleaguered championship 2B in
August, the Curse claimed a new victim:
Tony Graffanino, the very player who replaced
Bellhorn when he was dumped by the team. Simply irony?
Or something more?
Granted, Graffy's ugly error didn't let the tying and
winning run score, but the 2B allowed Chicago's rally
to live long enough for David Wells' hanging curve to
Tad Iguchi, who pounded it, Ortiz-like, for the
The image was too reminiscent of Buckner in '86 to NOT
make Red Sox Nation think twice. ("Buckner?" Wow, did
you ever think we'd be able to recycle THAT after
Boston's 2004 exorcism?)
If the Red Sox go on to be bounced from the ALDS
(though down 0-2, you could argue they have the White
Sox exactly where they want them), it's hard to
imagine Graffanino could remain in Boston. For now,
he's a goat.
So which 2004 Red Sox star will have a "Jeter
leadership moment" and claim that '05 imports (and
ALDS chokers) Clement, Wells and Graffanino don't have
the same championship make-up as the guys from last
Halos Tie Yanks
If it wasn't for Graffanino's bungle,
the most conspicuous error of the night would have
belonged to A-Rod.
The, um, "MVP's" error in the 6th combined with C-M
Wang's E-1 in the 7th to let the Angels rally to beat
the Yankees, 5-3, to earn a home split.
Wait: Weren't A-Rod-for-MVP partisans touting the
guy's defense as one key reason he's more valuable
than Ortiz? Hey, at least Ortiz isn't in a position to
bungle away runs.
Astros Win Game 1
Weren't the Astros the team that was
going to whiz through the playoffs on the strength of
that "Three Ace" pitching staff?
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So what are fans supposed to think when Houston hangs
double-digit runs on the Braves in a Game 1 rout in
Start with this: If the Astros offense can even
remotely do similar damage the rest of the way, all
those predictions of an Astros championship will
easily come through.
8 p.m. Astros/Braves: If pedigree
counts, there isn't a more star-studded matchup in the
NL playoffs than today's sick pairing of Clemens vs.
4 p.m. Padres/Cards: When your team's last,
best hope is Pedro Astacio, you know you're in
Well, apparently average ticket prices
are down 7.5 percent, so that's a start (it should
down be so much more). Refs' whistles were up, but for
all the new rules, that was to be expected.
And Sidney Crosby earned an assist on his team's only
goal in a 5-1 loss. (Get used to that, kid. Hey, he's
in good company: The Great One lost in his coaching
Vinny T to Start
How bad is it for the Jets? So bad that
a 41-year-old who was on his couch two Sundays ago
will be starting in Week 5 against the unbeaten
So why did Herman Edwards bother keeping Brooks
Bollinger on the roster if they were going to yank him
after a single (albeit awful) start?
They may insist the move is "win now," but New York
might as well call Matt Leinart now and start
negotiating for that No. 1 overall draft pick.
Wie Turns Pro
But she's only 15, you say?
You'd let your daughter turn pro too, if she could
hang with pro men as a tween...
(...Oh, and if Nike and Sony were offering deals worth
a reported $10 million a year.)
But as the second most talented, popular and
endorsement-friendly golfer in the world (behind
Tiger), going pro this early is only what she
The story of Roger Bannister breaking
of the 4-minute mile is one of the most compelling in
sports history (definitely read "The Perfect Mile," by
Neal Bascomb). Frank Deford wrote the script for the
newest EOE movie, premiering tonight at 7
Don't expect Bills fans to gripe now the struggling
soph QB has been sat for vet Kelly Holcomb. Support
the QB? Only when he's winning. (via Len P).
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Actually, why is it unfair to blame Graffanino? The
error was in the 5th; where was the vaunted Red Sox
"clutch" hitting the last 4 innings?|
So which two starting pitchers are standing between
the Red Sox and 2005 oblivion? Spotty Tim Wakefield
and even spottier Curt Schilling.
If Ottawa's win is any indication, the shootout will
be the best innovation of all the offseason NHL rules
changes. No ties? How satisfying!
Normally, news about Mike Martz and heart would be
cause for a joke. But he's taking a few days off for a
heart infection. Here's to full recovery.
With starting WRs Engram and Jackson doubtful for
Sunday, apparently the Seahawks will start Jurevicius
NFL owners will vote today on the Super Bowl in 2010
that was supposed to go to NYC. The contenders are
Houston, Atlanta and Miami. Ho-hum.