Whether he pitches today (or Saturday ...or Sunday,
given a rain delay), the defending champs' season is
riding on his knuckleball.
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Two Words For You:
If it wasn't for the rain forecast for
all weekend in both New York and Boston, fans could
look forward to ALCS clarity by Monday.
Instead, it's looking like the White Sox will have
maybe one chance to KO the champs at Fenway on
Friday afternoon before Mother Nature steps in and
says "Not this weekend."
The last time the Red Sox benefited from a playoff
rain delay, of course, it created that wild game-a-day
mayhem in last year's ALCS that triggered the
So you have to believe the Red Sox are just fine with
a little weather postponement.
Make the ChiSox think about it a little more, while
Boston sits back and embrace the pressure.
(The Yankees would love to throw Randy Johnson tonight
at Yankee Stadium, but that also looks like a
non-starter for their top starter. Delay favors the
Angels, whose best starters pitched Games 1 and
The original playoff schedule is amazing for its
tidiness; three games from Friday through Sunday.
(Compare that to the endless NBA playoffs.)
So the inevitable rain delays are going to make a mess
of things, potentially sending these two series well
into next week.
Mess favors the underdogs: In the case of the
AL, that's the Red Sox. Every day they haven't been
eliminated is a day they're still alive.
That should have the White Sox chanting "Rain, rain,
Braves Show Life
All those jokes after Game 1 about how
the Astros really needed to save some of those 10 runs
for Roger Clemens weren't so funny after all.
Then again, beating on Tim Hudson on Wednesday is a
lot easier than scoring on MLB playoff wins leader
Nice to see the Braves not simply rolling over in the
face of Houston's Big Three, the third of which (Roy
Oswalt) pitches Saturday in Game 3.
Cards Rocking Padres
How badly does MLB want this series to
be over? So badly that they've scheduled Game 3 for
Saturday night at 11 p.m. ET.
And so badly that they've scheduled Game 4 (right: "if
necessary") for 1 p.m. PT the next day.
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I'm intrigued to see if the Padres can turn the series
around back home in San Diego, throwing ex-Cards
playoff stud Woody Williams vs. his old mates.
(Wait: Am I really intrigued? No, not really.
That Padres bandwagon fever feels so long
NFL Week 5 preview
Game of the Week: CIN at JAX
Finally, a real test for the bandwagon-heavy Bengals
to silence the doubters. But who wants to pick against
Leftwich under the lights? (8:30, ESPN)
Pats Dy-Nasty Tracker
NE at ATL: The Falcons with a hobbled Vick is
precisely the kind of team Belichick will feast on, no
matter what the personnel problems.
McNabb Injury Alert
Considering every week he's been on injury watch, he's
thrown for 300-plus yards and big Eagles wins, I'm
sure fans say "Stay injured!"
Disbelief in Standings
MIA at BUF: Bills start Holcomb; too bad he
doesn't play D. Gasp: Will the Dolphins actually move
to 3-1 and own the division?
Welcome to the NFL, Rookie
IND at SF: Alex Smith, meet Dwight Freeney.
Taking on the Colts D is no way to start an NFL
TB at NYJ: Vinny won't help
WAS at DEN: Skins 4-0? No way
NO at GB: You know your season is bad when the
Saints players feel sympathy for YOU.
Giambi: Comback POY
When fans voted Jason Giambi as AL
Player of the Year, do you think they took steroids
Was this a pity vote? A New York-centric vote? A vote
for the biggest "name" on the ballot? It's certainly
baseball's Irony of the Year.
Something seems wrong about rewarding a guy for a
"comeback" that only happened because he hit rock
bottom after he stopped cheating.
In the NL, Ken Griffey won the fan vote. Was it
a "comeback" as much as simply staying healthy for
(most of) the year?
CFB Weekend Preview
Two words: Prove. It.
If there was ever a year that Texas would
finally foil its nemesis, Oklahoma, it's this year,
when OU is weak and UT is as strong as ever. (1,
Meanwhile, Georgia can establish itself as
worthy of being the SEC's top Rose contender with a
win at Tennessee. (Or, of course, KO
Want to see USC lose? The top contender will be
the winner of the Cal-UCLA game (both unbeaten!) Cal's
untested; watch UCLA at home.
And as for Penn State? I'm not willing to say
they're for real until they beat Ohio St. But if they
do, they're Top 10. (7:45, ESPN)
But it's only been 2 games! (So what?) Inauspicious
coaching debut continues: Lineup-card snafu on
Thursday night contributes to loss to the Kings.
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Lakers cut Divac: Euro-pioneer will go down as the
greatest flopper in NBA history.
Here's to a recovery for Chiefs OT Kevin Sampson, who
was admitted to a hospital after reportedly suffering
from a seizure.
More on the D-Rays: I'm liking what I'm hearing from
new honcho Stuart Sternberg, who promises shake-ups
(Free stadium parking in '06? Yes!)
Who would have guessed that the hot topic at NBA
training camps is the impending stricter dress-code?
Duncan joins AI in disapproval.
"Two For the Money": I don't know if this movie is any
good, but it's the first I can think of dealing so
specifically with sports gambling.