There was no joy in Wrigleyville; mighty Beckett had struck out 11 Cubs.
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Two Words For You:
Forget any conspiracy theories that MLB
rescheduled ALCS Game 4 to increase the chances that
the Yankees and Red Sox would go six or seven
But let's declare Boston the unofficial winner
of Sunday's sogged-out game. Rather than taking a
likely loss with John Burkett (giving the
Yankees an unbeatable 3-1 series lead), the Red
Sox now get to throw Tim Wakefield, who mystified New York
in Game 1.
Meanwhile: Saturday's antics may have been an
embarrassment to baseball, but they made for thrilling
theater. Let's hope the rain hasn't washed away the
Everyone agrees, right? Don Zimmer deserved
that TKO from Pedro, just like any idiot fan who
runs out on the field and takes a swing at a
What's truly mystifying: How Zimmer (admittedly
"embarrassed") only got hit with a $5,000 fine, while
the hot-headed morons who actually play were penalized
far more stiffly.
Then there's that whole bullpen-beatdown incident,
still being investigated. Can we get more circus to go
with our sideshows?
Cubs Lose! Cubs Lose!
The Cubs' loss on Sunday sucked on so many
levels, not the least of which was that I was in
Chicago and would have enjoyed a nice, epic city-wide
Less riot and more relevant: OK, so it won't
be Prior/Wood to start World Series Games 1 and 2
(it'll be Wood/Prior, after Prior wins Tuesday
Think that's premature? Right, like the Marlins
are going to beat Prior on Tuesday, then Wood on
Wednesday. Get in the spirit of Columbus Day, and
adopt the Wrigleyville mood of manifest destiny.
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|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 Red Sox win sog-out: Wakefield goes instead of Burkett|
2 Zimmer deserved smackdown; more brouhahas to come
3 What did the Carolina Panthers put in their Wheaties?
|TODAY'S THREE BIGGEST NON-STORIES|
1 The Marlins' W.S. chances: Beckett's outing just a tease|
2 Break up the Browns! 2nd straight W was over Oaklosers
3 ACC courting Notre Dame: Not with BC now joining
NFL Week 6 Hot/Not
Hot: Panthers (5-0)
Not: Colts (5-1)
Break up the ...
NY coach off hot seat:
Hot: Herm Edwards
Not: Jim Fassel
Not: Broncos MVP
Hot: Stephen Davis
Not: Dante Hall
NFL's Top Team
The Carolina Panthers uniform's
resemblance to the real team of the season
(the Cougars of Playmakers) is pure
coincidence. But where the Cougs have more issues than a magazine rack, Carolina's season
couldn't be going any better.
Awesome D, great running game: The Panthers
deserve the respect and attention that comes
with being the best team in the NFL, even if you don't want
to believe it yet. (Admit it: You had the same
skepticism about the Rams six weeks into '99, too.)
CFB Weekend Wrap
Since almost every previously unbeaten team
managed to lose (predictably, ch-ching!),
the national-title game is already set: Oklahoma (despite its laughably soft schedule)
vs. the Miami-VaTech winner.
That assumes two things:
* That OU doesn't have a late-season stumble (like
* That those other two don't lose unexpectedly to
someone else either.
But this season, expect it: Just ask Ohio State,
finally outed as a fraud that can't win outside
Fenway presence a distraction -- but not nearly as much as that Matt Clement-ish, no-girl-finds-it-attractive chin-only goatee.
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Wow, Rams vs. Falcons sure looked good two
months ago. Now, Doug Johnson and Marc Bulger
sound like names on an adult-movie marquee. Rams 26, Falcons 17.|
Like the homely girl being asked to the prom by the
school hunk, Boston College said "yes" to the ACC's
invitation to join as fast as the league offered
Condolences to family, friends and fans of legendary
jockey Bill Shoemaker, who passed away over the
Yes, The Quickie blew the Oklahoma and Va Tech upset predictions,
but how about love for calling Mizzou, Auburn,
Michigan and Wisconsin? ...
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