When was the last time a Series champ was based on "bend-don't-break" pitching? Brad Penny (2 WS W's) is huge, with Beckett armed, ready.
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Two Words For You:
Anyone else think that the Yankees have
suddenly morphed into baseball's version of the
Oakland Raiders? An even more appropriate
comparison is to a New York retiree living in Miami:
Old ... punchless ... saggy, in some pretty ugly
Wait a sec ... see that?!
By framing the Yankees as a team in decline, it
devalues a Marlins World Series title! Meanwhile, if
the Yankees win Games 6 and 7 in New York, it
positions them as some kind of ultra-gutsy
Bias! New York bias!!
Wait: Do you really want me to flip-flop and hop on
that now-S.R.O. Marlins bandwagon?
... Hell, no. Keep that jinx to yourself.
Game 6 Gamble
Marlins manager Jack McKeon has to make the
most important decision of the Series: Should
he start ace Josh Beckett on three days' rest in Game
6 or save him for Game 7?
Go for broke: The Marlins know mo', and
should know conceding Game 6 swings it back to
the Yankees for Game 7. Beckett insists he's ready to
go, so take the kill-shot Saturday while NY is
Monday's Spin Today
If the Yankees win: Gutsiest
perf--(Bias! Oh, stop.)
If the Marlins win: We're on the Joe Torre Job
NFL Week 8 Subplots
Steve Spurrier is reportedly bringing back
the Fun 'n Gun offense, "experts" be damned. Bye-week
decision could turn into bye-bye in offseason ...
||IF YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ THE FULL QUICKIE
|TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES|
1 World Series: Yankees dynasty on verge of collapse!|
2 Marlins must decide whether to throw Beckett Sat or Sun
3 Chad Pennington returns to resurgent Jets lineup
|THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO|
1 David Wells, clutch playoff pitcher: Can't back it up|
2 Tempering expectations for LeBron: No, he asked for it!
3 Dumping on b'wagon Fish fans: Quality rooting this week
Game of Week: 5-1 Cowboys at 3-3 Bucs. Just the
fact that Dallas makes this conversation ...
Unbeatens Watch: Low hurdles for both (Vikings
host Giants, Chiefs host Bills).
Foreshadowing: Broncos (at Ravens) see what
life will be like without a real QB.
Jets Rising: C-H-A-D, Chad! Chad! Chad!
Pennington returns vs. Eagles.
Someone's Gotta Win: Lions at Bears. Losing
coach in a whole mess of trouble.
CFB: Weekend Watch
Won't explore the swamp of title-game
wannabes until Oklahoma and Miami each lose (don't
worry:, should come as soon as next weekend.)
Meanwhile: Sick of that Northern
Illinois-related barking about the BCS? A Saturday
loss at Bowling Green will make pro-NIU arguments
Don't be surprised that a SoCal crowd would
loudly cheer Kobe Bryant: The real story will be
if fans on the road are as hospitable.
In hostile cities like Sacramento or Dallas -- my god, can
you imagine Boston? -- it will be U-G-L-Y (yes,
expect that chant).
Sayonara, Bobby V?
But wait: Then he can't be hired to manage
the Red Sox! Bobby Valentine is reportedly close
forcing Theo's hand signing a deal
with the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan.
Speaking of "Bend, don't break?" More like "plain broke." (And you can bet that the Boss just LOVED Torre benching Soriano and Giambi.)
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W8 office-pool suggestions: MIN, NE, CAR, TB, TEN,
BAL, CHI, SEA, StL, SF, IND, NYJ, KC, MIA (LW: 8-6;
Season: 62-40) ...|
Looking for a Breeders' Cup pick? Go
find yourself a couple of MIT students with dubious
Too easy: Tiger set to tie Byron Nelson's 55-year-old
record of 113 straight cuts ...
Bill Romo is out for the season with a concussion,
giving him lots of free time to prep for his steroids
grand-jury testimony ...
Second-chance K-O pool still rolling last week with
Seahawks; for those still in it, Dolphins keep Miami
happy (at Chargers, MNF) ...
Coming next week: The Quickie NBA preview...