Monday, October 20, 2003
Page 2 Quickie: Oct. 17, 2003
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Let's get to the point: Red Sox manager
Grady Little blew the ALCS by leaving in Pedro Martinez
too long, which allowed the Yankees to rally, regain
momentum and, ultimately, win the game (and the
series). More of Game 7's winners and losers:
Winner: Mariano Rivera. Three (count 'em,
three!) closing innings.
Loser: Pedro Martinez. To his credit, he took
W: Mike Mussina. Spotless in first-time-ever
L: Tim Wakefield. Finally ran out of junk
W: Brian Cashman. For trading for Aaron
L: Theo Epstein. For not firing Little
before the LCS.
W: Yankees Nation. Bragging rights over Boston
fans for ... infinity, apparently.
L: Red Sox Nation. At least get more fodder for
eternal self-indulgent whining.
W: Jason Giambi. Thumped 2 HR from 7 spot.
L: Bill James. Didn't insist Theo personally
remove Little and switch in a Pedro replacement.
W: Joe Torre. Brilliant pitching decisions.
L: Little. In-over-his-dim-witted head pitching
W: Boston. How fast will Little be fired?
L: World Series. How fast will Yankees dispatch
Best LCS Star
The mammothly hyped ALCS Game 7 actually
lived up to it, confirming that we have just
enjoyed the best LCS round in baseball history
(topping '86). Will the World Series make this
baseball's best October ever? Next item ...
World Series Preview
Here's a twist: How many team execs
don't want to see the low-budget Marlins
win, because it would inspire owners to insist "If
they can do it, why not us?"
Prediction: With the Marlins' already-sketchy
pitching rotation in disarray after the NLCS, New York
will outrun Florida in high-scoring games. Yankees
'Roid Scandal Watch
If this unfolding scandal of previously
undetected "designer" steroids has you yawning
because it seemingly deals with seamy track and field,
keep it on your radar; there's every chance that it
will ooze into your more mainstream sports, and all
hell will break loose (say, this baseball offseason).
NFL Week 7 Subplots
Wonder if any NFL players are suddenly
sweating that designer steroid bust ...
Game of Week: 4-2 Titans at 5-0 Panthers. AFC
MVP Steve "Air" McNair vs. NFC MVP Stephen "Ground"
Exposed! QB-lite Broncos will hand one-note
Vikings 1st L.
Foreshadowing: Pats-Dolphins winner will win
McNabb Watch: Eagles pressured to even-up
season at uneven Giants.
No, Seriously: Cowboys will be 5-1 if they win
Thanks to last weekend: It's a slow
week for the "First Loss" Watch, so let's sub in the
"BCS Wannabe" watch, featuring a slew of one-loss
teams -- all, apparently, from the Big Ten.
Watch Iowa (9) piling on choking Ohio St
(8), plus Wisco (12) over Purdue (15) and
Mich. St (18) over Minnesota (19).
What's the over-under on number of
players who will blow out a body part during the
exciting (but extraneous) Midnight Madness dunk
contests Friday night? How about the odds on the coach
detailing for fans their refreshed commitment to
Meanwhile, want to fake you are up to speed on
college hoops (even though you don't pay attention
until baseball is over)? Just say: "Gosh, UConn looks
loaded," then sidle away.