Thursday, September 2, 2004
Page 2 Quickie: September 1, 2004
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Line score worth 1,000 words:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
CLE 3 3 3 0 6 1 0 0 6 22
NYY 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.5 (Red Sox games behind) would have
been the most important number of the day, but it's
hard to trump 22-0. The superlatives are
Worst Yankees loss ever
Biggest MLB shutout since 1900
Best reason to believe Boston just might
catch New York.
That kind of score is a
"we-give-up-on-the-season" score. Yankee fans might
try to spin it as "kindling-under-keister," but the
rest of us know it's symptomatic of a season-long
lethargy, one that has been hidden by the previously
large AL East lead.
A week or so ago, Joe Torre used the analogy of "fouls
to give" to calm the hysterics (say, his Boss) who
were watching the once 10-game lead precipitously
Don't think this was the kind of "foul" he was talking
Schilling: 17 Wins
Put him in the lead for AL Cy Young.
With last night's MLB-leading 17th W, he finished
August with a 4-1 record as the lead EMT of Boston's
big month. His season has to end leading the
Red Sox to a playoff spot, but delivering on high
expectations -- the toughest thing to do in all of
sports -- should be rewarded.
Watching "The WC": Boston pulled 2.5 games
ahead of Anaheim (and 4 over Texas).
Ichiro's Hit Run
This is sick: You must start
following it, because Ichiro's attempt to reach the
single-season hit total is even more rare than the
recent attacks on the single-season HR record.
Can you say "Live Look-In?" 3 hits Tuesday; 56
in August, the most by an MLB player in 68 years. The
countdown is on: Ichiro has 212 hits, needing 45 hits in September to break George
Sisler's 84-year record.
Welcome Back, Deion!
From Ma$e to Prime Time, this fall's
all about the comeback. Sanders' official introduction
today will have all the sartorial
splendor of Serena
and all the quotability of Barkley at his
For example, from yesterday's impromptu
interview, a smattering of Quotable Prime
"I'm not here to kick it, I'm here to
"The fact that I'm back allows you to know that
I never really left."
On his reported 4.38 40 time: "[My trainer]
might've gotten it slow; that was after
Welcome back, welcome back, wel-come
Pennington's New Deal
In New York terms, what's a few dollars
(even, say, $9 mil or so a year), compared to locking
Chad up for six or seven years?
That's not just QB stability; Chad will easily be one
of the Top 5 QBs in the NFL for more than half of the
contract length (already Top 5 in the AFC).
CFB Preview, Day 3
Today: Over-/Underrated Teams
Top 5 Overrated:
1. Georgia (No. 4 ESPN, 3 AP)
Sure: Right up until FLA game
2. Cal (15 ESPN, 13 AP)
Build on SIX '03 Ls? Wake up
3. Auburn (18 ESPN, 17 AP)
Didn't bite in '03, either
4. Utah (21 ESPN, 20 AP)
Show me the schedule!
5. Nebraska (26 ESPN, 27 AP)
Pass-first transition? Ugly.
Top 5 Underrated:
1. Virginia (19 ESPN, 16 AP)
Even in that loaded new ACC
2. Toledo (35 ESPN, 32 AP)
This year's TCU, N. Illinois?
3. Purdue (23 ESPN, 24 AP)
Might sneak up on B10 title
4. Bost Coll (48 ESPN, 39 AP)
Needs huge year to impress ACC
5. Vandy (NR ESPN, NR AP)
Does .500 season count?
5 That Are Just About Right:
USC (1,1); West Virginia (11, 10); Wisconsin (22, 21);
Boise St (28, 30); Notre Dame (NR, NR).
Best Seasons Ever
I was wondering where my editor David
Schoenfield was hiding this week. It turns out Dave
was compiling one of the great lists of the year on
ESPN.com: The Top 100 Best Individual Seasons of the
ESPN Era, today's By-Far-Must-Read (see Q It
Debate fodder? He has me convinced about his
No. 1 (Bonds in 2001), but you might disagree. The
best part is the way he heavily weighted postseason