Thursday, September 30, 2004
Page 2 Quickie: September 29, 2004
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Three ways the new D.C. Expos can
1. Buy some talent. An ownership group can't lobby
for a team, then cheap it up (see: Nets, NJ). Go
"Moneyball" crazy, but shade closer to the Red Sox
than the A's on the spending spectrum.
2. Live in luxury. Create MLB's most unique
stadium: 75 percent luxury boxes (for huge revenue
from wealthy lobbies) and only 10,000 "regular" seats
(to inflate demand among a fan base of still-TBD
3. Change the name. There's still some
cachet left in the "retro" movement, so MLB should
pressure the Rangers to give up the rights to
"Senators," the only name this team should
(Wild) AL West
In baseball's lone remaining division
race (sorry, Giants fans, but at least you've got the
wild card), don't worry about paying attention until
Now that Anaheim and Oakland are tied for first,
nothing that happens the next two days will do
anything to change the weekend's playoff showdown series between them.
NL Wild Card
Ranking the contenders, now that SF is
tied with Chicago for the lead, with Houston a
1. Giants: Well, they better win the WC,
because trailing L.A. by 3 with 5 to play means the NL West looks
just barely out of reach, even with those 3
season-ending games vs. L.A.
2. Astros: With a legacy of postseason problems
every bit as sorry as the Cubs -- but with none of the
cachet -- Houston has beaten NL standard-bearing St.
Louis two straight. Earning it; what's not to like
3. Cubs: With every loss to a team they should
be thumping, the Cubs make it harder to root for them.
Chicago has the least mo' of the three WC contenders.
Kobe may be playoff-clutch, but under
police pressure, he squeals like an extra from
According to an emerging story about his interview
with cops after The Incident, he compared his
situation -- favorably -- to Shaq, who Kobe accused of
paying off women in "situations like this."
Shaq found out about this last September; still
wondering why they seemed to hate each other last
NFL Trade Rumor
In a league where trades are as scarce
as KC's defense, here's the latest: Bucs holdout WR
Keenan McCardell to the Chiefs for doghouse RB Larry
"Take the Diapers Off" Johnson. (Hold on: Does
McCardell play D?)
447 consecutive days. Not counting
weekends and a handful of national holidays, that's my
Quickie-writing streak, as of Wednesday morning. Not
exactly Ripken or Favre, but hey ...
Who would put up with that kind of deviant
behavior? The early mornings? The TV addiction? The
obsession with awk. abbrev.? That would be devoted
Quickie reader Margery, who -- assuming the rally caps
work -- I'll marry on Sunday.
So Thu, Fri and Mon, for the first time since
-- well, ever -- I leave you in the capable
hands of pinch-hitter David Schoenfield. As the
Quickie editor, he's the counter-balance to my
instant-histrionics. (He'll also guest-host the
Morning Quickie, live from 9-10 a.m. ET on
Next week, left typing ring finger a little
heavier, look for the start of a new streak.