Friday, October 15, 2004
Page 2 Quickie: October 14, 2004
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
RSN can spin it all they want:
Next three at Fenway...
0-2 on road not unexpected...
Bats are keeping it close...
Damon is so due...
Lieber can't do that again...
Schill will gut it out...
Did we mention Fenway?
But the ALCS is over: I agree with my
colleagues Rob Neyer and the must-read Page 2's "2nd
Guessing" crew (see Q It Up).
Live by emotion, die by emotion: That's the
problem for RSN and the Sox themselves. Banking on
intangibles -- chemistry, "head games," Schilling as
some kind of lock W -- leaves no room when results
don't go according to script.
Curt's injury is devastating, as much for what
it does to the psychology of the team (and Nation) as
it does to Game 5 prospects. Mainly
because they let psychology be such a driving
Meanwhile, the Yankees continue to prove that
stoic, clinical, antiseptic focus -- think of it as
the soulless intentional absence of intangibles -- is
the secret ingredient to winning.
Pick your Game 5 poison, RSN:
(1) Schilling plays The Gimp.
(2) Lowe replaces him.
(3) Pedro on 3 days' rest.
(4) Concede L; advance to G6.
NLCS Game 1
Fans of the Cards, the NL or the
maligned Midwest at large should be rooting for
the NLCS to continue to get eclipsed by the
Yankees-Red Sox series.
Short shrift will make way for "short series"
when St. Louis pummels whomever comes out of the
East ALCS, made all the sweeter when
the ECB media is left scratching their head at the
Kobe vs. Phil
Jax disses Bryant in his new
diary-book; Kobe dismisses Phil as simply trying to
sell books. Wonder if Kobe kept a diary last season ...
and how much would you pay to read
If Kobe wrote a diary this season, it would be
called: "Don't Sweat the Big Losses (and It'll All Be
NBA: No 3s?
Straight off the Progressive sports
fans' platform, the NBA is embracing radical rule
changes to spice up the game. The latest possibility:
Eliminating the 3-pointer until the game's final 5
Not sure how that helps scoring,
considering mid-range jumpers usually clank as badly
as 3s. But the intent is appreciated, even if the 3
was one of the NBA's best
Prediction: This never gets past today's "trial
Three unbeaten BCS-crashers: Utah, Boise
State and Louisville. Only the first two have any shot
at going unbeaten (and a smart BCS bowl would match
them up in the Other Title Game); the Cards play Miami
tonight. Expect UL's BCS dream to end. Don't worry,
Miami fans -- your BCS dream ends at Virginia later
this season. (7:30 pm, ESPN)
NHL Opening Night
Did you even know that it was supposed
to be last night? Check that: Did you even
care? (That's the point.)
Lockout update: League says it won't use
replacement players. No word from players on whether
they are thinking of using replacement owners.