October 2007


Sports picksOctober 24, 2007

The Rockies World Series tickets fiasco – a sign of things to come?

The Colorado Rockies capped an amazing run to the World Series by winning 21 of their last 22 games including sweeps through the play-in game, the NLDS and a four-game sweep of Arizona to land in the club’s first World Series appearance.

The lowly Rox are no longer the annoying little brother of the National League. They are now a bona fide powerhouse.

After capturing the NL Pennant, the Rockies were faced with the longest layoff in MLB history at eight days. They took care of their business on the field by practicing hard (even in the snow!) and playing simulated games to keep their skills sharp for the daunting task of beating one of the most storied franchises in all of sports – the Boston Red Sox.

But it was the way the Rockies handled the sale of its World Series tickets that has me wondering if the Rox have no chance over the Sox.

The Rockies World Series tickets fiasco – a sign of things to come?

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Football picksOctober 19, 2007

Nothing left T.O. say? Well I’ve got questions!

Last week I wrote about this year’s crazy college football season and now this from the NFL? 

My poster boy for NFL antics and bad sportsmanship has cleaned up his act. And I have questions – lots of them!

After last week’s “Debacle in Dallas,” or “Hurtin’ in Irvin,” in which the Cowboys were stomped by the visiting New England Patriots, we expected the Cowboys’ wheels to come off and Terrell Owens to back the bus over his team, right? 

Astonishingly – he didn’t. T.O showed signs of maturity by not going after his teammates, coaches and organization. Instead Owens was contrite and soft spoken during the press conference after getting pasted by Tom Brady’s boys at home. Is T.O. spurring a new trend in the NFL for wide receivers? Is that trend, dare I type it – respect?  

How can this be? Is this the same guy that did crunches in his driveway for the cameras? Is this the same guy that had his “publicist” basically say that he is in it for the money after his misguided suicide attempt with the famous “25 million reasons to be alive,” comment? Correct me if I am wrong here but wasn’t this the guy that was basically run out of San Francisco, took shots at every QB he has worked with and bounced from Philly. Didn’t  this guy fight with coaches to the point where his former coach wouldn’t even address him by name? 

Where is my sideshow freak? How boring is the NFL landscape going to be now that T.O. has respect? Does this spell the end of exercise bikes on the sidelines in full Tour De France gear?  

Will T.O.’s change of heart now get some of the other NFL attention hounds to fall in line? Let me guess Chad Johnson is going to announce he is no longer going delight us all with his post-touchdown celebrations, until the Bengals pull it together and start landing some notches in the left-hand column? 

And perennial crybaby and locker room pariah Randy Moss is going to be the silent on-field leader, play to his potential and on his way to disprove his critics win a championship? 

What is wrong with this picture? If the three biggest NFL drama queens suddenly stop their act, where am I going to go for my sports drama? Will I instead be forced to appreciate the electricity and excitement of the weekly violent symphony that makes up NFL games? Will I now have to celebrate players based only on their football prowess and not based on their bevy of SportsCenter sound bites, garish publicity stunts or their complete lack of effort?  

Is respect the new touchdown dance? Will “Ocho-Cinco” now act like he has been in the end zone before when he scores? Will T.O. now keep his mouth shut and get the job done? Will Randy Moss finally grow into the player we had all thought he was capable of becoming?  I am not sure how long it will last but I will take it. For the betterment of the league, I hope this is not a trend, and that each one of the aforementioned superstars has finally seen the light and will start acting like grown men. For now, I’ll just stick to winning my NFL picks, I guess.

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Sports picksOctober 11, 2007

The role of “Ape” will be played by ESPN

Here we are in week seven of the college football season and I am thoroughly enjoying this season for its ups and downs and for the entertainment value. Betting wise, this season has been an unpredictable mess! Top teams have lost and losing teams are now winners. Up is down, black is white and the whole system as I thought I knew it is breaking down. Here I thought there was no way that tiny Appalachian State would beat mighty Michigan then a blocked field goal later and everyone knew the App. Sate nickname was the…uhh, well whatever it is they still won the game. 

The upsets only continued from there…

The role of “Ape” will be played by ESPN

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Baseball picksOctober 3, 2007

The wild, wild, West finish – the best way to end the season

The way the National League West finished the regular season is something to be talked about for years to come. The finish was a thorough antiseptic to all the icky things we witnessed during this MLB regular season (cue Barry Bonds vs. Mark Echo circus music). The way the end of the National League regular season finished, was reminiscent  of the movie “Major League” where the makeshift Cleveland Indians team finished an improbable run that culminated in a one-game playoff against the New York Yankees to move on to the post season. But this time, it was a carefully crafted Rockies squad that favored the youth movement and homegrown farm-club talent that put the pieces together for the Rockies miraculous run. Not a “bunch of has-beens and a couple of never-will-bes,” that got the job done for the fictitious Tribe. That and the Rockies flat-out deserved it. The wild, wild, West finish – the best way to end the season

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Baseball picksOctober 2, 2007

2007 MLB Fall Classic

Before we get into our discussion of the upcoming MLB playoffs, it would be short-sided of us not to comment on the biggest choke job in baseball history – the 2007 New York Mets!

The Mets were up 7 games with just 17 to play, and coughed up not only the division, but the wildcard as well. It is easy to argue from many points what went wrong. We point to comments by manager Willie Randolph, after a sweep of the Braves, and taking the first two against Cincinnati. The Mets had won five in a row and Randolph said that he had told everyone to play hard, so he can then get them some rest. The series finale against the Reds was the game.

Randolph decided to rest everyone in the same game, as if he had clinched the pennant, rather than sit a guy here, and another there. Delgado,Reyes,Castro, and Alou all sat that day, breaking the momentum of a 5 game winning streak, when in reality the clinched nothing! We think the players bought into his easing up, that things were now in hand.

The result: CINN 7  NYM  0. The Mets attitude seemed to be changed, as they seemed to take the lead from their manager. The message was, “ok, we have a comfortable lead, time to relax, and get ready for the playoffs.” The only problem wasn’t the relaxing, it was there are for the Mets….No More Games! 

Now, on to the teams that DID make the playoffs…

The Red Sox fans may be bursting with joy that their hometown heroes have completed the 2007 season with the best record in baseball. Our congratulations are extended to their fans, and all of Red Sox Nation. In our 2007 MLB preview, we were correct in predicting them over-taking the Yankees for the first time in over a decade, as well as correctly predicting 4 of the 6 division winners, as well as 18 of the 30 teams in the exact order they finished.

2007 MLB Fall Classic

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