Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning their second World Series in four years last night by completing a sweep of the overmatched Colorado Rockies. If you watched any of the four games, you saw what a complete club the Sox were. Better hitting, especially in the clutch, much better starting pitching, and a bullpen anchored by one of baseball’s best young closers in Papelbon. If there was one weakness in this series for Boston, it was Hideki Okajima in middle relief getting bounced around. But that was about it. If you’re an Orioles fan, beware of these two truths: It’s going to be a loooong time before they can compete with the Red Sox. And next year, those Sawx fans are going to be absolutely unbearable at OPACY. All 45,000 of them.
While I’m on baseball, allow me to say “I told you so.” Alex Rodriguez is opting out of his remaining three years and $92 million with the New York Yankees to become a free agent. I said on my show back in May that I had no doubts about him taking this route. There will always be a higher bidder for his services, especially following the monster year he had offensively. So now the question becomes: Who pays up? Early indications are the Angels, Dodgers, Giants, Cubs and Red Sox. I’m going to throw in one potential dark horse in the bidding: The Chicago White Sox. GM Ken Williams has always coveted A-Rod, and they’re the kind of big market team that could justify $300 million or so to land him. Yeah, that’s right, I actually wrote $300 million. He’ll get it. I guarantee it.
I spent an entire show in July arguing reasons why the Orioles should get involved in the A-Rod sweepstakes. Now I feel as if I wasted all three hours. Aint gonna happen.
Classy display by Bill Belichick and the Patriots yesterday. After all, who wouldn’t go for it on fourth-and-2, ahead by 38 in the fourth Quarter, at home, against a team that had absolutely zero chance of getting back in the game? And to prove it was no fluke, having Tom Brady throw another TD pass following said fourth down conversion? Look, we get it. We know you’re really good. But now we know with certainty that you lack respect for your opponents and the game. And we know that all that winning can’t buy you dignity.
I hope somebody gets you back. Soon.
NFL Head Coaches Hot Seat: Scott Linehan, Rams. Marvin Lewis, Cincy. Cam Cameron, Miami. Eric Mangini, N.Y. Jets. My money’s on Linehan getting axed first. But Marvin can’t be too far behind, can he? If the Bengals finish 5-11, which seems entirely possible, somebody’s out the door. It’s either Marvin or Chad Johnson.
After that debacle in Wembley Stadium yesterday, the rest of the world can make a compelling argument that soccer is actually more exciting than American football.
The NFL should take out a full-page ad and apologize for subjecting British citizens to pay $200 to watch Cleo Lemon ”play” QB.
Now that the Terps are completely decimated by injuries, can I please not be subjected to any more articles about ways they could still make the ACC Championship Game? Sheesh, that garbage in Saturday’s Sun made me laugh at their folly.
Bet you didn’t know Curlin won the Breeder’s Cup Classic Saturday. Bet you didn’t care, either.
But slots are coming to save the horse racing industry in Maryland! Too bad it’s only about a decade too late.
Bet you’ll only care when Frank Stronach announces that the Preakness Stakes is moving to Gulfstream Park.
Loyola Dons 21, Gilman Greyhounds 7.