Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., Sept. 23

September 23, 2013 | Drew Forrester

It’s almost “y” time for the Orioles.

I’m still holding out hope, because it’s sports and you never know what might happen.  Just ask the Red Sox of 2011, who collapsed in September and saw the lowly Birds of Baltimore end their playoff hopes in the final 3-game series of the season.

But, I’ll admit, it’s almost over for Buck Showalter’s team.

It’s almost “y” time.

As in — next to the Orioles name in the A.L. East standings, it will include, (y) – eliminated from playoff contention

The Tampa Bay series thus far sums up most of the second half of the season for the Orioles.  With some exceptions, but not nearly enough, the Baltimore offense is just not capable of producing the big hit when needed.  Game after game, night after night, it seems we hear this from the radio/TV broadcast teams — “and that’ll do it here in the 7th for the Orioles…no runs, two hits, the Birds leave runners on 2nd and 3rd…”

Despite their 81 wins to date, this Orioles team has underachieved when you take into account they lead the majors in one-run losses and have had a lead at some point in 44 of their 74 defeats.  Some of that, yes, is pitching.  Jim Johnson’s occasional struggles have been well documented, but truth be told, he hasn’t been nearly as bad as the fan base makes him out to be.  Folks are going to point to his nine blown saves and say “if only…” and that’s true to some extent, but you can point the finger at the bats on 15-20 occasions in the 2nd half of the season and say “if only…”.

Friday’s 18-inning loss in Tampa Bay was likely the proverbial final straw for the Birds.  There’s still time left, so I won’t go as far as to say “that’s the loss that did them in” but it’s sure looking like that’s the loss that did them in.  A win there changes the entire dynamic of the series.  A loss, and an 18-inning one at that, also set the stage for Tampa Bay to seize the series and they’re doing that now, up 3-0 in this four-game affair in St. Petersburg.

The pitching was great on Friday evening.

The offense was offensive.

It’s almost “y time” and I don’t like it…but it’s been a lot more fun than watching the team go 66-96 like they did for a decade.


There’s nothing better than watching than the Steelers get punked at home by the Chicago Bears last night.

Wait, what the hell am I talking about?  The Flyers getting punked at home by any NHL team is the best thing in sports.

I was having a Twitter conversation with one of our followers yesterday and the discussion centered on “how much dislike you have for (insert team here)”.

I said, “I’d let the Steelers win back to back Super Bowls if I could witness the Flyers go 0-82 in the upcoming NHL season.”

Can you imagine that?


Zero wins on the season for the Flyers.

How glorious…

I also realize that makes me a bad guy for trading two Steelers Super Bowl wins for an 0-82 Flyers season, but in order to win big you have to bet big.

An 0-82 Flyers season would fall under “betting big and winning big” for me.

That said, I’d trade a Flyers Stanley Cup win for two straight seasons of 0-16 for the Steelers. 

No, I wouldn’t.  There’s nothing I’d trade to have the Flyers win the Stanley Cup.  Nothing I tell ya.

Plus, we might get one of those 0-16 seasons in 2013 for the Steelers and I don’t have to make any wacky deals.  LOL


Henrik Stenson won the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup.

Tiger Woods won five tournaments and was the leading money winner.

But neither of them are the Player of the Year in 2013.

That award should go to Adam Scott.