And the story of the year so far in the NFL is...?
Sorry: The 3-0 Saints.
Blocking punts for TDs.
Running trick plays for TDs.
Letting Bush rack up 72 all-purpose yards.
Green Day and Bono rocking.
70,000 fans inside the dome.
Who's going to begrudge the team (and its fans) its success this season? Who can possibly NOT cheer for this team?
The surprising start in the standings is secondary to the infusion of excitement for the community.
Twins clinch postseason: The playoff competitiveness of the small-market Twins is one of the best things about baseball.
Getting back to the playoffs is a signal to every fan out there that they can (and should) demand their team at least show flashes of competitiveness.
Now, about playoff success? Well, the Twins have the runaway AL Cy Young favorite (Johan Santana) and the player many think should be MVP (Justin Morneau). Why NOT the Twins?
What an easy team to root for.
White Sox eliminated: The first season after a World Series title (particularly one that took 88 years to earn) is the easiest one to take missing the playoffs. Join the Red Sox on the "New Drought" bandwagon.
All of a sudden, here come the Astros: Shit, where did THAT come from?
Jays pass Red Sox: I'll bet if you told the Blue Jays in April that they would finish in 2nd place in the AL East (after spending about a billion dollars in the offseason), they would take it, presuming that 2nd in the East translates into a playoff ticket.
Well, they got the "2nd" part, but there was no auto-bid to the playoffs to go with it. Still, breaking the "Yank-Sox" hegemony in the East and finishing ahead of the Red Sox is a HUGE step forward.
Bengals vs. The Law: Instead of merely suspending Odell Thurman for the rest of the season after his DUI arrest, maybe the NFL should consider another bold move:
Suspend Marvin Lewis for a game, if only for allowing his obviously troubled player to end up in this position.
And while they're at it, how about suspending Chris Henry and Reggie McNeal for riding shotgun in a car driven by a guy with a 1.8 BAC.
Personally, I think Jeremy Shockey was speaking more truth than simply venting after the Giants' loss. Maybe Tom Coughlin should pay less attention to the perceived insubordination and more to the content.
Madden Jinx: Shaun Alexander is out for at least a few weeks with a broken foot -- the video-game jinx continues... is the trouble really worth the endorsement juice from the box cover?
Simms out indefinitely: Chris Simms might be able to return as an NFL QB (say, next season), but whether he'll return as the starter for the Bucs remains to be seen.
I can see the emergence of MAC-bred rookie QB Bruce Gradkowski, but – more likely – I can see the team's 0-3 start signaling a season-long tailspin that puts them in position to draft Brady Quinn.