Twins within 2 of Tigers: Are Tigers fans freaking out yet? Johan "Just Give Him the Cy Now" Santana struck out 11 and brought
"The Twins haven't lost a Santana home start since Aug. 6, 2005, going 22-0 in that span. Santana (18-5) is 15-0 with a 1.92 ERA during that stretch and hasn't lost a game at all since the All-Star break."
Consider this: The Twins have closed nearly 10 games on the Tigers SINCE Francisco Liriano went on the DL. He's set to return this week. If he's back to form, suddenly the AL Central race – and the AL Wild Card – is up for grabs. Wow: A Tigers collapse right out of the playoffs would be an epic failure.
Federer wins men's
It's not a stretch to say Roger is really the best athlete out there right now, a case I made in the Quickie after the Tiger-related Instant Histrionics that happened after his PGA Championship. (The argument is buried in the middle of the column under the header "Tiger: Best Ever?")
(By the way, I heard that Tiger was actually at the Open to celebrate with his pal Federer. It's not lovey-dovey like Lance and Matt "Cry in My Lonestar" McC., but the friendship covers two sports' worth of country-club dominance.)
Sharapova wins women's U.S. Open: I'm loathe to say this, because she had a great run and is a great player in a way that Anna Kournikova never was, but the fact remains that in the eyes of most sports fans, Maria Sharapova is an athlete-hottie first and a tennis talent second. And this is a priority she herself seems to continue to cultivate.
David Ortiz rips MVP voting: Go figure, just as his Red Sox fall helplessly out of playoff contention. It smacks of an intimidation ploy against the voters (who we all know are hardly fit for the job as it is).
I don't care that A-Rod won it for a last-place team; perhaps that shouldn't have happened. But Papi leading the
Ortiz is locked in on my mythical ballot: Right there in 2nd place. Short of the Red Sox making a miracle run to the playoffs, that's where he'll stay.
Michael Schumacher is retiring: There won't ever be a more talented or internationally recognized athlete with LESS juice in the
Matt Stafford in at QB at UGA: Let the '06 rise of the true-frosh college QBs begin.
Latest Heisman ballot:
1. Troy Smith
2. Adrian Peterson
3. Begrudgingly, Brady Quinn
UPDATE: One last thing that might only intrigue me: Quickie readers know that I love an innovative sports-marketing idea, so suspense novelist Brad Meltzer pimping his new book "The Book of Fate" on the hood of a NASCAR car on Friday night is nothing short of awesome.
Will the NASCAR stunt improve sales? At the level I'm talking about, it doesn't even really matter. It's just the fact that he tried it, where no other mainstream fiction writer would.
Meanwhile, Meltzer happens to be particularly bad-ass, across the board: He also is writing the re-launch of the new "Justice League" comic AND his book tour includes a blog component where he's doing "interviews" with celebrities across multiple blogs.