I could make various appeals about who you should vote for and why (particularly if you're registered in a state with a toss-up race), but instead I'll simply encourage you to go out and vote.
(I'm a politics junkie, so I'll have one eye on the election action today, but I'm also going to attempt to bring back a project I created a few years ago for Page 2 that tried to be a grand unifying theory between sports and politics. More on that later.)
Running down today's big storylines:
Seahawks blank Raiders on MNF: Here's my favorite stat:
This is the video clip of the day: Tyler Brayton having his "YouTube Moment," with a well-placed knee to the groin on national TV. Nothing -- nothing -- is as consistently entertaining as the Groin Shot. (via WithLeather)
NFL Flex Schedule for 11/19: The Chargers-Broncos game got plucked for Sunday primetime, so save your gripes about "East Coast Bias." The league could have moved the Pats, but didn't. (Maybe because they were playing the Packers.)
(Meanwhile, off today's election theme, you might notice that NBC's Election studio looks remarkably similar to the set of Football Night in
Speaking of Sunday primetime, if both Michael Strahan and Brian Urlacher sit next week when the Bears play the Giants, does the game still make a sound?
JoePa is a gamer: How many other coaching Methuselahs would rally from a broken leg to be ready for Saturday? Supposedly, he plans to be on the sidelines for the
CFB Top 25 Mea Culpa: Kudos to all commenters who correctly pointed out the MASSIVE FLAW IN MY LOGIC in assigning Louisville the "best" win of the season over Ohio St. I should have corrected it to say that Ohio St. has the best win of the season. Arkansas has the second-best. Auburn has the third-best. Louisville is off the map. If I was half as clever as I *think* I am, the world would be a better place. I regret the error and -- even though I think Louisville would beat Michigan on a neutral field -- I will likely switch my poll ballot around.
Three things about last night's NBA results:
(1) Don Nelson won his
(3) If the Knicks are going to reach the magical "24 wins" mark, beating the elite teams like the Spurs isn't necessary. But a 1-3 start puts them off the 24-W pace.
Clemens, Pettitte file for F.A.: How amusing would it be to see them come out as a package deal, available to -- say -- the Yankees, who could afford both -- plus a certain Japanese import? I think my head would implode, along with many other fans. Speaking of which...
Only one more day for teams to get their sealed posting bids in for Daisuke Matsuzaka. Any last predictions at the number? $30 mil? More?
(Apparently, his nickname is "D-Mat," which is unfortunate. Can't they do better than the tired "first name intitial-first syllable of last name" construction? Based on his mythical super-pitch, why not call him "Gyro?" Too "American Gladiators?")
-- "D-Shan" (ugh)