Today's Names to Know: Colorado Rockies, Peyton Manning, Tony LaRussa, Joe Girardi, George Mitchell, Greg Ryan, Ronnie Brown, Jeff Jagodzinski and More!
World Series: Rox vs. Sox. What's at stake? The
(Longtime Quickie readers know I think that 2 titles in 4 years qualifies a team as a demi-dynasty, and 2 titles in a decade when everyone else has one qualifies a team as the Team of the Decade.)
Make no mistake: It is better for baseball and for fans everywhere if the Rockies win; the success of the Rockies gives other teams' fans hope -- all another Red Sox title does is re-affirm that he who spends the most usually wins.
Rockies ticket snafu: I was one of the 8.5 million unique users to slam the
Monday Night Football: Colts thump Jags 29-7. Somehow, I don't think that the loser of a Colts-Jags blowout will go on to win the Super Bowl, as the Colts did last year. The question now is: How far apart are the Pats and Colts, by far the two best teams in the NFL. (The answer is still: Very.)
Tony LaRussa returning to the Cardinals for another two years: Now this was a bit of a surprise, given that his buddy, GM Walt Jocketty, left the team. Guess LaRussa not only liked his situation with the Cardinals (he did, after all, win a World Series with them last year), but he probably didn't like the other options out there as much. Can't blame him. Managing in
Yankees Manager Watch: Girardi has his interview. Given that Don Mattingly isn't ready and Tony Pena has no history with the team, I think Girardi is the right fit for this moment of Yankee history. He has the respect of the vets, but the experience managing youngsters that complements the Yankees' youth movement.
MLB PED Scandal: George Mitchell says he didn't leak the info about Paul Byrd. Do you believe him? I do, but his conflict of interest as a director of the Red Sox puts him in precisely the awkward position that we could have predicted when his investigatory role began.
Greg Ryan booted as US Women's Soccer Coach: Considering he made the managerial gaffe of the year in sports -- pulling hot goalie Hope Solo for rusty Briana Scurry -- this was an easy one to spot.
Ronnie Brown's season is over: The bad news is that, yes, the Dolphins can actually get worse. The good news for Dolphins fans is that if they keep losing, they should be in a phenomenal position to draft
Pro Bowl moving timing, location? Is the Pro Bowl moving to the Sunday before the Super Bowl – and away from
Oh, and I was bummed to find out the league probably won't move the first round of the Draft to Friday night, but they will reduce the first round to 10 minutes per pick. (Last two items via PFT re: Mort)
CFB: From the "NOW They Tell Me" Files: The Big East acknowledged that that refs screwed up the "fair catch TD" that cost
Fantasy Football: Remember the Yahoo "celebrity" bloggers' fantasy league I was invited to play in? My team ("Worst. Name. Ever.") is getting absolutely destroyed.
Along with MJD of AOL Fanhouse, I am tied for 10th place out of 12 teams, and I am tied for 9th place in points scored. I have lost three straight games.
This past week, I had the lowest point total in the league and I was more than doubled up by the division leader, Unsilent Majority of Kissing Suzy Kolber.
Sunday, I was the subject of an email sent around to the rest of the league from With Leather's Matt Ufford: "Worst. Name. Ever. = Worst. Team. Ever." He's right:
My starting QB is a choice between Matt Schaub and Vince Young. My starting WRs are Torry Holt (a 2nd-round pick!), during the worst year in Rams history, and Ted Ginn. (Yes, Ted Ginn is my STARTER.) I had Dante Stallworth on the bench this week. And started Ted Ginn.
Worst of all, I have LaDainian Freaking Tomlinson. In previous years, LT alone would be good for playoff contention. This year, between the careful-what-you-wish-for of the No. 1 overall pick (which screws you the rest of the draft) and my pathetic personnel management, I am the dregs. It'll make my comeback that much sweeter.
(Meanwhile, I'm in the top half of the DS.com Readers League. So there's that.)
Coach of the Year Blog: It has been fun to blog about the surprising sideline successes this year in college football (I'm obviously paid by the alliterative attempts.)
But now it's time to take the gloves off: In the latest post of my CoachoftheYear.com guest-blog (in partnership with Liberty Mutual), I challenge the fans of worthy coaches who have so far done a horrendous job of supporting their coach.
Missing from the Top 25 voting standings: Jeff Jagodzinski of
Show some pride folks. Show some spirit. Show some support. Get to CoachOfTheYear.com now and vote for the coach you think is most worthy of the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award this year.
(Full disclosure: As should be plainly evident, I am in a business relationship with Liberty Mutual and their production company to produce the CoachOfTheYear.com blog.)
Special stand-alone post coming later this morning about Rick Reilly and the future of Sports Illustrated.