Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday 10/17 A.M. Quickie:
Rays, Red Sox, BYU, Romo, Kobe, More

In a worst-case scenario, last night's Red Sox comeback -- sorry: epic, first-time-since-1929 comeback -- yields a Rays collapse and a Red Sox ALCS title.

In a best-case scenario, last night's win gives Red Sox Nation just enough hope that they actually think they have a shot, before James Shields slams the door on them at the Trop on Saturday.

As today's SN column illustrates, I'm totally torn. We have been here before.

Still: The Rays had their boot on the neck of the defending champs, 7 outs away and 7 runs up, and couldn't seal the deal. You've got to crush the Red Sox when you have the chance.

Meanwhile, speaking of chances and worst-case scenarios, that's BYU fans today. They didn't just lose at TCU (underrated TCU); they got clobbered so badly I wouldn't be surprised if they dropped out of my Top 25 entirely. BCS? Please. Any BCS-busting hopes sit with Utah right now -- and the Utes still have to play both BYU... and TCU. (Both in SLC, though.) Boise State, too.

When your team has a bye week, college football Saturdays are so much different. I'm excited to watch Texas-Missouri (and watching Penn State decimate Michigan will be fun too), but it's just not the same when you don't have your team to hub your day around. Still: Live-blogging tomorrow, as usual.

Finally, if you care at all about blogs and blogging -- and presumably you do at at least some level, because you consume them -- this essay by Andrew Sullivan is a must-read. Sullivan is perhaps my favorite blogger (certainly non-sports) and he is a master of the form. I'd love to figure out a way this weekend to write my own version of this -- not nearly as compelling, but perhaps just for the time capsule.

Complete SN column here. More later, I'm hoping. Although at this point, a few days into two-child parenting, I probably just want to sleep all day.

-- D.S.


The Mark Show said...

Um, Boise State?

Kerry said...

WOW. Nothing else to say about your introduction for us to Andrew Sullivan. What an essay.

alamocitybear said...

The Rays will be fine. Remember in 2005, when Pujols launched that soul crushing homerun off Lidge in Game 5 of the NLCS at Minute Maid Park? Roy Oswalt came back the next game and made Card bats look silly, and the Astros where on their way to the WS.

So I guess the real question is: Shields = Oswalt?

Biff said...

Yup... we (BYU) got clobbered. TCU had been prepping for us all year. They even had a tackling dummy in their weight room with a BYU helmet on since January...

We started thinking about them Saturday night after our last win.

They outplayed us in every facet of the game... Disappointing. I haven't felt this way in a long time... well for at least 16 games... :(