Start with this: I just posted my MLB playoff picks, below. For those of you who believe in the Quickie jinx (and how could you not?), I picked the Yankees winning the World Series in 5 over the Phillies. So it will probably be the Angels over the Rockies in 7.
Meanwhile, as I led in today's SN column, the 2009 MLB Playoffs field culminates the entire decade in baseball:
Most dramatic team: Yankees.
Biggest moment: Red Sox (04)
Biggest comeback: Rockies (07)
Best hitter/biggest flake: Manny
Most underrated juggernaut: Angels (02 champs)
Soul of baseball: Cards (06 champs)
Defending champs: Phillies
Oh, and the Twins, who just pulled off an unprecedented comeback over the final 4 (no: 5) games of the regular season, in an instant-classic playoff "play-in" game.
(It would be nice to represent the 2005 champ White Sox or the 2003 champ Marlins, but you can't have everything in an 8-team field.)
More you'll find in today's column:
*Braylon Edwards traded to Jets: Don't mess with LeBron.
*49ers sign Michael Crabtree: All that holdout...for what?
*Tim Tebow returns to practice: But no contact yet (and not cleared to play vs. LSU yet)
*LeBron/Shaq off to winning start in NBA preseason -- I think NBA GMs who picked them to win the East weren't paying attention last year.
*Gilbert Arenas: 10 assists in 24 minutes, as he begins his transformation from scoring maniac to facilitator. I'm still weighing whether to pick my Wiz to win the East.
There's a ton more in there. Check it out here. More later.