Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Tuesday 11/03 Quickie: Utley, Lee,
Saints, Spikes, Rockets, Bias, More

Chase Utley for World Series MVP: Is it THAT crazy, even if the Yankees end up winning the Series? His homers -- two of them, making 5 for the Series (tying Reggie '77) -- certainly qualified: The first to get the Phillies on the board; the second to provide the game-winning margin. Just allow it to marinade for a little bit -- you have until Wednesday night to decide (maybe further, if Pettitte can't get the job done and this thing goes 7).

More you'll find in today's column:

*My official position on the Brandon Spikes suspension: As usual, it's the cover-up that gets you, not the crime. Florida's half-game suspension is a half-measure that will leave no critic satisfied. What makes it all the more tone-deaf is that the Gators are playing Vandy -- like the D without Spikes couldn't have managed? This was an easy p.r. debacle to avoid, and it was a rare whiff for the normally media-savvy Urban Meyer.

*The best thing about the Saints: The defense.

*The Browns' farce of a season gets funnier.

*Houston bandwagon: Anyone STILL holding out that the Rockets aren't a playoff team?

*Duke is No. 8 in SN's college hoops preseason Top 25. Did they sign a great big man and point guard while I wasn't looking? How are they better than the Villanova team -- ranked 9th by SN -- that easily dispatched them a year ago in the Tournament?

*Rondo gets paid: The Celtics now have their Big One after the Big Three all fade away. Won't be enough.

*That Favre-Packers game? Yeah: A ton of people watched.

*How can you not love Stephen Colbert, new proud sponsor of US Speedskating.

*Tonight's "30 for 30" doc is about Len Bias. It's hard to say that Pat Tillman wasn't the sports tragedy of our lifetime, but given that I grew up a massive Bias fan -- and that his death happened when I was at the impressionable age of 13 -- Bias's death still troubles me. The biggest "What If?" player in the history of sports.

Tons more. Complete column here. More later.

-- D.S.

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