It's a crazy week, and I'll explain more tomorrow. In the meantime...
*Be sure to check out my initial BlogPoll Top 25 ballot. I leave a lot of room open at the top with plenty of one-loss contenders, but I'm sticking with Alabama-Wisconsin in the title game.
*My favorite story of the weekend is Arian Foster tweeting out his indignation toward fantasy football fans who care more about his individual injury than his team.
I appreciate his point of view, but he couldn't be more wrong. If not for fantasy, Foster's season last year would have been overlooked, almost entirely. Doesn't matter how much of a breakout season you have if it's done on a crappy team... except for the massive fantasy implications.
If anything, Foster should be cultivating his fantasy fan base -- which is sizable. The fact is: More fans care just as much (if not more) about their fantasy team as their "real" team, which begs the question of whether their "real" team IS their fantasy team. Chew on that for a minute....
*Congrats to the kids from California on their LLWS title -- what a finish.
*Verlander for AL Cy: Obviously. Verlander for AL MVP? No way. Lots of season to go, but for now, I'm going with the runaway AL leader in WAR -- Jose Bautista.
*Peyton Manning activated: Doesn't mean he'll be in shape to play -- or take multiple hits to that iffy neck.
*US Open starts: The one NYC event I have never been to and really want to go to badly. We'll see if I can make it happen this week.
*Usain Bolt's DQ: Any rule that eliminates Bolt -- the sport's biggest star, by a wide margin -- is a stupid rule.
*David Price Ks 14: Love Price. Speaking of crazy K rates, I'm hoping to make the return of "Strasmas" in DC on Sept. 6. We'll see.
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