Check out these attendance figures for last night in baseball action: 11,000, 18,000, 14,000. Bottom end teams? Nope, the playoff bound Tampa Bay Rays hosting Toronto, the NL East leading Atlanta Braves hosting the New York Mets, and the NL Central leading Cincinnati Reds hosting Milwaukee.
Gotta give much respect to the Boston Red Sox this year, as much as it pains me to say it. They've been absolutely decimated by injuries all year to position players and pitchers alike, but have somehow managed to stay in the race the entire year and in third place, though they're looking about done trailing by seven games entering the final month. If they get healthy for next year, the AL East is going to be real interesting again, with maybe even the Blue Jays a possibility to make some noise. And no, 13 games out this year does not qualify as making noise.
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the OHB heavily regrets coming back for one year. In addition to be overweight and losing one of his fav targets in Sidney Rice for at least half the season, he's already taking injections in his wonky ankle.
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is pushing for a return of the World Cup, which in itself is comical. If this is a legit tourney, shouldn't it be regularly on the calendar like, oh, every other World Cup? With it sounding like NHL participation in the Olympics in 2014 is not happening, now is as good a time as any. Burke is suggesting every two years and to replace the IIHF "World Championships", though every two years seems excessive. Then again, isn't like there are qualifiers to play really, what with the
Last week's hockey summit in Toronto included discussion of a women's NHL. Right, because that would ever fly.
Come to find out that heavy drinkers outlive non-drinkers. So crack yourself a beer or dozen. Repeat.
Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart - yes, he's still in the league - is a little bent that, well, the starting job isn't just being handed to him, I guess. Very classy going to the media to ask the questions, though. Am sure that is scoring points with his coaching staff and teammates alike. If he's not careful, he'll soon be trying to sling the ball around Buffalo, which would be fun to watch in the wind.
Speaking of Buffalo, the over/under on Bills wins for the year is a mere 5.5, and you have to give extra to bet the under. Ouch. "And with the first pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select..."
A trio of videos to close things out for today, starting with the Top 5 goals in Italy's Serie A this weekend. Slim pickings, however, what with the lack of them.
Check out this high school football vid. Love how the running back goes about 35 yards in the wrong direction before deciding that treating the ball like a live grenade is the best way to dispose of it.
The Cleveland Cavs lost LeBron, the Indians stink, and if this is any indication, the Browns are in for a brutal year. Check out Detroit Lions rookie Ndamukong Suh - one of the best names in sports, by the way - try to decapitate QB Jake Delhomme on Sunday night and the response of the Browns is, well, see below.