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With first place in the AL East on the line, you'd think it was a buzzing crowd in Tampa Bay with the New York Yankees visiting. Mix in leading Cy Young candidates David Price and CC Sabathia and you'd think a full house was guaranteed. Nope. The building was 3/4 full with 26,000 and change in attendance. Terrible. As for the game, it was a beauty. Sabathia gave up no runs and two hits over eight frames and struck out nine while Price gave up no runs and three hits while fanning four over eight. The Rays won it 1-0 in the 11th inning when Sergio Mitre - and why is he pitching in any important situation? - served up a meatball to Reid Brignac that he deposited into the right field seats, and they move a half game up on the Yankees. If that's a playoff preview, October is gonna be awesome.
If the current standings hold into October, the eight playoff managers will bring a combined three World Series titles (as managers) into the postseason. Atlanta's Bobby Cox, the Yankees' Joe Girardi and Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel have one each. That would mark the lowest such total since 1999, when Joe Torre's two (at the time) and Cox's one made for three. Last year, there were 10 October managerial winners with Torre (four), Boston's Terry Francona , (two), St. Louis' Tony La Russa (two), Manuel (one) and the Angels' Mike Scioscia (one). What does it all mean? Not much, but an interesting fact.
After a performance reminiscent of his pre-jail days on Sunday, Michael Vick isn't holding back, suggesting had he played the entire game on Sunday, his Philadelphia Eagles might have beat the Green Bay Packers.
The always funny DJ Gallo reviews Week 1 of the NFL. Definitely worth seeing his captions alone, the last of which is my fav.
For those interested, 11 of 16 home teams covered the spread in Week 1 NFL action, including 6 of 8 home favorites. Hope you enjoyed the 2-0 Prime Timers last night to move to a perfect 3-0 on the year (+$300). No clue why I do so well in that area the last few years for what are typically the toughest games to nail.
I'm actually a bit surprised in Roger Goodell's NFL that he hasn't ordered the increasing number of long haired players to cut their lettuce so it isn't hanging half way down their backs.
The New England Patriots open with a nice beating of the Cincinnati Bengals, and what is Randy Moss worried about? Why, Randy Moss, of course. Moss says if the Pats wait until the end of the season, that will be a slap in the face to him. I'm sure that will move the notoriously tough negotiating Pats to do exactly nothing they weren't planning already.
Champions League group play gets under way today with 8 games kicking off at 2:45pm today. Glasgow Rangers visiting Manchester United will get the most hype, but really, it'll be a stunner if it is anything other than an easy Man U win. The real interesting one I think is Tottenham Hotspur visiting Werder Bremen.
Really didn't give the U.S. Open tennis enough love this year. Not sure why. At any rate, Rafa Nadal took the men's title in a rain delayed final yesterday over Novak Djokovic.
And the latest on Floyd Mayweather is you can add uttering death threats to his ever growing rap sheet of late, to NBAer CJ Watson of the Chicago Bulls.
Nice move by boxer David Haye not only saying his November fight with Audley Harrison will be a "one sided gang-rape" but saying he won't apologize for it. I guess the reality is if not for that quote, we wouldn't be talking about either of those two. Moving on.