Pretty safe to say that right now, there is no more dominant playoff pitcher than Cliff Lee. Lee was absolutely filthy last night in shutting down the Tampa Bay Rays with a complete game, 11 whiff effort, and the Rangers were 5-1 winners to take the series 3-2, the first series they've won in franchise history. The home team was winless in all five games of that series. They Rangers will host the New York Yankees in the ALCS starting Friday night. As for Lee, his timing couldn't be better - he's a free agent this off-season and word is he's after CC Sabathia money: 8 years, $160 million, give or take.
Another day of Euro 2012 qualifying went down yesterday, and the story of the day might have been England, held at home to a scoreless draw by Montenegro, who aren't exactly a powerhouse, and a tiny country of only 620,000. But it is not. The story of the day is for a game that didn't end up taking place, thanks to Serbian fans rioting in Genoa, Italy ahead of their game, led mostly by fans of Red Star Belgrade who were sour the national team was starting a goalie who went from them to rival Partizan Belgrade. A few death threats and fake obits at the team hotel were merely the start. Mix in some flares lobbed pre-game, including at the Italian goalie, some fascist salutes and chants, and the officials had little choice but to shut it down. But at least the Serbian fans aren't taking things too seriously (end sarcasm). Italy will likely be awarded a 3-0 win. Video below, some pictures here. The rest of the qualifying wrap here.
A New York Jets fan set out to the tailgate on Monday night with pictures of Brett Favre's "Little Gunslinger" planning to show the pics and see what people's reactions were. Worth every minute you'll spend watching, check this out. Not safe for work, for language and the title of the page. Also, Bukkake passed on a link to Favre's official site with a holier than thou rebuke from a Darren Grossman blasting Deadspin.
LeBron James left last night's Heat game with what they're calling a muscle cramp. Give my voodoo doll some credit, won't you?
The Pittsburgh Pirates interviewed former Toronto Blue Jay manager John Gibbons for a managerial position Monday. Yeah, that ought to get the fan base thinking the last two decades or so of futility are about to come to an end.
How pimp is the Tampa Bay Bucs backfield with a Blount and a Cadillac?
Tough NFL betting in 2010. Most fans tend to bet faves, but check out the underdog records against the spread by week: (1) 7-7-2, (2) 10-5-1, (3) 11-5, (4) 9-5, (5) 9-5. That's 46-27-2 so far, or a smoking 63%.
If the Philadelphia Phillies go to World Series, Game 1 will take place across street from Philadelphia 76ers' opener vs. LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Loved hearing that Shaq O'Neal is referencing the Heat's "Big Two", and refusing to refer to Chris Bosh by name. Of course, it would've been funnier if O'Neal wasn't deep into the back nine of his career.
L.A. NFL stadium developers are working on a stadium design to also host World Cup soccer action, with the U.S. a strong contender for 2018 hosting rights.
Speaking of ink, when you're getting ready to get some done, and the tattoo artist shows it to you in a mirror and it shows up backwards, that means it is in fact, backwards, as this knucklehead found out the hard way when getting a Chicago White Sox tattoo.
Loonie tune Elizabeth Hasselbeck has a conspiracy theory - surprise! - on the Brett Favre Pecker Pics escapade. She's surprised that the pics and voicemails would leak just ahead of a Vikings visit to the Jets? Come on, what better time for them to leak!?
James Sharman of The Score offers up his take on Toronto FC's (latest) big winter.
Other than any divisional series win celebration, here are 20 overzealous sports celebrations, complete with video evidence.
I'm off on holidays for the next few days so you won't be seeing any updates. Back Monday, but first, a couple vids to close things out,
Check out the Serbian fans run wild in Italy yesterday in their Euro qualifier. Classy.
Your "luck" may be changing, Buffalo Bills fans. Here's a look at Andrew Luck, Stanford QB, who could well be the #1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Note: he's the guy blowing up a USC player after a fumble.