Well that was fun. AJ Burnett was half decent through five before being inexplicably left in for the sixth, despite numerous long breaks while the Yankees were at bat throwing away chance after chance to blow open a 3-2 win. His second last pitch, on an intentional walk, nearly sailed over catcher Francisco Cervelli's head. You'd think maybe that was a sign to Yanks manager Joe Girardi, but nope, he let him go another batter. Next pitch, outta the part for a three run shot and a 5-3 Texas lead. Boat race on, 10-3 final and a 3-1 series lead. Can the Yanks come back? Possibly. But seems pretty unlikely with a 3-1 deficit, two games left in Texas, and now they're minus Mark Teixera for the rest of the playoffs after a pulled hamstring. Oh, and they're showing no signs of life. Hello, offseason. Credit where due though, Texas has simply been better in every way. Josh Hamilton's home run exploits have been heroinic.
Have a strong feeling we could be in for a Texas-San Francisco World Series, and who would've figured that a week ago? The Philadelphia Phillies are inexplicably sending Joe Blanton to the hill for Game 4 today with the Giants up 2-1. Madison Baumgartner goes for the Giants, a far better starting option.
Champions League play resumes today with another 8 games after yesterday's eight. If you were following (wagering) along with the three plays yesterday, they were all winners. Today, playing Inter Milan -1, Valencia and Barcelona -2.
Buster Olney at ESPN with a few Cliff Lee bits. The lowest playoff ERA's with five starts or more: Sandy Koufax: 0.95, Christy Mathewson: 1.06, Cliff Lee: 1.26, Eddie Plank: 1.32. Most 10-strikeout games in postseason history, again with a five start minimum: Cliff Lee: 5, Randy Johnson: 5, Bob Gibson: 5, John Smoltz: 4, Mike Mussina: 4. Pretty healthy company for Mr. Lee. Quoting here: "Nolan Ryan was in the Rangers' clubhouse after the game and was asked what it would take to keep Cliff Lee and he said, in so many words, to go ask the Yankees. In other words, the Yankees will bid heavily on the left-hander, and with every dominant performance Lee's bargaining position just gets better and better. There is no question he will get offers for something in the range of CC Sabathia's $23 million a year; the question will be whether he gets a five-year or six-year or seven-year offer. Typically, the Yankees would rather pay more annually for a shorter-term deal."
Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed yesterday what we had been speculating about a couple days ago: Wayne Rooney does indeed want out of Manchester United. So much for his proclamations of how he'd never wear another jersey in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, though word is that Man U's non-spending ways on big names is a part of Rooney's displeasure.Oh, and Jose Mourinho, Real MadridRooney will stay, manager, says continuing his streak of speaking definitively on topics that are more opinion than fact.
Word is Toronto FC has only seen about 35% of their season ticket base renew for next year with tomorrow's deadline fast approaching. Way to blow the best sporting experience in Toronto, MLSE. But hey, MLS Commish Don Garber says that TFC is still a "model franchise". Presumably he means "among Canadian teams not currently in MLS". John Molinaro thinks the honeymoon is over. Yep, and divorce papers are being drafted for many.
Said Jon Gruden on The Jim Rome Show: "I try not to talk too much" on Monday Night Football. Fail. For the record, my money is on Gruden as the next Cowboys head coach.
Good of the Dallas Cowboys to implement a team rule that will forbid endzone celebrations after two huge penalties for that the last couple games, including one that essentially cost them a win against Tennessee two weeks back.
Jessica Alba, just because it has been a while. And for the UFC fans out there, check out Arianny Celeste (NSFW, by the way).
Bob Elliott at the Toronto Sun says that Sandy Alomar Jr.'s interview with the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday lasted all day.
If you're at all a fan of Jersey Shore or South Park, be sure to check out the latter's skewering of Snooki in a recent episode, passed on by Bukakke. Must be seen to be believed.
Check out Canucks meathead Rick Rypien suckerpunch a guy, and then even better, take a run at a fan who did...nothing. Way to go, hockey.