Archive for October, 2007

Fresh off the rumor mill

Monday, October 29th, 2007

With A-Rod probably leaving the Bronx and Torre already gone, the B*stards have reportedly offered Joe Girardi the job as manager.

So they fired the always-playoff-ready Torre to replace him with a guy whose only job as manager left the Marlins just shy of the Wild Card?  I may not like Torre as a Yankee, but as a manager, he’s solid; I doubt that the Yankees can do much better than him.  I might end up eating my words, but replacing Torre with Girardi doesn’t seem right.

(You know what else doesn’t seem right?  The fact that the guys I grew up watching play the game are now old and are employed as either commentators or coaches!)

The day after

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Rocktober? More like Soxtober. :) But the World Series is so yesterday; Monday Night Football is the new hotness here in Denver. The 16th Street Mall is veritably crawling with Packers fans!

Red Sox Nation’s Denver branch celebrates another world championship

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Here is the reaction at the Pour House Pub — a well-known Red Sox bar on Denver’s “LoDo” strip, as noted here and here and here — to the final out of the World Series, as the Boston Red Sox won Game 4 over the local Colorado Rockies to win their second world championship in four years, again in a 4-0 sweep:

The first half of the six-minute clip shows the immediate reaction to the end of the game; the second half of the clip shows the crowd, a few minutes later, singing “Sweet Caroline” — and then, at the 5:45 mark, breaking out into the obligatory chant of “Yankees suck!” Heh.

GO SAWX!!!

UPDATE: The video clip above is a brighter version, as the earlier one I uploaded was pretty dark and it was kinda hard to see what was going on. The darker version is after the jump, if anyone prefers it.

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SOX WIN! SOX WIN!

Monday, October 29th, 2007

The Boston Red Sox are world champions for the second time in four years! The bar is going crazy! Champagne and beer flying everywhere! WOOOO!!!

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Three outs away!

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Rockies within 4-3, heading to the ninth. A Sox fan here at the bar just ordered a bottle of champagne to celebrate when Boston wins… knock on wood. GO SAWX!!

4-1, six outs away

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

We're at Pour House Pub, the local Red Sox bar. It's 4-1 Boston in the top of the eighth.

3-1, eight outs away

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

We just drove past Coors Field -- and as we did, fireworks went off and the crowd went nuts as the Rockies hit a solo home run to cut Boston's lead to 3-1 in the seventh.

15 outs away

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

I just landed in Denver. The Red Sox lead the Rockies, 2-0 in the top of the fifth.

Better than Cal-Stanford?

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

I haven’t been able to watch this yet (I’m currently at the airport using a very slow cell-phone connection), but people keep sending it to me, so I figure I’d better post it. From what I’m told, it’s the ridiculously crazy ending to a Division III conference championship game yesterday, and the only thing missing is the Stanford band. Enjoy:

Buffalo-Miami a crucial MAC East showdown

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

The Buffalo Bulls, college football’s dormat for so many years, continue to have their most successful season since moving to Division I-A in 1999. They beat Akron yesterday to move to 4-5 overall, and they can now almost assure themselves of a division title if they win at Miami of Ohio on Saturday — or at least reduce the division race to a two-team battle: themselves against Bowling Green.

The Bulls are 4-1 in the MAC, and more importantly, 3-0 in the MAC East. The division title is actually determined by the teams’ intradivisional records, and here’s how those standings look right now, with each team’s remaining divisional schedules listed after their records:

Buffalo 3-0 (@Miami, BG, at Kent)
Miami (OH) 2-1 (Buffalo, Akron, at Ohio)
Temple 2-2 (at Ohio, Kent)
Bowling Green 2-2 (Akron, at Buffalo)
Akron 1-2 (at Bowling Green, Ohio, at Miami)
Ohio 1-2 (Temple, at Akron, Miami)
Kent State 1-3 (Temple, Buffalo)

So, as you can see, if Buffalo beats Miami, they’d be ahead of everyone else in the conference by two games in the loss column — with two games to go.

Moreover, the Bulls would own the head-to-head tiebreaker against every two-loss team except Bowling Green (who they haven’t played yet). I haven’t studied the MAC’s multi-team tiebreaker rules, but I assume Buffalo’s head-to-head success would mean that, if they win Saturday, they’d be assured of a division title by a single UB win or BG loss in those teams’ remaining divisional games. (Buffalo hosts Bowling Green on Nov. 17, and then finishes the regular season at Kent State on Nov. 24; Bowling Green hosts Akron on Friday, and finishes with their visit to Buffalo on Nov. 17. So, if Akron beats Bowling Green and then Buffalo beats Miami, I think the Bulls actually would clinch the division title on Saturday, with two games to go.)

Winning the MAC East title would, of course, put Buffalo in the MAC championship game on December 1. However, although the Bulls could potentially get there with a 5-1 or even 4-2 divisional mark, that would mean they’d have a 6-6 or 5-7 record overall, which would mean they’d have to win the MAC title game in order to qualify for a bowl. Normally, the MAC runner-up gets a bowl bid, but a 6-7 or 5-8 runner-up is not bowl-eligible. (A 6-7 champion, on the other hand, is likely to receive an excemption from the NCAA and be allowed to play in a bowl. As I recall, that happened in the Sun Belt sometime recently.)

Of course, the downside of all this is, the more success UB has, the more likely head coach Turner Gill is to attract Nebraska’s attention.

But regardless… GO BULLS!!

P.S. Discussion by UB fans here and here.

USC drops to #13, UConn ranked #16

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

While Ohio State and Michigan continue to tediously steamroll toward their 836th consecutive Big Ten-deciding showdown (if the Wolverines win, can we please declare Appalachian State the Big Ten champ instead, and let them play in the Rose Bowl?), the rest of the nation’s conferences are in total disarray. For instance, raise your hand if you thought any of the following games would potentially have massive BCS implications for both teams:

• Arizona State at Oregon, next Saturday
• Kansas at Missouri, November 24
• UConn at West Virginia, November 24

Seriously, WTF? Meanwhile, USC-Cal has been reduced to a battle to stay out of the Las Vegas Bowl. Oh, and defending champ Florida? At 5-3, they’re not even bowl-eligible yet.

Good lord. It’s a brave new world out there.

That said, the new AP poll is out, and for the first time in forever, there are no major changes at the top. Ohio State is #1, Boston College #2, LSU #3, Oregon #4 and Oklahoma #5. The latter two switched places from last week (OU was idle, Oregon beat USC), but otherwise the Top 5 is unchanged.

Arizona State moves up from #7 to #6 (leapfrogging West Virginia), and is now getting two first-place votes. Too bad for the Sun Devils that Cal lost two straight before last night, otherwise ASU would probably have jumped to #3 or #4 by beating the Bears. Now the question is, if the Sun Devils can beat Oregon in Eugune next Saturday, how high do they rise? If there’s any justice in the world, they should certainly jump the one-loss teams and move up to no lower than #3. (That said, I think Oregon will win. Oregon is good.)

Meanwhile, whereas losing games unexpectedly in the Pac-10 means you’re overrated, losing games unexpectedly in the SEC means the conference is “deep” and “competitive” and “a war.” At least, that’s how I interpret the fact that all four of the ranked three-loss teams are from the SEC (#18 Florida, #19 Auburn, #23 South Carolina, #24 Tennessee), while three-loss Cal — which, um, beat Tennessee — is unranked. (The Bears lost to UCLA, Oregon State and ASU, which I’d say is certainly no worse than losing to Cal and getting absolutely destroyed by Florida and Alabama.)

Oh, and USC fell from #9 to #13. They’re just behind #12 Hawaii (!).

Elsewhere in the rankings, Kansas and Missouri are now both in the Top 10 (at #8 and #9, respectively). Michigan — which, as you may or may not recall, lost to Appalachian State earlier this year — is #15. They’re one spot ahead of UConn… yes, UConn… which is now #16. In football. (More on the Huskies in a separate post later.) Also, Boise State has rejoined the Top 25, at #21.

I don’t understand Craigslist

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Apparently, Craigslist flagged my post for removal, and it got gone in a hurry.

I don’t understand why.

Link not only probably NSFW, it’s just generally in poor taste.  There. You’ve been warned.

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Warning: profanity

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Every Day Should Be Saturday, whose head blogger is a Florida fan, summarizes yesterday’s Georgia game. Prodigious profanity is involved. Heh.