WANT TO STEP BACK FROM FOOTBALL JUST A MOMENT and appreciate what’s going on in the baseball pennant races. Oakland and Baltimore both posted shutouts last night to maintain their hold on the AL wildcard spots. The AL wildcard standings look like this:
Baltimore 71 57 -
Oakland 71 57 -
Tampa Bay 70 59 1.5
Detroit 69 59 2.0
LA Angels 67 62 4.5
(Division leaders: Yankees, White Sox, Rangers)
And here’s the NL wildcard picture:
(Division leaders: Nationals, Reds, Giants)
Remember that there are two wildcards from each league this year playing a one-game playoff. Do you see the teams in the lead now staying there through the end of the season? If not, who do you think overtakes them?
SEEKING SHELTER: Virginia Tech has a better, more detailed evacuation plan in place for Lane Stadium than it did in the “Lee Corso Car” game against Georgia Tech in 2000. (story here). I was in my first year at the paper and was covering a Pulaski Rangers game at Calfee Park that night; it didn’t rain a drop there, if you can believe that. Anybody who was at that 2000 Tech game remember what it was like trying to get out of Lane?
LINE IT UP: Hokies remain a 7.5-point favorite over the Jackets. I kind of like Boston College getting 2 at home against Miami, as the Eagles take the first step toward reclaiming their status as “O-line U.”
ROCCO IN THE MIDDLE: First-year Richmond coach Danny Rocco will face his nephew Michael on Saturday. Also, his daughter, Amy, attends UVa. “The plot thickens,” he says. Story here.
MAKING THEIR PITCH: Virginia Beach economic development officials reveal a $330 million arena-building plan to try to draw an NBA or NHL team. Story here.
WEDNESDAY HEADLINES: Texas A&M-Louisiana Tech game on Thursday postponed by Hurricane Isaac’s approach…Stewart jokes about Bristol helmet-throwing incident, says he expects no further drama with Kenseth (story here)…Former Duke ace and current Blue Jays farmhand Marcus Stroman suspended 50 games for positive test…Redskins release Cooley…Wallace reports to Steelers camp…Michigan RB Toussaint pleads guilty to drunken driving…Ex-UVa pitcher Tyler Wilson shines vs. Salem, but Sox get the 1-0 win (recap here)…Pulaski County and Carroll County file a second appeal to try to keep Franklin County out of the River Ridge District (story here).
IDENTIFY THE MOVIE
“Are you in some kind of trouble with the police?”
“Some things are much better left unsaid.”
“Well, you know… sometimes when you blow your nose into a tissue and you put it in your purse, then a little while later you have to reach in there for your lipstick or something, and your hand gushes into it, and it goes all over…”
“Okay, okay, you’re right, you’re right. Some things are better left unsaid.”
NAME THAT TUNE
Jan lays down and wrestles in her sleep
Moonlight spills on comic books
And superstars in magazines
An old friend calls and tells us where to meet
Her plane takes off from Baltimore
And touches down on Bourbon Street