SORRY FOR THE LATE START TODAY, GANG. Really interesting paper this morning — football, baseball, NASCAR, a little college hoops, not to mention that Austrian dude free-falling 24 miles from outer space into the New Mexico desert. A few thoughts from the weekend:
I’M REALLY GLAD THE ALCS IS SHIFTING TO COMERICA PARK. Quite honestly, the atmosphere at the new Yankee Stadium just doesn’t feel like the postseason. I understand that a struggling offense can suck the life out of the place (especially when somebody like Anibal Sanchez throws seven scoreless innings, as he did last night), but empty seats, boos for the home team and surliness aren’t what October is about.
So the Yankees head to Detroit down 2-0 with no Derek Jeter (broken ankle), Robinson Cano mired in a record-setting slump (26 straight at-bats without a hit) and Justin Verlander slated to pitch for the Tigers tomorrow night. I’d imagine O.J. feels pretty good about that. Still, I expect the Yankees to play better on the road, where they’re not getting booed every time they ground out.
CONTRAST THAT ATMOSPHERE WITH AT&T PARK IN SAN FRANCISCO, which was going nuts even when the Giants trailed the Cardinals 6-0 early last night. I’ve said it before: The Giants have the best fans in pro sports right now. They’re the same enthusiastic bunch on May 14 that they are on October 14. The Giants got back in it with a four-run rally but fell 6-4 to a St. Louis team that’s got some serious mojo going on. Game 2 is 8 tonight on WFXR, with Chris Carpenter scheduled to oppose Ryan Vogelsong.
-As mentioned last night, Virginia Tech has opened as an 11-point underdog against Clemson. Andy has a nice primer on the Tigers here.
-Center Andrew Miller, the team’s most experienced O-lineman, is out for the season with a fractured fibula.
-Always enjoy Andy’s “Five Thoughts” after every game.
-The basketball team opened practice on Friday night. As Berman writes, the Hokies want to play up-tempo on offense and defense but might not be able to with only eight scholarship players available. Also, the basketball team got a commitment from a guard in Texas.
-With his win in Charlotte on Saturday night, Clint Bowyer has climbed back into contention.
-Remember that discussion we had recently about whether the Domers could become relevant again?
-Look who’s back in business in the Fearless Forecasters.
-A man gets stabbed on his way to a 49ers game.
-Robert Griffin III runs for 138 yards to lead the Redskins over the Vikings 38-26.
-Green Bay hands Houston its first loss, 42-24.
-Seattle drops New England back to .500 win a home win, as Russell Wilson throws three touchdown passes.
-Arizona’s kicker hits a 61-yard field goal but misses a 25-yarder at the end that gives Buffalo a 19-16 win.
-Tonight’s game is Denver at San Diego (8:30 p.m., ESPN).
NAME THAT TUNE
Red ants marchin’ into the night
They disappear to the left and right again
Another supper from a sack
A ninety-nine cent heart attack
I got a poundin’ head and an achin’ back
And the camel’s buried in a big straw stack