GET SERIOUS: My son used to mispronounce the World Series as the “World Serious,” and as mispronunciations go, that’s a fairly fitting one. Nitty-gritty time for the Tigers and Giants, who open the fall classic at 8 p.m. tonight on WFXR.
ARMS RACE: Either Tim Lincecum or Madison Bumgarner will be pitching out of the bullpen for the Giants in this series. Think about that for a second. How many times do you see a three-time league strikeout leader and two-time Cy Young winner pitching out of the pen? Bumgarner, meanwhile, went 16-11 this year and struck out 191 men for the second straight year. That’s some rotation depth, y’all.
HOW-EV-AH: Top-of-the rotation edge clearly goes to the Tigers, who will send a fully rested Justin Verlander to the hill tonight against Barry Zito. The Tigers are an 8-to-5 favorite to win tonight, and are similar odds to win the series.
JUNIOR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been “medically cleared for all NASCAR-related activity.” That includes selling merchandise (that was for you, Crooked Road). In all seriousness, big win for Martinsville Speedway, which always seems like it’s filled with 70 percent Little E fans on race day.
HOKIES: Bye week? What bye week? Andy never rests, you guys. Check out his detailed look at the Virginia Tech offense here.
CRAZY TRAIN: The Marlins fire Ozzie Guillen. What a mess that season was from the start.
SPEAKING OF DISASTERS: Bobby Valentine implies that David Ortiz quit on the Red Sox. See today’s Name That Tune for a full summary of the Bobby V situation.
BARNSTORMING? A new study suggests an NBA team could move to Virginia as soon as next year, with its permanent home in Virginia Beach ready by 2015. In the interim, the team would play in arenas around the state. I don’t think the players would dig that too much, but it would be a really cool way to build a commonwealth-wide fan base for the team.
SIMPLIFY: Geno Auriemma says the way to make women’s basketball popular is to lower the rims. “What makes fans not want to watch women’s basketball is that some of the players can’t shoot and they miss layups and that forces the game to slow down,” Auriemma said, according to the Hartford Courant. “How do help improve that? Lower the rim [from 10 feet]. Do you think the average fan knows that the net is lower in women’s volleyball than men’s volleyball? It’s about seven inches shorter, so the women have the chance for the same kind of success at the net [as the men].”
ODDS AND ENDS: Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson (concussion) will return this week against Oklahoma…Oregon and Ohio State agree to two-game series beginning in 2020…Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee will miss the rest of the season, per ESPN…Central Florida wins its appeal of its postseason ban and will be eligible for a bowl game this season…Officials move the 2014 BCS title game up a day, to a Monday, to help facilitate fan travel and perhaps draw better ratings…Don’t forget to make your Fearless Forecasters picks if you’re into that sort of thing.
Please choose the least-crummy pickup line of the following:
A) Is there an airport nearby, or is that my heart taking off?
B) Are you busy tonight at around 3 a.m.?
C) If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put “U” and “I” together.
D) I hope you know CPR, ’cause you’re taking my breath away.
E) The only thing your eyes haven’t told me is your name.
NAME THAT TUNE
Last night we talked of old times
Families and home towns
We wondered if we’d both agree
On where we’d settle down
And I told her that we’d cross that bridge
Whenever it arrived
Now through the flames I see her
Standin’ on the other side…