Wow! What a great time of year it is! No, it isn’t the upcoming holidays; it’s the fact that we have just about every sport going at the same time!
First, the league championships in baseball. In one corner we have the team with the best three starting pitchers, the San Francisco Giants, who are playing a best-of-seven series with the winningest team in baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies.
By the way, I like the 2-3-2 game format. There is truly an advantage for the team with the best record by opening and closing a series. It also eliminates all those travel days when it used to be 2-2-1-1-1.
The Giants have a great chance when they can pitch Tim Lincecum three times! Of course, Roy Halladay, the Phillies great ace who pitched a no-hitter recently, is no piker, but overall I give this series to the Giants. Since MLB does not recognize my gift-giving generosities, the Giants will have to win it on their own. Tonight (Thursday) is a big game for both teams as the championship series resumes on Saturday at Philly.
Meanwhile the Yankees are playing my favorite AL team still left in the playoffs. The Texas Rangers. The Rangers blew the first game but have the pitching and hitting to upset the Yankees. They too are playing the 2-3-2 format. By the way, the Yankees won more games than the Rangers but they are the wild-card team and cannot get home-field advantage over a division winner. The Texas Rangers won the Al-West division.
To say that Texas would have to overcome a lot of adversity to win the World Series would be an understatement. They are in bankruptcy so even the owner, Chuck Greenberg, isn’t as happy as he should be as he fights off a buy-out by his own president, Nolan Ryan.
Of course, the further the team goes in the playoffs the more the team is worth and this upsets the bidding already completed. It’s a real mess!
Can we see a Giants-Rangers World Series? We’ll know any day now.
Meanwhile we have UCLA and USC football. Both teams are manic-depressive but that even makes them more exciting!
UCLA loses to Cal, 35-7, but went to Texas and pulverized them. Tonight (Thursday) they have to play the number one team in the nation, Oregon. That will be tough for UCLA even if they bring their “A” game. The Bruins are going for six wins and a bowl bid this season. Don’t count them out. They are 3-3 right now.
Meanwhile USC looked like world-beaters in their 48-14 victory over Cal. If they play like that on the 30th they could beat Oregon, but I wouldn’t take less than 10-1 odds on it. Oregon is the number 1 team in America, and they deserve it!
If you toss out USC’s two recent last second losses they would be 5-0 and if they could have pulled them out they would be in the top five in the country! Perhaps even number one! Anyone want to play USC?
Can you even wait for the big Dec. 4 game between USC and UCLA in the Rose Bowl? I can’t!
And if that isn’t enough, your World Champion Los Angeles Lakers will try and three-peat this week!
And if that isn’t enough, the not-so-mighty Anaheim Ducks have started. I know that they are acting more like decoys but they are only five points out of first place after a week of play!
Meanwhile the Kings have also started NHL play and are doing well in second place. The look good this year and could do well in their quest of the Stanley Cup.
And if that isn’t enough, pro football is getting warmed up. Kansas City and Houston are showing well in the AFC with Chicago the big surprise in the North division.
The real surprise to me is in the East division. Washington is ahead but the Giants and Philadelphia should be and no one can figure out Dallas as they cling to last place.
And then there are local high school games to watch. They play football and basketball at a very high level here and you will enjoy them.
So have fun watching sports. You can still bother me at Journaldon@aol.com. I’ll get back to you at halftime.