Remember those Southwest Airlines commercials where someone would do or say something embarrassing and the narrator would ask, “Wanna get away?” Yeah, that’s Texas governor Greg Abbott today. For those who weren’t paying attention, the Houston Astros were leading the Kansas City Royals by a score of 6-2 in the 8th inning in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. Blowing a four run lead with six outs left isn’t impossible. It’s pretty unusual, but they do happen. So Abbott, prematurely, congratulated the Astros on winning the series.
It wasn’t easy, but it was a clean sweep for my Division Series predictions. Believe me, I was taking heat for picking Kansas City (down to their last six outs in Game 4) and Toronto (down 0-2 going to Texas). But as the late, great Yogi Berra would say: “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” The Royals showed their postseason mettle in Game 4 and scored five runs in the top of the 8th to surge ahead 7-6, then tacked on two insurance runs to win 9-6 and force the 5th game in Kansas City. In KC, Johnny Cueto did the rest; pitching a gem and sending the Royals to their second consecutive ALCS.
This week's loser is Cowboys defensive end, Greg Hardy
The BUM of the Week is back with a vengeance. This might be hard to believe, but I hadn’t decided on who was going to take home this week’s award until a few hours ago. Roger Goodell was in the running the entire time, especially after his embarrassing press conference earlier this week where he said with a straight face that he had no regrets about how the DeflateGate debacle unfolded. Really? You don’t regret making your league (and yourself) the laughingstock of sports? You don’t regret getting caught lying repeatedly in Brady’s appeal process?
Looks like I was 1-for-2 in my Wild Card predictions, so I’ll settle for a .500 batting average. Give it up for the Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs for going on the road and winning huge ballgames to move on the Division Series. Dallas Keuchel graduated from ‘boy’ to ‘MAN’ in New York, throwing six scoreless innings on three days rest…that rebuild in the Space City appears to be well ahead of schedule. And Jake Arrieta? Okay, who the hell kidnapped the Jake Arrieta from Baltimore and replaced him with Tom Seaver? My God, what a difference a change of scenery (and league) can make.
For those who haven’t heard or simply couldn’t care less about baseball (probably the latter), the Red Sox announced that John Farrell will be returning to the dugout for the 2016 season. My initial reaction….Umm, why???
Last night the playoff chances for the defending champion Boston Red Sox, a team that has been free falling for the last month and a half, hit the ground with a large THUD and shattered like a pumpkin hitting the concrete. The Sox got blown out by an embarrassing 14-1 score by the Toronto Blue Jays and added an exclamation point to what Boston fans already knew but were afraid to admit: this season is a lost cause. It’s over. It’s time to strip the team of useful resources and get ready for the 2015 season, and the first domino to fall should be Jon Lester.
This week’s loser is Chiefs quarterback, Alex Smith.
As you’ve probably guessed, I’m not a big Alex Smith guy. I don’t hate him, and I don’t think he’s a bad quarterback, but I think he is painfully overrated. He’s 30 years old and has been in the league for eight years, and he’s thrown more than 20 touchdowns ONCE- last season he threw 23. He has topped the 3,000 yard plateau only twice in an era where it is DESIGNED for the quarteback to throw for at least 4,000 yards. So given all of this, how am I supposed to believe that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL when he’s the third-best quarterback in his own division?