*These two teams sat atop the AL standings for basically the entire season, and their clash of styles should make for a very interesting series. The Sox like to play the classic AL style of get a few guys on base and wait for the big hit, while LA manager Mike Scosia likes to play an NL style of ball, moving runners over, utilizing the hit and run and depending more on good pitching and good defense than your average AL squad. The difference in this one, should be the Sox pitching. If inconsistent starters like Dice K and Schill can turn into virtuoso like performances, than the Sox should be good to go. If, however, the starters struggle a bit in the early going, then the momentum could swing in favor of the Halos. Should be a close series, but naturally, I'm goin' with the Sox. They've owned the Angels in the playoffs in the past, and I expect the dominance to continue here in '07.
*The comeback the Rockies made on Monday night, coming back from 2 down in the bottom of the 13th against the majors all time saves leader, makes the epic comeback by the Phillies in the NL East seem like a distant memory. Combined, the teams have won 16 of their last 20 games en route to their amazing comebacks, but sadly, one of them will be going home after merely one round. Now, it's tough to pick from two such hot teams, but since the Phillies have home field, and just a little more pitching, I'm gonna go with them in a hard fought and long series. I know, I know. I should know better than to pick a Philadelphia team, but trust me, they'll get theirs in round #2.
Last Week: Super Bowl Champs 34 Cincinnati Bengals 13
Is it me, or are Patriots games almost becoming predictably boring? Don't get me wrong, I love the exciting Randy Moss catches as much as the next guy (and how ill was that first TD catch?), but from minute one of the game last night against the Bengals, it seemed it was just a countdown until the game was going to end, rather than a battle for the win. Tom Brady has been the best QB in the league, Randy Moss the best receiver, and both the offensive and defensive lines have been as dominant as ever. I mean, I don't want to sound like a spoiled brat of a fan, but seriously, are there any teams out there ready to give the Pats a challenge. The Chargers and Bengals were supposed to be the early season measuring sticks for the new dynamic squad, but both were easily disposed. So, is there any team out there worthy of the challenge? Well, despite the match up this weekend against the surprisingly potent 2-2 Browns, everyone is looking forward to the possible match up of undefeateds in week 6, when the Pats head to Irving to take on Tony Romo and the Cowboys. Personally, I think the Dallas pass rush and secondary are way too vulnerable to handle the myriad of Patriot offensive weapons, but at least it's a supposed "challenge" before the meeting with the Colts in week 9. Oh well, until then I guess I'll just have to deal with all the blowout wins, highlight reel grabs and the talk of a 19-0 season. Yawwwwwwwwwn. Just another day in New England, boys and girls, just another day. Guess I should just be lucky that my team is actually living up to expectations, which is a lot more than I can say for a few other squads....
Now, I'm no lawyer, bot last time I checked, trying to remove some one's eye with your shoe usually warrants a larger punishment than rollin up some hippie grass and bumpin' the Grateful Dead. C'mon Commish! Weed is from da earf! FREE RICKY!!!!
Now, I know the "company line" is something like "we win as a team, and we lose as a team", but if what Solo says is true, then I'm totally in her camp. Most of the time, I am totally against such statements, but in this case it actually seemed appropriate. Granted, airing her grievances to the media wasn't the smartest move, but I feel her frustration. From an outsiders view, she was winning and the team was winning, so why mess with chemistry, right? Maybe some people "in the know" think that going to veteran goal keeper, Briana Scurry, was the right way to go, but I just don't see how it made any sense at all. I mean, either way, it is still just woman's soccer, so there's no real need to get up in arms over it, but it is fun to watch! You go, Hope, and who cares if you're no longer on the US National team. There's plenty of other things for a scorned soccer goalie to do, right? Hmmmm.....on second thought, maybe you should have kept your minivan ridin' mouth, shut...