In order to get some attention back from the exciting opening weeks of the football, baseball has decided to make things interesting with a couple of wildcard races.
It’s that time of the year again!!! To make everyone feel better about the summer coming to an end, football starts! And baseball gets exciting as teams battle for playoff spots! And no one cares that the NBA lockout will prevent sports news from including the first trimester of basketball mentions being scattered between important football and baseball information. (NOTE: If you’re thinking, “what about hockey?” I ask you, “what about hockey?“)
But until a week ago, baseball seemed pretty decided… so interest turned to the beginning of the football season, which includes the following exciting plotlines:
- In order to make it so ESPN doesn’t have to argue with itself about who is more Godlike: Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, Peyton Manning’s neck injury knocks him and, therefore, his team, out of the season before it even starts. In related news, Kerry Collins is still alive!
- The Jets plan on winning the Superbowl again, although, it’s more realistic that they’ll lost the AFC Championship a 3rd year in a row… making Rex Ryan and Andy Reid have more in common besides both looking like walruses.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers had as many turnovers as points in their Week 1 loss the rival Baltimore… an incredible statistic considering the number was 7.
- Despite the fact that there’s nothing in there of any value to damage, Vick hurts his head.
- Despite the fact that it may be good for his team, Romo fractures his rib and punctures a lung.
- Possibly being able to overachieve on their underachievement, the NFC West (won by a 7-9 team last year), could be won by a 6-10 team this year!
To get some attention back to baseball, the Boston Red Sox have won only 5 of the 21 games they’ve played in September thusfar. Of the 7 times the Red Sox played the Rays in September, the allowing for Bombin’ Bostonians only took Tampa Bay once. Now Tampa Bay is only 2 1/2 games behind them in the wildcard race, the same margin as the surging Los Angeles Angels of the Anaheim Area.
Not to be left behind, the NL wildcard race is becoming interesting as the St. Louis Cardinals are now just a game and a half behind the Atlanta Braves. The World Champion San Francisco Giants are mathematically still in it, only 3 1/2 games out.
Boston started the year off slumping, are they coming full circle? Will the Rangers lose to the Angels on purpose to try to get LAA in the playoffs to face the Yankees since New York seems to do pretty poorly against those guys in the postseason?
If San Francisco pulls a miracle run to get in the playoffs, will every player commit to gluing a fake beard to their face? Does it matter who gets the NL wildcard when Philly’s rotation is a Dream Team?
Stay tuned and find out!