Welcome to a new feature that will help start your SPORTSbyBROOKS day - the SbB Speed Read (patent pending). Each morning, we’ll run down some of the exciting events from the night before & get you caught up on the goings on in the wide world of sports (copyright ABC/The Walt Disney Company, all rights reserved).
Let’s start things off by trying to figure out the ongoing mess that is Major League Baseball’s potential postseason players & pretenders.
(”Quick - let’s get out of here before anyone sees us“)
The Mets blew their NL East lead a little earlier this year, as a loss to the Nationals combined with Philadelphia’s win at Atlanta now has the Phillies atop the division by a half game. On the plus side, Jerry Manuel’s squad is still tops in the wild card chase, sitting a half game themselves above Milwaukee. The removal of Ned Yost wasn’t enough to help ease the Brew Crew’s continuing collapse, as CC Sabathia was tagged with his first loss as a Brewer in a 5-4 defeat to the Cubs.
Over in the AL circuit, the Rays hop back on top of the East with a walkoff 2-1 win over the Red Sox. And the Bronx Bombers are one step closer to having Sunday’s game against the Orioles be the actual last game played at Yankee Stadium, thanks to a 6-2 drubbing by the White Sox. But at least Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig’s ballpark hits record before moving across the street.
Got all that? Good.
The Lane Kiffin saga (who’s still employed as of this writing) can drive Raiders players to drink - and unfortunately drive AND drink, as defensive tackle Tommy Kelly was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Butt least the Silver & Black still have a field to call home, unlike Houston and their roof-ruined Reliant Stadium. Until repairs are done, the Texans could be moving their home contests to Rice Stadium, which would host NFL action for the first time since 1967. However, it’s hard to say if the Texans would actually be an improvement over the Owls, who already have two more wins than their pro counterparts.
Now on to some more pressing matters:
• TAILGATING IDEAS sadly informs us that not every sideline reporter can qualify as an Erin Andrews.
• The WASHINGTON TIMES listens to Clinton Portis jawing with ex-Redskins player & radio host Brian Mitchell.
• Speaking of smack, DEUCE OF DAVENPORT realizes that Jorge Posada should know better than to talk about Pedro Martinez’s mama.
• The ELECTRIC NEW PAPER rolls along news of a Singapore high school bowling coach punishing one of his players by locking him in a tiger cage.
• The TIMES LEADER tells us the Yankees made the postseason after all - the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, that is, who proceeded to lose the Triple-A Championship to the Sacramento River Cats.
• The INDIANAPOLIS STAR gallops up news that Colts safety Bob Sanders will be out 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain.
• With the Cowboys coming to Green Bay this weekend, 620 WTMJ Milwaukee invites you to get nostalgic & listen to the audio broadcast of the 1967 “Ice Bowl“.
• WMTW-TV has the inspiring story of Ed Warren, a Maine high schooler who didn’t let the amputation of both his legs keep him from playing football.
• WFAA-TV reports about 190,000 folding soccer goals are now being recalled after a 20-month old Texas boy accidentally strangled himself in the net - almost a year ago.
We now conclude our Speed Read debut with today’s pertinent poll: