Well, this is looking ominous. Like Ralph in the final scene in “Lord of the Flies,” the Dodgers hope this week just to escape the smoke and make it to the beach in one piece. So far their game with Arizona tonight has not been called off, although they are planning to sell marshmallows on long sticks. Read more…
• Who would have though cream cheese on bagels would be the downfall of George Mason coach Jim Larranaga’s Twittering career?
(”Go away! You’ve caused me enough trouble!”)
• Broncos fans boo Jay Culter on his return to Denver. And the way Kyle Orton has been playing, expect a lot more booing from Mile High this year.
• But there’s plenty of cheering at NBC, where Sunday’s Broncos-Bears matchup netted the highest ratings for a preseason game in five years.
• Holy subterranean living! Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger is building himself a batcave down in New Mexico.
• A Louisville-area high school football coach is facing homicide charges after one of his players collapsed & died during practice.
It’s quite a sight watching the fires burn in the mountains just northeast of Los Angeles. During the day, huge plumes of smoke rise as if a new Mount St. Helens has been established in Southern California. And at night, bright lines of orange crisscross through the mountain tops. As pretty as it may look, it’s still a pain to deal with.
Although the fires themselves aren’t directly threatening L.A. proper - not yet, anyway - it’s still causing plenty of discomfort, as the air is smokier & dirtier than what it normally is. So now might not be the best time sitting outside for extended periods of time - like, say, at a 3-hour baseball game.
But it will take more than raging wildfires to deter the Dodgers from fulfilling their civic duty and play their way to another NL West title.