The Bald Truth
MLB calls this a competitive postseason? I haven't seen so many sweeps since Lombardi was in his heyday.
An especially nice job - again - by the NL Central chumps. Since the Cardinals won the World Series in 2006, the Central champions are a combined 0-9 in the postseason. And don't let that 0-9 fool you; things weren't really all that close.
The Cardinals showed that one of the things we love most about sport - there simply are no guarantees - also serves as one of the most painful lessons.
An already decent St. Louis team did everything right, adding a star in Matt Holliday as well as solid role players Mark DeRosa, Julio Lugo and John Smoltz. And still ... bupkis! Swept by a Dodger group that stumbled into the playoffs having almost blown a huge division lead.
As former St. Louis pitcher/philosopher/poet Joaquin Andujar famously said:
"There is one word in America that says it all, and that one word is, 'You never know.'"
Pretty surprising the way the Angels took care of the Red Sox, too. Though the result isn't so surprising when we see that Kevin Youkilis, Jason Bay and David Ortiz combined to go 3-for-32, Josh Beckett was roughed up and Jonathan Papelbon had a 13.50 ERA.
Way to channel your inner Cub, boys.
Finally, there were the Yankees closing down the Metrodome in style. Cool that the underdogs from New York could prevail over the mighty Twinkies.
At least now Minnesotans can concentrate on important things: Brett Favre, Gopher hockey and ice fishing.
And Speaking Of Ice Fishing ...
Whoever stole autumn, give it back this instant!
The Balder Truth
Brilliant of the golf overlords to stage the Presidents Cup during the baseball postseason, the football and hockey seasons and the NBA preseason.
I don't know about you, but I didn't watch even one second of the thing ... and I love golf.
The real shame is that even after a dominant 5-0 showing, one U.S. golfer remains a complete unknown.
Here's hoping this doesn't scar that Woods kid for life.
"Obviously, this is a low point for the organization and the fan base. This is not where we expected to be right now." - Bills GM Russ Brandon
Brandon, talking after his team lost 6-3 at home to the previously winless Browns, had been asked about coach Dick Jauron's job status.
Reports said Brandon declined to comment about Jauron. Really? Read that quote again. The GM said all he needed to say.
As an NFL coach, Dick Jauron is a nice guy and a decent defensive coordinator.
THE BALDEST TRUTH
I spent most of my weekend in Madison, where the missus and I rocked and rolled with our favorite band, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers.
Clyne is best known for penning the King of the Hill theme song and the official Diamondbacks' anthem D-backs Swing. However, music insiders - and the group's legion of loyal fans - know him as a charismatic frontman and prolific producer of superior music.
If you want to learn more about a true rock original - and you should! - you owe it to yourself to check out THIS WEB SITE.
Here's to life!