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What a Game!

baseballI don't care a lick about the Texas Rangers or the St. Louis Cardinals. Without a rooting interest, I've watched very little of the World Series this year. I only tuned in last night after the Leafs game because it was potentially the clinching game.

I'm very glad I did. It was one of the most entertaining games of baseball I've ever seen, and my heart is so grateful that I didn't care about either team.

If you stayed up late to watch, you know what I'm talking about. The Cards were down to their final out twice. In the bottom of the ninth, the Rangers led by 2 and had 2 out and 2 strikes on David Freese. All he did was hit a game-tying, two-run triple off the wall in right.

In the bottom of the tenth, the Rangers again led by 2 with 2 out and 2 strikes, this time on Lance Berkman. All Berkman did was hit a game-tying, two-run single.

Then, in the bottom of the eleventh, David Freese hit a walk-off homer to force a game 7. I love this call by Joe Buck, channelling his dad's call from game 6 in 1991. Perfect.

We'll see what happens tonight. I love baseball.

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FAN 590 20/20 Sports Updates Sans Intro Music

radioWe discussed the new Sportsnet branding last week. Part of that new branding involved renaming The FAN 590 "SPORTSNET 590 The FAN".

I've also noticed they've dropped the music from their 20/20 sports updates. It's not like before when they briefly changed the music, there's no music at all.

I get their desire to re-brand all Sportsnet properties, but I miss the 20/20 music.

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LSU Punter Brad Wing's TD Called Back Due to Celebration

LSU Punter Brad WingLSU punter Brad Wing ran a fake punt into the end zone for a touchdown, only it was called back because of his "excessive celebration".

His 52-yard run was erased by an unsportsmanlike conduct call after he held the ball out toward a Florida defender. You have to see this one to believe it.

Two things: That's one stupid rule and that's one awesome camera angle.

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How Do Ya Like Them Apples?

mlbI hate the Red Sox. Not as much as I hate the Yankees, but it's a pretty strong hate. Needless to say, I was rooting for a Red Sox loss and a Tampa Bay win last night, but with the Rays down 7-0 to the Yankees and the Red Sox up 3-2 in Baltimore, I figured I wasn't going to get my way.

That's when everything I love about sports came together. Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon struck out the first two batters in the ninth, putting them an out away from beating the Orioles. Then, right on cue, Chris Davis doubled. Then Nolan Reimold doubled. And finally, Robert Andino singled to hand the Red Sox their 19th loss in their last 26 games.

Meanwhile, in Tampa Bay, the Rays were pulling off quite the comeback. They beat the Yankees 8-7 on an Evan Longoria 12th inning walk-off homer to win the wild card spot. The Red Sox, against all odds, were done.

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Hey Boston, how do ya like them apples?

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40 Homers Means Something Again

mlbWhen I was a kid, I got excited when George Bell hit 26 homers in '84 and then 28 in '85. Jesse Barfield's 40 in '86 seemed unreal, and Bell's 47 in '87 felt Ruthian. When I was growing up, 40 homers meant something very, very special.

At some point in the mid-90s, 40 homer seasons lost their zest. 17 players hit 40+ homers in 1996. That surge continued through 2006 when 11 players hit 40+. Finally, things seem to have gone back to normal.

Only two players will hit 40 homers this season. That's our Jose Bautista and New York Yankee Curtis Granderson. 40 homers means something again.

Jesse Barfield

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If You Want to Score, You Better Kick

NFLThe top 25 scorers in National Football League history are all placekickers.

If you want to score, you better kick. Here's the top 25, if you're curious.

  1. Morten Andersen 2,544
  2. Gary Anderson 2,434
  3. John Carney 2,062
  4. Matt Stover 2,004
  5. George Blanda 2,002
  6. Jason Elam 1,983
  7. Jason Hanson 1,890
  8. John Kasay 1,823
  9. Norm Johnson 1,736
  10. Nick Lowery 1,711
  11. Jan Stenerud 1,699
  12. Adam Vinatieri 1,659
  13. Lou Groza 1,608
  14. Eddie Murray 1,594
  15. Al Del Greco 1,584
  16. Ryan Longwell 1,583
  17. Steve Christie 1,476
  18. Pat Leahy 1,470
  19. Jim Turner 1,439
  20. Matt Bahr 1,422
  21. Olindo Mare 1,420
  22. Jeff Wilkins 1,416
  23. Mark Moseley 1,382
  24. Jim Bakken 1,380
  25. Fred Cox 1,365

Hey Ry, I wrote about football!

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Dock Ellis and The LSD No-Hitter

baseballI Google+'d this a month ago, but it's just too awesome for Google+. Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No by James Blagden belongs here.

In celebration of the greatest athletic achievement by a man on a psychedelic journey, No Mas and artist James Blagden proudly present the animated tale of Dock Ellis' legendary LSD no-hitter. In the past few years we've heard all too much about performance enhancing drugs from greenies to tetrahydrogestrinone, and not enough about performance inhibiting drugs. If our evaluation of the records of athletes like Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Marion Jones, and Barry Bonds needs to be revised downwards with an asterisk, we submit that that Dock Ellis record deserves a giant exclamation point. Of the 263 no-hitters ever thrown in the Big Leagues, we can only guess how many were aided by steroids, but we can say without question that only one was ever thrown on acid.

You won't find anything better on the web today.

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The Pool Ends, Vancouver Burns, Leafs Watch Commences

StanleyI was glad the Canucks lost. Normally, I hate Boston, but in this series, they had my full support.

It sounds like more folks are talking about the riots than the series. That's too bad. If you want to see some amazing photos of the Vancouver riots, you want to visit the National Post.

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In my annual playoff pool, I actually finished second. My brother Steve finished first. Good times...

And with hockey officially behind us this season, our Leafs watch officially begins. Go Leafs Go!

Go Leafs Go

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J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!

jetsI've been calling for a Winnipeg Jets mulligan. The Jets were an easy team to like, and I wanted the team back in Winnipeg. I closed that entry with a simple plea: Bring back the Jets.

A deal has been reached to bring the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg. They'll play next season. As of this moment, they haven't announced their name.

This team has to be called the Jets. The NHL owns the rights to the name, and they have no issue with it returning to Winnipeg. In my opinion, there is no alternative. An NHL team in Winnipeg is the Jets. End of story.

Winnipeg Jets

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Mike Wilner on Aaron Lobel: Where's Aaron Today?

questionmarkI used to watch a little call-in sports show on Cable 10 called Let's Talk Sports. I wrote about Let's Talk Sports over six years ago if you want to read a little more about my memories of this cheesy local sports show from yesteryear.

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The hosts were Mike Wilner and Aaron Lobel. We all know what happened to Mike Wilner: he's host of Jays Talk on The Fan 590 and one of the top Jays reporters in the city. But what of Aaron Lobel?

Thanks to a twitter exchange with Mike Wilner yesterday, we know what happened to Aaron Lobel, and it might surprise you.

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From America Abroad Media:

Aaron Lobel founded America Abroad Media (AAM) and serves as the organization's president and chairman of the board, as well as executive producer of America Abroad and AAM Television. Mr. Lobel received a Ph.D. in International Affairs from Harvard University's Department of Government, where he was also awarded the University's top teaching award, the Joseph Levenson Prize. Prior to founding America Abroad Media, Mr. Lobel was a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C.; National Security Fellow at the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University; and a National Security Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he edited Presidential Judgment: Foreign Policy Decision Making in the White House (Hollis Press 2001).

Mr. Lobel currently serves on the Advisory Board of Business for Diplomatic Action, Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE), a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a consultant to the Bipartisan Policy Center. Mr. Lobel is a native of Toronto, Canada. He lives in Washington, D.C with his wife and son.

I'd still prefer to fill Mike's shoes than Aaron's.

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