Monday, November 2, 2009

Monday Morning Meissnervations











Happy Monday to you, Happy Monday to you, Hap....Oh, you get the idea. :-)

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The Yankees are one win away from another World Series title. They beat the Phillies 7-4 last night, with a 3-run 9th inning. Brad Lidge was on the mound for Philadelphia with 2 outs, nobody on and an 0-2 count on Johnny Damon. Damon nipped a fould tip that the catcher couldn't handle and then, on the ninth pitch of his at bat, got a base hit. On the second pitch to Mark Teixeira, Damon swiped second, then continued onto third without stopping, when he noticed that, because the Phillies were over-shifted against Teixeira and no one was covering third. (How does a team get to the World Series, then make a little league mistake like that?) Lidge said: "It was kind of a weird play. We were kind of out of sorts." (Gee, ya think?) Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI double and Jorge Posada drilled a two-run single, Mariano Rivera closed out Philadelphia in the bottom of the ninth and it was all over.

The Yankees can wrap it up in Philadelphia tonight.

BTW: I seem to recall last night's first pitch being scheduled for 7:57, but not actually getting thrown 'til around 8:15. What the heck is up with that? You expect the time to be off by 2 to 5 minutes, that's routine. But, nearly 20 minutes? That's just disrespectful to the fans, both in the ballpark and watching on TV or listening to the radio.

Even though I live in the Eastern Time Zone, these games are on way too late for me, as well as a lot of people. (There's a great reason to move back west!) TV controls virtually everything in big-time sports. Anyone who says different is just flat-out lying.

First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:57 once again. Anyone wanna make book on when it really gets thrown?

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Rough ride for Canada's team Saturday, losing 24-6 to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Saskatchewan got little from quarterbacks Darian Durant and Steven Jyles and their scoring offense was a field goal from Luca Congi and three punt singles from Louis Sakoda. Turns out though, that the game was virtually meaningless, because BC lost to Calgary. As a result, the Riders clinched second in the West and with it, a first round home playoff game. And, a win over Calgary this Saturday, will give Saskatchewan their first division title in 33 years.

Kickoff at Mosaic Stadium this coming Saturday is 7:00p.m. EST. The live broadcast on CKRM and the Rider Radio Network begins an hour earlier. The link to listen is on the right side of this blog.

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The Oregon State Beavers made a few hearts skip a beat Saturday. They looked pretty dominant against UCLA, building a 19-3 lead 4:50 into the 4th quarter, then needed a James Rodgers 17-yard touchdown run with 44 seconds left to regain the lead that had completely disappeared, winning the game 26-19. And, to no one's surprise, the Rodgers Brothers were spectacular. Jacquizz rushed 25 times for 111 yards, caught 7 passes for 91 yards and threw a 14-yard touchdown pass. (Wildcat offense anyone? Nope, it's the "Wild Beaver!") James rushed 4 times for 17 yards and the winning touchdown, and caught 10 passes for 116 yards. Justin Kahut kicked 4 field goals and 2 PATs and Johnny Hekker punted 4 times for a 45-yard average, kicking 3 inside the 20. Sean Canfield was 25-of-34 passing for 314 yards. I never thought Derek Anderson had a chance to play in the NFL, but even though it's Cleveland, he IS there. With the numbers, including a chance to set the all-time school completion percentage record, Canfield may have a good chance to play on Sundays next year.

Beavers are in Berkeley next Saturday to play the Cal Bears. Kickoff at 7:30p.m. EST. Radio on KPAM and the Beaver Sports Network, TV on Fox Sports Net.

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Speaking of Beaver quarterbacks, Lyle Moevao's college football days may be over. After getting into just one play so far this season, after recovering from off-season rotator cuff surgury, (the same operation Canfield had a year ago) Lyle tore some ligaments (ankle, I think) in practice and is done for the year. An attempt to get a medical redshirt (or whatever it's called) will be made, so thatMoevao can play one more year, but apparently athletic department officials aren't confident it will be granted.

Moevao may not be NFL quality, but whatever he does post-college, he'll likely be successful at. He's a class guy.

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BTW: Jimmy's new word this past week is "Cookie." Garsh he's cute!











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The Tampa Bay Lightning beat Ottawa last Thursday 5-2. Steven Stamkos continued his hot play, scoring twice. He has 10 goals this season, not bad for a guy Barry Melrose labeled as not ready for the NHL last season. On Saturday, the New Jersey Devils won their second shoot out of the season in Tampa, taking the game 2-1. The Lightning are something like 0-for-13 on shoot out chances this season and have lost all three shoot out games they've played so far this season.

Lightning at Flyers tonight. Faceoff is at 5:00p.m. EST. WDAE has the radio call, Sun Sports the telecast.

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In the NFL, Brett Favre was roundly booed before the game but got the last laugh, throwing four touchdown passes in Minnesota's 38-26 win at Green Bay(But boy, did the brauts my wife grilled ever taste good!). Baltimore handed Denver their first loss of the season yesterday, winning 30-7. Indianapolis remained unbeaten with an 18-14 win over San Francisco, and Miami beat the J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets 30-25 thanks to Ted Ginn, Jr. who ran back two third quarter kickoffs for touchdowns(The first player to do that since 1967), one 100 yards, the other 101.

Houston is 5-3 after a 31-10 win over Buffalo, Chicago throttled Cleveland 30-6, Dallas rolled past Seattle 38-17 and Philadelphia blasted the Giants 40-17(The Giants started 5-0, but looked horrid in losing their third straight game yesterday.

St. Louis won their first game of the season, beating Detroit (YAAAAAAAAWN) 17-10, San Diego topped Oakland (Gee, what a surprise) 24-16, Tennessee won their first game on the year, beating Jacksonville 30-13 (Yawn again) and Carolina won at Arizona 34-21.

And in Monday Night Football, Philadelphia beat Washington last week 27-17. Tonight, New Orleans will try to stay unbeaten, as they host Atlanta.

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That's it for today, Errands to run and another week of physical therapy and doctor's visits to get started. Have a great week y'all!

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