OK, there's obviously stuff to be discussed over Locks of the Week, but before I get to that, there are some baseball notes I want to "touch base" with. First off, the Rockies were able to advance to the World Series in beastly fashion. They have not lost since the regular season in an epic game vs the Diamondbacks. This is an historic happening. I was in Colorado right during the trade deadline. Everyone was expecting a blockbuster deal to propel the Rockies into the playoffs. Nothing happened. Woody Paige, in one of his articles in the Denver Post, basically called them a dead duck, or at least not doing enough to save their season. In retrospect, such a claim is laughable. However, this dream almost never happened. They had to participate in a play-in game just to get to the playoffs. Imagine if they had dropped that game. We'd be minus a World Series team. We'd probably talking about what a great story the Diamondbacks season was. But they didn't drop that game. They haven't dropped any playoff game. And considering where they were, this is truly a Cinderella story.
Good call Woody
There's a whole lotta drama on the AL side of things. First off, Josh Beckett completely shut down my Cleveland Indians. We finaly know what happens when an unstoppable force (Josh Beckett) meets the immovable object (C.C. Sabathia). Oh well, we got Fausto Carmona on the mound tonight, and I think we'll take the pennant even if it takes a game seven. As fascinating as this is, I have to talk about Joe Torre and the Yankees. I was schocked that they actually offered Joe Torre an offer, not to mention an offer with the kind of potential that one had. So, you can only imagine the kind of shock I had when he turned it down. Why I wonder. He loved that job, or at least he said he did. Was the pressure to much for him? I can see how someone would hate their job if George Steinbrenner was their boss. But still, it was his dream job, or so we thought. He mentioned that the money wasn't enough, but the offer was good enough to make him one of the top 3 if not the top paid manager in all of baseball. Who knows. What I do know is that some team is going to get one heck of a manager and a person in Joe Torre, and I hope he goes somewhere where he can win without Stein Mart and the media breathing down his neck.
You gotta love Si Si
Alright, now for the locks. I've got Penn State (-7) over Indiana for college and Dallas (-9.5) to cover against the Minnesota Vikings. I made this pick despite my love for Adrian Peterson, because I like the matchup so much. Hopefully these picks can help widen my lead.
Zorgon has Baylor (+25) against the spread with Texas and the Dolphins (+17) against the Patriots. Though I'm not sure what the Dolphins pick is all about, perhaps he needs to pull out all the stops in order to take the lead.
Last but not least, Frost had South Florida (-3) last night against Rutgers. Ouch, Jason, not a good start to the week. I never did beleive in South Florida. Let me take this time to laugh. Mwahahahahahaha! Ok, and his pro pick is going against Zorgon, New England to cover (-17) against the Fins.
It's "R" Time, baby!