A World Series wish from the valley: The Detroit Tigers' Doug Fister (Merced) goes 8ª innings and hands the ball to closer Phil Coke (Sonora).
At least that's a possibility unlike the Giants-Yankees World Series.
The Bee's Joe Cortez will blame Jose Feliciano if the Giants don't reach The Big One.
Feliciano sang the national anthem before Game 1 of the NLCS. The first time he sang his famous rendition was in 1968. That year, the Tigers met the Cardinals (Yikes!)
The Giants must overcome everything, even Jose Feliciano juju.
The Yankees getting swept by Detroit was one thing, but the Yankees not leading for four games ... ouch.
The Giants seldom have enjoyed their stay on the Planet Zito ... until now.
Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, Eric Chavez and Curtis Granderson all whiffed through the playoffs, so why did the Yankees throw the book at Alex Rodriguez?
I can hear you he's owed $114 million over the next five years but you can't earn your salary when you're spitting sunflower seeds in the dugout.
Go figure: Nike eventually hung with Tiger Woods, Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick and Kobe Bryant but unloaded Lance Armstrong in about five seconds.
Conclusion: Nike will work with flawed stars as long as they're not using PED's.
It seems like even companies who did not sign with Armstrong are dumping him.
Popped into my brain after watching more grunt work by the 49ers' Frank Gore: Garrison Hearst.
The National Enquirer reported that O.J. Simpson, still in prison, wants to sell the "murder knife" for $5 million. He needs more money to track down the real killers.
Gordy Soltau was inducted to the 49ers Hall of Fame. He did a lot of post-career TV work back in the day when the blitz was called the "red dog."
The 49ers joined a growing list of NFL teams run ragged by the NFL schedule: Three games in 11 days.
Becoming a stone-cold lock: Jim "What's your deal?" Harbaugh beating up on Pete Carroll.
It could be worse, 49er Faithful: Stressing about Alex Smith after a 5-2 start.
Running the game from behind the plate: All four managers in the LCS were former catchers.
Another good look from the LCS: Timeless uniforms worn by the Tigers, Yankees, Cardinals and Giants.
Cal's failure to score a touchdown against Stanford means more trouble for Jeff Tedford.
My first reaction to The Play as I saw it unfold 30 years ago: No way this touchdown holds up.
My lasting memory 30 years later: John Elway, standing outside the Stanford locker room, saying, "They ruined my last game," while the Stanford Band merrily plays on outside.
The Play actually was overkill. The game already was a classic.
And, on my way home that night, a thought: I'll never see anything like this again.
That's still true.
Unless Coke relieves Fister.