Friday, May 29, 2009

Thursdays are for Pitching

The five-game Thursday night baseball world didn't give us a whole lot to work with, but we'll make do.

If you're a gambling man, all 5 games yesterday went Under the total.  Other than that, it was a bit of a stinker, as fantasy implications go.  The Indians won a battle of futility with the Rays, 2-1.  Jason Varitek homered twice for the Red Sox, then got tossed in a 3-1 Boston victory.  The Dodgers wasted 15 small scoring opportunities, but the Cubs wasted 1 big one and lost 2-1.  And in the night's high-scoring affairs, Arizona and Baltimore each managed a whopping 5 runs, and each won their contest.

I must admit, I wish, for one night at least, we were still covering basketball, as the NBA Playoffs this year are just outstanding.  Right from the get-go, they've been exciting, compelling, hard-fought; just about every adjective you can throw at them has been accurate.  The Celtics and Bulls went to, what, 75 combined overtimes in the their first-round series?  The Yao-less Rockets pushed the Lakers to 7 games in a series that, for all intents and purposes, should have been over in 4 or 5.  The surging Nuggets plowed through the Hornets and Mavericks to make 2008-09 the most successful season in Nuggets history.  Everywhere you turn, the action has been heart-stopping, and the stars have been involved in every series.

Hell, if last second buzzer-beaters, overtime action, long series, physical beatings, and playoffs that have involved huge shots from Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Big Baby Glen Davis, Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Paul, Hedo Turkoglu, Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis and a host of other names I've neglected hasn't been enough to satiate your desires, how about an absurd double-booking of Denver's Pepsi Center?  The WWE, of all organizations, had apparently booked a show in Denver on the same night as the Nuggets would have hosted a home game against the Lakers in what has been one of the most physical and emotionally exhausting series I've ever seen.

I was hoping for a Triple-H versus George Karl show-down, with Karl delivering a match-ending piledriver, but sadly Los Angeles offered the WWE a backup venue, and Vince McMahon staging a feud/attack with the Pepsi Center's ownership at his show was the best we could do.

No baseball pickups today, unless something slipped by, and if so, I welcome commenters drop a note below the post.

And now, for everyone who finds chasing cheese down a slippery hill, here, as promised, is the most ridiculous video I've seen in years:

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