It’s All Opinions Day
They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:
One exhibition game in, and Dwayne Wade already has an injured hamstring. Maybe the basketball gods aren’t so thrilled with the new triplets in Miami . . .
Wonder what Pete Carroll’s old USC friends thought of his call to congratulate Washington’s Steve Sarkisian on beating the Trojans . . .
The new rumor is Randy Moss could be traded to the Vikings. That could explain why he never caught a pass in the Pats’ Monday night romp against Miami . . .
Is it just me, or do the National League teams seem a lot stronger than the American League teams heading into the baseball playoffs? . . .
Certainly, the two best pitching starting rotations going in belong to the Phillies and the Giants . . .
Michigan’s shoelace kid, Denard Robinson, is only a couple yards short of 1000 yards rushing AND passing after only five games. Someone asked me if he’s a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender. My answer: Are you kidding? He’s the clear frontrunner . . .
My postseason baseball awards: NL MVP: Joey Votto, Reds. AL MVP: Josh Hamilton, Rangers. AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez, Mariners. NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay, Phillies. NL Rookie of the Year: Buster Posey, Giants. AL Rookie of the Year: Neftali Feliz, Rangers . . .
Managers of the Year: NL: Buddy Black, Padres. AL: Ron Gardenhire, Twins . . .
The MLB network offered a Dick Enberg Padres’ telecast during the final week of the season, only reminding me once again how good the one-time Angels’ play-by-play announcer is . . .
Seriously, if we had Vin Scully and Enberg still doing the broadcasts in this town, it would be like baseball nirvana . . .
No one is talking on the record, but my sense is the reason Dillon Baxter only touched the ball once against Washington is that the flashy USC freshman isn’t doing all he should off the field. You know, like maybe going to class . . .
What Bill Belichick proved again on Monday night is that he’s the only coach in the NFL who is worth extra points in the spread in each game . . .
It must be Oregon’s year. Guess which school Patrick Chung, who blocked two kicks and intercepted a pass in the Patriots victory, attended? Yep, the one in Eugene . . .
I love the new ESPN commercial of the Ducks’ mascot walking along and coming across a guy with a Lee Corso mascot head. Who comes up with these ideas, Jon Stewart? . . .
The two baseball teams in this town combined to produce one .300 hitter (Rafael Furcal, who barely made it). And they wonder why they both had long seasons . . .
Someone asked me to do a “Who stays, Who goes” blog on the Dodgers the same as I did with the Angels. But with the McCourt divorce case still such a mess, you can’t. Who knows how much money they’ll have to spend . . .or liquidate . . .
Wonder if some of the Cardinals players would like to have Matt Leinart back now? . . .
With spectacular Antonio Gates, the Chargers now have had two of the five best receiving tight ends of all time. The other was Kellen Winslow . . .
Winslow, by the way, would also rank among my five most quotable NFL players. I’ll never forget I asked him, immediately after his superhuman performance in the most unforgettable NFL game of our generation against Miami in the playoffs, how he felt. His answer: “Like I’ve just been to the mountain top.” . . .
— STEVE BISHEFF