It’s All Opinions Day
They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:
The player who made the biggest impression on me during the World Series was 23-year-old Giants catcher Buster Posey. Not only did he do a terrrific job handling that great pitching staff, but he’s an extraordinary hitter who, unlike most players his age, isn’t afraid to use the whole field. He’s the National League version of Joe Mauer . . .
Nice to see Angels’ coach and good guy Ron Roenicke get a manager’s job in Milwaukee. He’s earned it . . .
Peyton Manning is on one level, and all the other current NFL quarterbacks are on another . . .
I still think it will be the Red Sox, not the Yankees, who are the Angels’ biggest competitors for Carl Crawford . . .
The thing I like about listening to Joe Buck do TV baseball play-by-play is that he knows the game so well . . .
Ask me to make out my Heisman Trophy ballot right now and it would read like this: 1) Cam Newton, Auburn QB, 2) LaMichael James, Oregon RB, and 3) Kellen Moore, Boise State QB . . .
It’s too late in the season to switch, but UCLA’s Richard Brehaut would be a much more effective quarterback as a straight dropback passer . . .
Donovan McNab isn’t in shape to run the two-minute drill? Come on, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan could have come up with a better excuse than that for benching his quarterback at the end of the game . . .
The Lakers’ biggest enemy now? Boredom . . .
San Diego State is rated in the preseason top 25, and UCLA isn’t. Yes, college basketball has changed a little, hasn’t it? . . .
The NFL Network will name the top 10 players of all time in a show on Thursday. I don’t know what order they’ll be, but I know five who should be included: Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor . . .
Make that six. Jerry Rice has to be in there, too . . .
Deacon Jones didn’t make the top 10. I know I’m a little biased, but I think that was a mistake. If they had kept sack statistics in his day, Deacon would have obliterated all the records . . .
So all that panic after the LeBron, er, Miami Heat lost their first game looks a bit silly now, doesn’t it? . . .
USC’s Lane Kiffin is hinting he’ll make two position switches this week. I’m guessing both will be in the defensive secondary . . .
Biggest post-game mystery of USC-Oregon was how the Trojans let Jeff Maehl run free to catch three touchdown passes when they knew going in he was the Ducks’ go-to guy . . .
If the world champion Giants ever decide to go out and sign two quality free agent hitters, they’ll really be frightening . . .
The best way to describe the Clippers’ passionless Baron Davis is with a three-letter word that rhymes with fog . . .
— STEVE BISHEFF