Monthly Archives: October 2012

SF Giants in game 7. Yikes.

The last time the Giants won a game 7 was in 1921. In New York. I wasn’t there.

But I was there when the SF version of the Giants lost game 7 to the NY Yankees at Candlestick Park in 1962. And by being there, I mean 50 miles a way in Santa Clara, CA with a transistor radio hidden in my shirt and an earphone hidden from my 5th grade teacher on my right side.

Slugger Willie McCovey came up in the bottom of the 9th to face Yankees starter Ralph Terry. Felipe Alou stood on third base, Willie Mays on second after hitting a two-out double. The table was set for a dramatic Giants’ win.

The first pitch to McCovey, by his recollection, was a fastball down the middle. He crushed it over the right field wall, foul. The second pitch was slightly inside, but basically a no-nonsense fastball. McCovey crushed that as well, but right at Bobby Richardson. If the ball had been two feet higher, it would have driven in the two runs for a walk-off win.

The Yankees won the game 1-0 and the series. I lost one dollar in a bet with Mike Ireland, the last time I ever gambled on baseball. This all happened 50 years ago. I’m almost over it. Almost.

A win tonight over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS would definitely help.

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It’s the top of the 6th inning. Anyone who thinks this game is over has not been paying attention to the St. Louis Cardinals during the last three or four decades.

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Okay. It would appear that the Giants won the pennant with a 9-0 seventh game win. But I refuse to overlook the Cardinals capacity to come back and win. Or protest the last inning, since it probably should have been postponed due to rain.

If the score holds up tomorrow, I’ll believe.
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Halftime report—Texas 42, Baylor 31

By halftime report, I mean I’m going to write everything I can write during halftime of the Texas-Baylor game.

Joe Bergeron is having a hellofa game and looks like the real deal. Love that guy.

Otherwise, whoever kicks the most field goals loses. And since Baylor has the better field goal kicker…

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I took a long look at the Texas football schedule today. The only automatic win is Kansas. Probably because the coach is Charlie Weis.

When you wash out at Notre Dame, I guess you get to coach at Kansas as a consolation prize. Or commentate for ESPN (that’s for you, Lou).

I think the Longhorns could lose to Iowa State, Texas Tech, Kansas State (for sure) and TCU. Hell, the Longhorns could blow it in the second half against Baylor.

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The biggest upset of the day? In my opinion, Oklahoma State over Iowa state, 31-10. Did not see that coming.

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Best game of the day? Texas Tech in overtime over TCU, 56-10.

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Okay, on to other things. Specifically, Lance Armstrong.

So now the whole world knows about Lance Armstrong’s performance enhancing drug use. I pretty much feel the same way as when I heard Elton John announce that he’s gay. I’m not surprised, and I don’t care.

Like I’ve said before, most Austinites are more concerned about Armstrong’s drinking problem than his drug use.

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I know I don’t have many readers. But when two of them are wine writer John Cesano and political writer James Moore, it makes it worth the time. Cheers.

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Could we get the replacement refs back please?

Just kidding. But if you’re a Green Bay Packers fan, I understand why you might be frustrated. Good thing your team won this time. I mean… last time.

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Okay. I finally got to watch the University of Texas Longhorns. Damn. Who knew quarterback David Ash would come along so well? I didn’t. He’s even throwing the long passes down field.

He’s only 19 years old, you know. I was going to give him one more year before I passed judgment, and I might yet. He should be amazing next year, the year the Burnt Orange of Austin, Texas should be ranked in the top three at the 2013 season’s start.

This year? I don’t know. What happened to the defense? More specifically, what happened to tackling?

Today on local radio, Texas head coach Mac Brown said the tentative tackling was due to the new rules tempering head-to-head contact. Okay. But how about hand-to-thigh contact? If you’re going head-to-head on an open field tackle, you’re messing up from the get go.

We’ll see. The defense seemed like the best part of the Longhorns at the start of the season, and in a way it is. But it’s a specific part of the defense—the pass rush of defensive ends Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat.

The upcoming game against West Virginia will be very telling. For both teams. Best defense wins.

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I wrote the above after the Longhorns defeated Oklahom State. Here’s what I think after watching the Longhorns lose to West Virginia—I think West Virginia could win it all. Geno Smith is good.

Oddly, I thought the Texas defense did well, even though they gave up 48 points. But they also forced two fumbles, one on the goal line that allowed Jackson Jeffcoat to score a touchdown, and got four sacks.

And David Ash did great again, for the most part.

I know, I know. Next year.

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Hey USGA, do you want to win the Ryder Cup? Here’s an idea. Get Ian Poulter American citizenship. You’ve got about 700 days to get ‘er done. Go for it.

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Isn’t the Ryder Cup great? Golf with real crowd noise. Even cheering. And jeering. Love it.

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I think I figured out the problem with the Dallas Cowboys. It’s the quarterback.

Oh. Right. You read my columns to read stuff you don’t read anywhere else. Sorry. Guess I’m piling on.

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Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are the real deal. But I think Cam Newton will be to the Carolina Panthers what Vince Young was to the Tennessee Titans. Too much head hanging there.

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“Team suckage is real. It should be a stat.” Rod Babers, Oct. 9, 2012 on 300 The Zone, Austin, Texas.

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