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they need more than a makeover

So today (Sunday) I was sent to interview the Ali family of Queens, stars of that evening’s ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’. Only, no one in the office had thought to set this up ahead of time … and they apparently have an unlisted number. So I just show up at their doorstep around 6:30 […]


“The Yankees couldn’t save themselves. They couldn’t keep the egg from being splattered all over their faces. They couldn’t avoid being the first team in Major League Baseball to ever surrender a three-games-to-none series lead. … [T]he 2004 Yankees are poster boys for unprecedented failure. Hands down, they represent the biggest sporting collapse of all time.— Karen Guregian, Boston Herald—————–“Forevermore, the date goes into the New England calendar as an official no-school/no-work/no-mail-delivery holiday in Red Sox Nation. Mark it down. Oct. 20. It will always be the day that Sox citizens were liberated from 8 decades of torment and torture at the hands of the New York Yankees and their fans. Boston Baseball’s Bastille Day.”– Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe—–“[T]his was more than just a baseball game last night. This was a passion play, a contemporary epic poem, the classic New England novel. This was about the Red Sox and overcoming their star-crossed past, this franchise that’s been around for over 100 years now, as much a part of New England as Paul Revere’s ride and the Old North Church. This was the Red Sox, and they transcended baseball around here a long time ago. Baseball is what little kids play on the sandlot.”— Bill Reynolds, Providence Journal——-“Now, the single biggest postseason flop in baseball history does not belong to some Red Sox team or Boston goat such as Bill Buckner. Instead, the new and uncontested champions of the October gag are the New York Yankees.”— Thomas Boswell, Washington Post—-“History was theirs for the taking, and the Boston Red Sox didn’t merely seize it Wednesday night — they grabbed it by the neck, put it in a headlock and wrestled it to the ground, much as they did to all those Yankee Stadium ghosts that have haunted them for so many years.”— Mike DiGiovanna, L.A. Times—“I sit here in journalistic shock. I am trying to digest the fact that I have just seen the greatest team feat in the 101-year history of postseason baseball as we know it. A team that fell behind, three games to none, has come back to win a postseason series. That team is the Boston Red Sox, and the team they have just victimized is the New York Yankees.”–Bob Ryan, Boston Globe



the critics agree

If New York loses Game 7 Wednesday night … these 2004 Yankees will go down as the greatest chokers in postseason history.

the critics agree

If the Red Sox, the team synonymous with collapses, misfortune and despair, win Game 7, then, in a blink, the blackest mark in Yankees history will actually be darker than any disgrace in all Boston annals.


The Yankees are gagging like a terrier on a chicken bone. And if they lose this series after having it in a strangle hold, nothing Boston has ever coughed up, from Bucky F.N. Dent to Bill F.N. Buckner to Aaron F.N. Boone, can even come close to measuring up.

no controversy here

From the MLB Umpire Manual, secgtion 6.1 (offensive interference)While contact may occur between a fielder and runner during a tag attempt, a runner is not allowed to use his hands or arms to commit an obviously malicious or unsportsmanlike act such as grabbing, tackling, intentionally slapping at the baseball, punching, kicking, flagrantly using his […]

making history

Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted, one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?”

Mr. Clutch

Who’s your Papi????

keep hope alive

this would be … the. greatest. comeback. IN SPORTS HISTORY!!!

Kobe question

Why does the Associated Press and other news organizations continue to blame the Eagle County Justice Center for the name of the accuser in the Kobe Bryant case being revealed on the Internet?

The woman was first named on eurweb.com on July 17, 2003. Within days web sites quickly with names like the Binary Report, Web Rats, Kobe Watch and others quickly sprang up (or rose to prominence) by posting details and pictures of the woman (Some of the pictures later proved to be of someone else). By the time L.A.-based talk-show host Tom Leykis named her on-air July 23, 2003, anyone with a little curiousity and access to google already knew her name.

The Eagle County Justice Center, meanwhile, didn’t accidentally post her name until Sept. 16 – for just a few hours, in a document that was quickly removed. The only archive copy I’m aware of, on The Smoking Gun, was posted in a redacted format, with her name removed.

There’s simply no reason to believe the screw-ups at the Eagle County Justice Center contributed to anyone learning this young woman’s name.

debate reax

I thought Kerry won. He makes Bush look like an intellectual lightweight. But Kerry’s bringing up Mary Cheney was just so tacky and gratuitous. Bush was at his best when he talked about compassion, tolerance for gays, etc. — he seemed genuine and from-the-heart. A lot of his attacks on Kerry just seem so […]

I just added a site meter to my site…

It’s not paranoia …

our columnist Juan Gonzalez just gave me a solid example of why you can’t just dismiss conspiracy theories out of a hand — a recently declassified 12-page secret plan for creating a pretext for invading cuba…

3. A ‘Remember the Maine incident’ could be arranged in several forms:&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp a. We could blow […]

You heard it here first

Red Sox in five. Sox are ready, poised and prepared. They Yankees aren’t going to know what hit them.

feelin’ good

12 miles in the park this afternoon, then a quick 20-min. workout in the company gym before work … two scales in the locker room, one put me at 171, the other 178. Hm. In any case, good news – i had ballooned up to 185 after that knee surgery in 2002.

Grete’s Great Gallup photo

Photos of yours truly

2004 race

2003 race

more running

Ran Grete’s Great Gallup 1/2 marathon this morning. Kicked it the last mile to finish under 1:40 – 1:39:50 (net). “Clock” time was 1:41 flat. 7:37 pace, 500 out of 2,105 men running…