Monday, October 6, 2008

Monday's Starting Five

1. The Angelic Angelino Outfields of North Hollywood Near the In-and-Out Burger. Even if just for one more day, the Angels are alive. Barely. It took them extra innings and a surprise effort by a Weaver brother (Jered the Younger) out of the bullpen to earn them their first win in the ALDS against the Red Sox. Maybe this Game 3 win over the Red Sox can loose the Angels from the shackles of their history against this club from New England. Maybe Mike Napoli's unexpected multi-homer game and Jered Weaver's multi-inning stint in relief will turn the tide in this series. Maybe. But probably not. These guys just can't beat Boston.

2. The Miami Dolphins. I think the statement about the National Football League that would have seemed the most far-fetched six months ago is: "After throttling the New England Patriots and holding the lead in a hard-fought win over the San Diego Chargers, the Chad Pennington-led Miami Dolphins, who have used a twist on the single-wing offense to great effect, seem ready to contend for a playoff spot, having fully bounced back from a hard-to-swallow opening day loss to Brett Favre and the AFC East rival Jets." Just look at the sentence. It's all true. And, would have seemed absolutely hilarious a few months ago.

3. All of the New York Football Giants, Except for Plaxico Burress.I may not be sure if I've ever seen a team run a "F#$k You!" offense better than the Giants did in the first half against Seattle at the Meadowlands yesterday. But, I am positive that I've never seen a team run as good an FU offense when the FU was directed at a player on their own squad.

4. The Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles. This team had a below .500 record on Sept. 2. Now, less than a month later, they are arguably the favorite to win the NL pennant. Manny's jubilant slide across home plate in Saturday night's NLDS-clinching victory over the wayward Cubs was the perfect exclamation point moment for a team that suddenly seems to have it all: Joe Torre seems as a magisterial a manager as he ever did in pinstripes, Manny Ramirez is without a doubt the most fearsome offensive force on the planet right now this side of Sarah Palin's grammar. and the Dodgers' unspectacular-on-paper pitching staff has showed it can keep the team in every single game.

5. Just Going For It. This sort of reckless abandon is something that should always be applauded. Even if it didn't exactly work out for a certain Mr. Sage Rosenfels.