Monday, August 21, 2006

Random Thoughts - Monday Afternoon

Taking a quick breather from the Vol games list...

- The Yankees just broke the Boston Red Sox. Playing the almost unheard of five game series at Fenway, the Yankees won 12-4 and 14-11 in a Friday doubleheader, 13-5 on Saturday, 8-5 in 10 innings last night, and turned around 12 hours later and won 2-1 today. On Thursday the Red Sox were 1.5 back in the AL East, a division they've led for most of the season. Today, they're 6.5 out, and 4.5 out of the Wild Card - and this isn't the "nobody really wants it" NL Wild Card race, this is the White Sox and the Twins.

Now, you could've said this after Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS, but there's no way the Red Sox come back from this. At the All-Star Break I liked the Red Sox to win the division, because A-Rod was under attack and the Yankees looked like they were ready to come apart. The World Series rings on the Boston fingers should've reminded them that the division didn't belong to New York anymore. David Ortiz was hitting nothing but homers in the 9th inning.

Instead, there aren't words that I can put to what New York did to Boston over the weekend and today that would adequately describe it. Dominated? Owned? Destroyed? Ended?

There's no way Boston comes back from this.

- The US Ryder Cup Team was announced today. The Ryder Cup is one of my favorite events, going back to watching Justin Leonard sink that putt several years ago. The event isn't until September 22-24, but perhaps this time 12-time major winner Tiger Woods and friends can stem the tide of European dominance. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

- The WWE needs someone to take the belt - and the ratings - and run with it. The main event for SummerSlam last night was John Cena vs. Edge. Who's excited? I didn't see the PPV last night (though I read that Foley and Flair was legendary...I am getting tired of wasting good talent on PPV matches by having them face a McMahon or two), and up here I usually TiVo RAW and catch what interests me the next day during lunch...and I like Edge. I think he can work well as a foil, as the heel. But the WWE needs someone to rise up and fill a void that's been there since The Rock started making movies. They had a real shot when they bought WCW to make everything go right, and it seems like they missed the boat on a couple of chances here and there. I've never liked the RAW/SmackDown separation, though I understand its necessity. Watching Batista and Big Show get booed by the ECW fans two or three weeks ago was brutal.

Who is the marketable star right now? Triple H? How long will the DX angle run before they decide to have H and Shawn go at each other again (WrestleMania?) I loathe John Cena, and it seems like a solid percentage of fans feel the same way. I don't think Batista is the one to do it either. Looking at the current talent roster...what's the best possible WrestleMania main event you can throw out there right now?

It's not that it's unwatchable, or anything close to it - if they put Triple H and Kurt Angle in the WrestleMania main event, I'd pay. If they continue to utilize Shawn Michaels, play the Undertaker right, and put the younger guys who can really go (including Edge) around the undercard, you can have a good event. But they're missing Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels (round one), Steve Austin and The Rock. They dont have THE guy that makes everyone want to tune in. But they'll press on. They always do.

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