Some items from the weekend, as the countdown commences to the opening of the NBA season:
Word out of L.A. is that the Phillies are ahead of L.A. in the Pat Gillick sweepstakes, and may make an offer as soon as tonight: "They haven't teed anything up," Gillick said of the Dodgers.
Jerry Bailey could keep riding, but at 48, "this is a little different situation than athletes in other sports," he says. If Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic was indeed his last big ride -- and reading between the lines, he sure sounded wistful in the on-horse interview with Donna Brothers on the broadcast -- then it was a heck of a walk into the sunset.
Last night's late NFL: Tedy Bruschi returns, and so do the Patriots, rallying to beat the Bills. Meantime, Garth Woolsey figures the NFC East is turning beastly -- even after that Giants pasting of the Washingtons yesterday. And in the department of worst coin-flip call, the Lions took the ball in OT -- and coughed up the game-winning INT so don't look now, but the Bears are in first place.
If only the English Premier League was half as contested as the verbal catfighting in the dugout, vis. Jose Mourinho on Arsene Wenger: "I think he is one of these people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people." (But look here: Wigan is on pace for Europe and Gazza is back -- "Bloody hell, he's been in some dressing rooms!").
Rosie DiManno's been watching guys in pumpkin-orange spandex the last few days. Here's her roundup on a week of that.
Poets Corner: On Saturday, the bard turned his
modern abstract eye on "fun", in another one for The Collected Works of Donald Stewart Cherry:
what he said?
What'd I say
in coach's corner?
They're havin' fun out there.
Let's have some fun.
What's the first word he said?
We had a lot of fun out there.