A looking ahead post to send you into your weekend, with some
good reads and some regulars returning:
What I'm watching. Breeders' Cup (Saturday, 1 pm, NBC). Old track pal Peter Mallet, of Crushing the Cup fame -- they'll be giving it away at Woodbine tomorrow, a rare instance of a handout that might make you some money -- passes along this e-mail from Belmont:
"Much comedy here, most of it provided this year by the Brits and their sudden concern about the weather and the turf -- "it's like a bowl of soup out there" sez Gerald Butler (trainer of Jack Sullivan). As if it hadn't rained in Europe all fall. Maybe he left his waders back at the yard."
Euros complaining about North American turf. Well I never. (By the way, Peter loves Singletary to defend in the Mile, and who am I to argue? As for my Classic pick Borrego, ace Star handicapper Jennifer Morrison termed his gallop this morning "awesome".)
What I'm not watching: Red Sox Week (WSBK, Sunday, 10 p.m.). On Monday, no game. On Tuesday, no game. On Wednesday -- you get the idea.
Punters corner: A Friday tradition for, oh, eight weeks or so. You can go to the Linebacker. Or Chris Schultz. Or any of a number of places. But here's five Pro-Line picks that you can't get anywhere else. And for good reason (For entertainment purposes only. Don't ever, ever make a wager based on them. But Pro-Line, which falls outside the category of wagers into the realm of "pin the tail on the government-funded hospital bed", is definitely not a wager):
OTT V+ win (2.7) at TOR. On Queer Eye for the Satellite Hot Stove Guy, the panel works on Eric Duhatschek's yikes-only-a-sportswriter-would-wear-that sports jacket.
CHI V win (2.6) at DET (NFL). With Bears gathering momentum, coach Lovie Smith vows an even tougher approach, changing name to Hatie Smith.
NWO H win (2.5) vs. MIA. On Trailer Park Boys, Ricky Williams guest stars as Bubbles is called up to be the Jets' next quarterback, and Julian and Ricky concoct scheme to sell "Meadowlands Maui Wowie" brownies outside Giants Stadium.
CLE V win (2.5) at HOU. On this week's Disasters of the Century, a special show on Houston: the Astros' World Series; Tom DeLay; The Texans.
FLA V win (2.9) at TOR. Due to skyrocketing cost of insurance, Leafs cancel AMJ Move of the Game promotion where fan chosen at random is moved down to be Wade Belak's defence partner.
Almost forgot this: Jean Van De Velde, protesting that women are allowed to play with men, wants to try to qualify for the British Women's Open. To which the Brothers Judd reply: Don't Frenchman qualify already?