Haven't had a chance to post today's TDWS, so let's just blend it all together in the usual Friday fashion round here.
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|Jack Morris, '91 Series ace, as a Jay in '93.|
Lots of candidates: the '04 Red Sox, the '02 Rally Monkeys, but I'm headed further into the wayback machine, to a guy who would cement his rep as the finest big-game pitcher of his generation, and cash in with the Blue Jays as they moved into their golden era.
That'd be Jack Morris, and the '91 Twins. Fifteen years ago today, Morris matched up against a young John Smoltz in a classic duel and won out, pitching a 10-inning shutout and the Twins, who had knocked out the Blue Jays on the way to summit, defeated the Atlanta Braves. If there's ever been a better Game 7 pitching performance, I haven't seen it.
Let's wrap it up then . . .
One Two last read(s). The Guardian's interview with former Irish international Paul McGrath is pretty sobering stuff:
The first of those failed suicides came in 1989, soon after he and Sir Alex Ferguson had fallen out for the last time and Manchester United sold him to Aston Villa. "I was in trouble with the club," McGrath says. "I'm drunk and ashamed, on the edge of my bed, and reaching for the knife. I remember the blood pouring across the floor and the screaming of the nanny looking after our boys."
Oh, and there's a new world record in Scrabble: 830.
One last view. Vintage sneakers for sale - only $8500. U.S.
One Two last e-mail(s). Joseph DiDanieli wants to see something this weekend:
I am hoping Don Cherry calls out Tucker the way he called out Barnaby. Tucker didn't goad anyone into a penalty like Barnaby but what he did going after Eaves and then not backing it up two nights later was just as cowardly as Barnaby. If Tucker wants to play the tough guy he better be ready to back it up against all comers - not just against people who don't fight like Eaves.
Don't hold your breath Joe. Meantime, J. Pruschka has this to say about Pro-Line, after that rant of a week ago:
I totally agree with you and Queens Park's ban on internet gambling advertising, or whatever they're trying to do. They're just out of touch with reality. Go to a licence system, make the licences super expensive so only the serious companies can afford to get into it & be done with it. What next, they're going to outlaw bookies too? Wait, they already have . . .
I have a question. If "Toronto FC" make it to the MLS playoffs next year or the year after, who do they expect to sit in the stands at BMO Field on a frigid night in October or November?? Would they move the games indoors to the Rogers Centre?
Makes sense. They have been nuzzling Mr. Rogers of late. But if they don't go in there, they could always rename the place FMAO Field.
Watching. Montreal at Argos, CBC, 3 p.m. It seems this time of year these two teams are always hooking up. Playoffs start next week, and depending on how it falls this weekend here and with B.C.-Winnipeg these two could finish anywhere from first to third in the east.
Pooch punts. Jinks was on fire last weekend, scarfing down winners like they were kibble and cookies - which they were, actually. Here's who he's gobbling up this week, even getting into the CFL:
Alouettes +3 1/2 over TORONTO, Atlanta +3 1/2 over CINCINNATI, PHILADELPHIA -7 over Jacksonville, NY Jets-Cleveland OVER 37 1/2, Indianapolis +2 1/2 over DENVER.