If your mind is going back to the way the Giants swept through that series of elimination games in 2012, maybe you’re not in a frame of mind to hear that the Washington Nationals are 1 for their last 1 in this category.
But facts are facts, and besides that, if you wanted the full Giants experience in October that you got in July, August and September, you’ll take this and like it. After all, you can’t yammer on endlessly about resiliency and experience and all the other useless platitudes unless your team displays them.
And by the way, just a reminder that the Giants are your team, but they are not “we.” They are “they,” and here’s some helpful proof, from David Mitchell and Robert Webb.
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In the meantime, you can enjoy the continued sweats of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are starting their uber-ace Clayton Kershaw on short rest Tuesday in hopes of making sure the St. Louis Cardinals do not escape their clutches.
It is up to you to determine which of those two "they"s you find a more appealing opponent.
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And now, breaking the vicious cycle of “we need pro sports to be a big league town” has come to Seattle of all places, where Ashley Scoby of the Seattle Times tells us that KeyArena “is the great-grandma who’s still taking salsa lessons and mowing her own lawn.”
Turns out the arena, which is considered too old for the people who want to bring the NBA back to town, is actually turning a better dollar now than in the Sonics’ days. The arena, which lost money the last few years of the Sonics’ stay, made more than $1.2 million for Seattle last year.
So it’s good thing for Seattle that the Kings didn’t leave Sacramento. We’ll see how good a deal it was for Sacramento on the back side.
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Why drinking is a great bonding tool, No. 461,393: Roy Keane in his second autobiography tells the rollicking tale of a punch-up he had with his own team’s goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, during a tour of Asia (in which “friendlies” were played, as opposed to what the lads were up to):
“I had a bust-up with Peter when we were in Asia in 1998, just after I came back from my cruciate injury. I think we were in Hong Kong. There was drink involved. He said, ‘I’ve had enough of you, it’s time we sorted this out,’ so I said ‘Okay’ and we had a fight. It felt like 10 minutes. There was a lot of noise – Peter’s a big lad.
“I woke up the next morning. I kind of vaguely remembered the fight. My hand was really sore and one of my fingers was bent backwards . . . (teammate) Nicky Butt had been filling me in on what had happened the night before. Butty had refereed the fight. Anyway, Peter had grabbed me, I’d head-butted him – we’d been fighting for ages.”
Lesson: If you don’t know how long you’ve been fighting a guy and you don’t know how hurt you are until the next day, you probably shouldn’t have had that last beer. I mean “there was drink involved” is pretty much a cry for help, is it not?
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Speaking of which, Michael Phelps’ six-month suspension from swimming competitions after his second DUI is a great thing for him. For one, he has entered a six-week treatment program. And two, he has taken it seriously enough to withdraw from next summer's FINA World Championships.
And third, no practice!
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And finally, the South Sydney Rabbitohs won the National Rugby League Grand Final on Sunday, their first title in 43 years, and in doing so reminded us that rugby is for, well, special people. In the opening seconds of the game, Rabbitoh Sam Burgess clashed heads with Canterbury Bulldog James Graham and broke his cheek bone. Being a rugby player, Burgess never left the game.
You may call that insane, but that’s your call. I’m telling anyone with the intestinal leather to proudly call himself a Rabbitoh anything other than, “Well done to you, and please don’t hurt me with a hard stare.”