I couldn’t fire up the NFL Network on my Time Warner Cable-fueled TV last week. I ended up getting into a painful web chat with a guy named Lionel, who was wearing khakis. He called up the wrong account and advised me to do something that about killed my screen. I finally fixed it myself by unplugging the box, then plugging it back in. Genius. The only thing that could’ve made this experience worse is if the annoying Bill Cowher had knocked on my door.
Baseball’s regular season ends two weeks from today. The Reds are too far back in the loss column to seriously contend for the NL Central crown, and Cincinnati is getting a late challenge from Washington for the second wild card spot. The Nationals, though, have three games with the Braves and three with the Cardinals. So breathe easy Reds fans, and get ready for a one-game playoff.
In the American League, meanwhile, Cleveland is threatening to grab a wild card, which would be refreshing. Many thanks to the Red Sox for smacking around the Yankees. The bearded men are trying to save us from October A-Rod drama. We need that like we need Ben Affleck posing as Batman.
All college basketball recruits sound like future NBA all-stars when they commit to schools. Such is the case with UD’s newest catches. That said, skinny Darrell Davis from Detroit and stout Steve McElvene from New Haven, Ind., who will be on campus next year, sound like they can play a little. McElvene, who is 6-foot-11, will give the Flyers much-needed size, the kind you usually see at power-conference schools.
I saw something during the Nebraska-UCLA game I’ve never seen. The Bruins’ kicker missed a field goal by a couple feet. The Nebraska fans behind the goal post cheered. But the official signaled “good.” Ridiculously bad, but replay corrected the call. It didn’t help the Huskers, who blew a 21-3 lead and lost 41-21. Nebraska has not given the Big Ten the boost it expected when it added the former juggernaut.
Chaminade Julienne has put up 58 and 66 points the past two games. The Eagles travel to Purcell Marian on Friday. The PM defensive coordinator might be tempted to call in sick.
Listening to someone talk about their fantasy football team can be torture, but I’ve gotta share this. I won my first game 55-50 and got minus-1 from my running backs. OK, last time I bore you with that.
Knucklehead of the Week
Surly slugger Barry Bonds will finally begin serving his sentence after being convicted of obstruction of justice two years ago. He faced charges after giving a rambling testimony in a case about performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. Basically, he didn’t answer questions in front of a grand jury, even though he was granted immunity if he told the truth. Let that be a lesson to you, kids. Bonds is facing 30 tough days of house arrest.