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Sunday, October 25, 2020

NFL WEEK 7 2020

 There is a reason why cool October nights fuel our passions. Yes, we had a great experience crashing the FACDL awards banquet (Motto "Rumpole is never invited again"). 

But the fall classic, the World Series, is what really made our night on Saturday. This game has become a classic. 

Dodgers up 2-1 in the series, jump out to a 2-1 lead. In the 5th inning it is 3-1. LA finishes the top of the 6th up 4-2. Then the fun begins. Rays at bat. bottom of the sixth.  Two  on, one out and a three run dinger by  Brandon Lowe who is having an October Monster Series makes it 5-4 Tampa.  The Dodgers march right  back at the top of the next inning with two runs on a laser single to right by Joc Pederson. LA 6-5. Bottom of the seventh inning Rays' Kevin Kiermaier blasts one 426 feet to to right field. Game tied 6-6. The Dodgers come right back in the top of the eighth. Runner at second, two out and Corey Seager hits a Texas league blooper into short left-center and it is LA 7- Tampa 6. 

And now it is the bottom of the ninth. 7-6 Dodgers.  Kiermaier, who has already homered,  hits a single. The Dodgers walk Rays slugger Arozarena. Runners at first and second.  Two outs, two on. It does not get better than this. A single ties the game, two runs tie the series. 

 Rays slugger rookie Randy Arozarena, who already has homered in the fourth, is on first. (this will become important shortly).  And little used and unknown bench player Brett Phillips steps to the plate. For 2020 he hit an anemic .196; 51 at bats; ten hits. 

The Count is one ball and two strikes. The Dodgers, like the 86 Red Sox*, are one strike away from going up 3-1 in the series.  Kenley Jansen throws  92 mph heater right down the center of the plate and the man meets the moment. Phillips singles up the middle to center and now the fun begins. 

Kiermaier scores easily as Dodger centerfielder Chris Taylor boots the ball. Game tied. Then Taylor throws to the  cutoff man who throws to home as a chugging Arozarena does what has now become this week a "Daniel Jones**" and trips  for no reason whilst rounding third.  Arozarena, having belly flopped on the base path is easy pickings and we are headed for extra innings.  

Except it is October and the world series,  when ground balls hit players in the throat (Tony Kubek 1960 series) or trickle through the legs of first basemen and Bill Buckner  (Mets-Sox Game 6, 1986) becomes a goat of historical proportions (and no, that is not the greatest of all time acronym. Once upon a time a goat was the person who lost the game). 

On this cool October evening Dodgers catcher Will Smith drops the ball and Arozarena, with new life like a fish that has spit the hook, gets up and belly flops into home as Smith lunges a bit too late to make the tag.  

Rays win 8-7 and we cannot wait for game five. Series tied 2-2. 

Chew on this classic game while we get our picks and the survivor pool up. 


Bills over Jets. Gang green cannot afford to win and lose the #1 pick. Bills -13. 

Bradys's at Vegas.  It's good to be a Tampa fan these days. Stanley Cup winners. World Series team of destiny and the cheatingist QB in the NFL now has AB to throw the ball to. Take Brady -3. 

Jags at LA. Take LA -7.5. 

SURVIVOR POOL

Week Seven by HR on Scribd

* Yes in 86 the Sox were one strike away from winning the series and ending the curse of the Bambino when Buckner booted the ball. But the analogy fits here. 

** This past Monday night, Giants QB Daniel Jones, having broken free, was on his way to an 80 yard TD  run when, like someone being chased in a horror slasher film, he inexplicably tripped and fell with no player within ten yards of him. 

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kenneth W all the way in the blog NFL survival pool. My money is on him.

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


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CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...

The Captain Reports:

It was truly a classic. After the opening act of the FACDL GALA this was the main course and dessert special.

Every run the Dodgers scored last night was with two outs.

A run was scored in every inning of the game except the second.

Dodgers closer Jansen was one strike away from handing Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw the ball for the Ring game.

It was all surreal. That final at bat could only have happened after Randy Arozarena, who is having one of the most amazing post seasons in MLB history*, worked Jansen from his own 1-2 count into a seven pitch walk.

*Arozarena hit seven HRs in 60 regular season games this year and has already gone yard nine times in the post season, including last night.

And what could have been going through the mind of pinch hitter Brett Phillips who was hitting below the Mendoza line in 2020 and was looking down the barrel of a 1-2 count.

Can’t wait for tonight’s game five.

Cap Out .....

Anonymous said...

I have said that judges are generally political neophytes, who are oblivious to the political horsepower of those appearing in their courtrooms. Many judges are intoxicated by the robe, and believe that by kowtowing to those they perceive as the legal elite will secure their judicial seats. I have news for those on the bench, you never know the political horsepower of those in ruffled attire. A wise man once told me to be nice to everyone you interact with because you never know who the person is or, more important, whether they have a godfather, either way they can make your professional life hell. As he would say, wolves often present themselves as a sheep, and you do not want a wolf off the leash because they are a nightmare, so be nice. We all saw how Tunis and Rebull lost their reelections. Tunis lost by a such a margin that no one could ever imagine a seating judge losing by such a large margin. Now, Rebull, for all of the critics, had the backing of the right political powerful forces, although working to secure his reelection encountered a hiccup because the forces helping Rebull were busy focusing their efforts on retiring Tunis. Nevertheless, they made up for the hiccup by getting Rebull reappointed. Ironically, there are several judges who ignore the obvious. As I heard this weekend, one of those judges is Manno Schurr, who is certain to get a challenger in her upcoming reelection next year. Manno Schurr is totally oblivious to community ties or political power of those who appear before her. As I hear it, she recently went out of her way, for no reason, to embarrass someone who is no slouch. There was also mention that Manno Schurr is keeping a lot of company with a particular lawyer who has fallen out of favor with the political inner circle. There was also a hint about Sayfie and Soto, but Manno Schurr was the center of the conversation. Perhaps next weekend at Ocean Reef I will hear more about why Sayfie and Soto are on the short list.

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