WATERCOOLER CHAT: WORLD SERIES RAIN DELAY, TITANS UNDEFEATED

BASEBALL

It was a muddy Game 5 of the World Series… literally.  The Phillies were all over Tampa Bay’s pitcher, Scott Kazmir early.  In the 1st inning, Shane Victorino blasted a single to left and brought in two RBIs.  2-0 Phillies, and a great start for a game in which the Phillies were trying to clinch.  But later, Evan Longoria would drive in a run with a shot to center field, and then in 6th Carlos Pena hit a single to left, and B.J. Upton rounded the extremely muddy field, but… was able to score.  And we’re tied at 2.  Then, the rain just started pouring.  FOX waited a solid hour before finally deciding to suspend the game, and the contest will continue Tuesday night at 8PM EST.  Quite irregular for a World Series to just start and stop like that, but hey, when it’s raining, it’s raining, and you just can’t play ball.

NFL

In the NFL, it was a much anticipated Monday Night match-up as the unbeaten Tennessee Titans hosted the Indianapolis Colts.  The Titans defense is ranked #1 in the league, but Peyton Manning publicly pronounced that the Titans haven’t faced a passing attack like the Colts this season yet.  Titans got on the board first with a Rob Bironas field goal, but the Colts had the first TD with Peyton Manning’s 10-yard strike to tight end Dallas Clark.  Then the Titans dual-headed running game took over.  Chris Johnson ran for 77 yards and a TD, but LenDale White was Mr. Goal Line, where he drove his way for two TDs.  Manning tried a rushed late-game passing attack, but was fittingly intercepted to end the game.  The Titans are now 7-0, and if the Colts passing attack can’t beat them, who can?  It’s too early for the whole ‘Will they go undefeated’ talk, but it’s certainly in the back of people’s mind.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

In college football, Ty Willingham, head coach of The University of Washington, a once prestigious college football program, has decided to step down after the Huskies started the season 0-7.  Willingham came from Notre Dame, where he also failed to bring victories, and now he’ll have to find yet another home.  The coaching position of a major Pac-10 school is now open, and apparently, Lane Kiffin (former head Oakland Raiders coach and USC Offensive Coordinator) has expressed interest.  It sure would be interesting if Kiffin (who likely belongs in college ball) could lead the Huskies back to greatness and eventually usurp the #1 spot in the Pac-10 from USC’s Pete Carroll, his former mentor.

NBA

Finally, in the NBA, the New York Knicks made their final roster cuts yesterday, and a notable name was on the list.  Patrick Ewing Jr., son of Knicks 80s and 90s legend, Patrick Ewing, failed to make the squad despite an amazing final preseason game.  The legacy was not meant to be.  But that’s only for the Knicks legacy.  Perhaps another team will give Ewing Jr. a chance to succeed.

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