Archive for November 3rd, 2009



It was Game 5 of the World Series, and the Philadelphia Phillies needed a win desperately to keep this thing alive.  They got a great pitching performance from their ace Cliff Lee.  But what really helped them out.  Two words:  Chase Utley.  He blasted not 1, but two home-run shots to give the Phillies a commanding lead, 7-2.  And with those home-runs, he ties Reggie Jackson’s record for most homers in a World Series.

Mark TeixeiraWith the Yankees, however, you are never done until you’re done.  The Yanks clawed back, and found themselves down only 2 runs in the top of the 9th with 2 outs.   Then, Johnny Damon got on base.  Damon has been on fire in this series, and now represented the tying run.  Next up for the Yanks, their huge, off-season free agent acquisition, Mark Teixeira. This is what they pay him the big bucks for, to come up big in stressful situations. Unfortunately, Teixeira has played awful in this series.  Well, Phillies dominant closer Brad Lidge was on the mound, and… struck out Teixeira.  Now, the season heads back to New York for Game 6.  Will the Yankees close it out, or will it go to the always exciting Game 7, when absolutely every pitcher is available.  Philadelphia 8, NY Yankees 6.


Drew BreesElsewhere, in the NFL, the New Orleans Saints were hoping to remain the only other undefeated team in the league (the Colts are still perfect).  However, they would have to beat a tough division rival in the Atlanta Falcons.  The Falcons came out strong, and jumped out to a 14-7 lead, but Drew Brees and the Saints would power back.  Brees had two touchdown passes, and Pierre Thomas ran the ball for a decent 91 yards and a touchdown.  They were simply too much for the Falcons, and nabbed the win.  They are now a perfect 7-0, and definitely the cream of the crop in the NFC.  Is this their Super Bowl year?  New Orleans 35, Atlanta 27.


Finally, some very odd news out of the NBA.  On Halloween, during a game against the Sacramento Kings, Spurs forward Manu Ginobili knocked down an actual bat that had flown into the arena.  After “batting” it to the ground, Ginobili picked it up, and walked it off the court.  Well, the NBA made Ginobili get rabies vaccinations just in case.  And, um, those are a series of painful shots.  Ginobili posted on his blog that it wasn’t a good idea, and that people should stay away from rabies carrying animals.  Thanks for the tip, Manu.

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