Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Quick hits


Donovan McNabb, Terrell Owens and Jimmy Rollins all on the same Sports Illustrated cover. I hope you don't believe in the jinx.

Here's hoping the Temple football team can find a way to win this week against Western Michigan. Otherwise it looks like 0-11.

There was another embarrassing moment last night for Phillies announcer Harry Kalas. He called a home run and gave his signature "Outta here," when the ball was caught at the wall by Pat Burrell.

Michelle Wie decides she is going to go pro. Golf World magazine said she could earn as much as $10 million in endorsement right away. If you tallied her LPGA finishes this year, she would have made about $750,000, good enough for eighth on the money list. And that was a reduced schedule.

It is possible the Red Sox, Yankees and Indians could all be tied after 162 games. What happens? The Red Sox and Yankees would play on Monday, Oct. 3 to see who wins the division. The loser would play the Indians (figuring the White Sox had already won the AL Central) on Tuesday for the wild-card spot with the winner heading to the Divisional Series. Talk about overtime. If Houston and the Phillies were tied for the wild card, they would play on Oct. 3 for the right to proceed.

How dominant is USC football? Coming off a national championship they are averaging 66 points and 630 yards per game. If that is not good enough, they are averaging a touchdown every six snaps.

Do you feel bad for the Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Daunte Culpepper. His start this season reminds me of Donovan McNabb's 0-2 start in 2003. After two games in 2003, McNabb was 37-of-82 for 334 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT and a rating of 41.4. Culpepper in 2005 is 43-of-70 for 469 yards, 0 TD, 8 INT and a rating of 41.6. McNabb rallied and led the Eagles to the NFC Championship game. Vikings fans can take some solace.

Give me Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols as MVPs, you can have David Ortiz and Andruw Jones.

Rookie running backs Cadillac Williams and Willie Parker are the real deal. Williams has gained 276 yards in two games for the Bucs and Parker has 272 for the Steelers. They are one and two, respectively, in the NFL.

Watch out for Hurricane Rita, she is headed for Houston. The Astros are out of town all weekend (in Chicago) and the Texans have a bye this week.