** The Yanks have hired Gary Denbo as senior vice president of baseball operations. He will be in charge of the minor league system. Denbo was formerly the hitting instructor for the Yanks from 2006 thru 2008. He never played in the majors and only reached double A in the minors. As we used to say: "Those who can't do, teach. Those who can't teach, administrate." Guess you've come full circle, Gary.
** In order to increase the pace of the game and help players through the season, the NBA is experimenting with 44 minute games instead of the usual 48. Good idea. Baseball is looking to shorten their games, so why not play 8 innings instead of 9? This could work.
** From Brad Dickson's "Bottom Ten"
1. SMU (0-6): SMU lost to Cincinnati 41-3. The Mustangs were coming off a bye week, during which they practiced jumping offsides and getting beaten deep to stay sharp.
7. Tulsa (1-6): The only hope of salvaging this season is to strike oil under the football stadium
** Fox has hired David "Big Papi" Ortiz as an analyst for the World Series. Just what we need: an egotistical loud mouth who won't know when to shut up. I wonder if he'll say anything when a hitter poses at home plate and takes 30-40 seconds to run (?) the bases after a home run? Nah!
** The first volley has been fired. Two San Francisco radio stations say they won't play the hit song "Royals" by New Zealand artist Lorde, for the duration of the Series. Kansas City has responded by taking the "Giant-size" of any product off their shelves at the same time. Being an old fuddy-duddy, I've never heard the song "Royals" and I can't afford the giant size of anything.
** Brian Roberts has retired. A year too late, as it turned out.
** Second baseman Kolten Wong of the S.F. Giants, hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Giants to a 5-4 victory. I suppose when his career is over, he'll be going into the Hall of Fame. Why not? Second baseman Bill Mazeroski made it and all he ever did was hit a walk-off homer. (Do I sound bitter? I hope so.)
***THEY SAID IT***
"Some of Dwyane Wade's clothes are being sold. Just in time for Halloween." -- Brad Dickson
"Drug agents say they searched the dorm room of Alabama tight end Kurt Freitag and discovered 112 grams of marijuana. Guess he has his own working definition of "Roll Tide." -- Dwight Perry
"Raiders coach Tony Sparano buried a football to symbolize a fresh start: "He should have kept the football and buried the players." -- Ian Hamilton
"Cowboys running back Joseph Randle got busted for shoplifting at a Dillard’s department store. It’s so sad. One of these days, the U.S. economy’s going to rebound and NFL players will be shoplifting at Neiman-Marcus again.” -- Argus Hamilton
" The NBA is considering shortening their games from 48 to 44 minutes. I’d go with 46, as it’s the last two minutes that take forever." -- TC Chong
"Georgia running back Todd Gurley was not expected to play on Saturday during an investigation into whether he received $400 for signing autographs. If a Florida State player had sold government secrets to Russia, his suspension would’ve been over by now." -- Brad Dickson