Off Season Open Mic 10/10

The playoffs are happening, but the Orioles ain’t playing…so its offseason enough. There isn’t much to talk about O’s-wise, there’s some stuff I am planning on doing, but I’m going to hold off a week or two before I delve into that. But I need to do some stuff during the winter to keep things fresh, so here’s a few random things of interest to me.

  • I think Tommy Bowden is the Sam Perlozzo of college football coaches. You may or may not know that I happen to be a Clemson fan. I’ve been born and bred 30 minutes from Clemson, so there you go. This was supposed to be the year that a talented Clemson team would rumble and tumble a weak ACC. But of course, it doesn’t happen. They got spanked opening night by a very good Alabama team. beat a few cream puffs and then threw away a win against Maryland. After which, I decided not to set my social schedule around the Tigers. Last night, they played Wake. My Girlfriend and one of my friends went out for dinner and such. The game happened to be on and of course, it was a 3-0 lossing margin at the moment. I got home around halftime and watched some of the third quarter with one of my friends before we decided to watch the NLCS instead. It was time better spent.
  • As for the Tommy Bowden/Sam Perlozzo comparsion…Perlozzo was an overmatched manager with let’s face it…a bad team. Bowden is an overmatched coach with a talented team. At least Perlozzo can plead that fact. Both make/made bad stragety decisions. On a regular basis Perlozzo would throw in a ham ball throwing Danys Baezs time after time or try to bat Corey Patterson second with the same results happening and never admitting defeat. Bowden consistantly thinks that a screen pass on 3rd and 12 is the right move. Ten years of medicority is enough, no matter who your daddy is.
  • As for the NLCS, that was quite a game. I didn’t think the Phils would make it this far and they look sharp. Hamels had his thing going. It’s nice to see Brad Lidge finding a home and having a knockout year after that Houston debacle. The Philly crowd was electric. With Utley, Rollins, and Burrell going, they’ve got some power to go with the pitching. Now if only Ryan Howard would get it together, they’d be even harder to stop. Let’s say Phillies in 6.
  • The ALCS starts up to night with the Red Sox playing my new temp adopted playoff team the Rays. I won’t be watching because I’m heading to a cookout with my girlfriend at some friend’s house in Boiling Springs. If it happens to be on, I’ll keep my eye on it. I think this series could go to seven. Both teams, as well know, have seen each other quite a number times this season and thus know each other well. I’m hoping they’ll continue to hate each other and have some heated moments through out the series. I’m calling Rays in Seven.
  • I think a Dodgers/Red Sox series will make me puke. To hear Joe Buck and Tim McCarver constantly harp on the “Manny dogged it get out of Boston! Now he’s back in Boston! This time though, he’s playing from the other team! In the WORLD SERIES! Did we mention that he DOGGED (we think) to get out Boston?” I would root for the Dodgers fervently during such a series and hope Manny would hit a grand slam at every at bat.

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