The Boston Red Sox are headed to the World Series after a thrilling 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers Saturday night.
Shane Victorino hit a grand slam in the 7th inning made all the difference, and Detroit Rock City never recovered. It was the second time those suckas were done in by the Salami, and I enjoyed each one mightily.
We will play the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Game 1 is Wednesday night, at Fenway Park. Boston swept St. Louis in 2004 to end an 86 year World Series drought.
10/20 1:00 ET New England -3.5 At NY Jets 43.5
The Pats may be getting Rob Gronkowski back, although he is likely looking limited. If they do play him, they'll most likely use him to prop up their 30th of 32 teams red zone offense. That alone makes me think that we can beat the crummy Jets by more than 3.5 friggin' points. A win would open up a nice lead in the AFC East for the Pats.
10/20 1:00 ET San Diego -7.5 At Jacksonville 45.5
Jacksonville may win this one, just to screw up the standings some. I don't actually feel that enough to bet on it, but I have this nagging feeling. I can't even bet them beating the spread, so I'll go for the over/under and hope that doing so quiets the voices.
San Diego, 21-13
10/20 4:25 ET At Kansas City -6.5 Houston 39.5
Who-ston was being spoken of as a Super Bowl contender right up until, in his 8th year or so, they figured out that Matt Schaub can't play QB in this league. Don't get me wrong... if I was rounding up a Powderpuff game, he'd be like my first or second choice (Some of the girls from my era are in the dreadnought class), and we'd probably start him. However, I'm not sold on Kansas City yet, and this would be a funny L to hang on them.
10/20 1:00 ET At Detroit -2.5 Cincinnati 47
The Lions and the Bengals are historically inept, and- even though they're good this season- there's a chance that both team buses get lost or hijacked and neither team makes the game. They could just pick people out of the stands to play... a good GM would relish the chance to do an off-the-cuff draft from 70000 possible players. If you put the camera on the crowd, it'd be a bunch of fat guys yelling, "I played backup tackle in high school!"
10/20 1:00 ET At Miami -7.5 Buffalo 43
That is a mighty large point spread for what I see as a very average Miami team. That makes me think Buffy, although I only feel Buffy covering the spread. Buffalo, you see, is a below-average team.
10/20 1:00 ET At Washington PK Chicago 50
I like Chicago, I love the spread, and I despise the over/under with the intensity of 1000 white-hot suns.
10/20 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -3 Dallas 55.5
Maybe a few of the Dallas players died this week, because I have no idea how they aren't favored over an ugly Philly squad. I don't even think Dallas is that good, but they're a point better than Philthydelphia.
10/20 1:00 ET At Carolina -7 St. Louis 42
Cam Newton will either get 35 fantasy points, or throw 3 interceptions and lose the game himself... and perhaps even God doesn't know how to tell which one is coming any given week.
St. Louis, 19-17
10/20 1:00 ET At Atlanta -6.5 Tampa Bay 43
If you told anyone that, by week 5, Tony Gonzalez would be poor-kid-at-Christmas-wishing to go back to recently 2-14 Kansas City from one-play-from-the-Super-Bowl Atlanta... well, to be honest, sh*t like that happens now and then, so no one would swoon or anything. Fortunately, Tampa just tore the heart out of their recent rebuilding effort by ridding themselves of their franchise QB, so everything should balance out some.
10/20 4:05 ET San Francisco -3.5 At Tennessee 41
There appears to be some great advantage to playing in Tennessee that I am unable to visualize. Whatever it is, the mob feels that San Francisco is less than 4 points better than a lucky-to-be .500 Titans brood. I'd laugh at them, but they have taken a lot of my money over the years. However, I'm perfectly happy moving that decimal point over a place, or mistaking the over/under for how many Frisco gets.
10/20 4:25 ET At Green Bay -9.5 Cleveland 46
I won't move the decimal point ever on this one, but I would be comfortable adding 9.5 to that 9.5.
10/20 4:25 ET At Pittsburgh -2.5 Baltimore 40.5
I'm not taking that rotten Pittsburgh team I've seen this year over the Super Bowl champs, even if the champs are struggling.
10/20 8:30 ET Denver -6.5 At Indianapolis 57
Indy has knocked off some heavyweights... but notice that Peyton Manning's former owner sort of pulled Peyton Manning's ho card this week. That owner knows that Peyton gags on big games, so he's trying to make this a bigger game for Manning in order to elicit said gag reflex. That's the work of a man who knows in his heart that Peyton Manning is straight pup ussy. Unfortunately, any team that plans to cover Wes Welker with Darius Butler is going to lose by 35.
Monday Night Football Line
10/21 8:40 ET At NY Giants -3.5 Minnesota 47
The Giants are 0-6 or so, but they're also only 3 games back in a division Michael Vick and Tony Romo play. They can come back, and a night spent smacking Josh Freeman around on national TV could start their momentum up. I do wonder what the "X" is in a "We'll give you Stevan Ridley and X for Adrian Peterson" scenario that Minnesota says yes to. "X" may equal "Cape Cod," and that scares me.
Last Week: 4-10
This Week: 1-0
High School Scores
D-Y 48, Falmouth 0
D-Y was in there like swimwear. Spencer "For Hire" Tyler and Corey Desimone each rang up 3 TDs.
Marshfield 32, Sandwich 13
Marsh Vegas has themselves a Sammich.
#8 Barnstable 20, #5 B-R 14
Hayden Murphy busted a 48 yard TD with a minute left to win it for Barney. Actually, make that "Hayden 'Motherf***ing' Murphy." Throw in a loss by #6 St John's Prep, and Barney could be Top 5 now.
Old Rochester 56, Wareham 8
Crikey, Wareham may need to go to the hospital-type OR after this whipping.
Apponequet 56, Bourne 6
You know you had a bad game if the kids from the next town can taunt you with "Ha ha... we only lost by 48."
Mashpee 56, Monomoy 38
If you took the Over on that 95 point over/under for this defensive strugle ....well, sorry about that.
Plymouth North 20, Nauset Nada
Christian Carr, which sounds like a crossword-pussle hint for the Popemobile, brought two touchdowns to the party. Nauset got snuffed by both Plymouth teams in two weeks.
Nantucket 28, Old Colony 6
Keenan "Ivory" Phillips banged home two TDs for the Whalers. Nanny improved to 3-3.
Upper Cape 42, Holbrook/Avon 6
UCT had a rough early season, but they are back in full force now. John Dumont and Dylan Derby combined for 220 yards rushing and 5 TDs.
This Week: 14-5