MLB’s new replay system was used for the first time and guess who was right in the middle of it? But A-Rod’s homer counted as the Yankees again beat the Rays.
Alex is happy he’s moving up the HR list. He just wishes the team had more on the line. This notebook also has updates on Brian Cashman, Mike Mussina, the playoffs down below and Joba’s thoughts on his impersonator.
The NFL season is upon us. If you’re a fan of the Giants, Sam Borden’s story on Ann Mara is required reading.
As for the NFL, here’s my totally biased take:
AFC playoffs teams: Patriots, Colts, Steelers, Chargers. Wild cards: Jags, anybody but the Jets.
NFC playoff teams: Cowboys, Bucs, Packers, Seahawks, Wild cards: Giants, Saints.
AFC title game: Pats over Chargers.
NFC title game: Seahawks over Cowboys
Super Bowl: Pats over Seahawks.
Stupid baseball writer analysis: Patriots will get a big year out of Laurence Maroney. Their defense will get bolstered by Adalius Thomas finally being what they believe he can be and some big hits from Brandon Meriweather. The Colts are banged up. Jeff Saturday is a huge loss. The Giants cannot repeat the magic of a year ago but can still make the playoffs. I want to hate the Cowboys but they have a great roster. As a Pats fan, I must hate the Jets. But I do sort of admire Brett Favre for taking the risk he’s taking. Hopefully Richard Seymour crushes him in a nice way.
My NFL stats: Two fantasy teams, three suicide pools.
The three best people to talk NFL around the Yankees: Kim Jones, Johnny Damon, Xavier Nady. Mark Feinsand and Tyler Kepner know their stuff, too. Baseball people love to talk football for some reason.
Hope your team has a great season. Unless your team is the Jets.