Sunday, May 6, 2007

Yo, Meathead!

Without further ado, here’s the update!

SEASONINGS: I am still tickled by the baseball standings. The Yankees haven’t yet found a way to get out of last place, despite sweeping Texas this week. But of course, they are statistically tied for last with everyone in the AL East except the Red Sox! What’s with this division? I still think New York will right itself, but they’ve got to get some guys off the DL first. In the meantime, the Red Sox are doing just fine at 19–9—that’s 6 1/2 games in front of the rest of the pack.

In the AL Central, the Indians rule, though Detroit and Minnesota remain in striking distance. Cleveland has baseball’s best record as of right now, and I bet no one would’ve picked that going full speed into May. Even though the White Sox are 5 games out, I expect they’ll get it going soon. Poor Kansas City might as well hang it up for the season—they’re already 9 games out and 10 games below .500!

The AL West also has three teams bunched up at the top, while the Rangers are starting to fade. Anaheim looks good, but Seattle is only a game out and the A’s are 2 back. They are keeping it competitive, so I expect two or three teams will fight it out here until season’s end—whoo, what else is new?

In the NL East, the Mets and Braves are tied for first and starting to pull away a little, with the next-closest team, the Marlins, already 4 games back. I realize the Fish could jump back in it in a heartbeat right now, but expect the Mets and Braves to keep putting up wins.

The NL Central continues to hold my attention as the “what the heck is going on here?” division. The Brewers remain in first with a 19–10 record! Wow! Meanwhile the Cubbies, even though they are 5 games back and a game under .500, have moved into second. The other teams are closely bunched up behind them, with the Cards back in last place. Milwaukee is clearly the class of the division. I mean, is that weird, or what?

In the West, the Dodgers are in first again, and everyone else (except the Rockies) is within a game or two. On the Giants, Barry “Steroid Boy” Bonds creeps inexorably toward Hank Aaron’s home run record…. Oh, it makes me so upset I can’t even talk about it right now!

Still well over 100 games to go…!

Moving on, how about those NBA playoffs? I have to admit they have become a little more intriguing, what with the Bulls bouncing the Heat, the Suns eliminating the Lakers, the Rockets and Jazz going to Game 7, and of course, the Warriors thumping the Mavs right out of here! Congrats to the Warriors, who pulled off what some are calling the biggest upset in NBA playoff history!

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