Enter the Warzone, soldiering on through the shutdown.
-- Been watching so much baseball, red seams have sprouted from both corneas.
Nothing tops the intensity of postseason baseball, where so much rides on every pitch.
Even Dodgers fans are into it. They're showing up in the second inning and leaving after the eighth.
-- Dodgers fans are too giddy from last night's series triumph over the Braves to notice that dig.
Besides, they're too busy sharpening their fangs for David White.
-- Hanley Ramirez remains one of baseball's top five infielders when healthy.
The rest of the country just got a reminder.
-- At last, proof the Sacramento River Cats are cheating.
Their players (especially Sonny Gray and Stephen Vogt) are major-leaguers in Triple-A disguises. No fair.
-- The worst part of watching the A's celebrate victories is having to hear that insufferable Kool & The Gang song.
High time to get something more current, like Beethoven.
-- These days, it's almost a novelty when a guy comes out of the bullpen not throwing 95 mph.
-- We'd normally say something about Alex Rodriguez, except witch hunts aren't our style.
Not when there's room for full-on character assassinations.
-- Fresno State is on a bye week, except the Bulldogs already had a bye of sorts when the Colorado game got called off.
So is this the bye bye week? We're confused.
-- If Fresno State keeps winning, fans are going to become more familiar with something called the Billingsley Poll, which currently ranks the Bulldogs at No. 31.
And has Northern Illinois at No. 12.
-- Utah State losing quarterback Chuckie Keeton for the season increases the odds Fresno State will have to beat Boise State twice to win the Mountain West.
That sound you just heard was a collective gulp.
-- Before long, it'll be time to tip off another season of Bulldogs basketball.
And we can't say things have changed much, for the men's team or the women's.
-- Interesting to see how Rodney Terry goes about things now that he's without his projected starting center and power forward.
All strategies will be considered. Even petitioning for 9-foot rims at the Save Mart Center.
-- The NFL no longer will use pink penalty flags as part of its breast cancer awareness campaign.
The problem wasn't that the pink flags clashed with the pink towels worn by the players. It's that they didn't clash enough.
-- The Broncos opened as 28-point favorites against the Jaguars, one of the largest spreads in NFL history.
Mark Brunell, your public is desperate.
-- There's absolutely no reason national forest campgrounds should be closed as Congress fiddles and dithers.
Not when they're all privately managed and operated.
-- For no particular reason: Franklin Stubbs
-- USC says individuals posing as school representatives are calling prospective coaching candidates.
That's in addition to the impostors who have been playing for the Trojans.
-- As your humble narrator picked through the remnants of a free buffet breakfast late Sunday morning at a hotel in Lewiston, Idaho, he couldn't resist saying something to the serving lady.
Us: Like a herd of wild elephants …
Her: This isn't so bad. You should see it when the teams stay here.
Us: Football teams?
Her: No, girls softball teams. They'll come in and just clean you out.
The Warzone likes his eggs extra spongy at (559) 441-6218, email@example.com or @MarekTheBee on Twitter.