Enter the Warzone, kicking off your week a day late.
OK, Giants fans, be honest: How many of you would trade one of your two shiny World Series trophies to ensure the Dodgers fall short this year?
(Probably should've asked before the Dodgers were down 2-1 in the NLCS.)
-- With Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw lined up for Games 4 and 5 (albeit on short rest), the Dodgers are right back in it.
Yes, Dodgers fans, that's meant as encouragement. Anything to get your minds off Don Mattingly's head-scratching moves.
-- There's no such thing as clutch, say baseball's Sabermetricians.
Yes there is, say the pitchers who keep giving up postseason home runs to David Ortiz and Carlos Beltran.
-- Fresno State's previous two opponents, Hawaii and Idaho, are a combined 1-12. The next four (UNLV, San Diego State, Nevada and Wyoming) are all .500 or above.
Things are about to get very, very interesting.
-- Once again the Bulldogs made their biggest gains in the polls in a week when they didn't play.
Now the trick will be staying undefeated until their next bye Nov. 16. What a leap that could be.
-- Saturday's game against UNLV is being "televised" by the Mountain West Network.
Just don't ask what channel that is on your TV.
-- The Bulldogs still trail Northern Illinois in Jerry Palm's projected BCS standings, thanks to an edge in the computer polls.
Fresno State better get its nerds on the case, and quick.
-- During his Monday news conference, coach Tim DeRuyter started gushing about Derek Carr to an out-of-town reporter (over voice intercom) while the quarterback was in the room.
We looked over to see if Carr was blushing, but the scruffy beard covering his cheeks gave nothing away. Except a wide grin.
-- Just a guess here, but agents who meet up with college football players in parking lots after games probably are the ones best avoided.
-- Very glad to read ex-Bulldog Sam Williams, one of the friendliest players we've covered, got out of the NFL with his marbles intact.
Not sure what the solution is. Not sure that there is one, besides choosing to not play football.
-- Margie Wright Diamond? Rolls right off the tongue.
-- Another year comes and goes without paying a visit to the Big Fresno Fair.
Oh, we like fairs. It's the human-sardine effect that's not so much fun.
-- There's something about the certainty of a 9-year-old girl ("I know I will do it.") that stops you in your tracks.
Especially when those words come from a blind cross country runner (Heaven Vallejos of Mountain View Elementary) intent on doing a triathlon. Inspiring.
-- For no particular reason: Calvin Schiraldi
-- Never know what sets people off. Insult Santa Claus or Mother Theresa, and no one bats an eye.
Mention you're sick of a certain song that came out in 1980, and the reaction comes swift and strong.
-- Several readers tell us a member of Kool & The Gang, trumpet player Larry Gittens, lives in Fresno.
He's probably sick of "Celebration" too. Except when the royalty check arrives in the mail.
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