Marek Warszawski

Warszawski: Get ready to crown a Royal champion in World Series

Marek Warszawski likes the Royals lineup, with players like Mike Moustakas, in a World Series matchup with the New York Mets. Marek is picking the Royals to win in six games.
Marek Warszawski likes the Royals lineup, with players like Mike Moustakas, in a World Series matchup with the New York Mets. Marek is picking the Royals to win in six games. Associated Press

Enter the Warzone, frequently off base but never in left field.

▪ Welcome to one of our favorite sports weeks of the entire year, the World Series and the start of NBA basketball.

And once the Series is over, we forget all about the NBA till Christmas.

▪ The Mets have superior pitching, but we’re picking the Royals in six games.

Why? Kansas City’s lineup is stacked with hitters who can handle 98 mph fastballs, or at least avoid striking out. New York’s infield defense is a bit suspect, too.

▪ Despite 67 regular-season wins and a plus-10.1 point differential, few “experts” are picking the Warriors to repeat as NBA champions.

Small consolation: Hardly anyone picked them to win the first one.

▪ Charles Barkley called the Lakers the “fourth-best team in California” before adding: “They lucky the Sparks ain’t playing, they’d be the fifth.”

Ouch.

The Lakers are the fourth-best team in California. They lucky the Sparks ain’t playing, they’d be the fifth.

Charles Barkley

▪ Fresno State has a bye this week, which means all the assistant coaches are out recruiting.

Bulldogs fans hope they find a few guys who can block, tackle, pass and catch.

▪ There are only so many times a football coach can say “We’ve got to coach better” and “We’ve got to play better” before everyone starts to doubt whether that’s even possible.

Take note, Tim DeRuyter.

▪ DeRuyter has remained steadfast in his loyalty to offensive coordinator Dave Schramm and defensive coordinator Nick Toth despite mounting criticism and atrocious results.

He won’t be able to do that much longer.

▪ In case you were wondering, six FBS head coaches also serve as their own offensive coordinator while only two (including San Diego State’s Rocky Long) also coordinate the defense.

Sure hasn’t hurt the Aztecs any.

▪ The Bulldogs rank 126th in the country (out of 128 FBS teams) in first downs per game (13.9) and are 125th in opponent third-down conversions (52 percent).

No wonder Fresno State is losing games by an average score of 41-21.

▪ Anyone who believes USC is no longer a premier college football coaching job needs to re-watch the Utah win. The Trojans’ talent level is staggering.

Can’t say the same for Miami. Hurricanes’ lack of talent is staggering.

▪ The Raiders haven’t had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2005, but Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper are both on pace to get there.

Sure helps to have a talented quarterback.

▪ Derek Carr says Cooper is “already one of the best in the league.”

None of the Chargers whose ankles Cooper broke on that 52-yard touchdown would disagree.

▪ The 49ers looked pretty awful in Thursday’s 20-3 loss to Seattle.

But since Jed York didn’t apologize, guess that means it was acceptable.

▪ There are many reasons to consider Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Greg Hardy a despicable human being.

Knocking a clipboard from a coach’s hand on the sideline? Sorry, that doesn’t rate.

There are many reasons to consider Greg Hardy a despicable human being. Knocking a clipboard from a coach’s hand on the sideline? Sorry, that doesn’t rate.

▪ E.J. Manuel became the first quarterback in NFL history to lose a game in three different countries: the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

Since the NFL hopes to play a game in Mexico City next year, there’s a chance for Manuel to put his record out of reach.

▪ The problem with watching an NFL game on a computer or smartphone is that you can’t really use it for anything else. Like checking your fantasy football score.

▪ For no particular reason: Glyn Milburn

▪ A new study says red meat and processed red meats like ham, bacon, hot dogs and even hamburgers are “strongly linked” to cancer.

At least we’ll die fat and happy.

▪ Adrian Peterson says an allergic reaction to shrimp – not swallowing chewing tobacco – was the reason he got sick before Sunday’s Vikings-Lions game.

Peterson ate something he knew would make him sick. Awful shellfish of him.

The Warzone saves his worst puns for special occasions and is prepared to hear your groans at 559-441-6218, or @MarekTheBee.

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