Shanoff's WUC: Today Renamed "Walkoff Call"

Today's Calls: Jimmy Rollins vs. Jeff Mathis, Scott Kazmir vs. Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard vs. Lou Gehrig, Eddie Royal vs. LaDainian Tomlinson, Brett Favre vs. Green Bay, Pete Carroll vs. the BCS, Vols vs. Tide and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: It's hard to complain about two walkoff LCS wins. ↵

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↵Oh, sure, if you're a Yankees fan, this one was tough to take -- I know your expectation was that the Yankees would simply go 11-0 en route to a title. (And who's this "Jeff Mathis" guy playing the hero? Or was it Joe Girardi as goat?) ↵

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↵And if you're a Dodgers fan, you have to believe by now that you are destined to lose this series. It's not that 3-1 is an impossible deficit ... well, it is when -- regardless of how things go in Game 5 -- the Phillies have Cliff Lee waiting for Game 6 or 7. But with Jimmy Rollins leading 9th-inning come-from-behind charges on your All-Star closer? It's just not your year. ↵

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↵Angels fans? They've got hope. (Even going against Sabathia tonight, they have their X-factor, Scott Kazmir.) Phillies fans? They've got mojo. Unaffiliated fans get the thrill of a double walkoff. ↵

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↵The only ones with a real gripe? Well, if you DVR'ed "House," forgot to recognize that a 4:13 p.m. Yankees start might bleed past 8 and neglected to set your DVR to extend taping by an hour, you got totally screwed. ↵

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↵Milestones: Ryan Howard has an RBI in eight straight playoff games, tying him with Lou Gehrig for the MLB record. ↵

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↵MNF: Broncos roll on. This was arguably Denver's most impressive win yet -- on the road, on Monday night, at their top division challenger. (How many fantasy GMs won or lost their week thanks to Eddie Royal's return ridiculousness?) ↵

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↵McNair Murder, Cont’d: Would it surprise you to find out that there are questions about how the police handled it? ↵

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↵Injury Watch: Kris Jenkins is out for the year, a tough blow for the Jets. But on the bright side, they won't bench the rookie QB who threw away what should have been an easy home win against the Bills. ↵

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↵Favre vs. Green Bay, the Lead-Up: Green Bay's mayor wants fans to suggest ways they should greet Favre when he comes back to town. Some want Packers fans to be classy and give him a standing ovation -- I think that makes them look like chumps. Why not silence when he is introduced? No cheers, no boos – just ... ambivalence. That, or turn their back -- like he turned his back on the franchise. ↵

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↵Speaking of chumps ... : Jim Zorn. ↵

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↵BCS Hangover: Pete Carroll has no business complaining about USC's position in the computer polls. First, it's not like he can influence them with his lobbying; second, the computers have his team ranked appropriately. USC has arguably the worst loss of any one-loss contender: Worse than Oregon (at Boise), Miami (at VA Tech) and LSU (Florida). Note to Carroll: LSU actually beat Washington at Washington. (If anything, it's the human polls that are mis-rating -- overrating -- the Trojans.) ↵

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↵Bradford Watch: The headline says "Bradford will miss Kansas game." But what you'd like to see is "Bradford will shut down season so as not to jeopardize his NFL future on a lost Oklahoma season." (Hmm: Headline too long?) ↵

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↵CFB Must-Read: Brian Cook's This Week in Schadenfreude, starring Ohio State. (You all know I'm a longtime Buckeye-basher; that makes my Saturday Vegas bet on them -- an absurd loss -- all the more ironic. It's double-Schadenfreude for most of you!) ↵

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↵CFB: Another week, another SEC officiating embarrassment. This time, it's that ridiculous taunting call against Arkansas that put Florida in a position to score the game-tying TD halfway through the fourth. Is the SEC even apologizing any more, or has sorry lost all meaning? ↵

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↵Heh: Tennessee wanted to wear home orange at Alabama. The Tide said "No." (Take a lesson, Urban Meyer: The way you engage Lane Kiffin's antics is to pretend he doesn't exist. That should intimidate Vols fans more than Florida's volley of trash-talking.) ↵

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↵LeBron cancer scare: You can find LeBron to be mostly disingenuous, but still recognize the sincere fear he must have felt in January when doctors were testing a tumor in his neck. ↵

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↵NBA Countdown: No. 9 Nuggets. There was no bigger surprise in the NBA last season than the dominance of Denver, most notably thanks to the arrival of Chauncey Billups, whose presence calmed down the otherwise head-casey team. (Here's Shoals on Denver.) ↵

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↵NBA Preseason: This is why the Rockets are going to be better than folks expect them to be -- no superstars, just results. ↵

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↵CBB Countdown: No. 22 Dayton. Last year's Big Dance trip was a breakthrough for the Flyers. ↵

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↵Must-See: All the best videos from Midnight Madness. ↵

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↵Business: WNBA relocates Detroit to Tulsa. Sort of like the WNBA equivalent of relocating Seattle to Oklahoma City: On paper, the same sport -- in reality, not quite the same quality. ↵

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↵On TV Tonight: "Who Killed the USFL?" Count me among those nostalgic for the days of a very competitive alternative to the NFL, which this documentary distills for the on-field fun and off-field mess it was. The United Football League could take a lesson. (10, ESPN) ↵The Last Word: "What self-respecting parent is going to let their kid play high school football knowing that the sport has this kind of impact on the brain?" -- Malcolm Gladwell, on PTI last night, about the long-term viability of football. ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/danshanoff. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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