MLB playoff games need a dose of drama from Patrick Roy

MLB playoff games need a dose of drama from Patrick Roy
October 3, 2013, 9:15 pm
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Patrick Roy going after Don Mattingly would make for some great MLB postseason drama. (USATSI)


B.J. Daniels going from San Francisco to Seattle is not worth your time or anger, according to Ray Ratto.

So far, the baseball playoffs have lacked that certain . . . oh, what is the word we’re seeking here . . . oh, yes. Drama. The umpiring mistakes haven’t mattered, the managerial decisions have not impacted the games nearly as much as the playing, and there hasn’t been one really good hotdogging accusation.

[RECAPS: Cardinals top Pirates | Kershaw leads Dodgers to Game 1 win]

Clearly, baseball needs Patrick Roy.

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Jim Boeheim is the latest college coach to come out foursquare against players being paid, which doesn’t matter nearly as much as the fact that nobody wants to asks the more compelling questions – like, “Why aren’t scholarships guaranteed?” and “Why are the transfer rules so restrictive?” and “Why are schools allowed to do so little about making sure players get the educations they are allegedly in school to get?”

Hmmm. Maybe because the questions aimed at guys like Boeheim aren’t really about equity at all, but about making well-paid people feel uncomfortable about using free labor, which is another and frankly less pressing debate.

But hey, don’t let us get in the way of your good time.

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Ed Reed and Arian Foster have been only the first to react to the excerpt from “League Of Denial,” the new book on football safety, its relative lack and the NFL’s level of subterfuge in protecting the brand instead of its players, and their reactions speak volumes to the level of distrust the players have toward their employers.

Which would matter a great deal if the league cared about whether the players trust them or not, which it doesn’t. As long as the games get played and the checks get cashed, everyone pretends things are good enough, if not actually good.

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Or do you think they weren’t paying attention to the Josh Freeman mess in Tampa Bay?

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And speaking of concussions, this, from The Onion.

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If you think Seattle’s picking up B.J. Daniels is an important bit of gamesmanship at the expense of the 49ers, you have too much time, not enough job, and no other hobbies in your hands. Period.

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Brent Burns’ beard has just been officially classified a badger habitat by the World Wildlife Fund. Plus, for you Brian Wilson nostalgics in the audience, he doesn’t use the Captain Lou Albano rubber band affectation.

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Say what you must about Matt Flynn, and be sure to note that he would much rather play than be able to say this, but he beat the hell out of the system. And good on him for that.

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And finally, I certainly hope the A’s don’t ruin all that grass at the Coliseum by, like, making sprightly defensive plays or hitting balls where Detroit fielders are not. I mean, there are the Midnight Marauders . . . er, Raiders to consider, right?

Yeah, I didn’t think so either.