Between The Lines by Kevin Stott | There must be something in the water in Wisconsin. Last week the BrewCrew was foaming over in the dugout but tasting like backwash between the lines.
Luckily for Milwaukee, up in Green Bay – where I really had to scrape and dig to find something on the matter – Brett Favre came out of his faux retirement to return to training camp to leave training camp and then demand a trade from his Packers. Wish granted, enjoy the Jets Brett…
So America’s Dairyland has become America’s Scaryland. What to do Cheeseheads? How about two bratwursts with mustard, a handful of cheese curds and a bottle of Old Style? But fear not Wisconsonians, your Brewers are still in the pennant race – and had won five straight since Prince Fielder got in Manny Parra’s face in the dugout last week – your Pack still plays in the NFC North, the Badgers still have Bucky bouncing in successful football and basketball programs and Minnesota’s not trying to invade and make you East Dakota.
Not too far down I-94 from Milwaukee is Evanston, Illinois, home of Northwestern University – the alma mater of long-time Las Vegas sports radio voice John Kelly. Last Monday, Kelly relaunched the "Leroy’s Sports Hour" at 10 p.m. on KLAV 1230 AM.
The show will air nightly 365 days a year and Kelly had some very nice things to say about some of Sin City’s sports journalists who write about gambling and gaming issues including GamingToday Sports Editor Mark Mayer who will appear as a co-host on the show on Tuesday night. Give it a listen. I think you’ll like it.
Time for the schedule.
Starts Monday, August 11
Phillies at Dodgers (M-Thu): Runs are usually scarce in Chavez Ravine but with Philly’s big bats (Howard-Burrell-Utley-Victorino) and Manny being Manny now in Dodger Blue, 9-10 runs should be scored in three of four in this series although Hamels and Billingsley have been solid on the bump. OVER.
Yankees at Twins (M-W): Bronx Bombers banged up so newbies I-Rod and Nady need to produce at the plate. Twinkies tough in the Twin Cities so I see a shootout at the Metrodome. Avoid total if Mussina-Liriano showdown set. OVER.
Rangers at Red Sox (Tu-Th): Like Cubs and Rays, World Champs just win at home. Say no more. RED SOX.
Mariners at Angels (Tu-W): AL worst vs. MLB best? Even Spencer from MTV’s "The Hills" could handicap this mini two-game series. ANGELS.
BONUS: DIAMONDBACKS over Rockies, WHITE SOX over Royals, UP WITH PEOPLE over Taliban, HEINEKEN over O’Douls, NE-VA-DUH over NE-VAH-DUH.
Starts Friday, August 15
Rockies at Nationals (Fri-Sun): These two met in Denver last week with the Nationals winning three of four as big underdogs in games that averaged 10.25 RPG (13, 10, 9, 9). I see more runs. OVER.
Blue Jays at Red Sox (Fri-Sun): Despite Manny’s exit and Big Papi’s nagging injuries, the World Champs simply find ways to win and these birds are the perfect prey at Fenway (40-16). RED SOX.
Mariners at Twins (Fri-Sun): Seattle sleepy on the road (21-35) while Minny surprising everyone on the diamond. With Liriano back and Baker cooking, this team is easy to back. And to think that Johan Santana and Torii Hunter could still be Twins. TWINS.
BONUS: ANGELS over Indians, YANKEES over Royals, GINGER-MARY ANN, PUSH, LEFT LANE over Right Lane, SCOTT FERRALL (Sirius Satellite) over Colin Cowherd (ESPN Radio), CHICKEN LEGS over Frog Legs, PEZ over Nerds.
Good luck. And may all of your Christmases be bright and all of your lint traps be clean.