albert pujols

V.20 No.50 | 12/15/2011


The Daily Word in Gingrich, mistletoe shotgun, Rod Blagojevich

The Daily Word

Democrats hedging bets on Romney vs. Gingrich.

But Gingrich’s sister is voting for Obama, due to Gingrich’s stance on gay rights.

Gov. Susana Martinez tries once again to disallow illegal immigrants from getting New Mexico licenses.

Local couple took a wrong turn into a snowstorm on their way back from Arizona. Wife died trying to find shelter.

The heralded tradition of blasting mistletoe with a shotgun is revitalized in Decatur, Ill.

The ashes of at least 274 U.S. troops were dumped in a Virginia landfill.

MoMA visitor falls and rips Picasso.

Illinois ex-Gov. Blago apologizes, still gets 14 years on 18 corruption counts. He was a mixed up guy. C’mon, all he really wanted to do was trade a Senate seat for cash and impersonate Elvis.

Finalists for UNM presidency interviewed today.

Albert Pujols goes to the Angels on a 10-year contract, reportedly worth at least $25 million a year.

Putin blames Hillary for protests over Russian parliament results.

It’s panda countin’ time.

In other cute animal news, these pets are ready for the cold.

Michigan vs. Wisconsin: The mitten wars.

Four killed in Juarez ambulance attack.

The long-awaited release of Lindsay Lohan’s Playboy cover.

Florida cops say man threw a bag of McDonald’s at a cashier, then passed out in his driveway.

V.20 No.41 | 10/13/2011
Derek Holland was dominant.


Hangover Sports Roundup

Holland has breakthrough, Tebow completes comeback, Burress shines

World Series

After St. Louis Cardinal Albert Pujols’ legendary Game 3 performance, the Texas Rangers were looking for a spark to even up the series. Pujols’ three home runs in Game 3 helped St. Louis dominate the Rangers 16-7. So in Game 4, the Rangers needed to reestablish its pitching support if it had any hope of getting back momentum. Pitcher Derek Holland heard that message loud and clear by holding the Cardinals to only two hits over 8 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old had seven strikeouts to aid his 4-0 shuout. The series is tied at 2-2, with Cardinals pitching ace Chris Carpenter on the mound in Game 5.


Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins

Tim Tebow doesn't play the position like a conventional quarterback, but the guy wins football games. For three quarters, Tebow looked pretty ordinary and fell behind 15-0 to the winless Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter. But just as it looked grim for the Denver Broncos, Tebow lead his team to two touchdowns and a two point conversion, pushing the game into overtime. Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore gave up a costly fumble, giving the Broncos good field position for a game-winning field goal. Kicker Matt Prater completed Tebow's comeback to give Denver the 18-15 victory. While accuracy problems still continue to haunt the former Florida Gator, Tebow has heart and competitive spirit which makes him an instant favorite to teammates and fans alike.

NY Jets vs San Diego Chargers

Plaxico Burress has been criticized for dropping balls and not being in tune with the Jets’ offense to start the season. He had only caught two touchdowns prior to the Jets’ matchup with the Chargers. But finally Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez decided to use Burress as a red zone target. Every time New York was in the red zone, Burress was the No. 1 option, resulting in three touchdowns grabs. As Sanchez got stronger, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers faded in the fourth quarter, throwing two costly interceptions. The Jets won 27-21 and have some much needed confidence heading into its bye week to prepare for games with Buffalo and New England.

V.20 No.42 | 10/20/2011
Nelson Cruz had six home runs in the ALCS.


World Series preview

Rangers in seven

Every year, every major sport comes down to two teams. Usually, there's some sort of grandiose narrative framing that championship match-up. This year, MLB does not disappoint, and gives the people a trope they've come to expect: team on a roll, delivered through improbable circumstance, versus a team that is defying some odds.

The St. Louis Cardinals get to play the role of the former, shocking most casual fans with their astonishing run through the post-season and winding up only four wins away from the ultimate validation. The Texas Rangers, on the other hand, are a firm lock in the latter category, having raced to the World Series last year, after a long, long drought, and battling all year to get back.

When these two teams meet tonight at 6:05 p.m., they'll start things off in St. Louis, which has home-field advantage thanks to the National League’s win in the All-Star Game. The best of seven series follows a 2-3-2 format, ensuring that Texas' fans will be packing the stands in the middle of the series, regardless of the result.

There's the mini-drama over Lance Berkman, a free agent last year who was pursued by the Rangers, but ultimately spurned them for the Cardinals. There's the lockdown pitching of the Rangers’ bullpen, which is producing at a rate that is almost embarrassing for the starters. And, of course, there's the danger of St. Louis' powerful offense, combining Albert Pujols—perhaps the best hitter in baseball—with David Freese and the aforementioned Berkman.

Predictions, however, are hard to come by. These teams, with their varied styles and the differing ways they got to this point, play a somewhat even game. When forced to come with a prediction, though, I've got to go with the Rangers in seven games. These teams are so close, it's going to be a full series. We're going to see some beautiful baseball. But ultimately, only one of the familiar stories will get to be told. This is the year for the Rangers.