Bill's Sports Binge: Rays have AL the marbles, Tide (steam)rolls Gators and a booger in Baton Rouge

Rays get a (champagne) case of the Mondays. Two schools of thought after Sunday's regular season finale at KC:

Character- Rays find out they won the AL East whether they beat the Royals or not. But they stuck around (for 12 freakin innings) and got the job done.

Pressure- Rays were losing the game until the pressure of winning was lifted.

So, which camp do you roast your marshmallows in?

Me? I hated camp. I like air-conditioning, cable and chlorinated swimming holes. It's just something about bugs, wild animals, humidity and an overall Brokeback-y feel that keeps me enjoying nature only when it's in Hi-Def.

Rays won the AL East. Again. With a payroll that wouldn't keep Derek Jeter's Davis Island lawn mowed. Are we finished? Satisfied? Just happy to be here? Hell no. But if you can win this division, by definition, you have a shot at the whole kit and caboodle. And you don't have to tell me how sharp a caboodle would look in this area. Wait, actually you do.

Way to go, Rays. Now let's show the Rangers' asses the business end of our Texas-size Tony Lamas.

Gators (and my liver) get obliterated Saturday by the Crimson Tide. Pretty easy breakdown.  Bama good + Florida sloppy self destruction = epic shellacking (check the numbers, it adds up).

Dear Lord, 2 favors:

1. Please eliminate the jump-pass, the option and the delayed hand-off from Florida OC Steve Addazio's playbook; or Addazio from the staff, either/or.

2. Please let Boise State into the National Championship game against Alabama so we can once and for all show those blue bitches how they play football in grown-up town.

Okay, time to ice down my orange and blue butt-cheeks. That was brutal.

Quicker Hits: Noles roll Virginia 34-14 heading into Sun Life Stadium Saturday to take on interception-happy Jacory Harris and the mighty Hurricanes (Hurricane season began in June but I don't remember a real threat to the state of Florida in years, do you?); USF Bulls rush with seven sacks to beat up on FAU 31-3 (so that's what a sack in Raymond James Stadium looks like); Redskin QB Donovan McNabb did enough to beat his old team in the city of brotherly shove while Michael Vick went down with an rib injury in the Eagles loss, 17-12 (if Vick still worked for Bad Newz Kennels he'd be summarily tortured and killed); LSU's shocking victory over Tennessee after a 57 men on the field penalty gave the Tigers a do-over left the Vols shattered, LSU fans shaken and UF fans hopeful as the Gators host LSU Saturday (even more shocking? LSU coach Les Miles caught on camera picking a boogie. And chowing down. Guh-ross); Bengals host the Bucs this Sunday after losing to (re-checking notes) the Cleveland Browns, 23-20.

So the Bucs are now:

a) Optimistic since they beat the Browns in week #1

b) Slumpbusters

Yours truly will be in Cin-City for an on-the-scene report, which doesn't really mean all that much except additional coverage of Saturday beer festival and Skyline Chili aftermath.


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