This is the first installment of a new Colbertian 434-part series in which I scan the web looking for interesting Sox- or Yanks-themed threads from the last few days. The intention is to provide you with a detailed snapshot of what Sox and Yanks fans and bloggers are thinking about at this moment. My intensive search (48 straight hours at my desk in front of the computer, no food, my girlfriend refusing to speak to me, a weight loss of 8 pounds, etc.) has yielded these items:
- Annalisa Ellis, a writer for The Phat Phree, does a detailed study of which Sox players she’d bone and which she wouldn’t. Would she do Manny? "Don’t let the clever “ManRam” nickname fool you. The only thing he’ll be ramming is my a** when I’m bent over the infield wall." What about Big Papi? "He couldn’t be on top, because I would die. I couldn’t be on top because dammit, I’m really not that flexible. So, it would probably have to be from behind and even calling him “Manny” wouldn’t make that fun." This is a new field of performance analysis. While her attempt is admirable, statheads have found several problems with her unscientific methodology.
- I think SF broke the news here first but several blogs have posted pieces about it as well: Turns out, Sheffield is alleged to have knowingly used performing enhancing drugs. Steve Lombardi at Was Watching wonders if these drugs actually enhanced his performance.
- There are a couple of fun pieces up at Replacement Level Yankees Weblog. SG uses simulation software and different projections systems with the folowing results: The Yanks will win the AL East by two games over the Sox; it is highly unlikely that the Yanks will score 1000 runs.
- Oh yeah, the Yanks and Sox played a game last night and there were some fireworks. Buster Olney noted the plunk fest in his blog and believes it’s a sign of things to come: "There’s almost no doubt that they will have incidents this year, and you can almost assume that Farnsworth or Tavarez or Sturtze will be in the middle of something."
- Finally and on an unrelated note, this Teddy Wayne piece at McSweeney’s notes the uncanny similarities between living through junior high school and living through Bush’s presidency.