Thursday, October 21, 2010

Views from the Coast
I never thought I would be rooting for the San Francisco Giants to win anything, especially for a chance to play in the World Series, but here I am pulling for them to beat the Philadelphia Phillies tonight. ... A West Coast team in the Fall Classic would be A-OK, and either the Texas Rangers or N.Y. Yankees would be a good opponent from the American League.

West Coast sports fans get the front-row seats with UCLA playing Oregon at Eugene in a nationally-televised game and the Giants and Phillies squaring off in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series at AT@T Park. ... If tonight's game is as good as last night's Giants' rally in the 9th inning, then baseball should win the TV ratings viewership. ... The NLCS starts at 5 p.m. on Fox and the UCLA-Oregon kickoff is at 6 p.m.

With the Thursday night ESPN national spotlight on them, the Bruins' timing isn't too good, what with Oregon being ranked No. 1 by the AP and a 24-point favorite at Autzen Stadium. UCLA is recovering from being trounced by California two weeks ago and it will take a Texas-sized upset effort to keep up with the speedy Ducks. ...

How can we say goodbye when he won't go away: The Mannywood mural on the medical building at Libbit Ave. and Ventura Blvd. in Encino is still there, a lingering reminder of the forgettable Manny Ramirez era in Los Angeles. You would think that the PR-conscious Dodgers would have had that picture taken down the day the Ramirez signed with the Chicago White Sox. ... Or sooner.

Best sports show on TV: The NFL Network's "Special FX," which is broadcast on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. It's recent half-hour special on the Vikings' Adrian Peterson was excellent ...

With the baseball playoffs in full swing and the World Series right around the corner, plus the pro and college football seasons in full Fall bloom, do we really need hockey?

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