Naturally everyone is going to be debating today whether Francona screwed up by not started Beckett in Game 4 last night. But it's irrelevant. With the way the rest of Boston's starting pitching is throwing right now, whether Beckett pitches Game 4 or Game 5 you get the same result. Boston losing in 6. And there's nothing better than people who are second guessing and saying, "But we really needed Beckett to pitch Game 4 so we could have had him for Game 7." See, you need to get to a Game 7 first. And that isn't gonna happen either way. Also, these aren't the 2004 Sox. They aren't coming back from 3-1. Just mark your calendar for Rockies/Indians now.
On to the links.
Great sports costumes for Halloween. The Greg Oden one is dope. [Deuce of Davenport]
Papelbon, uh, appears to be pulling a Brady Quinn. [It's a Fly World]
Will the Spanish Madden 08 cover man suffer the same fate as Vince Young? [Larry Brown Sports]
TCU has some interesting suspension policies. [SPORTSbyBROOKS]
Bonds to the Reds? [Home Run Derby]
Trent Green, you must retire. [We Suck at Sports]
A look at sites dedicated to firing coaches and trading players. [The Legend of Cecilio Guante]
An interesting look at why David Wright should win the NL MVP. [Ump Bump]
Pedro Gomez, always asking riveting, difficult questions. No, I'm just kidding. [Lord, Beer Me Strength]
Hockey's worst announcers. [Awful Announcing]