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Taking sides tonight

If you have friends who are Royals fans AND other friends who are Giants fans, what do you do?

A) Decide not to care. B) Root for the team in the same league as your own favorite team. C) Root against the team that swept your favorite team in the World Series a few years ago. D) Root for the team that has gone the longest without winning a World Series. E) Root for the city that could use a nice round of post-victory rioting. F) Root for the team with the less annoying facial hair and tattoos. G) Root for the city where people might leave their hearts. H) Root for the city said to be the home of some crazy little women. I) Other.

Robin Williams – a Giant among us

The three children of comedian Robin Williams were on the pitcher’s mound at the World Series.  Zak Williams, Robin’s son, threw out the first pitch of the game. Robin’s dear friend Billy Crystal acted as catcher. 

As we continue to seek answers to mental illness, the beloved comedian – who died from suicide in August – reminds us of the need to be vigilant and stay close to each other. Mental illness cannot always be detected by those who suffer with it or those who love and stay close. 

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

(S-R archive photo: Robin Williams June 15, 2007)



With the insane heat of the summer only a memory and autumn leaves cascading down, October bliss brings lovely days and the World Series.

October brings relief and the grace of baseball – no chains to measure distance, just the crack of baseball bats, balls bouncing into the hands of eager fans and the best mini-series of the year.

We live in a world of increasing chaos and daily violence. But a few hours of America’s favorite past time, seems a lovely escape. Tradition has its place.

(S-R photo: Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain celebrates after the Royals’ Game 2 win.)

Upside to your team coming up short

The baseball team you follow did not make the World Series? Cheer up. Consider this.

1.) Assuming you do not plan to watch the series, you are looking at potentially saving something like 24.5 hours. Think of all the enriching things you can do with that time.

2.) Fans of some teams have NEVER seen their team make it to the World Series.

3.) Maybe this time you will actually stick to your pledge, "That's it, I'm done with sports. Why put myself through this every year?"

When your team loses the World Series

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants and their fans.

But it's not all doom and gloom for fans of the Detroit Tigers.

Here are half a dozen reasons why.

1. The early end of the series means no more "Grab Some Buds" commercials. (Assuming here that sports is the only thing you watch in real time.)

2. No more trying to figure what The Who or their songs have to do with baseball.

3. No more anthem/"God Bless America" singing, as someone on Twitter put it, in the key of WTF.

4. No more baseball in non-baseball weather. (The series used to end early in October, as God intended.)

5. If the Tigers had extended the series, there's a good chance I would have blundered onto spoilers this week before I could finally get around to watching my recorded Sunday night shows.

6. Fresh opportunity to take the "That's it — I'm done with sports" pledge and imagine all the important things to be accomplished with the time that will free up. 

KAYU 28 Back On DirecTV

Word reached Robert Dobbins about 6:15 p.m. Thursday night: The World Series game between Detroit and San Francisco was on channel 28. The Coeur d'Alene man quickly moved from the uncomfortable straight back chair in his bedroom, in front of the TV with a makeshift antenna, to his more spacious living room with recliners and couch and a large screen high-definition TV. Much better. "That's fantastic," he said as he settled down to cheer on his beloved Giants. The return of the FOX network - channel 28 through Northwest Broadcasting's KAYU Spokane - to DirecTV was a pleasant surprise to local DirecTV customers. They've been without FOX for about three months due to a price dispute between Northwest Broadcasting and DirecTV/Bill Buley, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: This is the second time I've gone without Channel 28 as a result of a dispute with a cable provider. I broomed Time-Warner the first time it happened. Now that it's happened to DirecTV, too, I'd say that KAYU may be more responsible for the disruption.

Question: Who do you get your cable/satellite TV from? What do you pay for it?

Does “World” in World Series bug you?

After all, having one team in Canada doesn't exactly make major league baseball rip-roaringly international.

Sure, there are plenty of players from places such as Venezuela. But this whole "World" business started long before baseball embraced diversity.


In case you are wondering, Navin Field would be renamed Briggs Stadium and then Tiger Stadium.

Thief hits Phillies pitcher’s Wash. home

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Police are searching for thieves who burglarized the Mount Vernon, Wash., home of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick and took his World Series ring.

Lt. Chris Cammock said Monday that the thieves also took other valuable items. He says Kendrick and his family were not home at the time of the burglary, which occurred in late March.

The 26-year-old (pictured in March) graduated from Mount Vernon High School and turned down an opportunity to play quarterback at Washington State to sign with Phillies.

Cammock says he wants to alert the public in case Kendrick's items are resold on the secondary market.

Giants Owner Neukom Celebrates

San Francisco Giants owner Bill Neukom celebrates while riding in a car during a baseball World Series parade in downtown San Francisco Wednesday. The Giants defeated the Texas Rangers in five games for their first championship since the team moved west from New York 52 years ago. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Question: This photo epitomizes absolute joy. Can you tell of a time when you felt like Neukom did as he rode the parade route Wednesday to celebrate the Giants’ World Series win?

‘Say Hey Kid’ Celebrates WS Title

Former San Francisco Giants great Willie Mays waves from the back of a car as he rides in the Giants World Series ticker-tape parade through downtown San Francisco earlier today. The Giants defeated the Texas Rangers in five games for their first championship since the team moved west from New York 52 years ago. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

DFO: My sister asked me during the playoffs who I thought was the best baseball player of all time. I said Babe Ruth because he not only hit for average and power. But he was a lights-out pitcher before converting to an every day player.

Question: Who do you think is the best all-time baseball player?

Poll: Yes To Larsen, SF, No To NPR

  • Wednesday Poll: Demo David Larsen (90 of 159, 56.6%) is the pick over Rep. Bob Nonini (55 of 159, 34.6%) in the House District 5A race. 13 respondents won’t vote for either man.
  • NPR Poll: 74 of 144 (51.39%) don’t support federal funding for public radio. 70 of 144 (48.61%) do.
  • World Series Poll: 54 of 105 (51.43%) want to see the S.F. Giants win the World Series. 51 of 105 (48.57%) prefer to see the Texas Rangers win the series.
  • Today’s Poll: Are you going to write-in a candidate’s name in the 2010 general election?

Poolman: Just Say No To Bush, Texas

Poolman: I really like the players on Texas — Vlad — Elvis, Josh (classic reborn Jesus freak teetering on the edge of a relapse) the coach who looks like he just stumbled out of the Gospel Mission. But, I just can’t get past the Bush element. You know when the series goes back to Texas we are going to get close ups of W between every other pitch. I would much rather watch a disappointed W than a smirky W. I’ll stick the West Coast dogs and the kid with the bangin’ hair.

Question: Poolman basis his support for the Giants on his dislike for Texas Ranger fan George W. Bush. How do you determine who you root for in this World Series?

P.S. World Series Begins

A fan wears a hat before the start of baseball’s World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers this evening in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Question: Who do you want to win the World Series — San Francisco or Texas?