* FAIL! On a night when the Red Sox were positioned to finally take over the top spot in the AL East, our pitching staff disintegrated and instead handed the victory to a Tampa Bay team that didn't even appear to genuinely want it. Bah! Early suckitude from Daisuke Matsuzaka (3 runs on 8 hits, 4 walks, and a hit batter) prompted the summoning of bullpen standbys Javier Lopez, Manny Delcarmen, and Hideki Okajima, all of whom managed to get the job done as the Sox hovered behind the Rays at 3-2. A magnificent 2-run homer from Jason Bay in the 8th put the Sox on top... enter Jon Papelbon, who
* Saints be praised: it appears that New England will be spared the ignominy of starting Chris Simms at quarterback, as the Titans have signed the Spawn of Simms in light of Vince Young's recent injury and apparent descent into madness. It's a little unnerving having our QB situation in question, sure, but Chris FUCKING Simms?! Pretty sure we dodged a bullet on this one, kids. Let the Matt Cassel Era unfold!
* Doc Rivers has reportedly been offered a contract extension through the 2010-2011 season along with a $500,000 per year raise. I suppose that's a fitting reward for a man whose valiant efforts to completely tank in the postseason were somehow stymied by the superhuman talents of his stars and the inspired play of his bench. It's always so heartwarming when a shitty coach succeeds despite himself. Have some more money, Doc!
* Shawne Merriman is officially out for the season with two torn ligaments in his left knee. Bummer! Given the way they caved to the lowly Panthers on Sunday, I'd say the Chargers have more to worry about than merely an injured Merriman -- like, say, having a star running back who's clearly a whiny, injury-prone bitch, or having a completely batshit bible-thumper for a starting QB -- but this will obviously change the face of a team that nearly everyone considered a playoffs lock. IT'S THE BRONCOS' YEAR BABY WOOOOO!
Speaking of Doc, here's The DOC. Old school, baby!