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  • Watching Mets Manager Willie Randolph quietly celebrate in the dugout and on the field after his team won the National League East on Monday night, you had to think about all those teams that passed on him as not being ready to manage. Sure he had an advantage working for the Mets at this time with ownership ready to spend and General Manager Omar Minaya ready to spend smartly. There's no way of knowing why Willie was really passed over so many times. But the reasons given were, to put it bluntly, stupid. He hadn't managed in the major leagues, he hadn't managed in the minor leagues, he was too accustomed to winning having worked for the Yankees and Joe Torre for so long. I can think of no other reason to create excuses for why a team didn't hire Willie Randolph than those teams were not ready to give their managing job to an African American. MLB has many managers whose first managing job is in the big leagues, some successful, some bombs. And yet Willie Randolph had to wait more than 10 seasons. Makes you think, don't it?
  • Maybe it would have been better for Ben Roethlisberger to take another week off. Seeing him doubled over in pain late in the fourth quarter in Jacksonville on Monday night hurt me, imagine how it felt for him. When you hear broadcasters say: 'he'll be sore but he can't do any more damage,' you think, "That's easy for you to say."  And the Steelers have the Bengals at home on Sunday. Wonder how this week's going to go for Bill the Chin, Big Ben and the Super Bowl Champs.
  • Putting the game officials on a one-week suspension for the botched ending of last Saturday's Oklahoma-Oregon game (how 'bout those Ducks unies?) is an admission the officials blew it and there was no getting away from that reality. But I don't think anyone should be jumping up and down and shouting about the unfairness of it all unless EVERY call in the game went against your team. It's a game, people make mistakes. Maybe the president of Oklahoma University should take a pill and calm down a bit.
  • The philosopher George "Sparky" Anderson said the great thing about baseball is you can't figure the darn thing out. That must be why the Dodgers hit four homers in a row in the ninth to tie the Padres in their Monday night game for first place in the West. Then, of all things, the Pads went ahead in the 10th only to have Nomah hit a two-run shot to win in the bottom of the 10th. Holy cow. Here's hoping a few Dodger fans stayed around to see the end of this beauty.
  • If you're not rooting for the Saints this Monday, get out of town. Even Falcon fans should be hoping that the Saints' return to the Superdome next Monday night is triumphant beyond measure. Getting that stadium restored is a miracle. Added bonus: Saints 2-0, Falcons 2-0. And opening the show with U2 and Green Day to benefit Gulf Coast musicians  www.musicrising.org could make this a perfect night. If Fats Domino is performing and Terence Blanchard is blowing his horn along with U2 and Green Day, that's what I'm talking about.

 

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