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• The Phillies took Game 1 of the World Series 3-2 last night. The big storyline was a strong pitching effort from Philly’s Cole Hamels. Well, either that or the fact that Taco Bell is apparently run by some British guy. Who knew?
• The Patriots are reportedly angry with Tom Brady because he used his own doctors in California for his knee surgery, and now he’s battling an infection. Still, even a botched surgery was better than Tom’s original treatment plan: that Gisele kiss it and make it better.
• Chiefs RB Larry Johnson apologized for his recent behavior, including allegedly spitting his drink on a woman at a nightclub that would mark the fifth time in five years he’s been accused of assaulting a woman, saying he was “kind of disgusted with myself.” Well, LJ, now you know how the rest of us feel.
• Two NFL officials visited the Steelers yesterday to assure them that the league isn’t targeting them for fines. Of course, they may have felt compelled to say that since Hines Ward was blocking the exit.
• Cowboys QB Tony Romo now says his broken pinkie will keep him out until at least mid-November. He figures a few more games with Brad Johnson at the helm will make him the most appreciated guy in Dallas.
• Former Ravens coach Brian Billick told radio host Dan Patrick that most teams really do offer bounties to knock guys out of the game. In fact, he knows this all too well because his players put one out on him.
• Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin will drop the ceremonial first puck on Friday night when the St. Louis Blues host Los Angeles. The foreign policy novice says she’s especially excited because she hasn’t met any Kings before.
• The Dodgers may meet free agent Manny Ramirez’s annual salary target but not the number of years he seeks in a contract. What’s the problem? It’s not like the guy’s ever going to flake out on them.
• Lock of the Week: Because of the off day tomorrow, I’m putting the LOW’s 5-2 record on the line today behind the Cowboys, giving 2 ½ points at home to the Bucs. Yes, Dallas is in disarray, with one Roy Williams (the WR) in and the other (DB) out (with an injury), Johnson in for Romo, Pacman Jones in rehab, etc. The Boys, moreover, were smoked on the road last week by the heretofore lowly Rams. Coming back home at 4-3, though, Dallas should be desperate. Romo has finally said he’s definitely out with a broken pinkie, which should enable the offense to pull together and make the best of things rather than keep looking to the sidelines in the hope that Romo might save the day. As we theorized last week in picking the Bears, this is the time of year in which teams with serious postseason aspirations know that they can’t keep throwing games away, especially at home. Look for a Dallas win by a touchdown or more, though three points will be plenty for my sordid purposes.