We're down to two powerhouse teams in this year's World Series as the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the favourite Boston Red Sox, heavily supported by the biggest fans in the area, Wayne Rudneski, Dennis Kyle and former Virdenite Rob Johnson. The WS should be a good one but there's also no doubt that the Bo Sox hold a distinct advantage in both the pitching and power department, not to mention having the best outfield in MLB with Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr.
Now the question remains, what will Beantown do when they go to Hollywood and play under National League rules which means no DH (designated hitter), therefore no J.D. Martinez who is the best DH in the game today. Simple, move LF Betts to second base (he's played there before and is better than anybody they have now), which allows you to put J.D. in the OF, and keep all your big guns on deck. Simple right, then you go out and win the World Series in five games.
In case you're interested in the money aspect, Boston has the highest team salary at $223 million while the Dodgers are in third place at a meagre $180 million, all these years you thought you couldn't buy happiness. By the way, the Milwaukee Brewers tried to win it all with only a $90 million salary (26th place) while our Blue Jays didn't get much bang for their buck, sitting at $162 million with Martin (doing nothing) and Tulo (doing even less) taking home $20 million each. Unreal!
Week seven is over and the surprising LA Rams and KC Chiefs remain the pick of the litter heading into Sunday's action. Both teams are scoring at an amazing rate and are led by the Ram's RB Todd Gurley (14TDs already) and the Chiefs' sophomore sensation QB Patrick Mahomes, who is a cross between Michael Vick and Peyton Manning, shredding defences at will.
Our Oil Caps continue to have a rough time finding the net which has put them, hopefully temporarily, at the back of the pack coming out of the gates this season. Look for a few shakeups coming from coach Troy Leslie as they prepare for their next home game this Wednesday versus the Neepawa Natives.
High school hockey will be starting soon and the league will return the same 19 teams from last season, led by the defending four-time champions from Vincent Massey. The league is divided into three divisions and each team will play a 24-game schedule. In the North we have Dauphin, Russell (Major Pratt), McCreary, Roblin, Sandy Bay and Swan Valley. In the East there is Crocus, Boissevain, Killarney, GCB (Glenboro, Carberry, Baldur), Minnedosa and Neepawa while teams in the West consist of Deloraine, Hamiota, Rivers, Souris, Massey, REMP (Reston, Elkhorn, Melita, Pierson) and of course, the Bears, whose first home game is on Nov. 16. Coaching this season will be Doug Roach, Jonathon Lansing, Kirby Braybrook and Foster Whyte.
I failed to mention last week about another local connection to the U. of Regina Cougars winning the National Fastball Championships. Besides Mackenzie and Brooklyn Roach on the team, Oak Lakes' Bob and Maureen Senff's granddaughter, Horizon Senff, was also on the squad and contributed to the amazing win.
Until next time....