On base­ball, soc­cer, a prep foot­ball pow­er­house

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Weather - BY DAVID WHITE Spe­cial to The Bee David White is a former Fresno Bee writer and NFL writer at the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle, now a pas­tor and colum­nist for The Bee: [email protected]­global.net, @by­david­white

Oc­to­ber is here, the per­fect time to watch dead leaves fall and carved pump­kins rot.

Which re­minds us, what time is the Dodgers game?

We hear the Dodgers are sup­posed to be the best play­off edi­tion yet, as well they should be, given seven straight years of prac­tice.

It hurts to not have our Gi­ants around to win a fourth and last ti­tle this decade, but as far as nextbest things go, noth­ing beats watch­ing the Dodgers get beat.

We hear that money can’t buy you love, but $60 mil­lion sure bought the Tampa Bay Rays a wild-card vic­tory over the Oak­land Ath­let­ics. Now let’s see what base­ball’s low­est pay­roll can do against the Hous­ton Astros Trav­el­ing All-Stars. We’re guess­ing $60 mil­lion doesn’t buy as much as you’d think.

Go Lit­tle Guy, if you think $60 m’s make you lit­tle.

We hear horse rac­ing is back at The Big Fresno Fair. We don’t gam­ble, and don’t get the idea of rac­ing pets around in circles be­ing a sport. Here’s hop­ing the Santa Ana winds don’t blow this way, be­cause 31 horse deaths this past sea­son at Santa Ana’s track alone is crim­i­nal.

We’re start­ing to think this is one sport that de­serves to die.

We hear Fresno FC might be leav­ing Fresno, yet don’t re­mem­ber them be­ing here in the first place. Nor­mally, we wouldn’t give a red card flip … but to find out it’s be­cause their own league has a rule against rent­ing a base­ball field for more than two years? A league de­signed to pro­mote its non-Amer­i­can sport in Amer­ica could be evict­ing it­self, with a straight face?

No won­der we can’t beat Ghana.

We hear Vegas likes the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers’ chances at be­ing the Old Lak­ers again. And we agree. Think LeBron James as the Mod­ern Kobe Bryant, with­out Shaq – be­cause An­thony Davis is no Shaq. Re­mem­ber how many ti­tles Kobe won with­out Shaq? Me nei­ther.

We hear you Raiders and 49ers fans are feel­ing good about be­ing 2-2 and 3-0, re­spec­tively, and you should. It’s al­ways bet­ter to be bet­ter than Joe Flacco, Ja­coby Bris­sett, Jameis Win­ston, Andy Dal­ton and Ma­son Ru­dolph.

We just hope you’ll con­tain your­self un­til you beat a greater quar­ter­back, and Chicago’s Chase Daniels and Cleve­land’s Baker May­field won’t ex­actly count.

We hear Cen­tral High foot­ball beat Buchanan by a few west-side coun­try miles the other night, show­ing the gap be­tween No. 1 and No. 2 in the Cen­tral Sec­tion is big­ger than ever. One Clo­vis gi­ant down, four more to go.

Any time a Fres­nobased pro­gram can run the table against the Clo­vis Way of Life, we think it’s a good thing.

We hear that Dodgers man­ager Dave Roberts joined the Bruce Bochy Re­tire­ment Party af­ter last week’s ca­reer fi­nale. We al­ways liked that guy, as much as you can like any one­time Gi­ant who moved his busi­ness ad­dress to Chavez Ravine.

Here’s won­der­ing if the Dodgers los­ing in the play­offs, again, and the Dodgers over­re­act­ing by firing their man­ager, again, wouldn’t be the worst thing for a Gi­ants team look­ing for a new honch.

We hear you Dodgers fans are tired of this space tak­ing big hacks at your team ev­ery Oc­to­ber. Go ahead and write an an­gry let­ter, and then slap a 22-cent stamp on it.

We’re as­sum­ing you still have one of those 1988 stamps ly­ing around.

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