- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 7, 2008


“You can play postseason baseball from now until another hundred years, but if you score six runs in three games, it’s going to be another hundred years before we win.” - Cubs manager Lou Piniella

TAKE YOUR PICK » Which college football conference is the best this season?

SEC — The league has produced the last two national champions, has an unbeaten juggernaut in the making in Alabama (6-0) and features five of the top 13 teams in the most recent AP poll. No league comes close to matching the SEC’s team-wide speed and depth.

Big 12 — The Big 12 is the only conference with five unbeaten teams. Featuring the best quarterback play one league has boasted in a single season, the Big 12 has three legitimate title contenders in No. 1 Oklahoma (5-0), No. 3 Missouri (5-0) and No. 5 Texas (5-0).

Big Ten — After the beating the Big Ten has taken over the last several seasons, No. 6 Penn State (6-0) looks poised to be in the title chase. Quality depth is what makes the Big Ten so tough. Consider that five of the league’s current bottom six are Illinois (3-2), Wisconsin (3-2), Michigan (2-3), Purdue (2-3) and Iowa (3-3). Nobody would fancy a road date at any of the above.

Our take — The Big 12 is definitely this season’s king of conferences. Oklahoma is the most well-rounded team in the nation. Missouri is the nation’s most explosive team and features Heisman front-runner Chase Daniel, the best quarterback in a conference redefining the position. And depth is no problem with Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Kansas rounding out the cream of the conference.

TWT FIVE » Baseball’s Hottest Playoff Bats

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston - .429 BA, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 3 SB, 2 BB

2. Shane Victorino, Philadelphia - . 357 BA, 3 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 SB, 3 BB

3. Vladimir Guerrero, L.A. Angels - .583 BA, 7 H, 1 2B, 1 SB, 3 BB

4. Manny Ramirez, L.A. Dodgers - .500 BA, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB

5. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay - .400 BA, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB

Stats through Sunday’s games

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