Week 5 Review: Pay The Man

Before I gloat about my triumphant week five selections, a few notes on postseason baseball:

1. The San Francisco Giants-Atlanta Braves National League Divisional Series was one of the best series you will ever see in baseball. Every game came down to the last at-bat. Every game was decided by one run. Every game featured a critical error (or erra, as elderly play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton called them). Every game screamed October baseball, which is a very good thing.

2. Anyone who thinks the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees are on this inevitable collision course to the World Series does not understand the most basic rule of sport. It’s unscripted. We only see the pivotal moments in hindsight. No one can accurately predict this stuff. Both the Giants and either the Tampa Bay Rays or Texas Rangers can beat their opponent in the League Championship Series. Keep in mind that the Florida Marlins have actually won this thing. Twice.

3. Don’t lose sight of my opinion that the Giants are scary good. Yes, the Phillies swept the Reds and Roy Halladay pitched an absolutely incredible gem against Cincinnati in Game One of the NLDS. Put it in a scrap-book because it’s meaningless to the rest of the postseason. We start every series at 0-0. The Giants deserve to be in the NLCS with the Phillies. Both are the class of the National League. May the best club win, hopefully in seven thrilling games.

Week 6 Byes: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Arizona, Carolina (Quite a Murders Row)

Week 5 Recap: I will give myself victories for starting Phillip Rivers (27-42, 431 Yards, 2 TD) and sitting DeAngelo Williams (12 Carries, 51 yards, 0 TD) and Matt Schaub (16-34, 196 Yards, 0 TD, 1 INT). Rivers needed to play catch-up in Oakland, losing to the Raiders by eight. Williams and Schaub can continue the autumn of their discontent. Both are having different degrees of terrible in their 2010 campaign. At least Schaub looked good for a couple of weeks. I also suggested that you start Maurice Jones-Drew. Even though he ran for 84 yards and the Jags scored 36 points, Jones-Drew couldn’t find the end zone against the horrible Bills on Sunday. Oh well, I’ll take three out of four any weekend.

Obligatory Gamecock Mention: I went to college at the University of South Carolina. Watching the Gameoccks defeat the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday afternoon made me smile deep into Saturday night. Congratulations to South Carolina, who lands at No. 10 in the latest Associated Press poll. They still could make the trip to Atlanta for the Southeastern Conference Championship Game in December. After that, who knows? It’s a wonderful roller coaster ride every week in the SEC.

Week 6 selections posted on Friday.

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