Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mitch Perry Report 10.11.12 - Crunch time in Danville (& Cincy & Oakland)

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 8:11 AM

All eyes will be in Danville, Kentucky tonight for the vice-presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, right?

Well maybe not.

If you have a dog in the hunt of who's going to advance in the American League baseball playoffs, then you may be conflicted, what with the Yankees-Orioles game beginning at 7:37 p.m. and the A's-Tigers climactic game five starting at 9:37 p.m. on two different cable channels. Oh, and there's also an NFL game and college football as well.

Personally I will be on the edge of my, well, wherever I'll be at between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m. this afternoon as the San Francisco Giants take on the Cincinnati Reds in their climactic game five of the NLDS (actually the game is at 1 p.m. this afternoon, meaning it will be a challenge to work and watch the game out of the corner of my eye at our office).

As a longtime Giants and A's fan, it's been an exciting week, after both of those teams fell behind 0-2 in their best of five series. Only four teams in MLB history have come back from such deficits to win these series - while the 2001 and 2003 "Moneyball" A's teams were two of those teams who blew such leads.

Speaking of sports, it's all crashing down on Lance Armstrong now. Yesterday the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released more than 1,000 pages of testimony that discuss "a massive team doping scheme, more extensive than any previously revealed in professional sports history." According to the report, Armstrong's career with the Postal and Discovery Channel cycling teams "was fueled from start to finish by doping."

I get how Armstrong has been a hero to some people for his battle against cancer, but can people admit he used PED's? Not horrible, as many of the world's greatest athletes in the aughts did so. But let's just admit and move on, okay?

Speaking of heroes, former Tampa area Democratic Congressman Sam Gibbons passed away at 92. May he rest in peace.

Although there was hardly anybody there to hear about it, there was quite an interesting conversation Tuesday night in Tampa between city officials, activists and the ACLU about how the police and city handled events during the Republican convention.

And in his zest to modernize the city of Tampa, Mayor Bob Buckhorn has announced a request for proposal for a bike sharing program to begin next year.

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