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Sun-Down: White Sox won World Series five years ago today, Joe Flacco's new haircut, basketball finally sells out and a few bad seeds could spoil things in the Big Apple

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Believe it or not, it's been exactly five years since Juan Uribe fielded that chopper up the middle and flipped it to first to seal the White Sox' first world championship since 1917. Five years since the blistering 11-1 run through the postseason. Five years since Geoff Blum became a folk hero with his timely home run.

Has it really been that long? I saw a few people opining that it seems so much longer than five years since that happy pile-up on the center of the diamond in Houston.

Do you agree? Disagree?

On a related note, it seems strange that season's Fall Classic hasn't even begun yet. Just how far into November are they going to push this thing back ...
Gym, Tan, Long Toss
Joe Flacco showed up to a charity event in Baltimore with a "Jersey Shore"-inspired haircut. The Garden State native and Ravens quarterback now sports a faux hawk with all kinds of designs shaved into the back and sides of his head.

The transformation took an hour and 40 minutes and was done by teammate Tavares Gooden's barber.

Word to your mother, Joe. Word to your mother.

Thar she blows
Survive the Great Lakes Cyclone?

Glad to hear it.

It's fitting today to remember the wind-blown home runs that flew out right and left some 34 years ago at Wrigley Field during the Phillies' 18-16 victory over the Cubs.

Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt blasted four homers, while Rick Monday could muster only two. Here is the bizarre box score for that game.

Wild Thing
Sad, but not entirely unexpected news about Charlie Sheen. Here he is as Rick Vaughn, trying desperately to nail that complicated line in "Major League II."

Old School
The original rules of basketball, penned by Dr. James Naismith 119 years ago, are up for auction. So if you have an extra $2 million laying around, you'll have a good shot at owning them, according to experts.

Naismith created the game for students at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Mass. The original rules did not permit dribbling are were written with a typewriter.

Bronx cheer
It's widely assumed that the New York Yankees will throw their weight around this offseason in order to secure free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee. But it's possible that their chances to do so took a hit this past week, when Lee's wife, Kristen, was reportedly heckled and spit at during her trip to Yankee Stadium.


Her husband, of course, got the last laugh and will start Game 1 of the World Series tomorrow night for the Texas Rangers.

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This page contains a single entry by Kyle Koster published on October 26, 2010 2:55 PM.

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