“Ray”volution

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You can take those rally caps off. They’ve done it again. The ninth walk-off victory of the year may have been the most surprising. I mean, I must admit, going into the 9th, I had the loss penciled in on The Rays Page. How wrong I was. Down 7-4 going into the bottom half of the 9th, the Rays managed to score 6… yes, SIX runs to pull off an improbable win. Thanks to doubles from Jason Bartlett and Eric Hinske, a determined hustle down the line from Akinori Iwamura resulting in him beating out a close play at first, and a four pitch walk to Ben Zobrist, the Rays had the base runners needed to begin chipping away at Cleveland’s authoritative lead. The rest of the responsibility was left to Gabe Gross and Carlos Pena to deliver in the clutch. And they did. Gross hit a gargantuan home run off the bottom of the video board in right field to tie the game at 7, while Pena hit the walk-off shot over the center field wall, sending the Tropicana Field faithful into a frenzy. (27,000 at an afternoon game? I am impressed!).

Up next for the Rays is a 10 game, 11 day road trip. Brutal. THIS will be one of the most critical stretches of games for the Rays, who, while as of late have been an improved road team, aren’t the best team on the road. Going out west isn’t the best in terms of rest, but at least it IS the Mariners, followed by Oakland and the Texas Rangers.

Make sure to check the Rays page for standings, game info, and of course, our magic number countdown!!!

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Bay Watch I

Favre in Jeans

Rumors are running a muck. But of course, they have been ever since Brett Favre decided to unretire AGAIN. In case you aren’t aware, that Wrangler – wearing Southern gentleman, Brett Favre, the perennial “Buc Killer,” MIGHT be on his way to Tampa Bay. Not to mention arguably the best quarterback to play the game. A living (and actively playing) legend, thanks to Commissioner Goodell’s decision to reinstate Number 4.

For the past two days, there have been reports that Favre allegedly passed on the opportunity to be traded to the Buccaneers. He, instead chose to try to return to the “Pack” and was supposedly going to be given a “fair” chance at winning his job back. Not so fast. After a 6 hour marathon-like meeting with higher Green Bay officials, including Head Coach Mike McCarthy, it was concluded that Favre “was not in the right mindset.” This, of course, could mean a plethora of things. Perhaps it was expected that he should have a “backup” frame of mind. Maybe Favre walked in thinking he was God’s gift to football, which he might as well be (Until Peyton Manning reaches the end of his career, maybe). In either case, Favre will not return to the Packers this year, nor will he be released, to insure that he won’t be playing for any NFC North foes.

Favre in Vikes

Can you imagine that? Nice Photoshop job by the way.

Speaking of other strange Brett Favre pictures, here’s one of him trying to do his best David Blaine impression.

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Do you have a Brett Favre fetish? Check out this site- Funny Brett Favre Pictures. Brett Favre as an astronaut is my personal favorite.

Here at the heap., we actually don’t know how we feel about the Brett Favre situation. A potential legend playing for the hometown team? I like it. I mean, at least we wouldn’t have to watch another excruciating Lambeau come back by the Pack. I can’t even count the times the Bucs would have a lead only to see Favre lead the Packers back… especially when the Bucs played in Green Bay in the glory days of the classic NFC Central match ups. The quarterback situation in Buccaneer camp is already pretty complicated and quite jammed up. Garcia is hurt, thus we have Luke McCown starting this weekend against the Dolphins in preseason game 1. Of course, we have the indefatigable Brian Grease, who is back for another stint. And don’t forget the Chris Simms saga. He is working hard in camp despite the “irreparable” relationship between him and head coach John Gruden. There is also the Bucs’ most recent draftee, Josh Johnson, a rookie from the University of San Diego. Despite Gruden’s hesitance to “marry” his quarterbacks (thanks Jeff Garcia), this would provide the Bucs a great opportunity to essentially “rent” a proven quarterback, one that is hungry to reach and win one last, final, championship. I mean, isn’t that what the Buccaneers’ organization did when they hired Gruden? Apparently, it was a rent to own bargain… the jury’s still out on the Gruden era.

We’ll keep you updated here on the heap. posting any further developments.

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