Daily Briefing: Tuesday, 8/23

Revised 8/23 at 1:14 pm

I had to head to a meeting last evening, just as North Oldham was going into extra innings against Warner Robins, Ga. in the LLWS.

Guess it was a good thing. Things eventually fell apart for the Kentuckians, who couldn’t figure out Jake Fromm.

Until the Peach Staters tallied 3 in the top of the 9th, it was a damn compelling game.

Truth is North Oldham didn’t have as many studs as last night’s winner, or the team from Cali that whipped them Sunday night. Another Griffin McLarty or two, and they might still be competing.

It was a fun ride while it lasted. And the kids get to stay in Williamsport through the championship. Which means they’ll have plenty of homework to catch up on.

Speaking of McLarty . . .

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. . . his favorite pitcher (and mine too) won again last night. Justin Verlander became the first 19 game winner in the Bigs this year, matching his best previous win total. The Tigers won at Tampa Bay, 5-2, stretching their AL Central lead to 5 1/2 over both Cleveland and the ChiSox.

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The most intriguing question in MLB these days — except in NY and Boston where fans don’t care about anybody but those two nines — is whether Milwaukee is a legit threat to the Phillies in the NL?

And, I’d love to regale you with some knowing insight, but, fact is, I haven’t paid that much attention until recently. I know the Brew Crew has been surging, winning 20something of their last 20something games, and 8 of their last 10. They sit 9 games atop the NL Central.

I can offer little else in the way of observation. I know my buddy Bill, a major Milwaukee fan, has lamented the lack of props hurled his way.

Philly is 5 games up on every other team in the majors, and has too many pitchers. They look like a lock to me.

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LSU’s starting QB Jordan Jefferson was in a bar fight last weekend, if you hadn’t heard. Even if he and his teammates are arrested for their alleged participation, it will come too late to help the Tigers in the Fulmer Cup standings. But it surely will make Steve Kragthrope’s job a lot tougher. If Les Miles sits Jefferson and his brawling teammates down for the Oregon game — a long shot for sure — the former U of L head coach, in his first test as QB coach in Baton Rouge, will be faced with turning a second teamer into a winner.

Stay tuned.

Which mention of Kragthorpe allows me to use the attached photo, provided by my man Sportsby, who actually bid on this item at a charity auction. (He advises he was the only one willing to pony up a penny for it.)

– Seedy K

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