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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

What a sports night

Sports fans had to love last night. That is unless they decided these games were over and went to sleep.

The Saint Louis Rams were playing the Colts in Indianapolis and jumped out to an early 17 point lead.

The Houston Astros had a 3 games to 1 lead over the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. The Astros were up 4 runs to 2 and getting ready to turn the game over to their bullpen. Brad Lidge has pitched 17 1/3 innings over 15 regular season games against St Louis the past two years without giving up a run. In fact he has only allowed 3 hits to the Cardinals in that span. It would have been perfectly understandable if fans went to sleep after Lidge came into the game and promptly got two quick outs. That's when it got interesting. A single followed by a walk and then Albert Pujols stepped to the plate. Pujols looked bad swinging at a slider almost in the dirt. He then watched a pitch go by for a ball. Lidge got the third pitch up in the zone and Pujols put it up in the seats. The Houston players were already starting to celebrate before it was over and they went down quickly in bottom of the ninth.

What happened to the Rams lead while all this was going on? Well, Mark Bulger threw an interception and then got hurt afterwards. On the other side of the ball, Peyton Manning remembered he was Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James remembered he was Edgerrin James and next thing you know a 17 point deficit became a 17 point victory. The real difference though was the Colts' improved defense allowed the comeback to happen. In the past, if the Colts fell behind and started coming back their defense would give up points as fast as their offense could score. Not anymore.

I'm not a fan of any of the teams mentioned but last night reminded me why I love sports. You never know what will happen.

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