The right Harbaugh won


The right Harbaugh won

Seeing how we all have a long night of avoiding ESPN and the NFL Network ahead of us, I'm going to keep this last post short. In fact, let me just say this

If there's ONE silver lining in Baltimore's Super Bowl win, it's that the right Harbaugh came out on top.

Maybe that's a relative term, but after two weeks of non-stop Harbaugh action, there was no question as to which brother was the more redeeming dude. I mean, after two weeks, I had hard time even thinking of Jim Harbaugh as a human. He was more like a robot GI Joe perpetually on the verge of going haywire. He was like a RoboCop. And while that certainly made him an interesting and entertaining character, it made it nearly impossible to connect with him on any personal level. I never once found myself thinking: "Man, I'll feel really bad for Jim Harbaugh if the Niners don't come through." To be honest, I can't imagine a football-related situation when I'd ever feel bad for Jim Harbaugh. He just doesn't evoke a lot of sympathy. (Is this how Bill Belichick comes across to fans outside of New England? If so, I get. It finally makes sense.)

Can you imagine even trying to have a beer with Jim Harbaugh? First of all, I doubt he even drinks beer. He'd probably order a double shot of 151 and spend the next hour making you feel uncomfortable for not drinking the same. Eventually, you'd succumb to the peer pressure and drink way too much. Next thing you know, you wake up in the passenger seat of your own car, covered in puke. You look over, and Jim's cruising down the Mass Pike at 125 mph screaming: "Who's got it better than us?!?!"

No thanks. He's like Cliff from Dead Man on Campus.

Instead, I'd much rather kick back and have a few beers with John. And even if I don't love the idea of Baltimore winning it all, I was definitely happy to see the older Harbaugh get the best of his little brother.

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Monday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Sox hope to extend Tampa Bay's misery


Monday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Sox hope to extend Tampa Bay's misery

The Red Sox may be stumbling through the month of June, but they're flying high compared to their opponent tonight.

The Sox are in St. Petersburg, Fla., to take on the free-falling Rays, losers of 11 straight. They'll be sending Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound in hopes of continuing Tampa Bay's misery, at least for the next three games.

The lineups:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Bryce Brentz LF
Sandy Leon C
Marco Hernandez 3B
Eduardo Rodriguez P

Logan Forsythe 2B
Tim Beckham SS
Evan Longoria 3B
Logan Morrison 1B
Desmond Jennings CF
Oswaldo Arcia RF
Taylor Motter LF
Nick Franklin DH
Curt Casali C
Blake Snell P