By Dan Shanoff
Page 2

World Series Coverage
Stark on Bagwell
Crasnick on the Big Hurt

Whether talking at work, watching from a sports bar, lounging at home or -- in "What's Hot, What's Not" tradition -- on a date, you don't want to get caught spouting stale conventional wisdom about this year's World Series. (At the very least, know which Sox are in and which Sox couldn't be more passé.)

Be sure to file away the following talking points:

WHAT'S HOT, WHAT'S NOT: 2005 WORLD SERIES
Category Hot Not Hot
Sox
White

Red
Year on handmade fan signs "1917!" "1918!"
Pitching aces "Big 4" or "Big 3" Relievers, generally
They were SO due
Houston's Killer B's

Cardinals
Clemens subplot Game 1 starter Will he/won't he come back?
TRUE team aces Oswalt and Contreras Clemens and Buehrle
The new New England Texas Anaheim (and/or L.A.)
Brad Lidge question
Confidence shattered?

The next Mariano Rivera?
Managerial style Ozzie's garrulousness La Russa's calculation
Postgame celebration Kisses for everyone! Awkward man-hugs
Free-agent cash-in Paul Konerko Carlos Beltran
Bullpen strategy What bullpen? "By committee"
Ageless pitching sensation
Clemens

Schilling
How do you pronounce his last name? "Cree-Dee" "Creeeeed"
Exorcism
Black Sox

Babe Ruth
Most miserable fans Cubs fans Angels fans
"Idiot" poster guy
Bobby Jenks

Johnny Damon
Genius offseason move Trading for Scott Podsednik Trading for Randy Johnson
Hustling, scrapping and D "Smart Ball" "Small Ball"
Respected old-timer Al Lopez Johnny Pesky
Best place for fan passion Blogs Sports bars
Job audition? Lou Piniella Tim McCarver
Must-have retro jersey
'83 White Sox

'86 Astros
Game projection Take the under Watch for home runs

 


In the Page 2 "Hot/Not" tradition, some picks to outperform (or underperform!) vis a vis expectations:

PAGE 2 SERIES PICKS
Category Outperformer Underperformer
Pitching Roy Oswalt Game 4 starters
Batting
Houston's left-field porch

Ghost of Shoeless Joe
MVP Candidate "Killer P" (P. Konerko) One of the Killer B's
Champ White Sox (in 7) Astros (in 7)

 

Dan Shanoff is a columnist for Page 2. His "Daily Quickie" commentary appears every weekday morning.


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