Sometimes, great inventions come about by accident.
Take Viagra, for example. Originally intended as a heart medication, it was distributed to patients on a test basis. It didn't work for the intended purpose, but unlike most medications that don't work, the patients chose not to return it. When researchers inquired as to why the pills weren't being returned they learned that the medication worked elsewhere.
Just like that, aging men became young again. In time, major league baseball players became fond of the pills because they found it helped them to repeat their deliveries on no-day's rest.
Which, of course, brings us to the World Series. The final game essentially lasted three innings since it was a suspended game resumed in the bottom of the sixth.
It's a lot easier to pay attention to three innings and hang with it until the end, so look for Major League Baseball to realize the way to go to avoid battling snow storms in late October is to shorten games to three innings, play doubleheaders (with two gates) every other day and single games on alternate days with off days mixed in here and there. The season could start in May, end in August and the postseason would be over in mid-September.
Put wagering windows in the stadiums and watch attendance figures and revenues soar at every ballpark. Offer wagers on which player will get the first hit, the over-under on strikeouts, you name it, you can wager on it.
Another benefit: With the innings being slashed so severely, sore arms would go down and crummy middle relievers would be nothing more than unpleasant memories.
Slop-tossing lefties? Who needs them? Three innings of pure heat, baby.
Too shocking a proposition? Think Olympic boxing. Three rounds of pure action, as opposed to 12-round waltzes.
Kansas 42, Kansas State 38: Josh Freeman isn't nearly as effective when forced to throw on the run. He can throw and he can run, but he can't throw on the run. If Kansas had a pass rush, this one wouldn't even be close.
Missouri 44, Baylor 21: Chase Daniel shouldn't have any trouble abusing the Bears' shaky secondary.
Texas 38, Texas Tech 35: Colt McCoy's Heisman Trophy campaign picks up more steam.
Texas A&M 28, Colorado 20: Former Kansas great Nolan Cromwell's A&M offense scored 49 points in Ames last weekend, a figure nobody would have guessed they would reach this season.
Florida 31, Georgia 28: Florida looks for revenge a year after Bulldogs coach Mark Richt led his team in an excessive on-field celebration after the first touchdown a year ago. The loser of this game bows out of the national-title picture.
Florida State 24, Georgia Tech 17: Seminoles last lost to Tech in 1975 and are looking to push their winning streak in the series to 13 games.
Congratulations to Ray Harper of Concordia, who was the Week 9 winner in the Kream Keegan contest. Schreppel predicted all six winners and was the closest to the tiebreaker (he said KU and Texas Tech would combine for 99 points; they combined for 84 points). Will you be this week's winner? Sign up using the entry form below.
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