Last night the Giants completed the collapse of the undeserving playoff participants from St. Louis. No truth to the rumor that Montgomery Burns Bud Selig was retroactively seeking to make the NLCS a best-of-five series. Giants v. Tigers on Wednesday…speaking of Tigers, the Lions and Bears met in a forgettable MNF matchup. The Bears managed a workmanlike 13-7 victory that convinced the Packers that Green Bay is still the team to beat in the NFC North, and it convinced Brandon Marshall that Ndamukong Suh is still a dirty player…speaking of an irrelevant lying, serial falsehood propagator and infamous cyclist, Lance Armstrong was effectively and officially blackballed by anyone and everyone who had a role in making him famous. His teammates. Cycling leaders. His sponsors. Chris Rock has even weighed in, “Nike dropped Lance Armstrong, but didn’t drop Tiger Woods. I guess in America you can cheat on your wife, but not on your bike.” A sad commentary to be sure; I wonder if the comedian would have a similar commentary were the situation reversed (I doubt it; probably would be joining a chorus accusing Nike of racism). It’s a good reminder that major companies are simply about money, supporting Armstrong is financially untenable – especially since his career is over. Supporting the No. 2 golfer in the world, the sport’s generational icon will always be a moneymaker – the decision has nothing to do with their offenses OR skin color…speaking of racism, the debate last night was followed by accusations of exactly that on MSNBC. Ah race-baiting, so attractive. Chris Matthews’ preposterous assessment was perhaps the most entertaining event on an otherwise melancholy evening. The President wasn’t terribly Presidential, Romney didn’t do a lot to distinguish himself, and much of the foreign policy debate wasn’t spent discussing actual foreign policy. If you missed it, Romney talked about peace 12 times – Obama, not once. We’re two weeks from this whole thing being over, after which we can drop the words ‘swing state’ from our vocabulary for another 3.5 years. Maybe by then the Cubs will be relevant!!

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