SIDELINE PATROL: Don’t blame the Yankees

Peter Silas Pasqua
Peter Silas Pasqua is the sports editor for the Gonzales Weekly Citizen. He can be reached at

I?have to give the Yankees credit. They got the job done. With an overprized payroll full of players questioned for supplement use and not coming through in the clutch, the Yankees did what they were supposed to do.

New York wrapped up its 27th World Series championship with a 7-3 victory over Philidelphia in Game 6 Wednesday night behind Hideki Matsui’s record-tying six-RBI performance. After nearly a decade from its last championship, 2009’s version of the Yankees will be compared throughout the offseason to the truly great New York teams of the past.

I admit I was pulling for the Philies. I like the underdog and let’s face it, almost every team that plays the Yankees is not the favorite. However, I admire a franchise that has won so much and respect the historic New York teams as the forefathers of the game of baseball.

However, as long as I can remember, the Yankees have been the team where star players bolt from good teams for financial security. Kind of like Goliath.

I wouldn’t compare this year’s squad to those of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1927, Joe DiMaggio in 1939,  Mickey Mantle and  Roger Maris in 1961 or even Derek Jeter in 1996. They all had character. 2009 had the payroll.

But I don’t blame the Yankees. It is not their fault for spending the money to win a championship. Just maybe some other teams should do it too. Spread the wealth.

The Saints are still rolling after a 35-27 victory over Atlanta in primetime Monday night to stay undefeated and match the franchise’s best start since 1991. I feel like I am 11-years-old again watching this team from New Orleans continue to win.

It looked like the Falcons wanted to follow the gameplan from Miami a week earlier and were able to grind the ball and get pressure on Drew Brees, forcing a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Still the Saints matched scores and good teams score just before halftime which they did to go up 21-14.

But if you are really good, you score twice before halftime, which is what happened when Jabari Greer returned the Saints’ fifth interception for a touchdown this season.

With only two undefeated teams left in the NFL, all of the national attention has floated down the Mississippi to the Big Easy with the question: Who has a better chance of going undefeated? The Saints or the Colts?

Football is a sport that is so physically bruising that you only play the game once a week. It is a cardinal rule for teams to not think about future games, but of the undefeated teams in the league, the Saints have the most condusive schedule to finish perfect.  Hallalujah.

LSU will face its biggest test since their loss to Florida when they travel to Tuscaloosa  Saturday afternoon to face former head coach Nick Saban and  No. 1 Alabama. This is LSU head coach Les Miles and Saban’s rubber match after splitting the first two contests they have met.

LSU is the underdog and many aren’t giving the Tigers much hope but if Miles beats Saban this year, his hire as his replacement will be justified. A victory would put LSU back in the national title hunt and prove LSU is still a premier program in the land of college football.