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A Lack of Judgement Can Be a Two Way Street

Joba Chamberlain made the biggest mistake of his life.

No, it was not a hanging slider to blow a save or a hold.

No, it wasn't a pitch up and over the head of Kevin Youkilis (again).

In fact, his mistake did not even take place on the baseball diamond.

Joba Chamberlain's biggest mistake this week revolved around his recent DUI back in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. After being well over the legal limit, speeding, and having an open container in his car, Joba's judgment lacked the sharpness usually displayed in his blazing fastball and wicked slider.

And there lies the problem.

The problem being that Joba's recent mishap is directly tied with his on-the-field talent. Joba's recent DUI was met with mere passes and excuses such as, "he deserves a second chance." Or, "He's only twenty three, he's young, he will make mistakes."

Although everyone does deserve a second chance (and a third as suggested by Hank Steinbrenner), lets not forget that Jo…

U.S. Economy in Need of New Generation Robin Hood

$700 Billion Rescue Plan. Passed.

On October 6th, 2008, the global market took yet another huge hit as the Dow plunged below 10,000 points, with effects looming to spread beyond Wall street to what most politicians and financial economist coined as, "Main Street."

It seems the "Rescue Plan" which lends financial firms over $700 billion of American tax dollars is not stabilizing the market, or even fooling investors into committing to it. In fact, most are beginning to repel from the market, due to its unpredictability, as the bottom of the global economy continues to fall out.

$700 billion dollars. A Rescue Plan is what the government has tried to spin it.

However, lets be honest and call it what it is - a bailout. A simple, "Uncle Sam, we messed up badly, now fix it."

It's very much understandable for the reason for this bailout. If several more financial firms fall under- mortgages, 401k's, loans, and employment go with them. And attempting to fathom…

Attempting to Script October: The 2008 MLB Playoffs

With the change of the calendar to the tenth month of the year comes October. Playoff baseball. It is the time of the year where each pitch is as important as the next to come. Where lineups and today's starting pitcher are reviewed as the tale of the tape before a big fight. It is where each call, each bounce, and each inch can change an inning, a game, and a series. It is a month where baseball reigns supreme. A month where goats become heroes, and heroes can become legends. It is also a month where Bartman and Buckner happens. It is unpredictable, unfathomable, and downright the best sporting month of the year.

It's October. It's playoff baseball. And it cannot be scripted.

Nonetheless, part of the fun is attempting to do so, so here goes...

ALDS - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeat Boston Red Sox in four games.

Anaheim takes care of business out west before dropping game three in Fenway. Game 4 will see John Lackey take the hill and dominate the sox for eight innings cl…