Now We're Seriously Heading Into Fall

Last time I wrote (9/4) the Phillies were one game out of first place in the NL East and on Monday evening, in the hours between games of a Twi-night double-header, they remained one game out of first place, despite their best efforts to botch it.  Thankfully the Braves have matched the Phillies loss for loss … and last night the Phils edged closer with a win in the night cap.  Now they’re just .5 away from Atlanta.

Meanwhile, over in WPS-land, the Breakers have clinched a play-off berth … and could still secure the honor of hosting the Super Semi-Final (somewhere) if they can walk away with a win over Sky Blue FC on Sunday.  Philly can do themselves some good if they can beat FC Gold Pride in the televised game this coming Sunday … and if Boston doesn’t come through for themselves in NJ.  Here’s how things stand at the moment …. with a resurgent Chicago sadly out of it because they have played their full compliment of 24 matches.

Team GP W L T PTS GF GA +/- W L T W L T
z- FC Gold Pride 23 15 3 5 50 42 18 24 7 1 3 8 2 2
y- Breakers 23 10 8 5 35 36 28 8 5 6 1 5 2 4
y- Independence 23 10 9 4 34 36 32 4 7 3 2 3 6 2
Freedom 23 7 9 7 28 32 33 -1 6 2 3 1 7 4
Red Stars 24 7 11 6 27 21 27 -6 4 5 3 3 6 3
Sky Blue FC 23 7 10 6 27 20 31 -11 2 4 4 5 6 2
Beat 23 5 12 6 21 20 39 -19 3 6 3 2 6 3

Speaking of Chicago … their new acquisition (tied up with visa issues for most of the season) is a wonderful acquisition – definitely a keeper.  Watch for  number19, Veronica Boquete from Santiago, Spain next year!

On the more serious news front, I found an interesting piece by John Dean about Dick Cheney’s papers and what will become of them … or what has become of them.  Sounds like Dick isn’t cooperating with the spirit of the law (surprise) but is, instead, using an Executive Order issued by Dubya (aka Dick) to circumvent the will of Congress and hang onto what, in all likelihood, would be some very damning archives.  As Dean outlines, Congress has yet to address the weakness in the law that allows Cheney to do this … and if the GOP gains seats, they are even less likely to do anything.

Arrrrggghhhhh!

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