B/R Daily Radar: Hottest Topics for Thursday, September 29

Elliott Pohnl@@ElliottPohnl_BRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2011

B/R Daily Radar: Hottest Topics for Thursday, September 29

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    Welcome to Bleacher Report's daily radar, your home for all the hottest sports topics that are being bantered about worldwide.

    For those of you who are still rubbing your eyes after spending your Wednesday night watching drama unfold on the diamond, we'll have the latest speculation on the fallout from two of the most epic collapses in baseball history.

    Along with the pathetic performances by the Braves and Bo Sox, we can't forget what those magical Tampa Bay Rays did after falling behind the Yankees 7-0 at the Trop.

    Speaking of pathetic, Jose Reyes' cowardly actions are still a hot topic on the East Coast Thursday morning.  

    He might be a coward, but at least he has a batting title to show for it.

    Heading into a fun-filled weekend of college football, fans everywhere will once again be distracted the annoying chatter of conference realignment.

    Get ready for the Big 12 to get even worse.

    Finally, fantasy nuts like myself have only two more days to find running backs on waivers.  With the injury bug still alive and well, superstar backs like Peyton Hillis and Arian Foster are far from sure-things this Sunday.

    All that and much more ahead on B/R's Daily Radar 

No. 1: So Much Drama in the MLB

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    Heat Index: 10 out of 10 because we will never forget Wednesday night

    Baseball games always last an eternity, but for once, that wasn't such a bad thing, as the 2011 MLB season came to a thrilling conclusion last night.

    Within a seven minute span, the postseason picture was turned completely upside down.  Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria made Rays fans—so Dick Vitale and two other senior citizens—forget about a fairly average season with his two home runs to drive the Red Sox into a state of dispair.

    Meanwhile, the Braves failed to hit in the clutch once again, finishing on the outside looking in despite having a eight game lead heading into September.

    Such a long season was all for naught.

    It's about time Bud Selig leaves the ice age and pushes for playoff expansion.  Unless of course, he doesn't want MLB to make more money.

    Biggest Question Asked: Will MLB Expand the Postseason?

    Biggest Question Answered: Yes, but like Red Sox-Yankees games, it will take a long, long time. MLB rarely acts quickly on burning issues, but this is a no-brainer.

    Related Links: Red Sox, Rays Stage Unforgettable Finale (Real Clear Sports)

    Ryan Howard and 3 Sluggers Who Must Shine (Bleacher Report)

No. 2: Terry Francona's Hot Seat Just Exploded

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    Heat Index: 10 of 10 (Hotter Than Francona's Hot Seat)

    Terry Francona hasn't done much besides win in Boston, but we live in a vicious society.  In the words of White Sox announcer and windbag Ken "Hawk" Harrelson..."He gone."

    Francona is likely going to be the goat for Boston collapse, and GM Theo Epstein could follow him right out the door and head to Chicago to deal with Alfonso Soriano and other expensive headaches.

    How's that for irony?

    Meanwhile, the Bo Sox are searching for answers after blowing a nine-game lead in the Wild Card.

    The curse has been restored, and nobody is more responsible than Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe.

    Yep, the Boston Globe scribe who wrote an actual book about curses.

    Biggest Question Asked: Will Terry Francona Be Back in 2012?

    Biggest Question Answered: There's a better chance of the apocalypse happening than Tito returning to Beantown.

    Related Links: Is Terry Francona Coming Back to Boston? (Audio from WEEI, Boston)

    Will Meltdown Cost Terry Francona His Job? (Bleacher Report)

No. 3: Atlanta Becomes Home of the Meek

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    Heat Index: 8 out of 10 (Would be hotter if national media remembered the Braves existed)

    Misery loves company, and those Atlanta Braves are mired in sadness Thursday after blowing a ninth-inning lead and falling to the Phillies in tortuous fashion.

    Can someone get the Braves a legitmate superstar slugger?  No, Jason Heyword isn't a superstar.

    Chipper Jones says he will be back, but Atlanta needs its prodigal son to take his game to the next level.

    If that doesn't happen, there won't be much to see in the ATL next season.

    Biggest Question Asked: Will Jason Heyward live up to his potential?

    Biggest Question Answered: Don't expect him to regress (see Patterson, Corey), but don't expect Heyward to find his stride for at least another season.

    Potential is a dangerous word in MLB.

    Related Links: Should the Braves Fire Fredi Gonzalez? (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

    What's Next for the Braves After Epic Collapse? (Bleacher Report)

No. 4: Michael Vick Wants to Remind You He's a Warrior and Will Play in Week 4

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    Heat Index: 8 out of 10 (Because the NFL is King and Vick defines the word "polarizing")

    Fresh off his "woe is me" postgame presser Sunday following the loss to the Giants, Vick has spent the last two games telling people he is sorry for complaining.

    Sure, we don't know what it feels like to get hit by a 280-pound athletic freak, but we do know whining when we hear it.

    Even Vick's kids told their dad he needed to stop crying.

    Vick needs to stop trying to be prove his manhood and be smart.  He's one of the smallest star QBs the NFL has ever seen, and his style of play doesn't exactly compute with avoiding hits.

    Has Ron Mexico checked the schedule?  

    If the Eagles can't beat the offensively-inept Niners this week, there is no hope for the dream team.

    Biggest Question Asked: Is Vick an idiot for trying to play Sunday?

    Biggest Question Answered: Nope. The Eagles are idiots for breaking the bank to keep an injury prone superstar.

    Related Links: Is Michael Vick Really Mistreated by Refs? (FOX Sports)

    Latest Updates on Vick's Week 4 Status (Bleacher Report)

No. 5: LSU Reinstates Bad QB Who Can't Throw or Stay out of Trouble

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    Heat Index: (7 out of 10 because football fans love quarterback controversies)

    Let me be the first person to say that I'm a big fan of Jarrett Lee.  In fact, I literally think I am the first person who has ever enjoyed watching Lee play.

    Numbers are one thing, but leadership and improvement matter too. Those two characteristics will never be used to describe newly reinstated Jordan Jefferson's tenure in Baton Rouge.

    Les Miles took the grass out of his mouth long enough to say that LSU is welcoming Jefferson back to the team.

    Who is ready for a pointless QB rotation?

    LSU shouldn't be. The Tigers are riding Lee's arm and big brain to a berth in the BCS National Title game. 

    Biggest Question Asked: Will LSU try the two-QB attack in 2011?

    Biggest Question Answered: Yes. Les Miles is a great coach, but like his clock management skills, his personnel decisions can be downright puzzling.

    Jefferson shouldn't have seen the field last year, and he shouldn't take off the headset this season either.

    Related Links: When Will Jordan Jefferson See the Field? (CBS Sports)

    Why LSU Should Redshirt Jefferson (Bleacher Report)

No. 6: As the World of College Football Realignment Turns

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    Heat Index: 7 out of 10 (Because the Big 12 Isn't the SEC or Big 10)

    Shockingly, Twitter lit up with misleading information this afternoon when random tweets suggested BYU was heading to the Big 12, along with some combination of TCU, West Virginia and Kansas State.

    Oh wait, the Wildcats are already in the Big 12.

    Those reports actually appear to have some sort of validity as we enter the evening hours Thursday. The popular opinion is that an announcement could come as soon as Saturday.

    So, instead of watching highlights of games that matter, we will watch clips of BYU's Jake Heaps throwing interceptions and fumbling while experts debate the move.

    Get ready for plenty of realignment chatter this Saturday.

    Biggest Question Asked: Can the Big 12 be Saved?

    Biggest Question Answered: Aside from beautiful scenery and Jimmer Fredette, BYU actually has a pretty rabid fanbase and opens the door to a West Coast market the Big 12 desperately needs. Adding BYU would be a solid step towards damage control.

    Related Links: Big 12 Must Expand to be Saved (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

    Latest Rumors on Big 12 Expansion (Bleacher Report)

No. 7: Jose Reyes and the New York Mets: Pathetic in Every Possible Way

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    Heat Index (6 out of 10 because East Coast bias won't let this one die)

    Jose Reyes is your 2011 National League batting champion, which deserves a ticker tape parade, a rap tribute in Spanish and a fat new contract.

    Meanwhile, runner-up Ryan Bruan is going to the MLB playoffs with the Milwaukee Brewers, while the Mets try to dodge bankruptcy.

    Reyes got a base hit in his final at bat, then was removed from the game to preserve his lead over the Hebrewer.

    In terms of cowardly moves, this one ranks right up there with the worst examples of human idiocy we've ever witnessed.

    Move over, Charlie Sheen; you've got company.

    Biggest Question Asked: Will Reyes' Legacy Ever Recover?

    Biggest Question Answered: File this one in the "no-brainer" category.  Reyes is a selfish idiot, pure and simple.  

    Too harsh? Not one bit. I'm not going to commend overrated jackwagons.

    Related Links: Jose Reyes Wins Title, Loses Respect (ESPN.com)

    Jose Reyes Wins Worthless Empty Batting Crown (Bleacher Report)