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JERRY CROWE

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October is a great month for sports fans, though it looks like it could be ending early for Dodgers and Angels.

October 21, 2009|JERRY CROWE

Between the baseball playoffs, football season heating up and the basketball and hockey seasons kicking off, October is usually the greatest month of the year for U.S. sports fans. . . .

This month has been especially entertaining in the Southland -- thanks to the Dodgers and Angels. . . .

If the Angels had landed CC Sabathia last winter and the Dodgers Cliff Lee this summer, fans might even be talking more optimistically about a Freeway World Series. . . .

While Manny Ramirez was taking a shower Monday night, the Dodgers' World Series hopes were taking a bath. . . .

Is it possible that Alex Rodriguez is underappreciated? . . .

From Jonathan Papelbon to Jonathan Broxton -- with Brian Fuentes, Huston Street, etc., in between -- this has been a frightful October for major league closers. . . .

Former colleague Steve Harvey e-mails to ask, "Why don't teams use cellphones when contacting the bullpens?" . . .

Third base umpire Tim McClelland had a worse game than Scott Kazmir on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. . . .

Fergie and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, featured in a ubiquitous DirecTV commercial, are getting as much playoff exposure as Derek Jeter and Ryan Howard. . . .

And far more than Kate Hudson. . . .

What baseball announcers call "great" at-bats can be interminable at-bats for television viewers. . . .

Documentary film producer Robert Langpaap has stockpiled several hundred T-shirts and other "Mannywood" items and says he would like to give them away to Dodgers fans. . . .

Information: mannybeingtheman@gmail.com. . . .

Craig Sager of TBS apparently owns goofy, brightly colored blazers for all occasions. . . .

His son, Craig Sager Jr., is a wide receiver at Georgia. . . .

Since Staples Center opened 10 years ago this week, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers have won more playoff games than the Dodgers, Angels, Ducks, Kings and Clippers combined. . . .

At this point, a Lakers-Clippers playoff series next spring seems more likely than a Dodgers-Angels series this fall. . . .

Do the BCS computers realize that USC, in its only loss, played without starting quarterback Matt Barkley? . . .

Jimmy Clausen, after losing and being outplayed by a freshman in the biggest game of his career, probably should now be considered a former Heisman Trophy contender. . . .

Golden Tate: Warrior. . . .

A Sporting News listing of the top 10 prospects for the 2010 NFL draft, topped by Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, includes only one player from the Pacific 10 Conference: Rob Gronkowski, Arizona's 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end. . . .

Three of the six computers used in the BCS formula rank the Pac-10 the nation's No. 1 conference. . . .

A bowl bid for Kevin Prince and UCLA, seemingly a sure bet a month ago, now looks like a longshot. . . .

Reader Ron Yukelson of San Luis Obispo e-mails to ask, "Did Mitch Mustain transfer to the wrong Los Angeles university with a major college football program?" . . .

Only if he hoped to play. . . .

A number of quarterbacks have taken teams to New Orleans for the Super Bowl, but Drew Brees could be in the midst of accomplishing something even more remarkable: Taking a team from New Orleans to the championship game. . . .

The Saints are among five current teams that have never played in the Super Bowl, a list that also includes the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans. . . .

At his current blistering pace, Peyton Manning could become the NFL's first four-time most valuable player. . . .

Rookie Mark Sanchez finally looked the part Sunday. . . .

The San Diego Chargers could have done without the [Eddie] Royal treatment Monday night. . . .

Noting that former NHL goaltender Jamie Storr is writing a Kings blog at theplayerspoint.com, reader Siena Lacker of Torrance e-mails to suggest, "How ironic that he's now taking shots on the 'net after years of trying to stop them." . . .

Former Lakers guard Doug Christie and Olympic volleyball gold medalist Bob Ctvrtlik are among the honorees who will be inducted Sunday into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame during a dinner at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills. . . .

It's the wrong sport, of course, but at the end of Monday night's Dodgers defeat at Philadelphia you could almost hear Chick Hearn's voice exclaiming, "Heart-brrrreak!"

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jerome.crowe@latimes.com

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