1a. I still can't believe that the New York football Giants are 4-1, but I'm pretty sure that it's because my stepfather has been unable to watch any of the games on his big-screen TV. As the Yankees only seem to win when I listen to the games on the radio, so the Giants seem to win when he has to watch from my mother's hospital room. I told him as much, and he said that I'm insane, but that he understood.
1b. Very glad the Yankees/Twins series ended the way it did; had it gone to a 5th game, and the Yankees won, our pitching staff would be in total disarray and Boston would summarily destroy us before the ALCS even began. Now, however, both rotations are in order, which makes it a bit more even. I'm very curious about Curt Schilling's ankle woes - if he's unable to go more than 5 innings in Game 1, I like the Yankees' chances. We are Pedro's daddy, after all. If I sound over-confident, it's because I'm in denial. Boston is as good as they've ever been, and I wouldn't be surprised if they took the series in 5. If it goes longer than that, though, I think the Yankees take it.
1c. In case you're curious, I'm rooting for a St. Louis/Houston NLCS; I hate the Braves and they have the worst fans in the world, assuming they even bother to show up for a playoff game. So, St. Louis then beats Houston, and then probably wins the World Series, assuming the ALCS is as draining as last year's. If Boston wins the ALCS in 5, then the World Series will be completely insane; Boston's lineup against St. Louis' lineup?
2. Mom's fever has gone down. She has a chest biopsy today; the procedure sounds a bit scary, but then she'll be able to go home and, assuming that it is in fact lymphoma, she can be treated as an out-patient. I'm going home this weekend anyway, so it'll be nice to see her. Also, my dad's birthday is this weekend - I'm hoping he's around, b/c I'd like to swing by and say hello while I'm up there, even though I'll be completely frazzled.
3. Kath is doing better, too. She's still in a lot of pain, but she's definitely in better spirits and is even a bit more mobile.
That's about all I have time for; I've been getting slammed with work all morning. More later, hopefully.