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Covering many bases

MVP talk, ACC breakdown, Cinemax flicks and more

Posted: Wednesday September 27, 2006 12:15PM; Updated: Wednesday September 27, 2006 3:50PM
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Derek Jeter has made a strong case for the AL MVP award.
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So what's your prediction for the World Series? Who do you think will win it all? Also, there's been a lot of controversy generated by David Ortiz regarding the AL MVP. Who do you think should win it?
-- Zach, Detroit

The capacity in which a player is considered most valuable varies from voter to voter: One guy may argue that it's the overall stats, while others counter that character, disposition and loyalty play a factor. I argue the latter. While David Ortiz is a clutch DH, his position requires zero defensive skill. He's a great clutch player, but so are Derek Jeter and Jermaine Dye, and they play defense.

Even if Ortiz were to go hang out on first base, it still wouldn't be enough to catch Jeter and Dye. He shouldn't have talked about other players in the league, while pleading his case for MVP, to make himself feel better. Dye is a soft-spoken guy who doesn't get the attention he deserves. As for Jeter, he is the heart and soul of the Yankees, he's hitting .341 with 96 RBIs (through Tuesday), and the fact that he has never won the award only adds to his cause.

As for the World Series, I'm going with the "All New York" Fall Classic, Mets vs. Yankees. There are still some sleeper teams out there that I wouldn't count out just yet, namely the Twins, the Dodgers and, my favorite, the Tigers. They may be young, but the Tigers are out to prove something. And if their pitching holds up, they could be dangerous.

I assume you were at the FSU-Clemson game. As a Clemson alum, I like our chances to win the Atlantic Division. What changes do you think FSU needs to make to win your two remaining tough games: BC and Florida? -- Calvin, Spartanburg, S.C.

Even I must admit that the Tigers outplayed and outcoached my 'Noles. The Tigers faced a lot of obstacles early this season -- coaching uncertainties, an untested fifth-year quarterback, an early onslaught of injuries to their defensive line -- and have overcome them. I think it's safe to say that QB Will Proctor has more than proved himself. He had four years to learn the system backing up Charlie Whitehurst, and he not only runs the ball a lot more effectively than Whitehurst did, but Proctor's also a much more decisive quarterback. Throw in RB C.J. Spiller and WR Chansi Stuckey, and the Tigers' offense is arguably one of the best in the ACC. The defense, though, is a little on the thin side these days given the number of injuries to some of its key players. Nevertheless, I think the Tigers have more than adequate talent to win the division.

While I would love to say my 'Noles will be vying for your spot, I am going to have to be a little more realistic given their recent performance. While they are loaded with talent, the team has yet to mesh and find the winning formula. Sure, they won their last game, but it was against Rice. Boston College looks like a formidable opponent, but I think the 'Noles' offense will have come together by then, so a win is probable. As for Florida, with Urban Meyer's two-quarterback system, they will be a dangerous team to play, even at the Doak. I wouldn't count the 'Noles out just yet, but I am still going with my gut on this one. My pick is your team meeting up with Virginia Tech at Alltel for the conference title, with the Hokies folding once again.