Reggie Jackson may think he's Mr. October, but that distinction truly belongs to another New York Yankee, which is why this month shall now be known as Octoberra. The name comes from octo (eight) and Berra (Yogi, who won 10 World Series in October while wearing number 8).
November is replaced by Stovember. It's when baseball's Hot Stove embers are first stoked. On the 24th we observe Pass-Over, which commemorates Doug Flutie's Pass, with the game all but Over, to defeat Miami. And that brings us to....
December--or, as we now call it, Dismember, which is what we'd like to do to the people who created the Bowl Championship Series. On the 23rd the feast of the Immaculate Reception kicks off the 12 Days of Crisco, in which fried foods and bowl games are consumed for 288 consecutive hours. As the calendar year expires, a ball drops in New York City. A Mets outfielder is charged with the error. ?
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