Verizon's 'Trendy' Play

12:30 PM -- Verizon Wireless has long marketed itself as favoring substance over style. Its selection of phones has always been about as inspiring as Jose Mesa on the mound with a playoff series on the line (more on that later). I remember even back in the Bell Atlantic days my friends used to whine about the lack of hip devices. "Dude, I don't know what to do. AT&T sucks, but the only cool phone Bell Atlantic has is the StarTAC."

This is why Verizon's newest lineup of mobile phones is interesting. It represents a shift toward putting more of an emphasis on "cool." For example, the LG Voyager looks and acts an awful lot like the iPhone.

Verizon says the devices were in development before the unveiling of the iPhone. That may be true, but Verizon had to have known about the iPhone before it was publicly announced since it rejected Apple's exclusive offering of the device before it eventually went to AT&T. So the emergence of "cooler" phones with touch screen controls could very well be a way of preventing subscriber defections to AT&T's iPhone.

And now for something completely different...

The MLB playoffs start in about three hours, so let's get our predictions in now.

National League
Phillies over Rockies in 5: Philly may have Jose Mesa who is more than capable of losing a series by himself, but part of me feels the Rockies might suck.

D-Backs over Cubs in 4: I think it's more accurate to say the Cubs didn't lose the NL Central as opposed to the Cubs won the NL Central. Whereas the Rockies might suck, the Cubs definitely suck.

American League
Angels over Red Sox in 4: Beckett will win game 1 at home, but remember that Dice-K is currently running on fumes, Schilling has long been finished, and Wakefield's knuckler hasn't fooled anyone in two years. And we haven't even gotten the game to Eric Gagne yet.

Yankees over Indians in 4: That being said, I could also envision Indians in 3 since (a)Wang is much less effective on the road, (b)Clemens could easily implode before the end of the first inning in game 3, and (c)our Copy Chief really needs this.

— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading

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Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:01:32 PM
re: Verizon's 'Trendy' Play My Tribe needs to win both of the first two to have a chance. No real home-field advantage in the first round. Thank God they don't have Mesa anymore.
paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:01:32 PM
re: Verizon's 'Trendy' Play
By the way, Wakefield is not on the roster for the Division Series. He is out with back problems.

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:01:32 PM
re: Verizon's 'Trendy' Play
Your Tribe has no shot.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:01:32 PM
re: Verizon's 'Trendy' Play Phillies in 4. The Rockies have a lot of heart, and it's hard not to like them, but the Phils can just pound that pitching staff into submission. The Rox have a shot only if they can get to Cole Hamels today.

D-Backs over Cubs, I agree.

For NLCS, I'll be rooting for the Phils/Rox. I just don't like the Diamondbacks (if you've heard the announcers on their TV broadcasts -- that's partly why) .... and the Cubs just aren't Lovable Losers any more. They're a big-money team that's screwed up all their chances and doesn't deserve another one here.
MarchandVZ 12/5/2012 | 3:01:31 PM
re: Verizon's 'Trendy' Play Ray -- you can't believe the Angels will top the Red Sox in 4!! I say Sox in 4 and onward to a great New York-Boston ALCS.
Raymond McConville 12/5/2012 | 3:01:31 PM
re: Verizon's 'Trendy' Play right...I forgot they had the longer series and therefore were going with the three man rotation. I didn't know he was off the roster though.
Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:01:31 PM
re: Verizon's 'Trendy' Play Ow. Harsh. (but funny)

As the Tribe are playing the Yankees, I must root for the Tribe. It is the law.
turing 12/5/2012 | 3:01:30 PM
re: Verizon's 'Trendy' Play They didn't want him off the roster, but his back is injured.
Doesn't matter. Beckett and Schilling will deal with it, and the Bosox bats are coming alive again. Homefield advantage is big for this one, considering how the Angels play at home. I think the sox will prevail, but it will take all 5 games. The Yankees are the bigger concern. Bosox or Angels doesn't matter, I think the Yanks take the ALCS.
paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:01:30 PM
re: Verizon's 'Trendy' Play
To be clear that ERA of over 8 was against the Yankees.

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:01:30 PM
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Uh - The Yankees were 6 - 0 against the Tribe with an ERA of less than 3. The Tribe had an ERA of over 8.

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