B.S. Report: JackO

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After writing a running diary of the biggest September collapse in baseball history, I woke up Thursday morning, talked to some friends, e-mailed some more friends, tried to digest what happened and ultimately realized that I needed to call my buddy JackO. Yes, he’s a die-hard Yankees fan … but if the roles were reversed, I’d want him to do the podcast with me, right? So it was only fair. We spent the next 45 minutes rehashing last night’s games, wondering if the Yankees are the new 1919 White Sox for the way they threw last night’s game, figuring out if Terry Francona should be fired, debating how the Red Sox will handle the offseason, asking if Theo Epstein should flee for the Cubs, then leaving a little extra time to discuss the 2011 playoffs and whether Detroit’s sports renaissance scares Johnny at all. I tried to remain as level-headed as possible. It was a cathartic phone call. I feel better. OK, not really.

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