The Marlins' plan to use the big bucks from their new stadium to field a competitive team lasted, oh, all of eight months. The Fish off-loaded virtually every asset except Giancarlo Stanton to the Blue Jays. Tweeted Stanton, "Alright, I'm pissed off!!! Plain & Simple".
HOT: HOUSTON: NO PROBS
The Texans (9--1) came from 14 down to beat the Jags, thanks to 527 passing yards (tying for second most in NFL history) and five TDs from Matt Schaub. In soccer the Dynamo, backed by GK Tally Hall (above), upset DC United (4--2 aggregate) to book their MLS Cup trip.
NOT: MARLINSANITY II
Cue former Expos fans nodding. The scorched-earth ways of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria (above) haven't endeared him to Floridians any more than they did to Quebecers. Said Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez: "They stopped one trade short—they need to trade owners."
HOT: WE RUN L.A.
While the Lakers sputter along at 5--5, the Clippers have won five straight and have the West's best point differential (+9.4). Team MVP? Probably Chris Paul (10.2 apg, 2.3 spg), but how 'bout Jamal Crawford (above)? The 32-year-old guard is scoring a career-best 20.7 ppg.
NOT: MARLINSANITY III
Look on the bright side, fan(s): Good seats will abound at Loria's new stadium, which cost taxpayers $454 million. People who couldn't get into the pool by the Miami bullpen last year should have no problem commandeering it now for their own personal water polo matches.
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