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The Morning Becomes Hectic: Dodgers, Ricigliano, Ryder Cup

September 19, 2008 | 10:17 am

Barry Zito Greg Maddux

So we have this sports cartoonist, sydnicated in several places, and he's from Baltimore. Name of Mike Ricigliano, or Ricig for short.

Yesterday, he e-mails me and tells me that Saturday's cartoon for the newspaper will be about the Chargers' two tough losses.

Now, I get it. Having lived in Baltimore for a couple of years, I know that this time of the season there is nothing to talk about in sports except the NFL. The Orioles are dead again. University of Maryland football is just something to do until the ACC basketball season starts.

Everything in Baltimore right now is about the Ravens.

So Ricig, from afar, would think that we are similarly engaged in the Chargers.

"Ricig," I tell him, "don't you know the Giants are coming to town to play the Dodgers, division title out there for the taking for the L.A. team and the Giants ready again to play the role of spoilers?''

He got it. He sent another cartoon, this one on the Dodgers and Giants. But he's also sending the one on the Chargers in case we like it better. So maybe he didn't get it.

What else? Ryder Cup is on ESPN today, two different formats.

The AVP is going on at Manhattan Beach. This is their Wimbledon, without the strawberries and cream. And it doesn't last a fortnight.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh could be nearing the end of the line, both talking about taking time off to have families. We'll miss them. I mean, seriously.

-- Randy Harvey

Photo at top left: Barry Zito. Credit: Denis Poroy/Associated Press

Photo at top right: Greg Muddux. Credit: Geoff Burke/US Presswire