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Wednesday wonderings

If you haven't already, you can check out my World Series prediction column in today's print edition or on the Web site right here. If you want the short form, I picked the Cardinals in six because I think wild card teams have some extra mojo in the postseason.

Sure enough, the Oakland Raiders traded for Carson Palmer, so you can start rooting right now for the Raiders to miss the playoffs. Palmer has always been a huge pain the backside for the Ravens.

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Guess we'll find out on Saturday whether Randy Edsall has gotten out over his skis with redshirt sophomore quarterback C.J. Brown, who will be starting at Florida State after his surprising fill-in performance against Clemson. That's a tough assignment, and the Seminoles -- unlike Clemson -- will have some film to study.

The Orioles are scheduled to interview Tony LaCava today for their vacant baseball operations job. Jerry Dipoto interviewed yesterday with the search committee. Too early to consider anyone a frontrunner -- except Yankees fans, of course.

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Now that former Godfather's CEO Herman Cain is a legit presidential candidate, I'm just going to come right out and say it. Pizza isn't just for breakfast anymore.

Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio is on the hot seat, which has to create mixed feelings about Monday night's game against the Ravens. Maybe catching one of the hottest teams in the NFL at such a vulnerable point is a good thing, since a victory would give the Jags a big boost. More likely, the Ravens take care of business and speculation continues to heat up about a coaching change.


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