At the beginning of September, the Red Sox were a lock for a playoff spot. Three weeks later, after going 4-12 in September, their Wild Card lead reduced to three games, they still were, by any reasonable expectations. I myself proudly proclaimed that they would be just fine. Even on the season’s final day, when the Red Sox found themselves somehow tied with the Rays, it seemed easy enough. With Tampa Bay quickly falling behind 7-0 to the Yankees, all they had to do was beat the Orioles, the worst team in the American League, and they could avert any potential disaster.


The women’s golf team sustained its early season success at the Mount Holyoke Invitational this past weekend, securing a third-place result in the team competition with a two-day total of 654.

The team, which began the season ranked 12th nationally among Div. III schools, continued its solid swinging this weekend, trailing only Williams (634) and Middlebury (644). Starting the weekend strong, the Jeffs actually held second place at the end of Day 1.

If you are a long-time Red Sox fan (as I proudly am), your team’s current standing should come as no surprise. After a dismal April, the Red Sox managed to cling to first place through the end of August despite an ailing pitching staff, relying instead on an outstanding offense — the second-best in the American League (AL) — and the late-inning duo of Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon.

In September, however, the Red Sox have slumped to a 5-15 record, having fallen to six games behind the division-leading Yankees.