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Michael Strahan says Giants are 'not a mentally tough team'

Random pre-Game 5 stuff:

Fox's Michael Strahan on the Giants after Sunday's rout by the Eagles:

"The Giants are playing like a team that has no sense of urgency.  When they get down a little bit, they’re not a mentally tough team right now.  If they get down, they say, ‘Oh, this is over.’ You got to believe that maybe they can take a page out of the Green Bay vs. Minnesota game to see a team that wouldn’t quit."

As I drove to Games 1, 2 and 5, I tuned in to 1050 ESPN to hear what Colin Cowherd's national show was covering from noon to 2. Game 1: The differences between college and pro basketball. Game 2: a preview of USC-Oregon. Game 5: a look back at USC-Oregon.

Darren (Roslyn) Rovell reports the Yankees will not lose money this year.

Mark Cuban has an interesting take on the relative health of sports TV ratings.

Bill Walton, an ESPN analyst since 2002-03, will not return after missing most of last season following back surgery.

He said this in a statement: "As I return after a grueling multi-year, life-threatening, life-changing ordeal with back problems, it is time to dedicate the rest of my life to [community] service. It is great to be back in the game. Thanks everybody - for everything."

Only 31 of the 60 newspapers that cover a Major League Baseball team home and away during the regular season are covering the World Series. Bud Selig is bummed.

The Philadelphia Inquirer made a big, World Series-related boo-boo today.

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