No offense to Chicago Cubs fans, but the benchmark for all-time World Series classics remains Game 6 in 1975. 

For those who weren't around then, go online and find Carlton Fisk trying to wave the ball fair before it hit the foul pole for a home run to lift the Boston Red Sox past the Cincinnati Reds in the bottom of the 12th inning. The rest of the game had everyone on the edge of their seats, too.

Game 7 last year in Cleveland ranks a close second. The Cubs survived a brief rain delay going to the 10th inning before squeaking out their first title since 1908. 

At least for this baseball fan, Wednesday's drama in Los Angeles might be No. 3 among the best World Series games ever seen. It's slightly ahead of Game 7 in 1991 when Minnesota beat Atlanta, 1-0, in 10 innings and Game 6 in 1986 when the New York Mets pulled off a miracle (think Bill Buckner) to beat the Red Sox.

Wednesday's ceremonial opening pitch featuring Vin Scully, Fernando Valenzuela and Steve Yeager was a bit corny. But, hey, this is Hollywood. Plus, anything involving a national treasure like Vin Scully should be embraced.

Game 2 itself seemed headed for a familar ending. The Dodgers' bullpen was ready to shut down the vaunted Houston offense and take a 2-0 lead into Friday's Game 3 in Houston.

Larry King looked like he was sleeping all night in his seat behind home plate. The rest of the LA fans were lovin' every minute of this. 

What happened next was the beauty of baseball. Those who went to bed thinking it was over missed something truly magical.

The Astros rallied against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. Home runs were flying out of Chavez Ravine with a World Series-record eight belted, including six in the wild last three innings. 

Houston was down, then up, then tied, then up again. Finally, the Astros got Yasiel Puig to go fishing for a low pitch in the 11th to take an exihilirating 7-6 victory and square the series at 1 game apiece.

Hopefully, the rest of the series on Fox can come close to matching Wednesday's drama. Game 4 is at 7:09 p.m. Saturday with Game 5 at 7:16 p.m. Sunday.  

College FB: Penn State at Ohio State (FOX, 2:30 p.m. Saturday): Beating Michigan at home last week was one thing, but things should be much more difficult for Nittany Lions in the Horseshoe. 

NFL: Steelers at Lions (NBC, 7:30 p.m. Sunday): Pittsburgh looked ready for the scrap heap in losing to Bears earlier this season. Suddenly, the Steelers might be one of the league's best teams. Go figure.

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