FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH:
■ Talk about an October to savor.
The Red Sox slapping the Yankees around to go deeper into the playoffs, after winning an amazing 108 games in the regular season. The Patriots rebounding after a slow start, looking like the same old Patriots. The start of basketball and hockey. A great time in the sports year.
All this, and the leaves are beginning to turn, soon to be in full stage dress.
■ The Astros are better than the Yankees. Just sayin.'
■ David Price is supposed to get the ball in Game 2 against the Astros? Really?
■ The new movie "Venom'' shattered the box office record for October.
■ Alex Cora is going to come out of this postseason a flat-out star, no matter what happens from here on.
■ QUIZ OF THE WEEK: Who were the only two Patriots receivers to have more than 200 yards in a game? (Answer near the bottom of the column.)
■ LINE OF THE WEEK comes from Sox reliever Matt Barnes on Cora: "It seemed like every button he's pushing is the right one.''
■ LINE OF THE WEEK II comes from Jimmy Vaccaro, a Las Vegas oddsmaker since the beginning of time: "I think [Jon] Gruden is living in the past.''
■ LINE OF THE WEEK III comes from Todd Bowles, the coach of the Jets: “This is just a no-excuse business. Either you win games or you don’t.”
■ LINE OF THE WEEK IV comes from NYU business professor Scott Galloway, via the New York Post: "We no longer worship at the altar of character and kindness. We worship at the altar of innovators and billionaires.''
■ Those New York FOOTBALL Giants, as they used to be called, they are off to a 1-5 start.
■ Or where is Frank Gifford when you really need him?
■ Speaking of Gifford, the old Giant hero, he is one of the key people in "A Fan's Notes,'' the classic '70s memoir by Frederick Exley, which is one of the best books I've ever read.
■ If you didn't know any better, you might think that the Friars' new on-campus basketball facility is a work of art.
■ The Jets think they have a franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold. We'll see.
■ This from the Associated Press: Nearly one out of five Americans, 65 or over, is still working, the highest percentage in more than half a century.
■ Put some "Lil Wayne,'' on the speaker, and I'm fast-breaking out of the room, Bunky.
■ Does Tom Cruise never age, or does it just seem that way?
■ Is it me, or is it just matter of time before big-time college sports as we've come to know them blow up?
■ What in the world did Donald Trump and Kanye West have to talk about?
■ CC Sabathia seems about three big meals away from eating himself out of the majors.
■ Who knew Alex Cora was going to be this good?
■ I wish I could get that senior year of high school back, the one I was so rushing to get through.
■ There's no truth to the rumor that if you look up "coming up small'' in the playoffs, the Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton stares back at you.
■ Or that George Steinbrenner was rolling around in his grave when the Yanks rolled a seven against the Red Sox.
■ Did you see where first-base umpire Angel Hernandez was overruled three times in four replays in Game 3 of the Sox-Yankees series?
■ Once it was the North against the South. Now it's the liberals against the conservatives. Who said things get better?
■ QUIZ ANSWER: Terry Glenn and Wes Welker.
■ Lady Gaga seems to have more professional lives than a cat.
■ Yankees manager Aaron Boone didn't help himself in the playoffs.
■ Speaking of the Yankees, there are reports they were charging $132 to sit in the bleachers.
■ No wonder they lost. Talk about bad karma. They should pay that money back to their fans.
■ Ah, the old-time bad blood between Nicholas Mattiello and Joe Trillo, the Full Rhode Island story of the week.
■ The only thing missing was the Independent Man, right?