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Yes-yes Doc Halladay gets a no-no in playoff debut

I had a tough time pulling myself away from the TV last week thanks to the sports action on the tube.

I had a tough time pulling myself away from the TV last week thanks to the sports action on the tube.

The recipe includes a dash of Major League Baseball playoffs, which are completely different than regular season baseball games, a tea spoon of NBA pre-season, a cup of the NHL regular season starting and a table spoon of NFL and CFL football.

That sounds almost as delicious as Thanksgiving supper. Making the sports buffet all that much more irresistible is that fact that baseball no longer looks for a Mr. October, but instead the month has officially change to Doctober, at least in Philadelphia.

The former Blue Jay was an absolute stud Wednesday, as he made his first playoff appearance. He pitched a no-hitter and despite one walk in the fifth inning he would've had a perfect game.

Halladay showed just why he was moved out of Toronto to finally pitch in the post-season and have a chance at a World Series and he didn't disappoint in his debut.

Looks like the Jays should have tried harder to make the playoffs when he was around since he is as close to two guaranteed wins in a series as you can get.

Simply as a sports fan and a Blue Jays fan watching the Phillies/Reds game was truly something special.

Do you think it is a coincidence half of the game-one starters are Cy Young winners? I think not. Cliff Lee (2008 AL), Tim Lincecum (2008 and '09 NL), Halladay (2003 AL), C.C. Sabathia (2007 AL) and you can include David Price, who has a 50/50 chance to win this year if Sabathia doesn't win the American League honour.

Dusty Baker said "good pitching beats good defence," after Halladay's performance against his team and that holds true.

The atmosphere of a playoff baseball game is awesome and with every at bat and every pitch magnified it makes pitching that mush more effective and when the Doc works like a surgeon it makes for a memorial night of baseball.

It has been 56 years since the last no-hitter in the playoffs, which will put Doc down in the history books for yet another accomplishment. Let's just not forget where the history began - in Toronto.

Other former Blue Jays in the post-season include Alex Gonzalez and Eric Hinske with Atlanta, Scott Rolen with Cincinnati, Orlando Hudson with Minnesota, A.J. Burnett with the New York Yankees and Jason Werth with Philadelphia.