Thursday, October 2, 2008
Behind The Scoreboard
Everyone has heard the expression of being on “cloud nine.” That would have probably described the mood at Ole Miss last Friday night after the successful hosting of their history-making, first-ever, presidential debate. That one will appear in the annals everywhere for all time.
But their status had to go to “cloud 10” on Saturday when the Ole Miss Rebels went into the treacherous “Swamp” at Gainesville, Fla., and closed the Gators’ jaws and put a huge dent in their number four national ranking (early Monday polls had the Gators tumbling all the way to number 12). It will take those shock waves an eternity to subside in Gatorville.
It would be so easy to go off on a tangent here, but I practically promised someone last week that I would try and find out what was happening in the Major Leagues. I can tell you all right away that this is only a topical approach. Early Monday, yours truly didn’t have the complete picture on the “wildcards.” I can tell you that in the National League, the New York Mets had been in a tie with the Brewers of Milwaukee for the wildcard berth.
But, alas, alackaday, when the sun came up on Sunday, somehow the Mets had lost to the Florida Marlins. For the once upon a time ’Mazing Mets, it was déjà vu all over again. They had ruined their second consecutive playoff chance at Shea Stadium on the last day of the season. They didn’t really want it that way. For the big gates, the tunnels and the dugouts closed forever after that game. Remember that this is the second fabled baseball stadium to close within as many weeks.
A better look at the National League has all three division leaders clinching. The Phillies in the East with a record of 92-71; the Chicago Cubs with the best record in the league at 97-61; Los Angeles Dodgers at 83-77.
The Cubs had clinched their Central Division title last week at Wrigley Field and celebrated wildly by spraying the nearest fans with champagne. Their fans were happy (not for the champagne shower, but for the back-to-back titles, a feat which had not been accomplished since 1908). That was the last time the Cubs won the World Series. They would like to think that they have a shot after 100 years.
There was one berth left undecided in the American League. And that was the American Central Division. The Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins were on that bubble. I can tell you for sure that the Tampa Bay Devil Rays clinched the East with the Boston Red Sox coming in second. The poor Yankees lost their beloved Yankee Stadium and then a chance at the playoffs. What is the world coming to?
The Los Angeles Angels locked up the West eons ago. Their second place team was Texas at 21 back. The Angels finished at 99-62. Don’t know why they didn’t break the 100 mark. I believe they were playing the Rangers.
If someone pinned me down for a pick, I would have to say Phillies and Angels in the Series. Why not the Cubs? I don’t know, actually.
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