Thursday, October 15, 2009
Behind The Scoreboard
All L.A. World Series?
I fielded a pair of questions this past week. And neither had anything to do with football (What are the odds?). Anyway, the queries were – Who won the WNBA championship and which teams are in the MLB playoffs? Given my football muddled state of mind, in the style of the actor Terry Thomas, I had to answer, “I don’t know, actually.”
Don’t get me wrong, I am aware that there are goodly numbers of sports fans out there who still believe that baseball is the number one sport in the land which Chris Columbus discovered. And I have always prided myself in piquing my interest at the time that the lucky teams head for the World Series. But, first things first.
In the matter of the WNBA , which had its conclusion last Friday night, the champs had a familiar face. Familiar in the sense that the team had won recently. Back in ’07 when the Phoenix Mercury first won the title, hardly anyone thought them capable. This season was not that much different. Most had already ordained the Indiana Fever. And the latter made a run for it, sending the first game of the championship series into overtime and taking the next two games outright.
However, the Fever couldn’t handle the Mercury back in Phoenix and that overtime game won by the Mercury was crucial in the “best of five.” The Phoenix Mercury follow Detroit, Los Angeles and Houston (now defunct) with multiple titles. The Comets recorded the most with four consecutive. Yours truly had been pulling for Chicago. Wait until next year?
That last sentence used to be much used in the MLB arena as a “parting shot” by the teams which didn’t fare so well. It would seem that in this season’s playoffs if the team had “red” in its name or uniform color scheme, it was a stigma – for example Boston falling to the Angels and the Cardinals being dashed by the Dodgers in three.
So late Sunday it was New York and Minnesota in the AL with NY up 2-0. And in the NL it was the Phillies and the Rockies with a game being postponed by inclement weather (They had a snowball fight instead! Just kidding!).
Anyway, depending on the outcome of the series still being played out, we could be headed for an all Los Angeles World Series. Has that ever happened before?
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