Saturday, October 28, 2006

All Magic Tricks...

...have three parts.

The first is the Pledge.

The second is the Turn.

And the third is the Prestige.

Congratulations, Cardinals. In the end, they played better defense, didn't hack religiously at the first pitch, and finally got some offense from the top of their order. The Tigers made enough errors to generate 8 unearned runs over the five games, and were hacking like mad from the second they stepped in. That's pretty much your Series in a nutshell, right there.

Incidentally, was it just me or did the underdog win literally every series of this postseason? San Diego was favored over the Cardinals, the Twins and Santana over the A's, the Yankees over Detroit (and everyone else), and the Dodgers were the trendy pick to take out the pitcher-less Mets. Get to the next round, and everyone's calling for Oakland and the Mets. And finally, Keith Law and company were unanimous in giving the Series to the Tigers.

Maybe that's worth a little media attention, instead of the TV ratings. And, honestly, seeing as how sports television viewing in this country has turned into such a communal event - does anyone watch a game, particularly a big one, alone anymore? - does anyone honestly believe those ratings are any kind of an accurate barometer of attention?
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