New week, new World Series prediction.
Last week in this space, I forecasted a World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians. That is no longer going to happen, after the Indians lost their one-game wildcard with the Tampa Bay Rays.
It's one thing to have a watered-down Major League Baseball playoff system. I get it: more teams with a chance at the playoffs in September means more fan interest, which means more money. Understandable. But for a wildcard team to play through the 162-game slog of the regular season, then to have all of that work wasted because they had an off-night? That doesn't make sense. At least make the wildcard teams play a two-out-of three game series, which would be easily accomplished if you cut the regular season down to say, 154 games.
However, it is what it is – you can't expect baseball commissioner Bud Selig to always do the wise thing.
World Series matchup: Atlanta/Detroit.
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Non-Sports Thought of the Week: Like anybody else, as I get older, I might change my mind on some things. I used to think "yes we should all vote at election time," then over the years I became one of those, "if I don't like any of the candidates, why should I endorse any of them at the voting booth?" Now I'm of the mindset, "we should all vote, but if I still don't like any of the candidates (or their provincial leader, or their federal leader, it depends on so many variables), I'll do a write-in and put any old name on the ballot, to make a statement." A name like my own.
So what I will do is: create jobs, cut taxes, increase spending and re-fund education to record levels. Folks, I’m all about families and providing future opportunities for today’s children, such as easier access to video games and the latest in cellphone technology, and not having to work hard at their jobs because they understandably have important social things to tend to. I ask you: don’t our kids deserve a sedentary, self-absorbed lifestyle, a world where it’s all about them?
I thank you for your support on Oct. 8.
So in the grand tradition of Nova Scotia politics, if you're voting for me, what kind of liquor do you want?
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A buddy of mine pointed out something to me about the fight on Tuesday between Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Colton Orr and fellow pugilist George Parros of the Montreal Canadiens. Parros was knocked unconscious when he lost his balance and slammed face-first onto the ice.
Any why exactly were the two guys fighting?
Because Canadiens' defenceman PK Subban is a cheap-shotting coward.
When the whistle blew during a scrum near the Montreal net, Subban grabbed Orr from behind, mashed his face with his glove, and yanked Orr around by the neck pretty good. So Parros, doing what enforcers do (protecting a teammate), stepped in before Orr could get ahold of Subban. Before anyone accuses me of being a Habs hater (I'm not), I respect Subban's abilities. I don't think he deserved the Norris Trophy last season as the NHL's best defenceman, but he's a talented player who makes his team a better hockey club.
Would Orr and Parros have fought regardless? Quite possibly, because they aren't in the NHL for their goal-scoring abilities or sunny dispositions. Would Subban have been so enthusiastic about man-handling Orr had Parros not been 10 feet away? I really don't think so.
Subban has a well-earned reputation as a greasy player, and he's living up to it. Guys like that, they always get theirs. It might take the next game or the next year, but sooner or later they answer for their past sins.
Kevin Adshade is a sports columnist for The News.