Is it me, or are major league baseball teams overdoing it with the celebrations? The Boston Red Sox sprayed champagne on each other and around their locker room in the aftermath of their series-clinching 3-1 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday – it has become the norm for baseball teams to do this after they clinch a series, or even a playoff spot.
Hockey teams don't pop champagne corks unless they have the Stanley Cup to fill up, and that's the way it should be. The Red Sox and the others still left in the Major League Baseball playoffs have two more series to capture before they achieve anything that is champagne-worthy.
It's up to them how they want to celebrate, I suppose, but shouldn't a baseball team have a World Series championship trophy sitting on a table somewhere nearby? Isn't it a little early to throw a party?
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It's a brand new week, so that means a brand new World Series prediction:
Indians went out early, now the Braves are out, but I really like the idea of the Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers getting to the World Series. I clearly see it happening (jinx-attempt).
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Almost Non-Sports Thought of the Week:
Jamie Baillie supporters had good reason to throw a party on Tuesday night, too, and they probably did after the Tory leader won his riding (unlike another party leader we know) up Springhill way. It was understandable they'd want to celebrate his success, but wasn't it a little much for one of the TV talking heads to proclaim it a great night for the Tories in Nova Scotia?
Let's see now: they won 11 of 51 ridings, about 22 per cent of the ridings in Nova Scotia. They won four more ridings than in the 2009 election, but that's like a football team having a win-loss record of 2-14, then the next year they go 3-13 and throw a victory parade.
The only difference is, the PC version of a football coach didn't get the axe, like a lot of coaches do when they serve up too many 3-13 seasons.
We should remember that 109,483 Nova Scotians voted for the Tories, and more than 300,000 people voted for the other parties. In fact, more people (111,619) voted NDP than PC. But yeah, party like you just won the Super Bowl!
Still though, compared to what happened to the NDP, it must have felt like a Super Bowl to the Conservatives.
The NDP didn't even get a moral victory out of this one; they had nothing to celebrate, nothing to feel good about – talk about getting rejected after a couple of dates. It turns out Nova Scotians just weren't that into the NDP and what they were doing. Rightly or not, the people have spoken – and although some won't like this, let's be honest: the general electorate has too many people who vote without really knowing what or who they're voting for, in this election and pretty much all of them (not the people who read this newspaper of course, but a lot of other people, like the woman who on Wednesday told me she voted for so-and-so in Pictou East because her mom said so-and-so is a good candidate).
Yeah, that really made me feel really good.
If the NDP were a football team, you could say a.) they got their rear ends dragged around the field in spectacular, no-doubt-about-it fashion; and b.) the only quarterback they ever had success with (Darrell Dexter) was knocked out of the game, and quite possibly knocked out for the rest of his political career.
The Liberals on the other hand, cruised to a championship. Nova Scotians were so down on the NDP – and so "no thanks, not right now" about the Tories – that all the Liberals had to do was not make any campaign mistakes. Like a football team with a big lead and a solid defence, their strategy wasn't very complicated: whatever we do, don't drop the ball – we can run out the clock and get the 'W'.
Kevin Adshade is a sports columnist for The News.