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NFC Mid Season Report

 

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We are just past halfway in the 2008 NFL Regular Season. At this point you have a pretty good idea of the contenders and the pretenders, right? Who is gonna play in the playoffs…Who is going to the Super Bowl…it’s cut and dried, right? Not so much…Parity is King in the NFL again so I thought it would be fun to spend about five hours breaking down each teams chances based on their remaining schedules. I wanted to do the AFC and the NFC…but shit like this takes too long to figure out. So here it is…the NFC Divsion Winners, Wild Card Winners, who is in…who is out…etc….

I am sure some of you will have differing and dissenting opinions…thats what the comment section is for…. Continue reading

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Do You Believe in Payback?

View of the Polo Grounds from Coogans Bluff

View of the Polo Grounds from Coogan's Bluff

The day was September 23rd. I’m not talking about yesterday. I’m talking about September 23rd, 1908. The setting is the Polo Grounds, home of the New York Baseball Giants. Their opponent this afternoon are the Cubs. This series is important as are all series between these two teams in the first decade of the century. The Giants won the NL pennant in 1904 and 1905 while the Cubs had won the pennant in 1906 and 1907. They were again in a dead heat for the NL pennant and even had competition from a 3rd team, Honus Wagner’s Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the bottom of the 9th inning and the score was tied 1-1. Fred Merkle, a 19-year-old rookie from the Midwest was playing 1st base for the Giants that day in place of the regular first baseman. Merkle was huge by the standards of the time. He stood 6″1 and weighed in at 190 pounds. Despite his size, he was known to be quite fast and a great athlete. The Giants had been trying to find time for him all season and this was one of those days.

Outfielder Moose McCormick was the only one of the first three batters who got on base that in the bottom nine. He was on first base with two outs as Merkle strode to the plate. Merkle hit a line drive single into right field that advanced his teammate to 3rd base. The Giants now had the winning run only 90 feet from home. Up came Al Bridwell, the Giants’ light-hitting shortstop. To the surprise of many, Bridwell was able to punch a grounder through the infield to win the game. Or so it seemed anyway. Continue reading