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World Series Thoughts, Hawking Files For Divorce and Other Stuff

Doesn't Steven Hawking remember the words of Christopher Cross on the Arthur soundtrack?

Once in your life you find her
Someone that turns your heart around
And next thing you know you're closing down the town
Wake up and it's still with you
Even though you left her way across town
Wondering to yourself, "Hey, what've I found?"

When you get caught between the Moon and New York City
I know it's crazy, but it's true
If you get caught between the Moon and New York City
The best that you can do ......
The best that you can do is fall in love

Of course, those words are describing a romance between Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli, which is possibly the strangest romantic-lead couple of all time. Is Hawking leaving love behind? Or is he perhaps seeking it once again? He's on record as a big strip-club guy, so who knows.

(Moment of silence for Dudley Moore however.)

Ohh yea, theres a World Series about to begin. So who had Tigers-Cardinals? As "mazoboom" notes, the postseason parity continues. I'll hold off on saying whether this is good for America, baseball or anything else. Perhaps the Cardinals and Tigers reached the postseason because of all the yummy revenues provided by their new mallparks with lots and lots of luxury boxes and even-further-away-from-the-field seats!

I actually predicted a Mets-Red Sox '86 rematch on BP's Predictatron, a pick I felt pretty good about until mid-August. As "loyal2s dad" notes today in the diaries, if you didn't think the postseason was random before, I'm not sure how you couldn't now. While I do think a nice case could have been made for the Cardinals beating the medicore-Padres and a thoroughly-injured Mets team, the way they did it was patently strange: losing behind Carpenter in Game 6, no one in the lineup hitting much at all, and all the rest. Heck, they didn't even get a random good series from Sandfrog, Preston Wilson, Juan Encarnacion or the lovable David Eckstein (second only to Jeter in the eye's of the announcers). Rolen and Edmonds were more or less horrible and Pujols was at best a diversion.

From where I sit, the coolest thing is that the Cardinal fanbase seems wholly cognizant of  this fact (well, maybe not this one, which is a little fiesty)and is simply enjoying the ride. Detroit on the other hand, is still in the 1975 approach to sportswriting, which is to play up the cultural/historical/social meaning of the event, complete with a bankable moral. Did you expect anything else from the city thats brought you 25 years of Mitch Albom?

All this, along with the underdog/improbable feel the Cardinals have going for them makes me hope St. Louis wins. I'm not sure the world needs an off-season of "Jim Leyland taught this team LOSING IS NOT ACCEPTABLE" stories that seem to conviently forget that the 2005 Tigers did not have Kenny Rogers, Justin Verlander, Zack Miner or a full season of either Magglio Ordonez or Carlos Guillen.

Still, when in doubt, lets give the credit to the 95 year old white guy chain-smoking in pajamas and baseball cleats who's quotable than the actual players.

The Royals Review pick: Tigers in 6

The Royals Review hope: Cardinals in 7.