Month: November 2011

College Football

Is it just me, or is college football the only sport left where they actually try and find out who the best team is and award them the championship? I’m not saying their system is perfect, but I admire the goal of it.

Is it really better to just have a tournament at the end? What does that prove? Is there any man alive who believes the St Louis Cardinals were the best team in baseball in 2011? I suppose there are a few idiots who think so, but this was a team whose record wasn’t good enough to win any of the three divisions in the NL after 162 games. I’m not knocking the Cards mind you, I would have loved to see the Braves in the same position.

None the less, we are left with a MLB season that lasts 162 games, and means increasingly less whenever another team is added to the playoffs. With the new system, the Braves and the Red Sox would have made the post-season. This season, there would have been NO DRAMA in late September. Even the wild card drama pales when compared to the old championship drama. Remember the 1993 NL West race between the Braves and the Giants? That was about WINNING something, not simply finishing second so you could keep playing. So, now we have a system where a third of the teams get a shot at being champion and a regular season that lasts forever and determines nothing. By expanding the playoffs, is MLB sacrificing the regular season even more for a playoff payoff?

You can argue that playoffs generate more revenue and I can’t argue with you.

You can argue that playoffs give more teams a shot at winning the championship and I can’t argue with you.

You cannot argue that playoffs are a useful tool for determining who is best.

You can also argue there are the hopeless ramblings of an idiot and a lunatic and a hopeless traditionalist who doesn’t understand modern sports. You’d be right.

Braves Cardboard Sundays

Hi all! Its been awhile …

I haven’t disappeared completely. I’ve been working on a column that appears every Sunday morning at Talking Chop (the best of the Atlanta Braves blogs) called Braves Cardboard Sundays. Here’s a short summary of each of my columns so far, in reverse chronological order:

Carboard Memory: Francisco Cabrera – A look at Francisco Cabrera’s big hit, but not the one you’re thinking about.

Five to Collect: Brian McCann – Do you want to start a Brian McCann collection? Start here.

Eric O’Flaherty Gets His Due – A look at the Atlanta Braves cards in 2011 Topps Update Series, including the long overdue first card of EOF in a Braves uniform. 

Collecting Jason Heyward – A discussion of why I collect Jason Heyward, even after the season he just had.

Hope and Pain and Hope Again – I attempt to put the Braves collapse into perspective. Mostly, I wrote this so I wouldn’t sit around sobbing like a baby.

Is It Worth It? – About the psychology that goes into purchasing a box of cards.

Cardboard Memory: Ernie Johnson – A tribute to late Braves announcer Ernie Johnson.

Braves on the Box – Topps has one sure fire way to get me to spend money on cards I don’t want: stick a Braves player on the box.

Cardboard Memory: Chris Chambliss – I recall the first Braves game I attended in person, including Chris Chambliss’ game winning hit.

Where, Oh Where, Is Eric O’Flaherty? – Why does Topps exclude certain players from a set?

A Baseball Fan, A Braves Fan, A Card Collector – An introductory column.