Archive for October 7th, 2010

MLB Postseason Preview: Braves vs. Giants

Atlanta Braves (91-71) at

San Francisco Giants (92-70)

OVERVIEW

The Braves and Giants each snuck their way into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season after almost blowing it by dropping the first two games of weekend series. The last time so much was on the line on the season’s last day for both of them was, of course, 1993, when Atlanta and San Francisco entered the day tied for the NL West lead with 103 wins. Braves won, Giants lost, and a 103-59 team went home before the postseason. The Wild Card was introduced the next year. Wouldn’t it be kind of ironic, then, if the Wild Card Braves beat the NL West-winning Giants? (Let’s overlook the Wild Card Giants beating the division-winning Braves in a five-game NLDS in 2002 to retain the gravity of that question.)

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Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Cutthroat, Week 1 Power Rankings

“We need one chief and a lot of Indians!” —Melinda

“Wow, I can say one thing to your face and then secretly do another…”—Derrick

What a day: Cliff Lee gives the Texas Rangers their first postseason win since 1996, Roy Halladay throws the first postseason no-hitter since 1956, and the Yankees rally from behind to the Twins for the first time since…last year. But, of course, the most exciting athletic event to occur yesterday was the premiere of the newest season of The Challenge on MTV. And this season, Cutthroat, brings a lot of changes.

First of all, we begin in-medias-res-style with the contestants competing in individual challenge—some sort of race, the results of which will be used to pick captains who will choose the season’s teams (a suggestion, I should add, that was made a year ago by none other than yours truly). The “twist” that MTV puts on this is that the captains won’t be the race’s winners, but its losers (a twist that is only revealed at the end of course, meaning the race did not feature people running backwards or trying to force others passed the finish line). Despite Paula’s insistence that this twist “changes everything,” it changes pretty much nothing—all that happens is that the people who would have otherwise been picked last (Shauvon, Emilee, Camila) end up on teams first. The rest of the picking goes more or less as you’d expect… EXCEPT that Laurel was, somehow, not the first girl picked. Camila chose Tori, meaning that she either did not watch Fresh Meat II or she hates victory. Continue reading