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Why I'm Rooting for the Yankees and Cubs to Make the Playoffs
2007-09-12 21:51
by Scott Long

There has been an absence of baseball posts here. While the complete meltdown of the Chicago White Sox hasn't helped, the 2007 season has been pretty anti-climatic since the middle of August. The only divisional race that has any intrigue is in the NL Central, where staying above .500 seems to be all that is needed to make the playoffs. The Wild Card races don't have the drama that seemed so promising in July.

So here is my dilemma. I have 2 teams that I consistently root against. The Cubs and Yankees. I love baseball and want it to have compelling storylines in October. Since it doesn't appear that there will be much positive momentum going into the playoffs, I think the non-baseball junkie is going to need the Cubs and Yankees to really get connected to the game.

Let me note that as soon as the playoffs start, I will be in a full-blown mode throwing down my biggest hate vibes at these teams. Oh to see the Cubs fans fall short again, it is almost orgasmic. Watching the Yankees continue to play the role of the biggest bully on the block (Matt Dillon) getting it handed to them by the Chris Makespeace's of the world is a sport all into it self. So bring on the Cubs and Yankees. I'm willing to risk them winning it all, as the 2007 playoffs need the boost.

2007-09-13 06:05:19
1.   Chyll Will
Ouch, mixed feelings here, but I understand. Although in such a matchup, I would have some sympathy for the Cubs until they start beaning A-Rod and Jeter...
2007-09-13 06:47:38
2.   Sliced Bread
Speaking of Chris Makespeace, I recently subscribed to Showtime after cancelling HBO when the Sopranos went away. Is Showtime aware that there are other movies besides Meatballs? not that I'm complaining, but that one seems to be stuck in their VCR.
2007-09-13 07:35:08
3.   Josh Wilker
I don't need the Yankees in the playoffs, personally, but I'm resigned to them being there, and to the ulcer I'll get if they end up facing the Red Sox. As for the Cubs, I've got nothing against them, but I kind of want to see people pee their pants for the Brewers (

Kudos for the apt My Bodyguard reference. That's one of my favorites from my childhood, and it's still the first thing I think when Matt Dillon is mentioned.

2007-09-13 09:07:25
4.   Mattpat11
Such bitter people
2007-09-13 09:23:30
5.   Alex Belth
I remember sneaking in to see "My Bodyguard" with friends when it came out. Ruth Gordon is the best. The other really random cameo in that movie is from Joan Cusak, her first movie.

Makepeace, man, haven't heard that name in a minute. I remember Pauline Kael busting on him in her review of "Meatballs."

2007-09-13 11:41:36
6.   Alex Belth
I think Kael called Makepeace, "the gooey-eyed kid with a crush on Bill Murray." Ouch.
2007-09-13 12:36:10
7.   Sliced Bread
6 to which, Rudy replied "It just doesn't matter! It just doesn't matter!..."
2007-09-13 15:40:08
8.   Bluebleeder87
I can't be with you on the Cubbie bashing Scott, but I'll definitely join you on the Yankee bashing.
2007-09-14 09:21:20
9.   jgpyke
I never understood the ChiSox fans who just hate, HATE the Cubs. The feeling is not mutual. Why not direct that hate to a team that actually plays in the your division, perhaps?

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