V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012
Giants Shut Out Tigers for World Series Win
By Michael Sanchez [ Mon Oct 29 2012 3:27 PM ]
The San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers last night to capture their second World Series championship in the last three years. The game went into extra innings, fitting for a desperate Detroit attempting to wring the last bits of magic out of their otherwise-remarkable season. The extra innings also appropriately gave Tigers fans that familiar false sense that the Giants had finally been put against the wall. Throughout the postseason, San Francisco would fight and cling their way back from the edge of defeat, only to then make victory look easy. So when the game went to a 10th inning, plenty of nervous fans back in San Francisco must have been holding their collective breath. Had these Giants put themselves into a corner once again?
After playing their way out of a hole in every series—coming back from a 1-3 hole in the League Championship Series against St. Louis and an 0-2 hole against the Cincinnati Reds—there was nothing easy about this march to the championship for the Giants. Therefore, the worry felt by Giants fans, even while 3-0 over a team that had just steamrolled the Yankees, seemed rational. The worry, it turned out, was unfounded.
The doubt of victory may have crept in to the minds of fans, but the players never let it creep in—and if they did, they certainly never showed it. The team that battled back over and over and over again this postseason never had to do so in the finals. The Giants forced the Tigers into batting a worse-than-pedestrian .159 average during this World Series, and San Francisco looked every bit as mighty as the Tigers had previously felt. The questions that loom over the future of the Tigers will ensure some serious debate during the offseason, but this moment isn't about them.
This moment is about celebrating a team that pulled it all together and, in a rarity in this day and age of baseball, now has their World Series championship actually in place before October's end. The San Francisco Giants left the baseball world in the dust to become champions in a whirlwind postseason that won't easily be forgotten.
V.21 No.42 | 10/18/2012
World Series Preview
Tigers versus Giants
By Michael Sanchez [ Tue Oct 23 2012 4:04 PM ]
October's chill is lingering everywhere in America, which means that it's time for baseball's biggest stage—the World Series starts on Wednesday night. It'll be the Detroit Tigers against the San Francisco Giants, after a stunning seven-game series sent the Giants to their second finals in three years. The Detroit Tigers, on the other hand, swept the heavily-favored New York Yankees in a dominating fashion. Their ample rest time and the momentum of previous upsets allow for a perceived advantage.
The Tigers made the normally superstar Yankees look terribly mortal in their League Championship series. During their first two games in New York, the Yankees' vaunted captain Derek Jeter fractured his ankle and once-invincible Alex Rodriguez was benched after subpar hitting. The post-season disappointment was enough for General Manager Brian Cashman to declare that A-Rod was no longer untouchable in an angry rant that surprised no one.
The Tigers didn't look as impressive during the five games it took them to dispatch the Oakland A's, but their consistency means that, despite New York's always-expected headlines, Detroit is the team that's still making waves for good reasons.
The Cardinals won it all last year, the Giants the year before. It should have been expected that this match-up would mean a spectacular series, but when opening games were split in San Francisco, some people doubted the resolve. Of course, we should have seen this coming considering not only both prgrams' last two seasons, but also this year's regular season. Neither team knows how to quit.
Sadly for St. Louis fans, game 7 in San Francisco brought a dramatic end end to this epic fight. The Cardinals were rolled 9-0. Not-so-sadly for Giants fans, their team can carry this victory with them as the latest sign that they can never be counted out.
The Tigers may have the larger momentum, but San Francisco has a deep-seated belief that they will never lose. They were down in the NLCS 1-3 and beat the odds to win games 5, 6 and 7, with the margin in this last closeout game being the largest of the series.
The World Series is the best time for the casual baseball fan to get excited and embrace a team. Despite the Yankees’ continued headline dominance and decorated history, baseball begins to feel like a sport that has achieved true equivalence. In the last ten years, eight different teams have risen as champions, with the repeaters being the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Giants now have a chance to join that repeaters club (if they can get over the Detroit Tigers of course). It is going to be a fantastic battle.
V.21 No.43 | 10/25/2012
The daily word in Beirut blast, meteor shower and sexy Big Bird.
By B.L. Brennan [ Fri Oct 19 2012 11:16 AM ]
Bomb blast in Beirut kills at least eight.
The Orionid meteor shower is set to peak this weekend!
New Mexico organic peanut plant is cleaning up after national recall.
Madonna is getting into all sorts of trouble.
Dressing up as sexy Big Bird is just so not cool and Sesame Street agrees.
Tigers end Yankees season with four game sweep.
Now you can help Mitt catch women with his binder!
Marathon meeting ends in a “no” for new Westside Wal-Mart.
Forget the Fountain of Youth. Here is the real secret to staying young forever.
Obama and Romney bring comedic relief to annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner
Man pleads guilty to punching Darth Vader’s wife.
Somebody help this poor puppy!
V.21 No.36 |
The Daily Word in (teacher and air) strikes, debates and calming propaganda
By Margaret Wright [ Mon Sep 10 2012 8:29 AM ]
Teachers are striking in Chicago.
"A significant accomplishment for the Obama administration and a sign of how far the markets have come."
Peace mission to Syria struggles in the midst of raging conflict.
Yemeni military says their forces have killed the second-highest ranking leader of Al Qaeda.
Romney's shifting health care reform rhetoric.
Gov. Martinez is soon to appoint a new person to the Bernalillo County Commission.
Congressional District 1 candidates Janice Arnold-Jones and Michelle Lujan Grisham held their first debate yesterday.
Chamomile Tea Party propaganda.
A case for atomic-based environmentalism.
Red wine might be better for you if there weren't alcohol in it. Ugh.
Such a douchebag.
V.19 No.46 | 11/18/2010
The Daily Word 11.22.10: extinct tigers, broken water mains and giant Jesus statues.
By Nick Brown [ Mon Nov 22 2010 10:12 AM ]
El Paso was ranked safest city in the USA.
The FCC prefers net neutrality.
A toddler fell to his death at a Lakers game.
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is coming to the U.S. for medical treatment. Keep Toby Keith away from him.
Be Seeing You: the military launched a Large Ass Spy Satellite.
Wild tigers could become extinct in 12 years.
Ireland needs a bailout, can’t find pot o’ gold.
HBO destroyed an ecosystem filming Game of Thrones.
Behold the giant Jesus statue.
Watch the new creepy ghost video.
There’s a broken water main at Lead and Broadway.
Coors and I-40 will be named after Bill Richardson. It’s that tricky exit that’s hard to catch.
Burque cartoonist Andy Kuhn makes good with Firebreather.
Happy birthday, Terry Gilliam.
Latin Sin Wednesdays at Dirty Bourbon
The Irish herbalist lecture Series: Basics of Herbal Medicine 1: Introduction to Botanical Medicine at The Birkmayer institute
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