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V.24 No.43 | 10/22/2015

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The Daily Word in tripping witches, Trump effigies in the South Valley and Halloween

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The Southwest Chief will continue to roll through New Mexico as usual.

The Green Jeans Farmery shipping container plaza was red-tagged by the city on the eve of its grand opening.

The City is offering "haunted jail tours" at the old metro court.

The South Valley's El Kookooe was a Trump effigy this year, El Koko Trump.

Some dude in Grants, NM got really drunk and killed a friend he thought was transforming into a zombie.

The sex abuse trial of the man who was hired by APS w/out a background check, Jason Martinez, ended in mistrial.

No eggs for minors at this store during Halloween.

Happy Halloween, don't electrocute yourself.

Chewbacca was arrested in Ukraine after violating election laws by campaigning for Darth Vader on Election Day.

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween. Let's take a moment to remind ourselves why witches ride broomsticks and what really makes them fly.

The World Series begins tonight with the Mets vs the Royals in Kansas City.

V.22 No.45 | 11/7/2013
Graphic courtesy of ESPN

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Boston Red Sox Hammer the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 to Win the World Series

How it all played out.
V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012
Official 2012 World Series logo

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Giants Shut Out Tigers for World Series Win

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-winning Giants 1905

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World Series Preview

Tigers versus Giants

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.20 No.43 |

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The Daily Word in war vet beating at Occupy Oakland, Tebowing, Sean Parker's hard-knock 1 percenter life

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Iraq war vet in critical condition after taking a beating from cops at Occupy Oakland demonstration.

New study says Burque's red light cameras are more about cash than safety. Council votes on the issue Monday.

Sean Parker says it's hard out there for a 1 percenter.

Wait, you you thought the planking craze was getting out of hand? How about Tebowing? And no, it doesn't have anything to do with the QB telling women what they can do with their bodies.

The legacy of cartel kingpin El Chapo.

California man grows a 1,700 pound pumpkin.

Stop dressing your pets up for Halloween.

U.S. military activity in Ethiopia uncovered.

Last night was one of the greatest World Series games ever played. The deciding Game 7 is tonight.

(Un)occupy march scheduled for Saturday.

West Mesa Killer may have six more bodies to his rap sheet.

Kanye West meets "Saved by the Bell" on Tumblr. And it's hilarious.

Obama says nope on dope.

Gaddafi's son talks to ICC at The Hague.

Drunk Sconie gets 30 days for grabbing ex-boyfriend's junk.


V.20 No.41 | 10/13/2011
Derek Holland was dominant.

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Hangover Sports Roundup

Holland has breakthrough, Tebow completes comeback, Burress shines

World Series

After St. Louis Cardinal Albert Pujols’ legendary Game 3 performance, the Texas Rangers were looking for a spark to even up the series. Pujols’ three home runs in Game 3 helped St. Louis dominate the Rangers 16-7. So in Game 4, the Rangers needed to reestablish its pitching support if it had any hope of getting back momentum. Pitcher Derek Holland heard that message loud and clear by holding the Cardinals to only two hits over 8 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old had seven strikeouts to aid his 4-0 shuout. The series is tied at 2-2, with Cardinals pitching ace Chris Carpenter on the mound in Game 5.

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Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins

Tim Tebow doesn't play the position like a conventional quarterback, but the guy wins football games. For three quarters, Tebow looked pretty ordinary and fell behind 15-0 to the winless Miami Dolphins in the fourth quarter. But just as it looked grim for the Denver Broncos, Tebow lead his team to two touchdowns and a two point conversion, pushing the game into overtime. Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore gave up a costly fumble, giving the Broncos good field position for a game-winning field goal. Kicker Matt Prater completed Tebow's comeback to give Denver the 18-15 victory. While accuracy problems still continue to haunt the former Florida Gator, Tebow has heart and competitive spirit which makes him an instant favorite to teammates and fans alike.

NY Jets vs San Diego Chargers

Plaxico Burress has been criticized for dropping balls and not being in tune with the Jets’ offense to start the season. He had only caught two touchdowns prior to the Jets’ matchup with the Chargers. But finally Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez decided to use Burress as a red zone target. Every time New York was in the red zone, Burress was the No. 1 option, resulting in three touchdowns grabs. As Sanchez got stronger, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers faded in the fourth quarter, throwing two costly interceptions. The Jets won 27-21 and have some much needed confidence heading into its bye week to prepare for games with Buffalo and New England.

V.20 No.42 | 10/20/2011
Nelson Cruz had six home runs in the ALCS.

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World Series preview

Rangers in seven

Every year, every major sport comes down to two teams. Usually, there's some sort of grandiose narrative framing that championship match-up. This year, MLB does not disappoint, and gives the people a trope they've come to expect: team on a roll, delivered through improbable circumstance, versus a team that is defying some odds.

The St. Louis Cardinals get to play the role of the former, shocking most casual fans with their astonishing run through the post-season and winding up only four wins away from the ultimate validation. The Texas Rangers, on the other hand, are a firm lock in the latter category, having raced to the World Series last year, after a long, long drought, and battling all year to get back.

When these two teams meet tonight at 6:05 p.m., they'll start things off in St. Louis, which has home-field advantage thanks to the National League’s win in the All-Star Game. The best of seven series follows a 2-3-2 format, ensuring that Texas' fans will be packing the stands in the middle of the series, regardless of the result.

There's the mini-drama over Lance Berkman, a free agent last year who was pursued by the Rangers, but ultimately spurned them for the Cardinals. There's the lockdown pitching of the Rangers’ bullpen, which is producing at a rate that is almost embarrassing for the starters. And, of course, there's the danger of St. Louis' powerful offense, combining Albert Pujols—perhaps the best hitter in baseball—with David Freese and the aforementioned Berkman.

Predictions, however, are hard to come by. These teams, with their varied styles and the differing ways they got to this point, play a somewhat even game. When forced to come with a prediction, though, I've got to go with the Rangers in seven games. These teams are so close, it's going to be a full series. We're going to see some beautiful baseball. But ultimately, only one of the familiar stories will get to be told. This is the year for the Rangers.