The Randomness Continues

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Armageddon. Not something to joke about, right? We know what the Bible, Mel Gibson, and Max Quordlepleen (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe) think about it. But does anyone really know anything about it? What will happen? Who will it happen to? And of course, when will it happen. Will we ever know when the end of the world is coming? Well, some of us do. I live in Michigan. And, like everyone else, I'm always embarrassed to say that. Not because there is anything wrong with the state. I mean, hell, we have the great lakes, the three largest car manufacturers, the Red Wings, University of Michigan, STIMPMITS. This state has a lot going for it. But still, when I say I'm from Michigan, I can't help wanting to take it back. Why? The Detroit Tigers. Last year, they lost 119 games. The beginning of last season, they went 0-9. There's a joke around here about impossible odds, and the punch-line is always The Tigers. "You've got as good of a chance of winning the lottery as The Tigers have of winning the world series." They were the laughing stock of the MLB last year. "The world will end before the Tigers make it to the playoffs again." But suddenly, the four horsemen of the apocalypse are wearing Tigers' jerseys and playing with their Pudge Rodriguez bobble head dolls, as the dark clouds encircle Comerica Park. First, the Lions (another plague on Michigan) turned their season around (if you call 5-9 a turn-a-round). Now, The Tigers seem to be doing the same. Ok, maybe everyone is getting a little carried away with this four game winning streak right away. But come on, when a team that only won 43 games last year wins four in a row (10.75%), it's a big deal. Some people didn't expect them to win ANY games after last year. But now, they're sitting in the middle of a media circus. First they get Ivan Rodriguez, and now they're winning. When you're the worst team in major sports, there's only one way to go: up. I know, it's way too early in the season for this to matter, but at the end of the season, when they screw this up, we can look back and say, "Well, for one day, the Detroit Tigers had the best record in the MLB"

(NOTE: Well, the very next game they screw it up. That doesn't necesarily mean they will suck the rest of the year. Only, they blew a perfect beginning. Oh well, we still have the Red Wings)

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