Uneducated Guesses About the 2014 MLB Playoffs: World Series

By Kelen Conley

So maybe this picking winners for a sport I didn’t follow closely during the regular season thing isn’t as hard as I thought. I definitely will not change the name of the column from Uneducated Guesses though. Then I don’t look like an idiot when I’m wrong. And I would never try to sort out the NHL playoffs, don’t worry about that.

But here we are! The 2014 World Series, featuring the two hottest teams in baseball, the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants? First, kudos to both ballclubs for making it to the Fall Classic. No easy task even if they both didn’t win more than 90 games in the regular season. But enough fun, I absolutely love that it comes down to the Royals and the Giants. No teams with the highest payroll, no annoyingly good shortstop getting one last chance at the Trophy (I will miss you though Derek Jeter. Much respect), and no teams that I hate!

The Royals haven’t lost a game in the postseason; the Giants have lost only 2. Both teams should be well rested, well coached, and well-oiled for tonight’s tip-off, er, I mean, first pitch. This is harder than picking between the Cardinals and Giants in the NLCS. And before I do:

I know the Giants were on a roll. I know Yadier got hurt. But I really thought the Cards would get more than ONE game. Sure, the games were all extremely close, but it never seemed like St. Louis wanted it as bad as San Francisco did. So much for my MLB Spurs theory.

The Royals haven’t lost ONE game since the postseason began and they’ve taken out TWO of the best teams in baseball this season in the Angels and the Orioles. More importantly, they could become the first team since the 1976 Cincinnati Reds to finish a postseason undefeated, and with more rounds now, they’d own the most impressive postseason run of all-time. I’m sure a second World Series crown would suffice though.

So who wins?

#4 Kansas City Royals v. #5 San Francisco Giants: The Giants won’t get swept. Neither will the Royals. Both ballparks have been extremely difficult for opposing teams, but both teams have won 4 games on the road this postseason, so you can almost throw home field out the window. And both of these ballclubs are so fundamentally sound that each game should be competitive and down to the last out. I’ve owned both Kansas City and San Francisco hats in my lifetime but only the SF one in my adulthood. Somebody get Cinderella her slipper. Royals in 6.

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Trike House Party Blood Feud: War Eagle Down

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Thanks to Hyphen gambling on Auburn’s higher ranking and picking Texas Tech, The Buzz-Saw’s lead has expanded to 3 games. With 8 weeks to go, 3 games may not seem like much, but it could be enough of a lead to bring Asti his third straight Golden Keg Championship.

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The later the season gets, however, the tougher the matchups, and for Hyphen’s sake, more upsets tend to happen. He really can’t give up any more distance if he wants to finally beat The Buzz-Saw.

Standings
Boo BHyphen
(Asti): 73-17
Stone Cold Buzz-Saw Killers (Conley): 70-20

Geeks of Gridiron: Week 6, Changes Are Coming Around

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While the articles may have taken an extended bye week, the Geeks of Gridiron team has been in full battle royale mode. The leaders after the first two weeks decided falling flat on their faces was a great idea, while proverbial stepping stones have made their way towards the top of the leaderboard. Here’s a week by week review of what has happened since the last article was written.

Week 3 Review
In week 3 the Buzz-Saw outshined everybody else by going 14-2, sawing off the legs of the reigning champ in the process. The champ is feared no longer as Mischievious went an abysmal 9-7, good enough for last place in week 3. The Howitzer, B Hyphen and the Nocturne tied for second, each going 12-4. Triple S went 11-5 while the rookie Diamond Jim went 10-6.

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Trike House Party Blood Feud: All These Upsets and No Changes

APTOPIX Alabama Mississippi FootballEverybody lost last week. You know who didn’t lose? Mike “The Buzz-Saw” Asti. Asti and Kelen’s picks were exactly alike, with both of them finishing 11-7.

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So our competitors are still just 1 game apart, with The Buzz-Saw protecting his 1 point lead like a middle reliever facing the heart of the batting order. And just from taking a peek at this week’s picks, it could leave things at 1 game apart or Asti could advance his lead. Only the college football gods know.

Standings
Boo B Hyphen (Mike “The Buzz-Saw” Asti):
59-15
Stone Cold Buzz-Saw Killers ( Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley): 58-16

Talking Out The Dead: Prelude to “No Sanctuary”

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By Kelen Conley & Thomas Crawford

Thomas Crawford: It’s TIME… It’s…TIME… It’s TIME… for The Walking Dead ya’ll.  Sorry for the fake, sort of Michael Buffer introduction.  The fact is, I think his opening fits.  Let’s be honest, he has opened for many famous boxing and wrestling matches, and his brother Bruce has opened for many UFC fights.  There is just something about both of their voices that brings me to attention.  Don’t misread that folks, it is about anticipation for an upcoming event.  Let’s get to it.

As always, SPOILERS…

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