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…
By Kelen Conley
So maybe my guesses aren’t so uneducated at all. And I think I should get partial credit for the Cardinals winning because I called the Dodgers the Clippers of baseball. Either way, it’s League Championship Series time!
This round is going to be much tougher for me to call. You have the Orioles who have looked like powerhouses all season. You have the “Nobody believes in us!” (h/t to Bill Simmons) story of the Royals. You have the Giants, who have won 2 World Series in 5 seasons. And the aforementioned Cardinals, who have been to the NLCS 4 straight times. I called them the Spurs of the MLB yesterday in an email. I really love the NBA if you couldn’t tell. But the consistency without flashiness is San Antonio’s M.O.. and I wouldn’t be surprised if Popovich was involved in some way.
These are 7 game series right?
#1 Baltimore Orioles v. #4 Kansas City Royals: Kansas City proved once again that having the best record in baseball doesn’t mean anything as they wiped the 98 win Angels out in 3 games. The 96 win Orioles made short work of the Tigers, also in 3 games.
I’ve been so torn on this series. But I’m going to go with the hot team in October and I probably would’ve even if they hadn’t won Game 1. Royals in 6.
#3 St. Louis Cardinals v. #5 San Francisco Giants: The Giants wrecked any hopes of a Baltimore/DC World Series and the Cardinals (along with the Royals) did the same to an all LA series, both in 4 games. When these two teams faced off in 2012, the Giants came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the defending World Series Champions. So not only do the Cardinals have the 2013 World Series runner-up chip on their shoulder, they get to enjoy 2 year old demons as well. On the other hand, the Giants are officially the NL’s hot October team. Choice, choices. I don’t like the Cards but dammit, Cardinals in 7.
You may know of Chris Slater from his work on his Slater’s Signature Finisher column on the site. Or maybe you’ve run across his blog. Or maybe, unlike me, you’ve met him in real life. Either way, Communication Breakdown is his endeavor into the podcasting world, and even after being on an episode, I’m kicking myself that it took this long for me to feature his podcast on the site. Sorry Chris. – Kelen
Episode 28 of the podcast is a quick one this week. I talk about the recent season premiere of “The Simpsons” and look at some of my favorite episodes from the 26-year history of the show. I talk about the crossover episode with “Family Guy” and give my thoughts on that. And then I talk about some other stuff going on in my life. It’s a fun time.
You may recall the time that I attempted to predict the 2013 NFL Playoffs. I can’t do that here. I know some players, but I really haven’t watched enough baseball to even sound like I have any idea of what I’m talking about. And considering that I should have posted this Monday, I’m definitely late. But before I get to my 110% guaranteed guesses*, I have to say one thing:
The Wild Card Game is some scary $%^# right? Teams used to have a cushy, 7 game series if they won the Wild Card. Now winning the Wild Card doesn’t mean anything other than the fact that you may get to play 163 games that year. I like it. And I don’t care if this is the third year of the Wild Card Game, the people need to know what I think!
#1 Los Angeles Angels v. #4 Kansas City Royals: I don’t like the Angels. They think they’re the new Yankees or something. And I really like the feel good story of the Royals getting into the playoffs for the first time since I was 2. Royals in 5.
#2 Baltimore Orioles v. #3 Detroit Tigers: I personally feel like the Tigers are choke artists in the postseason in recent years. And that Baltimore team is no slouch. Orioles in 4.
#1 Washington Nationals v #5 San Francisco Giants: The Nationals fought hard for the #1 seed in the NL. But they’re playing the 2010 and 2012 World Series Champions.Not yet Nats. Giants in 5.
#2 Los Angeles Dodgers v #3 St. Louis Cardinals: The Dodgers are the Clippers of the baseball world when it comes to postseason success since 1988, at least compared to their LA counterparts (the Angels won it all in 2002). I think their luck is changing though thanks to one word: Kershaw. Dodgers in 5.
* – DO NOT TRUST MY GUESSES.
Picks have been edited to reflect that the ALCS & the NLCS are both 5 games long, not 7.
Week 5 of the college football season finally brought some separation between our two competitors, as the Hyphen chose Oregon State over USC. It was a risky move that didn’t pay off, as the Buzz-Saw picked the favored Trojans for his 17th correct pick of the week.
Last week’s results
Week 6 is a crucial week for the Hyphen now, as he doesn’t want to give Asti any more breathing room. As a two time defending Golden Keg Champion, the Buzz-Saw knows what it takes to defend a lead and no one likes playing from behind.
Boo B Hyphen (Mike “The Buzz-Saw” Asti): 47-8
Stone Cold Buzz-Saw Killers (Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley): 46-9