This online Sports Illustrated story caught my eye (but only because it was linked to on CNN.com).
This might not be news on the South Side of Chicago or on the banks of the Mississippi in St. Louis. After this weekend -- a few days for bold statements, delivered loud and clear -- it probably shouldn't be news much of anywhere.
Just in case you missed the missive, though, here it is again: The White Sox and Cardinals are the best teams in baseball, and it's not even close. They have pitching other teams openly covet. They can hit and they can score. They do the little things. They do the big things. And they have leads so embarrassingly hefty right now that they could play like the Dodgers for a month-and-a-half and still coast into October.
Everybody else can scrap around in their divisions and fight over the wild-card leftovers. The White Sox and Cardinals, after their triumphant post-break weekends, have their respective Central division titles wrapped up and home-field advantage in the postseason pretty much guaranteed. The only question remaining is how many regular-season games they're going to win.
I haven't followed baseball seriously in decades (if ever, really) but I see the Cubs aren't mentioned as part of this band of winners.
I was raised as a Cub fan and they have never failed to not disappoint. Even in their "good" years they blow it in the end.
Right now, though, they are in second place in their division (13 games behind the super-hot Cardinals) and they are playing over .500. So in Cubs terms I think they can be considered winners too, Mr. SI writer. Can't we comp the Cubs about 25% just because they are the Cubs? Hey, Governor Blagojevich, do something here. It can only help your standings with your Chicago base (get it, standings and base).
Anyway, that's as much sports as you're going to get out of me for another few months. At least until the ChiSox - Redbirds, I-55 World Series this fall.