Originally Posted by Redmore123
Meth capitol? Good one especially because Cincinnati has no problems whatsoever along with the state of Ohio (see: http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=99038
). But that is besides the point, because everyone knows in sports when you lose and can't make a good argument you just insult the city.
Will you explain this "luck" to me that makes the Cardinals undeserving. Did they not win 3 games versus NL #1 teams the past two years, beat the second best NL team last year and beat the best AL team last year? (the answer is yes). This year the rule was changed, sure but rules change year to year. But the team also lost Berkman, Furcal, and starting pitchers Garcia, Westbrook, and Carpenter were all out at least one month each. How come you forget and don't note the "unluckiness" of the team to lose such pivotal pieces of their team? The reason is because the truth hurts. It sucks to see a rival thriving when it matters, but you making excuses for a team executing when it counts doesnt make the team lose.
Like I said, you can call it timely or opportunist, but the team hits and pitches for 9 innings over 5 and 7 game series. You can curse the resolve or clutchness of the team, but to say prolonged runs in baseball is purely luck shows you do not really have a grasp of what baseball really is. I'm assuming you never played the sport nor played any competitive sport at a high level if you think a professional team is lucky to win this many post season games against the top competition.
Instead of making up excuses, why don't you focus on how Walt Jocketty changed the culture of baseball in Cincinnati this millenium and brought in pieces to make them perennial contenders? If the Reds were to be more timely, I'm sure you wouldnt chalk it up to them purely being "lucky" rather you'd realize it takes the talent physically and mentally of Votto, Phillips, Bruce, Ludwick, Latos, Cueto, Chapman etc to continue to win series after series against teams with better records.
First, I played college ball, I understand the game as well as anyone.
I'll type this next part real slow so you can understand it.
All teams, even the lowly Astros, can go on hot streaks. They went on streaks of 7-2, 8-4 and finished the season going 5-2. Outstanding teams go on losing streaks. Going on these streaks while in the playoffs is mostly due to luck, which is why the playoffs are such a crap shoot. You can have inferior teams beat superior teams on a regular basis, because of luck, because one team is having a hot streak, or the other team is having a cold streak.
The Cardinals lucked into the playoffs these last two years. Sure, their play had something to do with it, but it is extremely rare for a contending team to go 10-20 down the stretch. That is luck. Without that, the Cards don't make the playoffs last year. Granted the Cards also played well down the stretch, but most years, they don't make it. That's luck.
This year they got lucky the rules changed. Yes, they took advantage of it, but it doesn't mean that they weren't also lucky. Any other year, they don't make the playoffs. That's luck.
Why can't you admit that the Cardinals got lucky these last two years. It's obvious to everyone but you.
And btw Missouri isn't just the meth capital, it's also the Puppy Mill capital as well. You much be so proud of your state