Making excuses, passing the buck, and shifting the locus of control to unforseen forces, like "destiny" or "fate" or "pre-destination" doesn't fly.
If the boys play like they're capable, they will be in good shape. If they shy away from the moment, their golf season will start early again.
Luck playing a significant factor in all sports playoffs systems is actually a fairly common concept. Saying "The Reds controlled their own destiny and choked it away. It really is that simple." isn't really adding to your argument either. A team choking away a series to me infers that THAT is the team that should have won, and they just couldn't put it away (like the Yankees in 2004). I am in no way trying to "pass the buck". The Giants won the WS, and they were a good team. They beat the Reds in a fairly played short series. I was making a statement about the volatiliy of tournament systems in sports and you turned it into some sort of attack on the Giants.
Do you think that the Cards were the best team last year? The Giants the year before? The Marlins in 97/03? How many times has a wild card team won the WS over the past few years?
I know I've derailed the thread but I see "luck" thrown around in here all the time and gets me worked up.
Pete Campbell: A man like you I'd follow into combat blindfolded, and I wouldn't be the first. Am I right, buddy?
Don Draper: Let's take it a little slower. I don't want to wake up pregnant.