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Bob Dylan on the upcoming Angels-Rays series
2008-08-18 10:41
by Bob Timmermann


Let's hope that everyone in Florida is safe in the coming days.


2008-08-18 10:57:37
1.   JL25and3
Hmm...can't see the video at work, but I assume it includes Scarlet Rivera playing a prominent fiddle line.
2008-08-18 10:58:15
2.   Ken Arneson
In 2000, the A's only played 161 games. They won their last game to win the AL West at 91-70. Seattle took the wild card at 91-71, and Cleveland just missed the playoffs at 90-72.

The missing game? A rainout at the dome in Tampa Bay. The game was cancelled due to a hurricane.

If the A's had lost their final game on Sunday and finished 90-71, they would have had to fly across the country to Tampa to make up a rainout on Monday, and then, if they had won, fly to New York to play the Yankees on Tuesday.

2008-08-18 11:13:36
3.   berkowit28
Did the A's play the same team in the playoffs that they would have if they'd flown to Tampa with their 91-70 record, then lost to the Devil Rays, leaving them tied with Seattle at 91-71? There would have been no need for a tiebreaker against Seattle, to see which was the division leader and which the wild card, which western team played the AL east winner and which the AL central winner?

I recall something similar in NL West two years ago, where Padres and Dodgers tied, but SD was declared division winner on the basis of W/L record between the tied teams. Is this formula only used where the "lesser" tied team automatically becomes the wil card? If the lesser team would be out of the playoffs completely (wild card team from another division), do they play a tiebreaker?

2008-08-18 11:53:12
4.   JL25and3
3 They don't have a playoff game to determine division winner v. wild card. You're right, the "lesser" tied team becomes the WC.
2008-08-18 11:55:40
5.   Bob Timmermann
The wild card team in 2000 was going to play the White Sox. The Yankees won just 87 games that season.

The A's win on the last day clinched a division win since they had beaten the M's 9 out of 13 that year.

2008-08-18 12:00:21
6.   Bob Timmermann
In 2000 there was still a rule that if two teams tied for first in a division and a second place team in another division had the same record, the second place team was automatically the wild card and the other two teams would just have a tiebreaker playoff.

That rule has been amended to create a playoff for the division first with the loser of that game playing the team from the other division for the wild card spot.

2008-08-18 12:04:54
7.   Linkmeister
Help me, Google! Whatever happened to Rubin Carter, anyway?
2008-08-18 12:08:09
8.   Linkmeister
Wikipedia comes to the rescue. He's still alive and active, which surprises me a little.

2008-08-18 12:29:06
9.   skybluestoday
Second-best song on the (simultaneously overrated and underrated) "Desire" LP.

My favorite is "Sara." But I have strong feelings for "Black Diamond Bay" as well.

2008-08-18 13:23:19
10.   scareduck
Very good... too bad that the facts of the case don't support Dylan's terrific song-story (per the Wikipedia article linked upthread). At a very minimum, Carter's fighting career had already peaked and was in decline by the time of the Paterson, New Jersey murders on June 17, 1966; he was never a "number one contender for the middleweight crown", rising as high as #3 in 1965.
2008-08-18 13:24:00
11.   scareduck
BTW, it was great seeing you this weekend. I had never been to the central library and it was a real treat.
2008-08-18 13:29:11
12.   Bob Timmermann
There are also people who still insist that Carter was guilty. A lot of this came up after the movie about the case.

However, I like the song a lot.

I was glad to show people the Central Library. I just need to make sure Rob uses his "indoor" voice. ;-)

2008-08-18 14:05:09
13.   Linkmeister
9 Thanks for telling me which album that's on. I knew I owned it but hadn't found time to go look at my vast vinyl Dylan collection.

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