A certain DC baseblogger is also an Atlanta Braves fan, and was devastated by last night's collapse against the Houston Astros.
Which brings up an interesting theological question: As a sports fan, would you rather have (a) a team like the Florida Marlins, which craps out 8 seasons out of 10, but then wins multiple World Series championships, or (b) a team like the Braves, which almost never wins the Series, but is always right in the thick of the playoffs?
Being from Philadelphia and not having any experience with either scenario, it seems to me that I'd much rather have the Braves. Year in and year out, you get seven months of excitement and good feeling. Watching SportsCenter becomes a joy, not a chore. You get to hold your head up high until the October collapse, which is painful, but short, and immediately followed by the salve of the rest of the playoffs.
I'm interested in what other people think about this, because the answers, I suspect, are psychologically revealing. I says a lot, for instance, about how a person defines the concept of "winning."
President Bush, I suspect, would prefer the Marlins. And I bet John Kerry would prefer the Braves.
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