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More on Darko below…

First, I always need to point out when I’m right.  And I believe, when it comes to Atlanta, I am right again.  (Wait for it, Falcons).

Crazy infield outfield fly rule aside, Atlanta and Texas have failed in the playoffs AGAIN. But I’m not here to crow or rant. I don’t think there’s an easy answer why this keeps happening.

Just below are Atlanta’s playoff record before this year:  It doesn’t include this year, or last year’s 9-18 September collapse.  The record speaks for itself but also raises questions of why–so much success so regularly every year, met with lackluster playoff runs.  Is this a sign of choking, or great managing of mediocre teams every year?  Or is great pitching over-rated when it comes to the playoffs?  None of these things seem to make sense.  This is a talented team, full of hall of famers over the years.  Nobody was a bigger big-gamer than John Smoltz. Or Tom Glavine.  Or, I seem to recall, Ron Gant.  Maybe not Dan Uggla, but how about Brian McCann?

The other thing here is–so many losses at home.  Even Barry Bonds was clutch there.  Only the biggest choking city in America could lose to them at the end.  Hmm…

BRAVES POSTSEASON RESULTS

Year Round Opponent Result
2010 NL Division Series San Francisco Giants Lost, 1-3
2005 NL Division Series Houston Astros Lost, 1-3
2004 NL Division Series Houston Astros Lost, 2-3
2003 NL Division Series Chicago Cubs Lost, 2-3
2002 NL Division Series San Francisco Giants Lost, 2-3
2001 NL Championship Series Arizona Diamondbacks Lost, 1-4
NL Division Series Houston Astros Won, 3-0
2000 NL Division Series St. Louis Cardinals Lost, 0-3
1999 World Series New York Yankees Lost, 0-4
NL Championship Series New York Mets Won, 4-2
NL Division Series Houston Astros Won, 3-1
1998 NL Championship Series San Diego Padres Lost, 2-4
NL Division Series Chicago Cubs Won, 3-0
1997 NL Championship Series Florida Marlins Lost, 2-4
NL Division Series Houston Astros Won, 3-0
1996 World Series New York Yankees Lost, 2-4
NL Championship Series St. Louis Cardinals Won, 4-3
NL Divison Series Los Angeles Dodgers Won, 3-0
1995 World Series Cleveland Indians Won, 4-2
NL Championship Series Cincinnati Reds Won, 4-0
NL Division Series Colorado Rockies Won, 3-1
1993 NL Championship Series Philadelphia Phillies Lost, 2-4
1992 World Series Toronto Blue Jays Lost, 2-4
NL Championship Series Pittsburgh Pirates Won, 4-3
1991 World Series Minnesota Twins Lost, 3-4
NL Championship Series Pittsburgh Pirates Won, 4-3

And here’s Texas just below: Here, I’d think, the problem is not enough pitching.  But then when they had the pitching–see, Cliff Lee in game 5 of 2010–their famed offense gets shut down (in that game by a 2-time cy young winner (Tim Lincecum) pitching one of the greatest games of his career).  Or is the problem Josh Hamilton?  His playoff stats aren’t impressive. On the other hand, he hit 4 home runs in 6 games against the Yankees in 2010. So, it can’t just be an inability to handle the big stage.  But damn, he looked bad yesterday, he looked worse against Oakland, and he just didn’t seem to be playing hard.

2011 World Series St. Louis Cardinals Lost, 4-3
2011 AL Championship Series Detroit Tigers Won, 4-2
2011 AL Division Series Tampa Bay Rays Won, 3-1
2010 World Series San Francisco Giants Lost, 4-1
2010 AL Championship Series New York Yankees Won, 4-2
2010 AL Division Series Tampa Bay Rays Won, 3-2
1999 AL Division Series New York Yankees Lost, 3-0
1998 AL Division Series New York Yankees Lost, 3-0
1996 AL Division Series New York Yankees Lost, 3-1

Or, is this a sign that it’s Obama’s year?  Two red states just lost to two blue states (I think MO is blue…I’m too lazy to check. click on themonkeycage.org if you care.  Actually, in spite of myself, I did just click on it (only because I was looking for a link) and I saw at the top of the page that their electoral map has MO as red.  Cancel this whole paragraph. It is officially off the record, and outside of the bounds. Unless SL loses to DC. Then my insights are back in play.

If you’ve scrolled this far, you may be wondering why. You also may being wondering the same thing I am–when did Darko become a Celtic?  Why is he a Celtic?  And why is he now considered the backup center to KG?  And how soon before KG makes him cry and he gets the name bigger baby?

Darko played 16 minutes against some team in Turkey. According to this picture below, we could make easy jokes about turkeys and his eating.  But Jeff Green (welcome back with 16 points after heart surgery!) appears to have elevation. Or is he just pretty tall.  (This also seems like the right moment on this blog to reference Bo McCalebb, because it’s likely to be the only time, and I think guys like him who leave the country and have great lengthy careers outside the US are a really interesting story that deserves a 30-30 ESPN show).

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