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Off Day News: Bush Predicts World Series Victory for Twins

Posted at 7:44 AM on August 21, 2006 by David Zingler (1 Comments)

WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush surprised many over the weekend by all but guaranteeing a Twins World Series victory.

"The last time the Minnesota Twins had a player hit 30 homeruns was 1987 and they won the World Series," the president pointed out. "Earlier this month, Justin Morneau, a fine young American, hit his 30th homerun of the season. That means the Twins are going to win the World Series this year, it is the only logical conclusion that can be reached."

When an alert reporter quickly pointed out that Morneau is Canadian, Bush shrugged off the mistake as "bad intelligence."

"It is important to also remember that in 1987 there was a Republican, Ronald Reagan, in the White House," Bush continued. "Last time I checked I am still a Republican."

Vice President Dick Cheney followed up the press conference with an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press.

"We not only know the Twins will win the World Series," Cheney told Tim Russert. "We know how many games it will take."

Russert however, seemed less interested in baseball predictions than other issues facing the nation. When he pressed Cheney on Iraq, the vice president stayed on message, "The people of Minnesota should expect a victory parade strewn with rose pedals this fall."

Staying on the offensive, the president sent a delegation, led by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to meet with baseball commissioner Bud Selig. Rice gave a presentation using charts, graphs, photos and a vile of pixie dust that was allegedly sprinkled on the Twins.

Selig thanked Rice, but remained unconvinced, "We appreciate Secretary of State Rice taking the time to visit with us." the commissioner said. "But we are committed to staying the course and letting the season play itself out."

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Statistics op-ed

Posted at 2:24 PM on August 21, 2006 by Ben Tesch

Who Owns the Back of a Baseball Card?
The case was fascinating on several counts. The court held that baseball's right to publicity was not greater than fantasy providers' 1st Amendment right to republish newsworthy information, even if they use that information for commercial purposes.

Most important, the court found that player statistics are not copyrightable. In all, the opinion is a grand slam for fans.

Ri-val-ry

Posted at 3:57 PM on August 21, 2006 by Ben Tesch

I'm not sure if you knew this, but there is apparently a rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox. Who knew? I didn't. Surprisingly, the game between the two was on FOX this weekend, so I was able to get the run-down. Lucky for me they also spared no expense on the background of this rivalry. Not only did this recap last almost 30 minutes, but they were able to talk to current and former players (and many more) all about it. They even laid out the definition of rivalry, and showed many historical clips of the preceding events.

I took a bathroom break somewhere in between the interviews with Bill Buckner's grandma and Bucky Dent's mailman about their thoughts on the Boston Massacre, so I may have missed something good. Lucky for me, for the next weekend series they play, I will get to hear it all over again.

(By the way, the Yankees just swept the 5-game series. Time for FOX to come up with a new catchy name for this one to add to the highlight clips!)

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