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Some are destined to succeed, some are determined to succeed

Posted at 10:21 AM on August 23, 2006 by Ben Tesch (1 Comments)

Twins stadium opponents haven't given up yet
Opponents of the Hennepin County Twins ballpark finance plan showed up in force for a public hearing Tuesdsay night in Minneapolis. The majority of the 45 people who testified in front of the Hennepin County Board voiced their opposition to the plan that would impose a county-wide sales tax to raise nearly $400 million for the stadium construction. The board is expected to pass the measure next week. But opponents told commissioners that it wasn't too late to change their minds.

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Is El Hombre the new Babe?

Posted at 10:49 AM on August 23, 2006 by Ben Tesch

Pujols aces tests given to Babe Ruth
This spring, Washington University scientists, at the request of GQ magazine, put Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols through a series of tests similar to those given to Babe Ruth 85 years ago — tests ranging from finger tapping to visual responses to bat speed.

The results? Both men aced the tests, and their results were strikingly similar.

Revenge of The Curse

Posted at 2:39 PM on August 23, 2006 by David Zingler (2 Comments)

As has been beaten to death by ESPN, the Yankees swept the Red Sox in a five game series at Fenway over the weekend. Now, they have built a comfortable cushion between themselves and their bitter rivals.

I am starting to wonder if The Curse was really broken in 2004. Last season the Sox choked away their first division title since 1990 to the Yanks in the season's final week and this year they might not even reach the postseason. Thatís all fine and good, you say, but how do I explain the Red Sox remarkable run to a World Series title in 2004?

Here goes: The Curse, after a grueling 2003 LCS round, in which it had to stave off both the Cubs and the Red Sox from reaching glory, was exhausted. When the BoSox fell behind the Yankees 0-3 in the 2004 ALCS, The Curse figured its work was done and took a nap. When it awoke to find the Sox suddenly on fire, it was too late to do anything. Already weakened, tired and complacent, The Curse watched helplessly as Boston finished its comeback over New York and steamrolled the Cardinals in the Fall Classic.

Never again, thought The Curse. Never again!

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