-If you have any discretionary income, you might want to head to Vegas. Once there, put a few bucks on the 2007 Texas Rangers winning the World Series.
Buck Showalter, the Rangers manager for the past four seasons, was fired yesterday. Showalter was also dismissed in his two previous managerial stints. He was let go by the New York Yankees after the 1995 season. The Yanks, led by manager Joe Torre, went on to win the World Series in 1996. Showalter was also fired by the Arizona Diamondbacks after the 2000 campaign. You guessed it, the Diamondbacks would go on to win it all in 2001.
-I know of at least one NFL team which is rooting for the Minnesota Twins to come back from a 2-0 deficit in the American League Division Series. Ironically, it is not the hometown Vikings. Sunday’s tilt at the Metrodome against the Detroit Lions would be bumped to Monday night if the Twins force a Game 5 against Oakland. Actually, it would be the Washington Redskins waving homer hankies these days. The Skins’ last two Super Bowl championships came after the regular seasons of 1987 and 1991. Those two years also marked the occurrences of the Twins claiming their two World Series titles.