Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gateway to potential chaos averted

In the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the mighty Gandalf, who for over 2,000 years worked most faithfully against the rising powers of evil in Middle-earth, assessed the situation of hobbits Frodo and Sam embarking on a journey to destroy the evil ring. "The battle for Middle Earth is about to begin. All our hopes now lie with two little hobbits, somewhere in the wilderness," proclaimed Gandalf.

It's analogous to what the St. Louis Cardinals face, now that they trail the Boston Red Sox 3 games to 2 in the World Series. Needing to win two games on the road in Fenway Park, all the Cards' hopes now lie with two young pitchers (22-year old Michael Wacha and 25-year old Joe Kelly). Game 5 of the series took place in St. Louis Monday evening with the Sox prevailing 3-1, thus putting them on the brink of their third World Series title in 10 seasons.

Also taking place in the Gateway City was the NFL's Rams hosting the Seattle Seahawks. Now it was reported last week that the Rams organization reached out to 44-year old Brett Favre to gauge his interest in signing with the club upon losing starting quarterback Sam Bradford to a season ending knee injury. Favre quickly declined. However, just envision for a second that Favre had accepted the Rams' offer. Can you imagine the media throng converging upon St. Louis Monday evening with both a World Series game and a future Hall of Fame QB making a dramatic return to the NFL? That's something the late 30s Prima donna Favre would have salivated over. But now that he's been out of the league for 2+ seasons, another "un-retirement" was never a realistic possibility. 

Alas, with no Favre at the Edward Jones Dome, ESPN was forced to have most of the camera shots on the lackluster game which took place. 


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