Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Here's Something I Don't Get

When the Angels won game 5 of the ALCS, bringing the series to 3-2 Yankees, there were a number of statements in the media suggesting the momentum was now on the Angels' side. With the Phillies winning game 5 of the World Series, putting themselves just one game behind the Yankees, I've started to hear this again.

Am I missing something? You're still down, you still need to win two in a row against a team that is really good at home, and just one day before you had won one game in the series and were (and still are) facing elimination. Going from 3-1 to 3-2 does not give you more momentum than the leading team. Sorry Phils, not yet. We saw what all that momentum did for the Angels in the ALCS. No guarantee that the same will happen this round, but the idea that the momentum has somehow shifted to the team still facing elimination (especially after a game where the opposing team scored 6 runs and you only won because of a complete melt-down by the opposing starter) is laughable.

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