The two NFL conference championship games are over.
The Super Bowl 47 representatives have been determined.
Most importantly, how did my crystal ball serve me -
San Francisco beat Atlanta. I got this one correct. The Falcons came from in front to lose.
Baltimore beat New England. I was wrong on this one. The Patriots were shut out in Second Half.
I went 1 for 2....a 50% success rate. That is about the same chance I give both the Forty-Niners and the Ravens to win this week. This Super Bowl is pretty evenly matched. I don't have a team in this fight (see the sad state of the Chicago Bears) so enjoying this game will be easy and stressless.
My pick now: Baltimore Ravens
My reasoning now: Baltimore has been so close for the last few years (see a dropped pass and a missed field goal in the AFC Championship game last year) and they now know what it takes and how to win in these games - and they will close out the deal this year.
San Francisco is a really good team. They were close last year too (see a few mis-timed fumbles in the NFC Championship game last year), but the veterans on the Ravens roster will not let this chance get away from them.
The Harbaugh's are both excellent coaches.
The family is in for a win-win day.
I think the rest of us are in for quite a good game.
My crystal ball shines toward the Ravens.
Absolutely nothing else needs to be written about Stan Musial.
Everyone who is a baseball fan knows how great he is.
Everyone also knows what a great person he is.
In small comparison to his greatness as a person, is his greatness as a baseball player. In even smaller comparison to that, baseball being quite the numbers sport that it is, permit me to toss out a few numbers for you.
Mr. Musial missed the entire 1945 season due to his service in World War II.
In 1944 he batted .347 and had 197 base hits.
In 1946 he then batted .365 with 228 base hits - and won his second NL MVP.
Jersey Number: 6
St.Louis Cardinals 1941 to 1963 (22 seasons)
Baseball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1969
3 World Series Championships
4 World Series Appearances
National League MVP
3 National League MVP Awards
2 times finished second in the NL MVP voting
All Star Games
24 All Star Game Appearances
(From 1959 to 1962 two MLB All-Star Games were played each season)
Batting Titles/Batting Average
6 times National League Batting Titles
2 times finished second in NL batting average
3 times finished third in NL batting average
17 times finished with a batting average over .300
15 times finished with a batting average over .330
17 times finished in the Top Ten in the NL in batting average
Career Batting Average: .330
All-Time Rank: 30th
6 times led the NL in Base Hits
3 times finished second in the NL in base hits
2 times finished third in the NL in base hits
6 years with over 200 base hits
3 years with over 220 base hits
14 times finished in the Top Ten in the NL in base hits
Career Base Hits: 3,630
All-Time Rank: 4th
2 times led the NL in RBI
10 times had 100 RBI
16 times finished in the Top Ten in the NL in RBI
Career RBI: 1,951
All-Time Rank: 6th
5 times led the NL in Runs Scored
4 times finished second in the NL in runs scored
11 times scored 100 runs or more
6 times scored 120 runs or more
12 times finished in the Top Ten in the NL in runs scored
Career Runs Scored: 1,949
All-Time Rank: 9th
8 times led the NL in Doubles
3 times finished second in the NL in doubles
16 times finished in the Top Ten in the NL in doubles
Career Doubles: 725
All-Time Rank: 3rd
5 times led the NL in Triples
1 time finished second in the NL in triples
10 times finished in the Top Ten in the NL in triples
Career Triples: 177
All-Time Rank: 19th
1 time finished second in the NL in Home Runs
20 times hit 20 home runs or more
6 times hit 30 home runs or more
12 times finished in the Top Ten in the NL in Home Runs
Career Home Runs: 475
All-Time Rank: 28th
Base On Balls
1 time led the NL in Base on Balls
12 times finished in the Top Ten in the NL in base on balls
Career Base On Balls: 1,599
All-Time Rank: 13th
Intentional Base On Balls
2 times led the NL in Intentional Base On Balls
7 times finished in the Top Ten in the NL in intentional base on balls
Career Intentional Base On Balls: 127
All-Time Rank: 72
On Base Percentage
6 times led the NL in On Base Percentage
7 times finished second in the NL in on base percentage
17 times finished in the Top Ten in the NL in on base percentage
Career On Base Percentage: .417
All-Time Rank: 22nd
6 times led the NL in Slugging Percentage
3 times finished second in the NL in slugging percentage
17 times finished in the Top Ten in the NL in slugging percentage
Career Slugging Percentage: .559
All-Time Rank: 19th
9 times led the NL in Runs Created
16 times finished in the Top Ten in the NL in runs created
Career Runs Created: 2,562
All-Time Rank: 3rd
5 times led the NL in Games Played
1 time finished second in the NL in games played
10 times finished in the Top Ten in the NL in games played
Career Games Played: 3,206
All-Time Rank: 6th
2 times led the NL in Plate Appearances
2 times finished second in the NL in plate appearances
12 times finished in the Top Ten in the NL in plate appearances
Career Plate Appearances: 12,717
All-Time Rank: 8th
Official Stan Musial website
Mr. Musial's Baseball Hall of Fame page
Lance Armstrong sets up a two-session slot on Oprah Winfrey’s show on Oprah’s own (ahem) OWN network to have a sit town chat.
First, about as many people have direct access to the OWN network as people have access to the NFL Network - okay, probably even less.
Second, Ms. Winfrey is accomplished and without peer in what she does. She is, however, not a hard sports journalist and not a journalist at all.
Third, Mr. Armstrong is about as late to his own party as he could be without having arrived to find the lights out and everyone asleep.
Fourth, we all know you doped and P.E.D.’d, Mr. Armstrong.
We know your sport is full of dopers, cheaters, scammers and all of that.
We knew you were part of that from way back.
The only people who are at all shocked or surprised or hurt or amazed about your admissions are the people who bought into the stories you told and the lies you sold.
Those were the folks you trusted you.
Now, like the rest of us, even they don’t.
What you admitted to was not a shock, not a surprise and not a decent apology.
But you know that.
Everyone knows what you did now.
Now not many of us care any more.
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