04/01/2005: Thought for the Day:
Since 1976, only one other team in the National League has won more games than the St. Louis Cardinals won last year (the 1998 Atlanta Braves). The Cardinals had a historic season, boosted by career-best performances by Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen and a criminally underrated pitching staff that led the major leagues in quality starts. It was second-best season in the history of one of baseball's most storied franchise.
And all anyone will remember, if they remember anything at all, is that the Cardinals punked out in four games against the Red Sox. It's similar -- in a frightening way to this Cardinals and Illini fan -- to what could happen to this year's Illinois basketball team if they do not win the national championship next Monday. An incredible season laid to waste by one bad week, or one bad night. That's sports.
Len on 04.01.05 @ 07:43 AM CST