SULLY vs. A FISH



Earlier this month made my picks for the post season series… as did my wife.

When I made MY picks, I compared them to the picks of my kids (who just liked the sounds of certain teams) my sister in law (who was more interested in which players were vegans) a coin flip (always reliable) and my fish, Red.

When Red made his choices, I held up a picture of the logo of each team playing in the series and I saw which direction he swam in.

Well so far each of MY picks have been right.
And so have Red’s picks.

We both picked the Yankees… we both picked the Phillies… we both picked the Giants.

But here’s the rub.

I picked Tampa Bay over the Rangers.
Red picked the Rangers over Tampa Bay.

So tonight is the rubber game.

Oh yeah, it means a lot to the Rays and Rangers… either a chance to have home field advantage in the ALCS or go home.

But think about it from MY point of view.
This is my chance to pick all four series correctly. Something I haven’t done in literally YEARS!

And if I fail, I will have lost to a fish.

It’s one thing to lose to the chance of a coin flip, or the silliness of my kids, or the randomness of my wife or sister in law’s picks.

But to lose to a fish… it is something I can not bear.

So like Santiago or Quint, I am obsessed defeating a fish.
Is it a healthy?
No.

Is it luck?

“No. I am not … lucky. I am not lucky anymore.”

“The hell with luck,” the boy said. “I’ll bring the luck with me.”

(That’s right, Mo Fo’s… I’m quoting Hemmingway.)

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My picks… my sister in law’s picks… my kid’s picks… a coin toss and a fish

The playoffs are starting in less than an hour and it is time to make my official picks.
Now my picks tend to suck… despite my following EVERY team in baseball and thinking way too much about, my powers of prediction leave a lot to be desired.

So this year I am comparing my picks to Debbie, my wonderful Sister in Law and a health and nutrition counselor who maintains a wonderful website about food and health that you should check out NOW!

I’ll also be getting the picks of my twin 5 year old boys (who don’t follow baseball except in an abstract “I like what daddy likes” way).

I’ll be comparing my picks to a coin toss.

And also will be getting the picks from Red… our fish. I put a logo of each team next to his tank… which ever one he swam to will be his pick.

So let’s compare.

SULLY’S
OFFICIAL PLAYOFF PICKS

American League Division Series

TAMPA BAY RAYS defeat TEXAS RANGERS 3 games to 1
NEW YORK YANKEES defeat MINNESOTA TWINS 3 games to 2

National League Division Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat CINCINNATI REDS 3 games to 0
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat ATLANTA BRAVES 3 games to 2

American League Championship Series

TAMPA BAY RAYS defeat NEW YORK YANKEES 4 games to 3

National League Championship Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 4 games to 1

World Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat TAMPA BAY RAYS 4 games to 2

SULLY’S 5 YEAR OLD SON
AIDAN’S OFFICIAL PLAYOFF PICKS

American League Division Series

TAMPA BAY RAYS defeat TEXAS RANGERS 3 games to 1
NEW YORK YANKEES defeat MINNESOTA TWINS 3 games to o

National League Division Series

CINCINNATI REDS defeat PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 3 games to 2
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat ATLANTA BRAVES 3 games to 1

American League Championship Series

TAMPA BAY RAYS defeat NEW YORK YANKEES 4 games t0 3

National League Championship Series

CINCINNATI REDS defeat SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 4 games to 0

World Series
TAMPA BAY RAYS defeat CINCINNATI REDS 4 games to 3

SULLY’S 5 YEAR OLD SON MATTEO’S
OFFICIAL PLAYOFF PICKS

American League Division Series

TEXAS RANGERS defeat TAMPA BAY RAYS 3 games to 2
MINNESOTA TWINS defeat NEW YORK YANKEES 3 games to 2

National League Division Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat CINCINNATI REDS 3 games to 2
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat ATLANTA BRAVES 3 games to 1

American League Championship Series
MINNESOTA TWINS defeat TEXAS RANGERS 4 games to 3

National League Championship Series
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 4 games to 2

World Series

MINNESOTA TWINS defeat PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 4 games to 3



SULLY’S SISTER IN LAW DEBBIE’S
OFFICIAL PLAYOFF PICKS

American League Division Series

TAMPA BAY RAYS defeat TEXAS RANGERS 3 games to 1
MINNESOTA TWINS defeat NEW YORK YANKEES 3 games to 2

National League Division Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat CINCINNATI REDS 3 games to 0
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat ATLANTA BRAVES 3 games to 2

American League Championship Series

MINNESOTA TWINS defeat TAMPA BAY RAYS 4 games to 3

National League Championship Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 4 games to 1

World Series

MINNESOTA TWINS defeat PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 4 games to 3

OFFICIAL PLAYOFF PICKS
BASED ON A COIN FLIP

American League Division Series

TEXAS RANGERS defeat TAMPA BAY RAYS 3 games to 2
MINNESOTA TWINS defeat NEW YORK YANKEES 3 games to 2

National League Division Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat CINCINNATI REDS 3 games to 2
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat ATLANTA BRAVES 3 games to 1

American League Championship Series

MINNESOTA TWINS defeat TEXAS RANGERS 4 games to 3

National League Championship Series

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 4 games to 3

World Series

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat MINNESOTA TWINS 4 games to 1

SULLY’S FISH RED’S
OFFICIAL PLAYOFF PICKS

American League Division Series

TEXAS RANGERS defeat TAMPA BAY RAYS 3 games to 2
NEW YORK YANKEES defeat MINNESOTA TWINS 3 games to 1

National League Division Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat CINCINNATI REDS 3 games to 2
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat ATLANTA BRAVES 3 games to 1

American League Championship Series

TEXAS RANGERS defeat NEW YORK YANKEES 4 games to 2

National League Championship Series

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 4 games to 2

World Series
TEXAS RANGERS defeat SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 4 games to 3

Now keep in mind we all used different methods for our picks.
I watched baseball all year and poured over the stats.

My sons picked by how they liked the sound of the names.

My sister in law believes the entire balance of the playoffs will be tilted based on how many vegans are on each team. She also predicts the World Series will end with both teams crying.

The coin is just chance.

And Red the fish swam to one side of the bowl towards one logo I held up or the other side where the other logo would be.

And when you think of it… they are all equally valid methods to picking a winner.

(Let’s hope my picks are better than my fish’s!)

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