Cheddar wk 3, Clemson -3.5 at UL
Hey hey Cheddars. We’re kicking around a couple games for this week’s all-play and I’m going to throw it out to the group. This won’t be a weekly thing but would like to hear from you on several interesting games. We’ll make the call on the all-play by this time tomorrow morning.[These ARE the lines and the forms we’re using for the week.]
UPDATE: Clemson -3.5 at UL on Saturday night is your all-play winning the poll by a rather narrow margin. CFB fans note I did you a solid by including that straw NFL candidate to steal votes away from Falcons/Pack. Didn’t do it on purpose… but sorry about that!
In praise of Tito.
Special Cheddar commentary and hot-take: Terry Francona is the only manager capable of getting a team to 21 straight wins. (Just as he was the only manager who could have gone from 0-3 and behind late in a fourth game against the Yankees and then win four straight.) I watch these Indians and the way play: a perfect combination of confidence without swagger that allows them to run at a steady and brisk pace regardless of what’s happening around them. Or in other words, If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, And treat those two impostors just the same; … then you will be a man, my son.
Francona is a the epitome of Kipling’s poem and imbues his teams with the same air.
I could go on about the talent on the team and their innate likability but my Tribe fandom consists only of an MLB.tv sub and my knowledge of the players starts with Lindor and Kluber and falls off fast from there. There are better sources. (Have you checked out The Athletic? I subscribe and like. 30 day trial, click here!) What strikes me about this historic streak is the emotional intelligence of the team and that is the point I wish to make today.
I now return to handicapping Army at OSU.