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September 26, 2013

Rick Teverbaugh: Inspiration, excitement abound

I don’t know much about yachting. There. I’ve got that out there right away.

I don’t follow it and don’t even understand how it works. But I’ve always loved racing of nearly any kind, cars, boats, dogs and even people.

Yet the tale of Team Oracle and the miraculous comeback in the America’s Cup has been captivating. This could be the come-from-behind to beat all comebacks in any sport.

The U.S. boat needed to win the final eight consecutive races to claim the coveted Cup. That hole was as deep as it was because of a penalty the team incurred, which made it win two more races than the Kiwis to triumph.

Can you imagine that happening in baseball? Suppose a team had a player fail a drug test of a player was found to be using a corked bat. So the MLB Commissioner rules that the team would need to win five games in a best-of-seven instead of four to be World Series champs. Think that will ever happen?

So before I move on to other topics, a hearty congratulations to the United States crew for a stirring victory.

Speaking of baseball, the current playoff system might still have some of the traditionalists grumbling about the number of teams that will make the post-season, but there can be no disputing that the final week of the regular season is more thrilling because of it.

Going into the final seven days, most of the division titles were secured, but the wild card spots are anything but settled. Each day it seems that not only one team comes closer to elimination, but also one more still has reason to hope.

Despite being a huge L.A. Dodgers fan, I find myself also drawn to the tale of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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