In his classically reserved, understated manner, our pal Rev Halofan devoted about five times as much ink yesterday to the A's than to the Angels. I will not fault him for crowing about being in first place (though I thought only a Padres fan could revel in a .500 record). But the Rev's post and comments hit upon some truth--all of us should work to elevate the A's-Angels rivalry to the elite status it deserves. He exhorts his flock (in response to a jlaff post, no less) "I am more sick of Yanksox than anything here, let's make this rivalry MATTER FOLKS!" I completely agree.
What can we do? Well, we can attend some games this weekend, directing Erstad and Anderson down the street to Pick Your Part for badly needed replacement bearings, and coaxing the throbbing vein further out of Scioscia's forehead. We can line the front rows dressed in orange robes, wearing Nixon masks, to further deride life behind the Orange Curtain. And of course, we can bet.
As we begin another 19 game struggle with the Angels, I suggest we help fuel the rivalry with a little blog-to-blog action. Even money, winner of the season series wins the bet. The stakes? Let's see what the wise guys here at AN (and HH, if they'll venture over) can come up with. Two ideas I had, to be paid off after the season:
- The losing blog features a front page story praising their rival. If d'Anaheim wins the series, AN could post testimony to the brilliance of intangibles, small ball, and billboard billionaires, as embodied in the LAAAA machine. If Oakland wins, HH's story could attest to the genius of Billy, hidden value, commercial development and the quality apparel to be found at the Gap.
- The losing blog could spend a day festooned with the winning blog's color scheme. HH could be green and gold, AN could be red.
- There may be better stakes (and no, not a bushel of Dungeness crab versus a bushel of South Coast Plaza cosmetics). Please offer up your ideas. We complain about the media fixation with the Boston-New York axis of evil, and with good reason. But salvation lies within, said Andy Dufresne, and he was right. Let's ratchet up our own top class rivalry. It can be done. Wanna bet?