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Procol Harum
10-17-2003, 03:35 PM
ESPN has a special feature in which all of their baseball brains decided to rank the World Series from best to worst. The #1 of all time? The '91 series between the Twinks and the Braves (rationale: seven game limit, many one-run games, both teams had been cellar-dwellers the season before).

Series involving the Sox were--as we might imagine given the general lack of awareness of the Pale Hose in the national baseball mind--ranked as rather lacklustre.

1959--#52
1906--#64
1917--#68
1919--#98

Only 1904 and 1994, the two years in which the Series was not held ranked lower than 1919.

For what it's worth....

SoxFan76
10-17-2003, 03:55 PM
1919 should be last. 1906 should be MUCH higher though.

MRKARNO
10-17-2003, 04:36 PM
I would think 1906 could have at least cracked the top 30

Brian26
10-17-2003, 04:38 PM
Dumb list. Everyone has VH-1 countdown fever. Are you telling me a coked-up Gary Miller and Stuart Jive-Tone Scott are debating if the 1921 World Series was better than the 1922 World Series? I'm all for history, but a cable sports channel should focus on modern-era events, or at the very least events they have footage of. Start with the '75 World Series and move up. Who cares about Finley's A's anyway.

LuvSox
10-17-2003, 05:20 PM
Originally posted by Brian26
Dumb list. Everyone has VH-1 countdown fever.

Number 12 post of the day. :D:

Risk
10-17-2003, 05:27 PM
Who cares what ESPN thinks. They were too busy whoring for the Scrubs and BoSox "dream" series to not want to realize what was going to be the inevitable--the two superior teams from each league winning in the championship series.

Besides, these were the geniuses who thought that hiring Rush "Hillbillie Herion" Limbaugh for his so-called "football knowledge" was a great idea.

Risk

PaleHoseGeorge
10-17-2003, 05:27 PM
Originally posted by Brian26
Dumb list. Everyone has VH-1 countdown fever. Are you telling me a coked-up Gary Miller and Stuart Jive-Tone Scott are debating if the 1921 World Series was better than the 1922 World Series?

I agree. And Stairway to Heaven is waaaaaaay overrated, too.

:smile:

Risk
10-17-2003, 05:29 PM
I second that PHG

Risk

doublem23
10-17-2003, 06:21 PM
Originally posted by PaleHoseGeorge
I agree. And Stairway to Heaven is waaaaaaay overrated, too.

:smile:

Woah woah woah... Let's rip on ESPN all you want, but leave Zep out of it. :smile:

oheeoh...magglio
10-17-2003, 06:23 PM
Originally posted by doublem23
Woah woah woah... Let's rip on ESPN all you want, but leave Zep out of it. :smile:

I second THAT. :)

TDog
10-17-2003, 09:34 PM
Originally posted by Brian26
Dumb list. Everyone has VH-1 countdown fever. Are you telling me a coked-up Gary Miller and Stuart Jive-Tone Scott are debating if the 1921 World Series was better than the 1922 World Series? I'm all for history, but a cable sports channel should focus on modern-era events, or at the very least events they have footage of. Start with the '75 World Series and move up. Who cares about Finley's A's anyway.

You're right. In fact, air time spent on such a list might be an exhibit for an argument that there isn't enough real sports news to justify an all-sports station.

Baseball Digest some years ago published a similar story, except that story concluded the 1945 World Series was the worst of all time.

FJA
10-18-2003, 08:52 AM
This is perhaps the dumbest and most arbitrary list I've ever seen. It looks like they got to the end and then punched in all the 190_ series because they didn't know what to say about them. All you really need to know about this list is that 2000's Subway series--a series that had ONE interesting moment, Clemens' bat-throwing--is No. 38.

You're right. Show me Stuart Scott and Gary Miller arguing about the difference between the 1921 and 1922 series, and I'll respect the fact they tried (I know I sure as hell couldn't tell you the difference between the two series). But this is such a dumb idea any way you cut it.

oldcomiskey
10-18-2003, 09:07 AM
Originally posted by doublem23
Woah woah woah... Let's rip on ESPN all you want, but leave Zep out of it. :smile:

I thought he meant the Neil Sedaka song from 1958

Bisco Stu
10-19-2003, 04:07 AM
Stairway to Heaven is slightly overrated, but it does contain the "quintessential guitar solo" by Page. Robert Plant hates the song.

2000 World Series actually had 4 close games out of 5. 1974 WS was like that, A's won 4-1, but every game was one-run.

SouthSideHitman
10-19-2003, 01:08 PM
On the bright side of this list, the cubbie wins are both in the 90s 1908- #90, 1907- #94.

And I dunno, I kinda like lists like this because they are so subjected and biased. It gives you fodder for goo arguements, which is really the lists's purpose. C'mon, who here doesn't love High Fidelity.

FJA
10-19-2003, 03:07 PM
Originally posted by SouthSideHitman
On the bright side of this list, the cubbie wins are both in the 90s 1908- #90, 1907- #94.

And I dunno, I kinda like lists like this because they are so subjected and biased. It gives you fodder for goo arguements, which is really the lists's purpose. C'mon, who here doesn't love High Fidelity.

I love music lists (and High Fidelity) for the very reasons you stated--it gives fodder for arguments.

The difference is, I can listen to Stairway to Heaven, Smells Like Teen Spirit or even Bach if that's whats on the list, and we can have an intelligent argument. Perhaps we can argue the 1991 vs. the 1993 WS, but there's no way anyone can generate an honest opinion about the 1911 World Series and why it's better than the 2001 World Series (or whatever--I'm not looking at the list, I'm just stating a hypothetical) unless they've been through both and, most importantly, understand the context of each. Forget about being biased: Do you honestly think anyone at ESPN but Rob Neyer actually stopped to think about all 100 years of the World Series and why they should be ranked as they are? I highly doubt it.