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Has MLB become the new BCS? Is it so obviously, ridiculously, flawed and fair?

Every year in college football I hope for 3-4 teams to all have one loss so that the championship can be seen as the farce that it is.

I am from this point forward HOPING that the Yankees continue their spending spree. I hope they get Pettite, Lowe, and Manny. I hope they trade for and sign Hardy and move Jeter to second. It has to become so absurd (as if it isn't already) that it can no longer be ignored. I hope they win 120 games and sweep everybody on the way to winning the WS. This may be the only way to get change. Go Yankees!

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