Pardon the digression, but as the man who got Richard Epstein and John Yoo to argue over the use of instant replay in Major League Baseball, I feel a special responsibility to the sports fans amongst the Ricochetoise. We are currently experiencing a magnificent closing to this year's MLB season and it deserves to be celebrated.
Tomorrow is the final day of regular season play and it promises to be one for the ages -- for it will determine the last two teams in the playoffs. Earlier tonight, the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees, leaving the Rays and the Sox tied for the American League wild card (the playoff slot that goes to the team with the best record that didn't win its division). In the National League, it's the exact same situation -- a tie between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals. If there are still ties after tomorrow's games, either duo (or both) will go on to sudden death tiebreaker games on Thursday. The prospect of two such games is something approaching nirvana for those of us who love the national pastime.
This is sports drama at its finest. At a time when the issues facing the nation are grave, this may seem little more than a diversion. And perhaps there's some truth to that. But as diversions go, this is amongst the happiest.
Credit for the graphic, as always, is due to EJHill.