Throw out the pitching rotations, the lineup permutations, the season records, and the opinions of fanboys. The only way to figure out who is going to win in the playoffs is gambling with local foodstuffs:
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced a bet with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter for the divisional baseball playoff series that starts Wednesday. Barrett is putting Usinger sausages on the line against Philadelphia's famous cheese steaks.
That's an easy one, but what about the other mayors of the other towns that will be hosting playoff baseball? There's only one way to answer that question in the sportsblogosphere: a listicle with totally made-up information!
- Red Sox versus Angels: Boston's Mumbles Menino will put up thirty casseroles of boiled dinner while Anaheim's Curt Pringle wagers a 55-gallon drum of Knotts Berry Jam.
- Cubs versus Dodgers: Chicago's Richard Daley throws down with the 24-course chef's meal at Alinea while L.A.'s Antonio Villaraigosa counters with baseball's favorite burger.
- Rays versus ???: Tampa's Pam Iorio realizes that regional cuisine in Tampa is about as unique and exciting as boiled celery and offers up a basket of riblets from the downtown Applebees.
What'd I miss?