Right, right, so it's great that the Brewers made the playoffs for the first time in 26 years. (Can anyone explain to me how they never made the playoffs for the rest of the 80s, even with Molitor and Yount on the team?) Hooray for the Brewers, even if their success is entirely temporary, as the team lacks the pockets to keep Sabathia and he's a free agent in a matter of weeks.
Whatever. My personal suspicion is that the Brewers finally getting their act together in the last few games of the season and making the playoffs directly led to the Packers and, especially, the Badgers eating it last weekend. Think about it. Two game winning homeruns by Ryan Braun? A complete one-run game by Sabathia on reduced rest? Gallardo coming back in the nick of time and being effective? There's only so much good karma to go around, and the Brewers hogged it all last weekend.
I know, I know, what about Boston last season. Well, (A) look what's happened to the Pats this season, (B) the Bruins were poor last year, (C) going undefeated in the regular season, being the highest scoring team of all time, and then losing in the Super Bowl may be worse than not even making the playoffs, and (D) I think they built up a reservoir of good karma by being the first state to legalize gay marriage, and then failing to amend their constitution to prohibit the practice. Let's see if my latter theory plays with California this year. The Lakers did make the finals. Maybe Angels win the World Series, San Diego makes the Super Bowl, and USC wins the BCS championship? Ha.