Game on! (In more ways than one)
Game 1 of the World Series begins tonight as the Colorado Rockies travel to Boston to take on the Red Sox.
Both teams come into the Fall Classic with momentum. The Rockies have won an amazing 21 of 22 games down the stretch, including sweeps of Philadelphia and Arizona to reach the World Series. They got plenty of time to rest as they watched the Red Sox complete a remarkable comeback against Cleveland from down 3-1 to get to the Series for the second time in four years.
So, great. It's the World Series. It happens every year. What does this have to do with The Blog? As far as we're concerned, there's a little more to this story than meets the eye.
The Blog enjoys a friendly wager every now and again -- and with SND Vegas looming (319 days away, not that we're counting or anything), we thought maybe we ought to get into the betting mood.
So we got in touch with Dan Zedek, design director at the Boston Globe, and J. Damon Cain, M.E. for presentation and design at the Denver Post, and tried to goad them into a war of words. It worked. And soon thereafter, a wager ensued.
If you've ever been to an SND workshop, like the one that took place in Boston two weeks ago, chaired by Zedek, (or the one that will take place in Denver in 2010), you know that attendees drink their fair share of beer after the workshop day has ended.
And since Boston and Denver are both beer towns at heart, it seemed appropriate that Zedek and Cain should put some of their cities' finest hops on the line over the outcome of the World Series.
If the Rockies win, Zedek will have to send Cain a case of brew from Harpoon Brewery. If the Sox win, Cain sends Zedek a case of beer from the Breckenridge Brewery.
Think this is just your typical friendly bet like the ones made by mayors before big sporting events? Think again. Both Zedek and Cain have thrown down the gauntlet in support of their ballclubs.
Cain got the ball rolling, and he wasn't shy about it: "Yes, Dan. We're going to kick your ass. Go Rockies!" Simple, yet effective.
But when Cain joked about offering up Coors as his end of the wager, Zedek fired back with gloves off: "Oh, great, Coors. A pale imitation of the real thing wrapped in marketing hype. Kinda like that baseball team of yours. We've been making real beer here in Boston for a while now and we'd be happy to wager a case of our finest. But, please, for God's sake, don't make it Coors at your end. Use it to water your lawn or something."
The Blog will keep you up to date on the game within the game as the Series progresses and we'll get comments from these two top competitors as one of them gets a little closer to eating a slice of humble pie. And we'll take a look at what is sure to be fantastic work by the four major papers covering the Series -- the Boston Globe and Boston Herald and the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News ... a broadsheet and a tab in each city -- ya can't beat that!
Stay tuned ... and best of luck to both Dan and Damon.