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I’m never a big fan of assimilating two sports that only have scraps of things in common. But now that the dust of this years World Series has settled (Congrats to the Giants) Cliff Lee’s situation looks eerily similar to that of Marian Hossa a few seasons before. Don’t believe me? The proof is in the pudding.

-They both started off on average teams.

Marian Hossa was drafted and played seven seasons for the Ottawa Senators.

Cliff Lee played for the Cleveland Indians for seven seasons after being drafted by the Montreal Expos.

(Wow, both played seven years for their teams and were drafted by Canadian franchises. This is weirder than I thought.)

-They were both involved in mid-season trades that brought them to a team that would ultimately lose the championship.

Marian Hossa was sent from the Atlanta Thrashers to the Pittsburgh Penguins in February of 2008. The Penguins would lose to the Detroit Red Wings that year.

Cliff Lee was traded in July from the Seattle Mariners to the Texas Rangers. Yesterday the San Francisco Giants won the World Series.

-Both players ended up on the team that had won the season previously and won diddly-squat.

That one was a bit verbose, but if you follow my train of thought, it makes sense. Marian Hossa lost to Detroit in 2008 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the summer of 2008, he signed as a UFA with the Red Wings, whom Pittsburgh defeated the following June.

Cliff Lee was part of a trade that sent him from Cleveland to Philadelphia, who was the reigning World Series Champion. They lost to the New York Yankees in November of 2009.

Now the big question is, where is Cliff Lee going to go? Is he going to break free from the Marian Hossa parallel and stay with Texas? Or is he going to continue on the same path and sign for big money elsewhere? (And if he does go for the latter, will he win a championship there?) The questions are everywhere, and of course I don’t have the answers. If I did, I’d be making almost as much money as these guys.

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And another hockey season is upon us, which means…..*drumroll*..prediction time! Just to explain the below picture, I make my division picks on my basement fridge every year.  Last season, in addition to four of six division winners, I had two of the final four teams correct (Chicago, Philadelphia, with the Flyers making the finals).  However, I’d rather not say who I had winning last year.  Without further ado, here are the picks, with playoff picks.

The Fridge of Destiny

Starting with the Atlantic Division, the Flyers would be the team to beat coming off a Stanley Cup run, but questions in goal could derail division title hopes.  Pittsburgh will edge the Flyers, but lack of winger scoring could hurt them in the long run.  Both teams will keep a distance between them and New Jersey.  Jersey will hope for one more run from Marty Brodeur, but it won’t be this year.  The signing of Ilya Kovalchuk drained payroll, and the Devils will have to play with a short roster, or will have to waive some veterans.  The Islanders will be improved, but without Mark Streit and Kyle Okposo for a large chunk of time, playoffs won’t be on the radar this year, but they’ll give the rival Rangers a tough time, who’ll miss the playoffs a second straight year, and fans will still demand Glen Sather be fired.  At least Wade Redden won’t be the scapegoat this season for the Blueshirts.

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