By Mike Steffanos
When I awoke this morning, I was shocked to see that the Atlanta Braves had taken over first place in the National League east. I couldn't believe it. Things looked so good just a few days ago; after all these years of suffering the Mets seemed poised to exorcize the demon spawn from North Georgia who had plagued them for so long. The muscles in my chest ached from laughing in derision at all the experts who were coming up with more and more convoluted scenarios that would allow their darling Braves to work their evil way back into things. Now it all had all fallen apart -- they were right after all, the bastards -- and all the hopes of Mets fans had come to nothing.
I felt my cheeks burn with shame as I realized that the insidious tomahawk chop and its annoying chant would once again reign in the playoffs as the Braves dropped yet another opening round playoff series in front of empty seats at Turner Field. Redneck Larry Jones and his grinning sidekick Andruw have done it to us again.
Oops. Wait a minute. This is kind of embarrassing -- I was holding the newspaper upside down. Let's see... That would put Atlanta in ... last place!???
I feel so foolish -- but perhaps not quite as foolish as those that insisted the Braves were a playoff-caliber team at the beginning of the year.
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