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Jackson Holliday does a Mike Gundy impression at the end of an interview with his dad. We also learn about how the Rockies have gotten so used to champagne celebrations, they come prepared with swim goggles now.

There is some debate on the role of luck, or a better way of putting it is "factors beyond the team's control", in the Rockies current success. I don't think anybody's arguing that there isn't a great amount of luck in this streak. If Trevor Hoffman gets that third strike past Tony Gwynn Jr, we aren't here, plain and simple. However, certain writers aren't realizing how their own biases are leading them to an opposite extreme. Tim Marchman is so impressed with his intellectual superiority that he can't fathom how a team could slip by his notice and actually be good:

Because the point of baseball is to win, victory, no matter how it's achieved, usually ends up casting a kind of magic spell over winning teams, and here it has again. The sameness of the Rockies' rotation -- a collection of no. 3 and 4 starters -- was seen as mediocrity just weeks ago; now it is a stalwart line of men made of brick. The blurry vagueness of the team's players has even become a strength, proof of their subordination to the team concept.

This is an asinine and ignorant statement, but if you read the article you will be able to find several more. Except for Josh Fogg, all three of the Rockies starters are considered to have the stuff of at least number two starters, and Jimenez and Morales have long held ace potential. That they are actually pitching like this during this streak shouldn't be a surprise if you ever read anything about teams outside of New York City. The Rockies have five of MLB's top 60 in VORP in their everyday lineup. Only Boston and Philadelphia can claim something similar. Neither of those teams has a bullpen as decent as ours, neither play defense like we do. Oh, and that during this streak the Rockies shut down that Philly lineup, as well as an underrated Padres one, over multiple games should give Marchman a clue that maybe he needs to look closer at our season.

He speaks of taking this streak the same as one would if it happened earlier in the year, yet at the same time he points to our three one or two run victories over the Padres in September but conveniently throws out the one run losses we took to the Pods in April, when San Diego had to get lucky themselves late in games to overtake us. Maybe if Jake Peavy pitches like a Cy Young winner in the play-in game this conversation is moot, but that would have to acknowledge that the Rockies might know how to hit. Hey, maybe if the Mets actually showed up to play in Coors Field in July rather than playing like and armadillo on the interstate we wouldn't be talking about this either. It doesn't matter.

Luck evens out, and the fact that the Rockies luck is coming at the end of the season shouldn't mask the fact that by most statistical measures the sum of their 162 games shows they were the NL's best over the course of the regular season, and are very much deserving of the Pennant they have won. Like Jim McClennan writes, it's easy to point out cases of good luck in the NLCS and these playoffs, but if you're intellectually honest, you will also have to acknowledge that the Rockies have been the better executing, better playing team in both these series.