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One of the reasons I started Connolly's Corner Sports Bar a few months ago is because I thought it would be interesting to see readers' views on certain sports subjects, especially baseball.

I thought it would be a good way to take the pulse of Baltimore sports fans and we could have a little fun doing it.

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Wednesday was definitely one of those days. Some great discussion on whether you'd rather have the Orioles sign A.J. Burnett or Mark Teixeira this winter. It's unlikely either will come here, but on the 2008 list of big-time free agents, those are the two which the Orioles have the best chance of landing based on their ties to the area.

It was definitely a mixed bag on Wednesday. Teixeira's a much safer bet. Burnett fills a bigger void. And we heard from both sides of the aisle in well-presented and educated arguments. Beers all around on the barkeep.

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(My two cents: Teixeira. Burnett's nasty, but he's going to cost a boatload and there's much more risk in giving long-term deals to pitchers. But I'd take either.)

We'll be getting to the Orioles -- and the Ravens -- throughout the next few weeks. But I want your opinions on the baseball postseason today.

In Wednesday's edition of The Baltimore Sun, I previewed each of the four Division Series matchups and added a prediction for each. A friend pointed out to me that I chose the favorite, or at least the club with home-field advantage, in each instance.

Pretty gutsy of me, huh? It wasn't intentional; I was just going with the team I thought had the advantage in each. As we know, anything can happen in baseball -- especially in a short series. And it seems like there's always an upset in the divisional round.

If I had to pick one upset, it probably would be the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Chicago Cubs, and that was my thought even before the Dodgers handled the Cubs Wednesday.

Another potential one is the Boston Red Sox over the Los Angeles Angels because the defending champs shouldn't be an underdog in any series. But I think the Angels match up well against the Red Sox (they beat them in seven of eight this year), so I am not going there.

Here's what I want you to do. Predict an upset in the first round of the playoffs and tell me why.

Your choices: The Dodgers over the Cubs, the Brewers over the Phillies, the Red Sox over the Angels or the White Sox over the Rays.

Daily Think Special: Who scores an upset in the first round of the MLB playoffs? Why?

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