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There are a lot of people around here who certainly hope so, since the prospect of another New York Yankees World Series isn't exactly an appetizing thought for most of the fans in this region.

My gut says no. The Yankees are made for this kind of situation and the Rangers are going to be a bit starstruck. The world title hopes of the Rangers basically rest on the talented shoulder of Cliff Lee, and I have to believe he blinks at some point in this series. The home-field advantage might help a little, but I've got to go with the Yankees in six.

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Once again, for all of you who think I picked the Steelers to win a couple of weeks ago (wrongly, I'm happy to say) because I'm somehow anti-Ravens, I certainly am not a Yankee lover. If I could wave my magic wand and designate a winner, I would choose the Rangers, if only for the sake of variety.

Same goes for the NLCS. I grew up a San Francisco Giants fan, though my loyalties in that regard have become diluted over the years, and would like to see Bruce Bochy get a chance to manage in the Fall Classic, but I just don't see them getting past the Phillies. They've got the pitching to do it, but they don't really have the complete team that it will take to beat Philadelphia.

Hope I'm wrong on both counts. Does anybody else share my mixed feelings?

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