Year ago — back in olden days, before multi-tiered playoffs and Fox, back when what Tim McCarver thought about pitcher use was the conventional wisdom -- there was this quaint notion about election campaigns that they got serious after Labor Day and that the public started tuning in after the World Series ended.
This year the earliest the World Series can end is the day before the election.
Anyway, this Series pits teams from the geographical centers of liberal Democrats (San Francisco) and conservative Republicans (Texas).
And not surprisingly, the pols are out.
Poll stuff (non-election variety): The 45 participants in last week's poll are mostly on Bush's side on the baseball issue. Thirty-four (75 percent) want to see the Rangers win the World Series; 11 (25 percent) want the Giants.
New poll up. (And, for one day only, a special blog banner featuring my wife's pumpkin carvings.)