The Evil Empire has fallen

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 28, 2004

The first part of this column was written following the Red Sox game 7 victory, so it is written with a Boston accent.

The Sox are going to the series! That's wicked-awesome! They are going to the series by beating the Yankees in four straight games.

That's a wicked choke-job if I've ever seen one!

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I am a Boston fan, probably more so than a Tennessee fan.

Part of that comes from living with a Boston fanatic this summer.

I didn't have a choice but become a fan.

I mean, who else could I pull for, the Arizona Diamondbacks?

That would be like pulling for Mississippi State or Vanderbilt

– both exercises in futility.

He and I endured the losses, the talks of trades and the shock of seeing Nomah in Cubs-blue.

Then, Wednesday night, everything came together.

Johnny Damon who has not had a home run since his first haircut blasts two. TWO!

The first one landed on a ferry somewhere near Staten Island. The second landed on center court at Rucker Park in Harlem.

The BoSox have just dropped 10 runs on the Bronx Bombers.

Then Pedro came in.

Runs began appearing on the Evil Empire's side of the scoreboard.

No, not again.

Not like last season.

But, in the end we sat, connected by a cell phone doing the "Happy-Dance" all over our respective apartments as Reuben Sierra grounded to Pokey Reese who casually flipped the ball to the next mayor of Boston, David Ortiz for the third and final out of the ALCS.

That's it.

Game over!

Yankees lose!

Yankees lose!

The Series is going to Bahstan.

I believe baby!

I never stopped believing.

Just make sure that Bill Buckner is barred from Fenway Park.

We don't need any of his bad mojo ruining a good thing.

Boston going to the World Series for the first time since 1986 is a great accomplishment for a team that loves to play ball and you can tell it.

They aren't caught up in contracts and who's making how much.

The Red Sox love to play baseball and you could tell in the last four games of the ALCS.

OK, I'm not quite over it yet, but I am able to function now without screaming, "GO SOX!" every 10 minutes.

But, I realize that the BoSox going to the Series (GO SOX!) is old news by now.

And what's on everyone's mind is probably the Alabama vs. Tennessee game.

And it should be.

This is a huge deal for both programs.

Alabama is trying to bring some integrity back to its tarnished program while the Vols are trying to prove they are not pretenders.

This game is not going to be pretty but it will be hard hitting and smashmouth.

And will be the perfect picture of college football. The fans, the national spotlight, the intensity and the bands.

There's nothing like hearing 100,00 fans screaming Rocky Top at the tops of their lungs.

It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

Just like SEC football in October should do. This is when the games get serious.

So far this week Bahstan has over come a 3-0 defecit to go to the World Series.

This weekend Tennessee should beat Alabama.

Troy will put up a respectable fight against LSU.

And Boston College will beat Notre Dame.

Saturday could be a really good day to cap a really good sports-week.

It's that simple.

Griffin Pritchard is the sports editor for the Greenville Advocate. He can be reached by phone at 334-382-3111 or by email at