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Slim pickings on the Western front

Originally Published: September 13, 2005
By Ray Ratto | Special to ESPN.com

We've all had our laughs at the expense of the National League West. Worst teams ever, why don't they play sober, why can't the Cardinals get a first-round bye, kids don't try this at home, this is what happens when you screw around in class and get bad grades, and all that.

But it took this weekend to show us that this is more than just five teams joined at the E-6. This is a geographical thing, and a bad one.

In short, the farther west you go on I-10, I-80 or I-90, the worse it gets.

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