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Column: Bad call, bad idea for one-game playoff

Updated: October 6, 2012, 6:26 PM ET
Associated Press

(Eds: With AP Photos.)

By TIM DAHLBERG

AP Sports Columnist

There was something a bit artificial about it to begin with, and not just because the worst team in the National League playoffs became the first beneficiary of the expanded wild card.

The St. Louis Cardinals certainly celebrated as if it was real, even if they had to wait until they were off the field to go wild about their wild-card win. No sense antagonizing the fans in Atlanta any more, in case they still had ...

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