Sunday, November 04, 2001


When I taught composition, I'd frequently find students misusing the word dilemma, which is a choice between two unfavorable actions not two actions in general. For instance, tonight's game 7 of the World Series is a dilemma for me in the purest sense of the word:

The ballplayer I most loathe in a winner take all situation against a ball club I do not want to win the World Series.

I should have known it would come down to this. It is my fate. To add insult to injury, both of tonight's starters are products of the Red Sox farm system.

As Shaughnessy put it this morning, ''it's always about us'' Red Sox fans. Of course it is.