Local Linkage: The Cardinals' Clinch is Beyond Comparison?

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Despite efforts to screw up post-season play by the commissioner and his staff, Major League Baseball has something going for it than other professional and college-level leagues don't: When a team clinches its division and is headed for the post-season, it actually means something.

To wit, writer J. Carnage at Inside STL gives his take on what it means to clinch in the MLB, compared to the every other major and not-so-major league in America. It just means less in the NHL, NFL, NBA, WNBA, and college football and hoops than it does for baseball. Maybe so, but don't tell that to Blues fans this season, where a playoff berth is all that matters, no matter how inconsequential it is to the rest of the league.

About the NHL, Carnage writes:

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