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From Anchor Tony McEwing

Dodgers Give L.A. A Much Needed Boost

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The red hot "boys in blue" are just one win away from advancing in the playoffs after the Dodgers' impressive 13-to-6 win over the Atlanta Braves in game three of the National League Division series. I'm certainly not the world's biggest sports fan. In fact, I'm not much of a sports fan at all to be perfectly honest. But even I'm excited about the Dodgers' performance this season. And for those who say "c'mon, it's just a game," I hope you will see things a lot differently after reading this post.

Yes, in the scheme of things, whether a sports team wins or loses doesn't seem like such a big deal. And I concede it's not relative to the doom and gloom, death and destruction that often dominate the news. But I'd like to offer a different perspective. Sports, when not taken too seriously, can give our brains and bodies a much needed respite from the daily rigors and stresses of life, whether it's the shutdown of much of the federal government or just a rough day at work.

In the case of the L.A. area, the Dodgers' winning season is a great source of civic pride for a city that needs as much as possible to be proud of, other than the splendid weather and Hollywood-driven celebrity culture. Don't get me wrong. I love L.A. It's a wonderful place with a lot to offer. But like so many other municipalities, it faces a plethora of problems that won't be easy to overcome. A multi-billion dollar deficit, crumbling infrastructure, artery-clogging traffic congestion and high unemployment, just to name a few. Having a winning team or two or three to cheer for provides a much needed and welcomed mental and emotional break from all the bad stuff by infusing a region with a huge dose of happiness.

And the Dodgers provide much more than just civic pride. The team also boosts the local economy to the tune of  many millions of dollars every year, not just with jobs, but from all of the other businesses and industries that profit from the Dodgers' presence in L.A, even more so when they're winning. So for those of you who after reading this still insist, "it's only a game," I say "Go Dodgers!"

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