So what do his producers provide him with? A single list that has Toronto further down the list so that the big baby can be right. But that's not enough for the childish, compulsive liar. He needs to change what is already more in line with his argument to even further fit his opinion. He needed to be 'more right.'
First, Mike 'fools with it a little bit.' (He gives you his own numbers.) But then? He reads his list and their list claiming that 'they have it the same way.':
Angels, Dodgers, Tigers, Angels, Tigers [but he never stutters]. Then you have Reds, 'basically this is the next group,' the Reds, the Giants, the Yankees, the Blue Jays, the Braves and the Rays. [Where's the Nats?]
Want to see the list as it actually appears? A source provided Mike's uncited reading material to the Blitz. Here: Angels, Dodgers, Tigers, Nationals, Blue Jays, Reds, Yankees, Braves, Phillies, Giants, Cardinals, and the Rays.
Even in Mike's stolen stats the Blue Jays are 2 ahead of the Yanks; even in Mike's stolen stats he couldn't have his proclamation that the WS favorite is the Nationals be correct, but...Mike had to move the Blue Jays down. 2 spots. Because self-deception is a wonderful thing. And if no one could see the newspaper, we were never, ever going to see the article his producers printed out for him.
Don't think he was lifting every name and number from some other publication? Follow along in the video.
Mike: As we get ready to start spring training the favorites in both leagues, or right at the top, are the Dodgers and the Angels as folks wonder if we can get the 'Freeway Series.'
Who writes in that style? Who would write, "the favorites in both leagues, or right at the top..." No one would. Only a fool would add that as they read and regurgitated because they can't be wrong.
Actual source: With about a week left before pitchers and catchers report for spring training, it's time for an updated look at each team's odds to win the 2013 World Series. Las Vegas likes the chances of a “Freeway Series,”
Mike: You know the Angels have added of course, you know, Josh Hamilton, to Trout and Pujols.
AS: The Angels added outfielder Josh Hamilton to a lineup that also includes phenom Mike Trout and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols.
Mike: And the Dodgers, of course, have Greinke and Kershaw to go with, you know, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett.
AS: The Dodgers acquired a boatload of talent during the 2012 season, primarily in the blockbuster deal that netted Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett from the Red Sox. They also signed pitcher signed Zack Greinke to a record contract, and he and Clayton Kershaw will form one of the best 1-2 punches in the game.
Mike: And the Tigers, of course, have Victor Martinez back from injury and add Torii Hunter to go with Cabrera and Prince Fielder.
AS: The Detroit Tigers are also among the 7-to-1 World Series favorites. They added Torii Hunter via free agency and will get Victor Martinez back from injury. Those two additions will boost a lineup that already includes Prince Fielder and 2012 Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera.
Mike: And the Nationals have a full year from Strasburg and Harper.
AS: The Washington Nationals, looking forward to full seasons from Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, are 8-to-1, making them the second choice in the National League.
Mike cleanly stopped right there because the next paragraph from the site his producers printed for him reads, "Another team that made a lot of noise this offseason was the Toronto Blue Jays. They swung a mega-deal with the Miami Marlins to acquire Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson, and also acquired 2012 Cy Young R.A. Dickey from the New York Mets for two top prospects. Thanks to these acquisitions, the Blue Jays check in at 10-to-1 odds, ahead of the New York Yankees, a retooled Atlanta Braves squad, and the defending champion San Francisco Giants, each at 14-to-1."
We know what you're saying. There is no way he stole all that. There is no way Mike Francesa read the team's additions listed above in the same order as some other site and did not cite them -- only changing the article's order of teams in order to fit his baby like need to be correct.
Yeah, he did.
Please don't blame Mike for being the way he is. "Pathological liar refers to a liar that is compulsive or impulsive, lies on a regular basis and is unable to control their lying despite of foreseeing inevitable negative consequences or ultimate disclosure of the lie. Generally lies told by a pathological liar have self-defeating quality to them and don’t serve the long term material needs of the person. Therefore pathological lying is lying that is caused by a pathology, occurs on a regular basis, is compulsive or impulsive & uncontrolled, and has self-defeating, self-trapping quality to it."
A big h/t to anonymous for the tip. Another Mike Francesa lie / theft, caught.
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