Sunday, January 18, 2009

Atlanta, Vancouver to battle for NL crown

Underdogs have stolen the spotlight from the favorites in the National League. The Atlanta Bandits toppled defending world champion Houston Riverdogs in their Division Series 3-1 while the sixth seeded Vancouver Golden Otters took down the second seeded Fargo Dirtbags in five games. Now, these two underdog franchises meet in the National League Championship Series for the chance at a World Series appearance.

The NLCS appearance is a franchise first for both teams. Both franchises also had the best regular seasons in their histories with each notching a record of 89-73. This postseason marked the first time the Golden Otters have reached the playoffs in their franchise's history and the second playoff appearance for the Bandits.

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