Has there ever been a parade for a World Series runner-up? Do you think the rest of the country will understand if we throw the Texas Rangers a parade?
Actually, forget I asked that last question. It doesn't matter. We're Texans. We can do whatever we want to do.
So let's throw the Rangers a parade.
Even if we did care what others think, publicly planning a parade for the runner-up couldn't possibly be as embarrassing as publicly planning a parade for -- not hypothetically speaking -- a team that was up 2-0 in the NBA Finals.
Besides, the Rangers had a parade-worthy season. Sure, you have to grade on a curve to say that, but this is a franchise with a history of needing that curve.
That's changing with the new ownership group, however, and this will forevermore be remembered as the last season before the Rangers became the class curve-buster. Especially if the curve was thrown by Tim Lincecum or Madison Bumgarner.
But this was our first rodeo. So what if the Rangers didn't stay on board the full eight seconds. They made it into the arena, and that deserves a parade.