In golf they call it the “silly season”

For the second time in six seasons the Houston Astros are champions of baseball. The Astros defeated the Phillies Saturday night for their fourth win of the series, their 11th win of the playoffs against only two losses. These guys are good.

So where do we turn our attention now? Do we take the Rogers Hornsby advice and stare out the window waiting for spring?

Nah, I’ve got a backlog of musings to compile here, don’t worry.

This one I’ve been waiting to post for some time.

More than 15 years ago in one of my list-making phases I made a Top 10 list of the numbers 1-10.

Yes, you read that correctly.

This was the rank order of the numbers one through 10, the first being the best and the last being the worst.

7, 3, 5, 9, 1, 8, 6, 4, 2, 10.

That was the list from 2006. Looking at it now I don’t disagree with the top few. Certainly odd numbers are invariably cooler than even numbers, but are all odd numbers better? And I definitely gave the number 10 the short shrift back in ’06. Ten’s a good number, worthy of inclusion in the top half. In fact I’d place it at #4, followed by 8, then 9 and 1. Actually I’d put 1 ahead of 9, so the list begins 7, 3, 5, 10, 8, 1, 9. The worst three numbers are 6, 4, and 2, and I’d place them in that order.

Definitive list, Top 10 numbers 1-10:

7, 3, 5, 10, 8, 1, 9, 6, 4, 2.

This is what I do when baseball season ends.

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My name is Mike O'Connell. I am 40 years old and live in Northern Virginia. I am a teacher, a musician, and an enthusiast of all things American.

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