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The Bums getting ready for the NLCS. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

The National League Championship Series is finally here.

Many people are spinning their heads trying to judge the head-to-head matchups. Whose infield is better? Who has the better pitching? Etc. Etc.

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If that’s how these playoff series were measured, then the Florida Marlins wouldn’t have won the World Series in 2003. Neither would the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005.

The biggest obstacle the Dodgers face in this NLCS is this: Manny Ramirez on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Most sports fans know of the SI jinx. See the Cubs last week. The Patriots prior to the Super Bowl. The sports god do not look kindly on teams that make the cover of the rag, so the Dodgers must play especially well to overcome this.