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Seems as if there wasn't even a World Series at all, doesn't it? The Red Sox outscored the Rockies 29-10 in sweeping the series, more one-sided than their 2004 sweep of the Cardinals (24-12), or the White Sox sweep of the Astros in 2005 (20-14). Since Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox stole a base in the fourth inning of Game Two, everyone in the USA is eligible for a free taco at Taco Bell. You can claim yours between 2 and 5 pm local time tomorrow. Seriously, go ahead and do it, because Darren Rovell, who writes often about the business of baseball, doesn't think very many people will:

How many people do I predict will redeem a free taco? 33,750 people. Or .01 percent of America. That's got to be one of the reasons why Taco Bell isn't taking out insurance. If my numbers are right, that's only $26,000 in retail costs being exposed (it's 77 cents a taco) and probably closer to $4,000 on gross costs.

Bigger winners are those who bought furniture from Jordan's Furniture in Massachusetts last spring. The chain (owned, incidentally, by Warren Buffett) ran a promotion offering anyone their entire purchase free if the Red Sox won the World Series -- you had to buy between March 7 and April 16 and have it delivered before the All-Star game. It's going to cost them at least $20 million, covered by insurance.

Speaking of contests, the BCB World Series contest winner is 1060 W Addison; there were only two entrants (Drew was the other) who picked the Red Sox to sweep. 1060 W Addison picked 44 runs as the tiebreaker, closest to the actual total of 39 runs. Email me your address and I'll send you your prize, which is a copy of "The Cubs", a new narrative history of the ballclub. Incidentally, Chanman25 -- I still haven't heard from you to send you your prize for winning the ALCS contest (it's a copy of the "Chasing October" DVD).

The free-agent filing period begins today and runs for fifteen days. Here's the rest of the offseason calendar. Key dates are December 1, which is the last day for teams to offer arbitration to their former players who filed for free agency; December 7, the last day said players can accept any such offers, and December 12, the non-tender deadline.

Don't go away from BCB this offseason -- I'll have posts most days, including a summary of our community projections for the Cubs for the 2007 season, and in the next week or so, the SB Nation awards (we all voted for awards in the same manner as the BBWAA, same as we did last year).