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Ready for Season Previews yet?

If so, here's one published today at  It's nice and balanced, taking the good and the bad, like this:

It's time for Ben Sheets to lay his cards on the table. We've seen the stuff; we've seen his flashes of brilliance. And while the inner-ear-infection is a fluky type of thing, Sheets desperately needs a full, healthy, solid season to finally get over the 12-win-schneid, and show that he really is the top of the line ace fans in Milwaukee think he is. Brewers fans are praying that the torn back muscle that benched the righthander for the last month of the season is completely healed, but if injuries pop up again this year, General Manger Doug Melvin will have to seriously consider breaking the bank to bring in a bona fide no. 1 starter for 2007.

If you're like me, and you'd never heard the term "schneid," before, you'll be happy to find this:

"The schneid" ... means nearly the opposite of "in the catbird seat." To be "on the schneid" means to be on a losing streak, racking up a series of losing, and especially scoreless, games. "Schneid" is actually short for "schneider," a term originally used in the card game of gin, meaning to prevent an opponent from scoring any points. "Schneider" entered the vocabulary of gin from German (probably via Yiddish), where it means "tailor." Apparently the original sense was that if you were "schneidered" in gin you were "cut" (as if by a tailor) from contention in the game. "Schneider" first appeared in the literature of card-playing about 1886, but the shortened form "schneid" used in other sports is probably of fairly recent vintage.

Of course you wanted to know.