We've discussed before how a blue jay, despite its showy appearance, is nothing more than a crow. Heck, its feathers aren't even blue!
Perhaps there's a lesson here for the eponymous team from Toronto, which every year is the pretty pick to make a splash in the American League East. Wowed by its flashy feathers — Roy Halladay, Vernon Wells, Troy Glaus, B.J. Ryan, A.J. Burnett, Lyle Overbay — the pundits flock to it, picking it as the sleeper playoff team or even — like last year — as the division winner.
Every year, however, when the feathers are crushed, and the light is gone, we find the bird is nothing more than another ugly crow.
The situation is reversed this season — the pundits predicted no better than fourth place for the Toronto ballclub, some even assigning the Blue Jays the ignominious last-place spot. Surprise, surprise, it's the Jays in first place by a commanding margin.