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Chris Erskine: In all the fun of the tailgate party, who cares who's No. 1?

Stacking logs and fattening the calves for the onset of winter. Harsh conditions are certain to prevail. In no time, the 405 will be a blizzard of sheet metal and ill will. On L.A. freeways, one in 10 drivers is a complete idiot, which can sometimes make for pretty rough sledding.

At this time of year, we appreciate a little rain. Not too much, because that's when the hills start

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