No great run in sports can last forever. I think baseball fans here in Atlanta have gotten used to the Braves reaching the playoffs every year...to the point of taking it for granted. Well, Atlanta sports fans, it's not going to happen in 2006. The run is over. Your team's management decided to cut down on spending, some years ago, and this has slowly eroded the team's strength. In 2005, they got away with it, but finally, lack of a solid pitching rotation has guaranteed that the Braves will not be in the playoffs. It's nothing to be ashamed of - 14 straight years is a hell of a run - but all good things must come to an end.