No "Banner Day" at China Olympics

China has issued behavior guidelines for foreign visitors. There are a few reports trickling out on the internet, but only the Wall Street Journal version contains this language:

Inside Olympic venues, too, it is illegal to display “any religious, political, and ethnic slogans, banners, and other items”– but the guidelines don’t give any specific examples of what such items might be.

I’m not saying it’s accurate or not, just that The Guardian and a chinese news source didn’t mention that, and I haven’t seen the release. But that’s not that the point….

I’m troubled by: illegal to display “any religious, political, and ethnic slogans, banners, and other items

So I can’t bring a “Go USA” sign? Can I wear a cross around my neck? A guy i know wears a small Christian symbol on his jacket – will he be jailed? What about someone from Cleveland bringing a “Go Tribe” pennant?

Here’s where I saw it:

And what ever happened to Banner Day at Shea? Do they still have it? Maybe if a rainout forces a double-header they could send off Shea with one last solid Banner Day Doubleheader!


Don’t Retire Babe’s Number

The Babe’s granddaughter is trying to get MLB to retire #3 for all teams.


#3 is already retired by the team Babe Ruth is most associated with. That’s plenty.

Will we retire Barry Bonds number everywhere? He has better numbers and sold more tickets.

I’m not in favor of the league wide retirements…such as Wayne Gretzky’s #99.

Mets Phony Attendance

So I saved this for Monday so more people would see it. On Thursday the Mets announced there were nearly 53,000 people at Shea. Yes I know they announce paid attendance.

Howie Rose, during the 9th inning, conceded the point and suggested there were 40,000. No way no way no way.

These are actual photos from the game. Note the sky, it’s two different times of the day so we’re not being tricky.

Howie, you know better….way better…all those years being the original Mets Police on the original Mets Extra before the castrated it with Todd Kalas.

So the question is Howie – what’s motivating you to exaggerate?
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