Where Are They Now: Jerry Koosman (Daily News link)

These kids today probably have no idea who Jerry Koosman is.  To you slightly older Met fans, old enough to be adults but young enough that you have no idea what it’s like to see the Mets win a World Series – he’s Ron Darling.   To younger fans he’s…..I dunno…..John Maine someday if he turns out to be as good as we think he is.  Never the ace, but always a solid clutch pitcher.

Where Are They Now Jerry Koosman

Koosman has always played Garfunkel to Seaver’s Simon; he’s quite at ease in the shade.
But when it comes to the game’s biggest stage, Koosman stands alone at Shea.
The Amazin’s won all six postseason games started by the lefty, including Game 2 and the clinching Game 5 of the ’69 Series, when he got future Mets managerDavey Johnson to fly out to left for the final out.
As one half of the Tom and Jerry Show, Koosman won 140 games with a 3.09 ERA in 12 seasons with the Mets.
“It was sad to leave New York, but New York was in a rebuilding process at the time,” says Koosman. “I wanted to move on and play for a club that had a chance to win.”
Koosman was sent to Minnesota in 1978 for Jesse Orosco – the only other Met to record the final out of a World Series – and proceeded to win 20 games for the second time in his career. He also helped the White Sox win the AL West in 1983.



Parcells Is a (jerk) But He Wins

Bill Parcells is a (jerk).  He’s pompous and he runs out on your football team as soon as it gets good.
I won’t kill him on running out on the Giants, but he split on the Patriots, the Jets and Dallas.
He’s teased a few teams like the Bucs and the Falcons, and he’ll tease your team some day.
One thing you can’t deny  His teams win.
Sure he’s not running the show, but I kinda think The Sparanos are getting some suggestions from the Man Upstairs.
He’s working his magic again in Miami.  It’s pretty impressive that the Dolphins can win the AFC East – and won’t it be great if they beat out the Favre Jets with Chad Pennington at the helm.
The Same Old Jets dodged a bullet today. 

Good Sports At NFL Flag Football

Mets Police Junior plays in the NFL Flag Football league and this morning’s game was great.

In the kindergarten division, neither the Dolphins nor the Texans had had a winning season.   The Dolphins trailed the entire game and scored on the final play of regulation to close the score to 14-13.

The coach decided to go for two.   Everyone applauded the call and the commissioner said “that’s the spirit!” and everyone agreed.   One play, win or lose. 

In flag football there’s no kicking.  Conversions are started from (I guess) 5 yards out, and 2 point conversions are twice the distance.

So they go for two.

The team lined up in a passing formation!  Again, these kids are 5.

The QB droped back, and threw a wounded duck to a cluster of about 10 kids.  Somehow a kid on his team caught it – but he wasn’t in the endzone.  The kid turns around and dodges a whole bunch of kids…and scores.   15-14!

What a great morning.   Very fun for all.  If you’re interested in flag football definitely check out the NFL Flag Football program.


Wilpon’s Losses in Fraud Case May Affect Mets (Times link)

Published: December 14, 2008
The Mets’ owner, Fred Wilpon, had invested hundreds of millions of dollars with Bernard L. Madoff, who has been charged with running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

Interviews Saturday with several people with knowledge of Wilpon’s business dealings revealed concern about significant problems that Wilpon and the Mets could encounter because of the reported fraud. Although it is unclear how much money Wilpon may recoup, any significant financial loss by a team owner raises questions about how those losses may affect the franchise.

Perhaps most troubling is the possibility that losses incurred by Sterling Equities could put pressure on Wilpon to raise money by selling other assets. Because Sterling invested money directly with Madoff, Wilpon may have to come up with money to reimburse some of his own investors for losses. That may cause him to sell valuable assets, including a portion of his ownership in the Mets.

Read the entire piece in The Times

2009 Mets Must Win World Series Or Else It’s A Failure

2009 for the New York Mets has only two outcomes.   Win the World Series or call the year a failure.

I know full grown adults who have never experienced the Mets winning the World Series.   It’s 2009 now, are you really nostalgic for the 2000 Mets?  (link – The 2000 Mets Mean Nothing.

How about those Bobby V wild card teams?  Remember those days with a twinkle in your eye?

2006 – is it really satisfying?  It would have been OK if they had built off that (the way the 84 and 85 Mets are beloved).

A Wild Card isn’t going to cut it.

A Division title isn’t going to cut it.   We did that in 2006 and mentally checked it off in 2007.   Not good enough.

Going to the NLCS?   Yawn.   The playoffs are watered down, I’d rather daydream about 1988.

Going to the World Series and losing?   Nope.  Not going to cut it.   I don’t want to go 25 years between rings.

The Mets need to win the World Series.  This is a new start.   Shea is gone and the Mets are flush with money whether they choose to admit that or not.   Leave the losing over underneath the new parking lot.

They still need pitching (see here: Does Omar Hate Satrting Pitching?) ….oh yeah and a catcher and second baseman and two outfielders.  Omar you have the cash (thanks in part to my tax dollars going to bailout Corporate Bailout Taxpayer New Shea Field – again nobody should use the corporate name until the Mets stop taking bailout money).

www.metspolice.com in no way receives bailout money from Congress.