Why I Turned Off Monday Night Football

Football on Monday Night, the ESPN version that is not worthy of the name of the former ABC Series, has many things wrong with it.  It no longer feels like the big game it used to.  It carries the weight of the old Sunday Night Football (ESPN version) which is “one game too many.”   It starts late, it’s cluttered with crap stats all over the screen, and it’s just no longer necessary.
Last night, the self-indulgence went too far.   Chris Berman talking to politcal candidates.  I shut it off.  I want football.   I don’t want anything but football.   When will ESPN figure it out.


The Year Seaver Was Really Good And Didn’t Win Cy Young

As i continue to coast my way back to March scraping for anything Mets related I can – the “Tom Seaver” google alert continues to pay major dividends….

Here’s an article about great unrewarded seasons.

 In the strike-shortened 1981 season, Tom Seaver of the Cincinnati Reds made a strong bid for a fourth Cy Young, going 14-2. But that was the year of Los Angeles Dodger Fernando Valenzuela — 13-7 while leading the league in innings, strikeouts, complete games and games started. (Seaver also easily could have won in 1971, as well, while with the New York Mets, finishing second to Ferguson Jenkins of the Chicago Cubs.)

New York Met David Cone (20-3) didn’t win in 1988, losing out to Orel Hershiser (23-8). Roger Clemens, he of seven Cy Youngs, could have ended up with eight, considering his 1990 season: 21-6 with a 1.93 ERA for Boston. He lost out to Bob Welch of the Oakland A’s (27-6). 

and others.  click the link.

More Adventures Of Tom Seaver

Here’s a piece MLB.com did near the end of the season about Tom Seaver.

I particularly like this:

If the Mets were asked to participate in the opening ceremonies parade at the Olympics, he would carry their flag, probably the 1969 World Series champions’ banner. No one else would be considered.

So true.  I hope Tom comes by Citi Field a little more often than he came to Shea near the end.  If you dig the 41 and want to read a nice piece and watch some video click here. 

Mushnick Article and PSLs Article

As always Mushnick got it right today with this article about announcers who scream too much.   He correctly mentioned Chris Carlin but left off Iron Eagle (THIRD AND NINE FOR THE JETS!) and the suddenly missing Fran Healy.

Meanwhile it’s nice to see that the mainstream media finally starting taking the side of the fans when it comes to PSL’s.   The Daily News:

Most Giants and Jets fans have suggested, through their outrage and protest of PSLs, that they would rather pay their current ticket prices and stay in Giants Stadium as opposed to moving to the new building and paying for the PSLs.

After all the numbers are crunched and all the new fans who Johnson claims are clamoring to get into their PSL-padded seats in 2010 “understand all the aspects,” did the Giants and Jets really need the seat licenses to build this stadium?

Thanks News, but where the hell were you before they sold em.  Thanks for nothing.

17 Still Not Retired

I missed this one a ways back – MLB wrote about Keith Hernandez

An honor that somehow has eluded Hernandez was afforded Tom Seaver in 1988. Seaver’s uniform number was retired; his 41 was put in mothballs. And the ceremony that surrounded that salute is what Hernandez embraces 20 years later.

“The greatest thing I’ve ever seen at Shea,” is how he identifies it. It moved him, and it had stayed with him.

“Tom was so eloquent in what he said,” Hernandez recalled recently. “And when he did what he did — take off his jacket, throw one last pitch and then bow to the crowd — it was so appropriate, and appreciated by the fans. They went crazy.