Jonathan Chait uses an unlikely medium to show what’s really going on:
That’s Broadway-bound, let me tell you.
I look into this “real Americans” nonsense in this week’s North Star column.
After last night’s 10-2 mauling of the Rays at Citizen’s Bank Park, the Phillies now stand just one victory away from ending Philadelphia’s 25-year championship drought. The Phils hit four homers, including two by Ryan Howard, one by Jayson Werth, and one by pitcher Joe Blanton, and actually hit with runners in scoring position after not doing so for the entire series.
Perhaps most encouraging is that the notoriously streaky Howard has gotten hot, now hitting three homers in the last two games. That, and the Phils will have ace Cole Hamels going Monday night for the clincher, at home, with all the momentum in the world on their side. Philly fans right now, I believe, feel exactly the way Red Sox fans did during the Series in ’04- no, based on our history, we shouldn’t be this optimistic, but this feels like destiny.
It still hasn’t sunk in that it might actually happen, this week, but then I’ll feel the same way next week about Obama, too. Go Phils. I’m with TwinsGeek, another husband of a Phillies fan, who has temporarily re-Christened himself “PhilsGeek.”
Scott Miller has an article on CBSSports.com asking what sort of a riot may befall Philly if the Phils end up winning the championship at home. It’s a pretty fair, accurate article, except for one part:
“When we saw the dogs and the horses coming out that night, we said, ‘Well, we understand. It’s Philadelphia,’ ” said legendary broadcaster Chris Wheeler, who has been in the Phillies’ booth since 1977.
I like Chris Wheeler. He’s a pretty good broadcaster, seems like a nice enough guy, my father-in-law is even friends with him. But “legendary”? I don’t think so. The only legend in the Phillies’ booth is Harry Kalas.
Turns out the party responsible is… my college classmate, Bryan Rudnick! He’s an aspiring GOP dirty trickster last seen managing Katherine Harris’ very, very unsuccessful 2006 campaign for the Senate, and this totally sounds like something he would do.
Political consultant Bryan Rudnick was identified as the person responsible for it. Rudnick, reached Saturday night, confirmed that he no longer works for the party, which employed him a few weeks ago as a consultant to do outreach to Jewish voters.
“I had authorization from party officials” to send the e-mail, Rudnick said, but he declined to say who had signed off on it. “I’m not looking to drag anyone else through the mud, so I’m not naming names right now,” he said.
Rudnick is lucky though- he’s not Pennyslvania’s most embarrassing ex-College Republican this month.
Wow, what a great finale to a great second season. I’ll have to watch it again before I comment on it, but I wanted to acknowledge the sad news that Andrew Johnston, who had been writing great recaps of both seasons for The House Next Door, passed away Sunday at the age of 40. He will be greatly missed.
Like the Vikings’ season wasn’t enough of a disaster before, supposedly now their two starting defensive tackles, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, are both facing four-game suspensions after testing positive for a banned substance.
Ugh. When does next baseball season start?
Onion: Area Man Saddened To Realize Short Jewish Women With An Interest In Theater His Type
The last line of the piece is certainly my favorite.