Monthly Archives: October 2009

Thoughts on Game 2

Well, the Phillies lost Game 2 to the Yankees, although a split in Yankee Stadium isn’t the worst outcome in the world for the Fightins. And remember- in each of the first two series, the Phils won Game 1, lost game 2, and then swept the remainder of the series.
At any rate, in Game 2 the baseball universe reverted to its pre-2008 state- Charlie Manuel made bad managerial moves that cost the Phils games, and A-Rod sucked in the postseason. Yes, Pedro Martinez was left in a postseason game an inning too late by his gray-haired, Southern bumpkin manager.
Two other things that bothered me, besides the horrid umpiring: Derek Jeter invalidating every “he plays the game the right way” pronouncement of his career by bunting out with two strikes. And those commercials with Wanda Sykes. I like Wanda, she’s been funny before- her recent HBO special was excellent- but are those really the best jokes they can think of to showcase?

“The Book Has Been Shot”

I got Bill Simmons’ book and plan to start reading it next week- even though the line was too long and I ended up leaving his book signing early the other night- and I’ve enjoyed the media blitz. Here’s his visit to SportsNation (my apologies for the Colin Cowherd), where someone opens fire on live TV:

I’d really love to do that to Sarah Palin’s book.


Attention “South Park”- now THAT’s how you do a wrestling parody! “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” continued its stellar recent run with an episode that paid tribute to all sorts of obscure wrestling stuff, from the Fabulous Freebirds to Philly’s own ECW to “The Wrestler.”
It’s Roddy Piper’s best acting role since “They Live.” I’m not sure if they made him up to look scuzzy, disgusting and drunk, or if that’s just what he always looks like- probably the latter.
“The League”? Wildly uneven. But still funny, and very realistic. The guys in my league are just as obsessed- but I don’t think any of us have a wife as awful as all those women. This also might be the raunchiest stuff on TV- it makes “Always Sunny” look like “Sesame Street.”

Out With the Drought!

From the people who brought you “Fans give McNabb three-week deadline to win Super Bowl”:

Phillies Hope To End 364-Day World Series Drought
PHILADELPHIAThe last time the Philadelphia Phillies brought a World Series title back to the City of Brotherly Love, the nation’s financial sector was in complete ruin, the cost of a gallon of milk was only $2.74, fans watched the Fall Classic while huddled around their slightly-less-streamlined high-definition television sets, and Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard was just 28 years old.

And you thought the Yankees’ nine-year drought was long.