So I'll meet you at the bottom If there really is one They always told me when you hit it you'll know it But I've been falling so long It's like gravity's gone And I'm just floating" --Gravity's Gone, Drive-By Truckers Last year, when the Red Sox went an incredible 7-20 in the month of … Continue reading Red Sox Collapse, Part Deux
I have been a fan of the sports teams fielded by my hometown college (but NOT alma mater) Syracuse University since I was a young child. My parents were both alums and had season football tickets since the 1950's. They were fond of pointing out that I attended all the home games of S.U.'s 1959 … Continue reading Syracuse U. and the Atlantic Coast Conference
Sometimes, civic life just gets to be too much. The split between the obstructionist Republicans and the obsequious Democrats. The split between the self-righteous left and the corporate-toadie Democrats. The vitriol, posturing and pre-fab ideologies just makes me want to hide at times. During the middle of the debt-ceiling crisis last summer I found my … Continue reading Where I Go When I Can’t Take The B.S. Anymore
E-mail to a friend in California, commiserating with a long-suffering S.U. basketball fan in exile after S.U.'s defeat in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals (the elite 8) Randy: Well, another year of delusion is over. 1) Were we ever really as good as our press clippings and victories against an unusually weak Big East made us … Continue reading Requiem For A Dream
OK, OK enough about the collapse. We get it. A distracted and defeated manager felt betrayed by players and lost control of some monstrous egos. The team often played without emotion, with poor fundamentals and had several players become out of shape at the end of the year. The management was distracted by the moneymaking … Continue reading Red Sox Reborn
On September 1, Boston was in first place in the American League East. The Sox had a half-game lead over the Yankees for the division title and a nine game lead over Tampa Bay for the American League playoff wild card slot. The Sox had a .610 winning percentage. Over the final month of the … Continue reading The 2011 Red Sox Collapse
Seth Mnookin wrote a phenomenal book a couple years ago about the post-2004 championship Red Sox titled "Feeding The Monster." The premise of the book was that the huge expectations of fans and press (and the demands for win NOW--at all costs) had to be managed, while not taking your eyes off the actions needed … Continue reading Boston Sports Press At It Again . . . but a lot of people are calling them on their bullshit.