• HaroldHecuba: Mike Mussina is EASTERN EUROPEAN, not Italian....

Genius.- Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that all celebrities should release solo music albums. And if your vocal chords can’t soar like Crockett or even Tubbs, do what Dice-K has done and rely on the guitarist from Extreme and the harmonica player from the J. Geils Band named Magic Dick. (NOTE: I have already gone to the . What I found there was utter disappointment. The milk and honey were sour indeed.)

- The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Bob Ford and his alter-ego, Hans McNaysayer, stage an epic debate as to whether or not Brett Myers should be a starter. In the end, Hans was slain.

- And I believe we have found the winner of the 2007 “Most Offensive Headline” Award.

- Now we know why the Pirates have been so bad for so long. Why do those “fan” people have to keep coming to the games? I mean, come on. Awesome.

- I’m sorry, Nationals fans. But your pennant hopes were tied to Christian Guzman’s wrist. And the wrist simply couldn’t bear the burden any longer. In a related story, the Texas man who wanted to be executed while laughing has found exactly the material to get this done – he will simply read the words “Christian Guzman” and “having an All Star season”.

- WARNING: This story may contain a lethal dose of Don Cheadle’s head.

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  1. El Esteroide says:

    It’s ironic that you care about interleague play because when it comes down to it, most Yankees fans aren’t that interested in beating the Mets. Some bandwagoners are, but for the most part we’re concerned with our actual rival: the Red Sox.

    Just another reason that it’s depressing to be a Mets fan: no rival in your own league.

  2. Paul Moro says:

    Let’s be fair, though. There’s no rivalry as strong (or existing in such a bubble) as the Yankees/Sox. Your comment about not having rivals in your own league is applicable to every other team if you’re comparing it w/ Yanks-Sox.
    On a smaller scale, the Mets definitely have good rivalries with the Braves AND the Phillies. It’s just not noticed by Yankees or Red Sox fans because you guys aren’t real baseball fans.

    Eat it.

  3. Yo El Steroid,

    Your comments reak of fairweather fandom. Let me guess – you started liking the Yankees about 13 games ago? Before that, I bet you were wearing your Heilman jersey on the 7 train out to Shea. Then when tides turned, you jumped ship – no worries I know your type.

    Anyone who says that the Mets don’t have a rival in the NL East is absolutely clueless. The Braves and Mets hate one another, and Phillies fans hate everyone, including the Mets, therefore creating a natural rivalry.

    Granted, the NL East rivalries are weak in comparison with the best rivalry in sports (Yankees-Sox), but they are strong rivalries overall. Go back to booing Arod – oh wait I forgot you all love him now.

  4. Nick Kapur says:

    Wow, I must say it pains me a bit to hear people I respect like Paul and Zvee, simply automatically and unquestioningly granting that the Yankees-Sox rivalry is the greatest in sports.

    I guess I probably need to write a post to rectify this or something, but in my view the Yanks-Sox rivalry is almost all hype. I agree that the rivalry is pretty strong now, but it is an extremely recent phenomenon, because only recently have both the Yankees and Sox both been good. For many, many decades, one team or the other was really bad (usually, that team was the Sox). I doubt Yankees fans cared much about the Sox at all during all those years when the Sox were terrible.

    OF course, I am biased, but I would have to say that historically, Giants-Dodgers is a far better rivalry. 17 times either the Giants or the Dodgers have directly eliminated the other team from postseason play. 17 times! How many times have the Sox or Yankees done that? 4? 5 maybe?

    I mean, heck, historically the Yankees and Dodgers have a stronger rivalry than the Yanks and Sox. The two teams have met each other in 11 World Series – more than any other two teams by a huge margin of about 6 World Series.

    And that’s just limiting ourselves to baseball. If we expand into other sports, we can find rivalries that have far, far more history and animosity than Sox-Yankees, which for nearly a century has been one of the most one-sided “rivalries” in the history of rivalry.

    It’s easy to get caught up in the hype surrounding Sox-Yankees, but I submit to you that this hype is at least 75% accounted for by the fact that ESPN and SI are both basically based in New York and another 20% by the fact that both teams have actually been good at the same time for the last 5 or 6 years.

  5. Paul Moro says:

    Nick, I don’t talk about the Yanks-Sox rivalry unquestioningly. Or rather, I try not to. But if you like baseball, you can’t just turn a blind eye towards it.

    Your point on the Giants-Dodgers-Yankees is valid. If we were having this conversation in the late 1940s-early 1950s, you’d be absolutely correct.

    But the Dodgers and Giants, I don’t think, have ever played each other in the postseason (in all fairness, aside from the weird 1981 season, this was impossible for them to do pre-1995) so their rivalry never quite reached the national stage. It was a regional thing.

    Granted, the Sox-Yanks rivalry is also rooted in geography, but it’s far easier to follow East Coast baseball than it is West Coast simply because of the time difference. There aren’t many people on the East who are able to finish watching a game taking place out West that starts after 10pm EST.

    And again, the 2003 postseason created this behemoth for better or worse and the 2004 playoffs made it that much stronger. And it happened with the national tv audience watching. You can’t say that about the Dodgers-Giants. The average fan would sooner point to a Giants-A’s rivalry because it’s easier to point to geographic proximity (which makes marketing it easier) and the 1988 World Series.

    Besides, I think we’re talking about two different things here – you’re approaching it from a historical perspective while all I was referring to is the present. I don’t think either of us are wrong, per se.

  6. Coley Ward says:

    Paul, I like interleague play. I don’t like the following things:

    1. The DH. I think it’s silly that one league has it and one league doesn’t. Why stop there? Why doesn’t one league play with a slightly larger ball? Or with four outs per inning? Rules should be uniform.

    2. There are two more teams in the American League than there are in the National League. Can’t we just contract the Rockies and Devil Rays, switch the Brewers back to the AL and be done with it?

    3. Chipper Jones. Let’s get rid of him, too.

  7. Nick Kapur says:

    I totally take your point, Paul, about us actually talking about different things and us both being right. But I still feel it’s important to recognize how much of Yanks-Sox rivalry is just hype self-generated by East-Coast media conglomerates, and how recent it is – pretty much just 2003-present and Bucky Dent.

    Actually, the Dodgers and Giants have played each other in the playoffs a few times, most famously in the three game playoff in 1951 which was ended in the bottom of the ninth of the third game with Bobby Thompson’s “shot heard round the world” walk-off home run.

    But great baseball rivalries are really not just about playing each other in the post season, which as you point out is actually pretty hard to do if you’re in the same division – it’s much more about being in tight pennant races year after year after year, and the Dodgers and the Giants have finished 1-2 or 2-1 in their league or division more than any other two teams in all of baseball history.

    I also take your point about East-Coaster’s being asleep when west-coast teams play, but that doesn’t make the rivalries any less intense (at least on the ground, if not at the SportsCenter desk). You should definitely try to make it to a Giants-Dodgers game some day if you get a chance, if you can even get a ticket to one, that is.

  8. El Esteroide says:

    Yo Zvee;

    Accusing me of being a fair weather fan doesn’t deflect anything from the fact that Mets fans care more about the Yankees than any of their division “rivals.” And it doesn’t change the fact that the Subway Series “rivalry” more or less goes one way–just look at some of Jose Reyes’ comments about it compared to those of Derek Jeter.

    As for the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry, it’s true that it wasn’t the most heated in sports for too long a time, but it certainly is now. Since around when Pedro got dealt to the Sox it has kicked up to a historic level of intensity that no other rivalry in American sports can compare to.

    Finally I would never wear a Heilman jersey on the #7 train. I wouldn’t want to sit next to kid with purple hair or the 20 year old mom with 4 kids ;)

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