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KevinParticipantJuly 13, 2018 at 9:19 am #126700July 13, 2018 at 9:21 am #126701
Last night, my thought was the Sox streak had to end some time and I had zero excitement about watching Price struggle to reach the third inning, so I gave my tickets to a friend.
So, I watched Betts’ jaw-dropping at-bat Shank-style (home, in front of the TV, free to let loose with all the bile and negativity at my command).
BUT … it did leave me in a position to switch to the post-game shows (NESN with the “official” conferences and on-cameras; NBCSB with its usual cadre of “insiders” and media hangers-on all showing off their Felger bona fides).
65 wins and all those azzpuppets could talk about was that media-insular sewing circle gab about “likeability.” Buckley was on set for some reason, solemnly reminding us that last year’s team was highly unlikeable and the specter still exists. The thought had him getting the vapors.
What is this “likeability” requirement and why does it not seem to be an issue with our professional football, basketball and hockey teams? Where are those sports’ versions of Tony Mazz, getting its collective panties in a bunch because Julian Edelman isn’t seeking their restaurant recommendations or that Jason Tatum didn’t stop and deliver enough quotes so that a story could be submitted on its deadline? Where is the anguish there?
I would think the Belichick experience has amply demonstrated that winning is a powerful driver of the all-important “likeability” index. If the Sox had swept the Astros in postseason would they be more “likeable”? You bet. What do you think is causing this thaw with the Baseball Biddies? 65 wins and the dawning realization that this team might be going deep and they will be left off the train, left to be like Shank in 2003: racked by painful acid reflux when the realization hits that their storyline (read: meal ticket for slugs) turns out to be a dead end.
Memo to Buck, Abe, Gaspy, Tone-Knee, and the rest: simply because someone doesn’t like YOU doesn’t make them “unlikeable” in the wider world,
Your daddy didn’t like you and you were an end-of-bench guy all through high -school. We get it. Now go away; you have nothing to contribute to our lives.July 13, 2018 at 9:55 am #126702
And Curt Minihane’s lazy approach this morning was to pooh pooh the whole Mookie thing. Announcers getting excited about things like that? … trite. Talk about sports? Boring, no one wants that. We should discuss Reimer, Tomase, Trenni, Glenn, Gerry, Drellich. That’s what draws in the listeners.
Kim and VB (and more podcasts), here I come.July 13, 2018 at 10:38 am #126704
Canadian SoldierParticipantJuly 13, 2018 at 11:20 am #126706
I’m a little surprised that FWL’s recap of the postgame shows didn’t include somebody clutching their pearls about Betts’ not just flipping his bat, but celebrating his grandslam when he was only a few steps out of the batter’s box. I’m not sure if I should be happy that maybe we’ve moved past garbage like that or depressed that people have found so much more to complain about that that player celebrations have gotten pushed down the list.July 13, 2018 at 11:31 am #126707July 13, 2018 at 12:57 pm #126708July 13, 2018 at 1:28 pm #126709
Isner 13-13 in the 5th set at Wimbledon. Can they even get the second match in?
Make that 21-21.
July 13, 2018 at 2:22 pm #126711
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Isner 13-13 in the 5th set at Wimbledon. Can they even get the second match in? Make that 21-21.
Isner went to 70-68 before at Wimbledon. His game lends itself to that.July 13, 2018 at 2:30 pm #126712July 13, 2018 at 2:35 pm #126713
I hadn’t realize it went that long.
wimbledon doesn’t use a 5th set tie break. play until someone wins by 2July 13, 2018 at 2:38 pm #126714July 13, 2018 at 2:46 pm #126715July 13, 2018 at 2:49 pm #126716July 13, 2018 at 2:50 pm #126717
I hadn’t realize it went that long.
It can be jarring at first, sir, but I’ll refer you to Coach Bobby Knight and his “theory of inevitability”, as it wereJuly 13, 2018 at 3:15 pm #126718
I’m a little surprised that FWL’s recap of the postgame shows didn’t include somebody clutching their pearls about Betts’ not just flipping his bat, but celebrating his grandslam when he was only a few steps out of the batter’s box. I’m not sure if I should be happy that maybe we’ve moved past garbage like that or depressed that people have found so much more to complain about that that player celebrations have gotten pushed down the list.
Believe me, if I had stumbled into that segment, I’d have pilloried that as well.July 13, 2018 at 3:19 pm #126719July 13, 2018 at 3:23 pm #126720July 13, 2018 at 3:30 pm #126721July 13, 2018 at 3:32 pm #126722July 13, 2018 at 3:41 pm #126723July 13, 2018 at 4:27 pm #126725July 14, 2018 at 11:57 am #126729
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