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I am home from work today because both DJ and I are sick.

I am NOT home because the Yankees start their playoff run at 1pm today.

It's just a great big coincidence.

Minnesota people? Care to wager?



I am going to take my sister's advice (in the comments) and not place any bets on this series.

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If you start betting, I'll kick your ass! It's bad luck to bet your team. Not to mention how much it ruins watching the game... Go bet on the National League...

Go Cubs!

I'm not from Minnesota, but I'll bet you a box of 1 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts on the series. I'll take the Twinkies.

The ironic thing is that I'm a Mariners fan, I'm sick as a dog, and no good reason to stay at home because the M's are a bunch of choking losers, so here I am at work.

end vent

Well, I'm a Twins guy, but I think the Yanks are a bit too strong for us, Yanks in 5

Didn't the Twins go 0-13 against the Yankees in the regular season? I have a cunning plan, however, for the Twinkies: start Kenny "The Gambler" Rogers each and every game until his 57-year-old arm falls off. Joe Torre will think that Ron Gardenhire has gone totally apeshit and unconditionally surrender. For the AL championship series against the Red Sox, bring Jack Morris out of retirement and repeat the Kenny Rogers treatment. Grady Little will freak out by Game 2. For the Giants in the World Series, bring out a pitching machine. Felipe Alou is too smart to tangle with that kind of crazy-ass shit.

Hmmm. I no longer live in MN, but I do have to claim it as my home state. Not much of a baseball fan, but I do remember homer hankies.

What the heck..............

Name your stakes Michele.

I'll take that bet.

DC

The Yanks will probably win, only to massacred by Boston in the ALCS. No soup for you!

I love my Twins, but I have to acquiesce that the Yanks are a stronger team. Still, Minnesota teams have a strange tendency to not perform quite as expected. The Twins could surprise you.

Not the Timberwolves though. They always bow out of the first round of playoffs. You can set your watch to it.

And to think that tonight I fly to ... Minneapolis. Want me to trash talk someone on the plane for you?

It is a crime that this game is being played at one. The only people able to watch it are sick people and and do-nothing losers. Obviously, this time slot is ideal for Red Sox fans.

No, no coincidence Michele.

The thought of the Yankees in the playoffs (again) sort of makes me slightly nauseous as well.

Go Cubs.

Problem with that? Thought not.

Hey, this is baseball. October baseball. The lines are drawn.

I live in Minneapolis and, amazingly enough, this is the first I've heard of the Twinkies making the playoffs.

See. It IS possible to live in oblivion.

I think Twins fans are just hoping that the Twins can win without anybody standing out so much that they end up on the Yankees next year.

As a near-fan myself (live in MN, raised in WI, but since I like baseball I watch the Twins a lot), I wouldn't place a bet on either side, although if the Twins win today I'd be shocked if they didn't win the series.

I'm from MN, and tho I'm hoping on wrong, I'm expecting you to spank us.

Is that the Twins I see winning. Nothing worse then taking a sick day to see your team lose :)

Michelle, I really don't know you too well. As far as I can see, we think along some of the same lines, and you've always been fairly pleasant unless some asshat deserved to be smacked down. That's why saying this is so hard. There's absolutly no excuse for what I'm about to say.

The Yankees can burn in hell, and take all of their rude, obnoxious fans with them. When the Boston Red Sox rip the Yanks apart, I'm going to charter a jet to NYC just so I can dance in the Bronx and piss on the pitchers mound. And as I watch Daddy Georgie blow another arterey, I'm going to be laughing my ass off.

Easycure: Let's toss Freddy and Jeff out on their ear and find some people who can frigging hit. Maybe Edgar should be giving lessons in the clubhouse this winter.

Dave, never put in print what may come back to haunt you some day.

Just sayin'.

I've always loved this time of year. Everyone who made it into the playoffs still has high hopes, and strange things can happen in a short series.

Since my Cards didn't get there this year, I'll be rooting for the Red Sox and Cubs. Their fans certainly have suffered long enough, and they both have enough pitching to potentially go all the way. I'm not a Yankee hater, though. I admire Joe Torre, Derek Jeter and some of their other players. I do intensely dislike George Steinbrenner, along with most other non-Yankee fans on the planet, so the Yanks are a mixed bag for me.

This is gonna be fun...

3-0 ..this game is getting better by the minute

Well, I'm surprised, I knew the Twins had good aggresive baserunning and the Yanks were a touch suspect in fielding, but I didn't think it would work out like this!

they scored that as a triple? Damn! they would have given Hunter an error!

Comments like "...take all of their rude, obnoxious fans with them..." and other such claims of fan superiority really irritate me.

I learned something when the Packers started winning in the late 90s and suddenly I became some drunk cheesehead-wearing moron in my adopted state (MN), simply because I grew up in WI and cheered for the Packers. Meanwhile, I noticed that the Vikings seemed to have a similar-sized contingent of drooling morons. And yet somehow the local media still got away with painting Packers fans as much worse.

I know, I know, interstate rivalry (which I realize none of you east-coasters give a crap about) and all that, but it still led me to my new theory:

Any winning team has their complement of rude and obnoxious fans (losing ones do too, but they're quieter), and the media attention that comes from winning will allow their rivals endless ammunition in their claims of fan superiority.

In other words, no matter what team you talk about, their fans are just as bad, so just deal. I've seen Bears fans treated respectfully at a Packer game and I've had peanuts thrown at me by a Vikings fan for cheering for the Packers, and I'm pretty sure both extremes exist for every team in every sport.

Steve, a well written post, but the Packers still suck...

Oh, I'm actually pretty sure that my comments will come back to haunt me. My M's beat the Yanks in 95, and we've had our asses handed to us ever since. If you root for a team from Seattle, you can be guaranteed of two things: You will always have hope for your team, and that hope will aways be squashed at the end of the season. For g-d's sake, we wone 116 games in 2001 and yet we couldn't even make it to the World Series! I have a hidden theory that fans of Seattle teams are closet masochists, always coming back for more whippings and humiliation.

Hey, did I mention that my Seahawks are 3-0? (Thankyousirmayihaveanother!)

And Steve, go to a game at Safeco, then compare it to a game in the Bronx or at Fenway. No comparison.

Steve, need I remind you that the Packers were primarily responsible for the disgusting display that is known as the Lambeau Leap. I swear, if some of those cheeseheads could snap a jock strap of a player leaping into the stands in celebration, they would. Now you went and got the Vikes doing the same damned thing. Thanks a lump. Cocksucking Cheddarheads.

I will admit, though, that it was funny as hell when a Packer jumped into the crowd at the Metrodome, where he was beaten around the helmet and shoulders by Minnesota fans who didn't want his filth anywhere near them.

grumble, grumble Packers. grumble, grumble Cocksuckers.

Ryan, you're going to have to explain to me why the leap into the stands is somehow more disgusting than any of the other ridiculous crap players do after a touchdown (doing a retarded dance, acting like God gives a rip whether you scored a touchdown, etc). At least they tried to acknowledge their fans a little.

Also: Bill, if you're talking about the performance of the team, I wouldn't say they suck (surprise!), but I doubt they'll pass .500 this year. And if you were indicating a general dislike, I prefer that honest way of expressing it. In other words, even though they are kicking ass right now, the Vikings still suck!

Yup Steve, I just have a ingrained hatred for the Pack, nothing personal

We'll see how good the Vikings are after the next 4 weeks...

Well, Bill, you know what they say: the first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem! ;-)

The 'Hawk' is a mensch ain't he?

naw Steve I happy and contented with my hatred!

Crowd leaps have nothing to do with acknowledging the fans, and everything to do with further self-congratulation. I agree that dancing and stupid endzone rituals are an irritating sideshow, but I find leaping into crowds to be an especially irksome exercise.

yea Twins! 3-1!

Huh. Twins win. 3 to 1. Fascinating.

Michele,
As a Minnesotan, I think you better thank your sister. The Twins decided to start beating the Yankees at the right time.

3-1, baby!

Eddie G scares the hell out of me everytime he comes to the mound with a comfortable lead....

billhedrick, no fucking shit. It's like Russian roulette with that guy. Every. Damned. Time.

the thing is when he has a 1 run lead he's cool, it's when he has a 3 run lead. Damn!

Sox and Cubs World Series, baby! The end of the world is nigh!!

Twins win! Sweep! Sweep!