Archive for October 7th, 2010

New York Newpapers’ Shame

 

Roy Halladay

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A truly remarkable – once in a lifetime – event happened yesterday, in the world of Major League Baseball Playoffs.  Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter.  It has only happened one other time in the history of post-season play.  And that was 54 years ago, when Don Larsen pitched his perfect game, in the World Series, against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

So, you might think that this would would garner all the fanfare and hoopla that this momentous occasion should receive.  Well, apparently NOT in many of the New York area newspapers.  In the New York Daily News, The Journal News (Westchester and Rockland) and The Record (Northern New Jersey) they think the game one victory of the New York Yankees over the Minnesota Twins deserves the bigger headline, and the bigger photo.

Now, I can see being a “Homer”.  I like to root, root, root for the home team as much as the next guy.  But, there is a time and place to set aside such childishness, and to give the proper acclaim to the greater achievement.  These New York area newspapers did their readers a great disservice by stroking the local egos, in favor of true baseball history.  They should be ashamed of themselves.

The Yankees have won 27 World Series titles.  11 of them coming just in the last 54 years.  I have no way of knowing how many individual playoff games they’ve won, but I figure it has to be, at the very least, 350 games.  Maybe more.  They have figuratively owned the Twins, in both the regular season, and in the playoffs, for years.  Was their winning game one, last night, with their 21 game winning ace, C.C. Sabathia, really that big of a deal?  Really???  Isn’t THE most storied team in all of baseball kind of expected to win?

I realize that there are many question marks regarding the balance of their rotation, and they might not get another chance to celebrate, as they are so accustomed to do, but couldn’t these newspapers have shown some journalistic integrity?  I’m not a Phillies fan.  Not by a long shot.  But, I am a baseball fan.  And, I appreciate when a player accomplishes something rare and special.  Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter in a playoff game.  It was nearly a perfect game.  He walked only one man, and that came on a full count, in the 5th inning.  He also pitched a no-hitter during the regular season, back on May the 29th.  And, that one was a perfect game.  So, Halladay is the first pitcher to throw a regular season AND a post season no-hitter, in the same year.  This is legendary.  This deserves better coverage than what the majority of the New York area newspapers gave it.  What a shame.

Surprisingly, there was a New York newspaper who gave Roy Halladay his due.  And, that was The New York Post!  They celebrated this wondrous, historical moment on both their back page – where you expect sports headlines and photos – AND on their front page.  This is how it should be.  Congratulations to The New York Post.  You guys got it right!

You other guys ought to be ashamed.

YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/07/10

Entertainer Jonathan Winters performs in a Uni...

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I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.”   — Jonathan Winters

(I think this is a fantastic quote, and approach to life!  Success certainly caught up to him!  Just do what you do . . . and do it well.  He’s been one of my favorite comedians since I was just a kid.  His quick wit and rapid changing of characters were light years ahead of Robin Williams.  It’s easy to see how Robin idolized/emulated him.)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/07/10

Trowel

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Visual Description:  Depressing scene at the construction site.

DUMON  =  MOUND,  KECHO  =  CHOKE,  WADROC  =  COWARD,  TOLBET  =  BOTTLE   —   Giving us:  MOOKCORBTT

Clue/Question:  What the mason faced when he was let go.

Answer:  ROCKBOTTOM

(For some reason I had some difficulty with today’s puzzle.  The word “coward” had me tripped up for a minute, and the answer was kind of on the fringe.  When I think of a mason I think of trowels, mortar, and brick or stone, much more than I think of rocks.  It works though!  I wonder how many are going to have as much trouble as I did?  Saw a beautiful rainbow, this morning.  One end appeared to end up in some trees that are changing color.  Very nice effect.  Do good, peeps!)   — YUR


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