Mr._met_chillin

CTRefJay

  • joined May 17, 2010
  • last login May 06, 2014
  • posts 48
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A quick rundown:

BASEBALL: I'm a diehard Mets fan, and have been since '72. It could be worse - I'm a native of central Connecticut, and the vast majority of people here are Yankees or Red Sox fans. My father forbid us to root for the Yankees, since he was a Dodgers fan until they headed west. The Red Sox were tolerated, since they were the only team we could regularly watch on TV. I followed the Mets nearly exclusively on the radio in B.C (Before Cable) until I was 18 (God bless Lindsey, Bob and Ralph!). Claim to fame: I was at Shea in August of '73 and witnessed Willie Mays' final career home run.

HOCKEY: My first memory of hockey is the '71 finals. Probably due to my first sighting of the greatest uniform I had seen before or since, I became a Black Hawks fan at 7 years old. Then came the Hartford Whalers...living 15 miles from the Mall (and, incidentally, in the town where defenseman John Madden later lived while with the Devils), I morphed into a diehard fan of the Tail. Fast Forward: The franchise moves to Carolina (CAROLINA?!), and rips my heart out. Being a fan of the game and its history first and foremost, I returned to my original rooting interest. Outside of the Mets, the Blackhawks are my favorite franchise.

FOOTBALL: I'm the youngest of six, with three older brothers, all of whom were Cowboys fans. I grew up and out of that phase. I can't quite remember why, but I basically drifted toward the team I've rooted for since about '84...Seattle Seahawks. I know. WTF. One of my older brothers converted to the Saints, but two of them still worship the Evil Empire.

BASKETBALL: Meh.

As for the "Ref" tag - I've been a football official since 1988 on the high school, youth and semi-pro level. Linesman for 7 years, back judge for 10 and a full-time referee ("white hat") ever since, with three CT state high school championship games under my belt.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB New York Mets
  • NFL Seattle Seahawks
  • NCAAF Connecticut Huskies
  • NCAAB Connecticut Huskies
  • NHL Chicago Blackhawks
  • NBA New York Knicks
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Apparently, the fire sale has already begun. Fred Wilpon, in an attempt to justify the deal, said,...

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Apparently, the fire sale has already begun. Fred Wilpon, in an attempt to justify the deal, said, "He thinks he's going to get Phillie Phanatic money. He's had everything wrong with him. He's not going to get it." [Photo credit: Uni-Watch.com]

With a tip of the cap to Sokojoe from this past week's "This Week in Mets Quotes".

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With a tip of the cap to Sokojoe from this past week's "This Week in Mets Quotes".

The Mets would prefer that you not tell them what to do with Jose Reyes

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From Hardball Talk Mainly posted for the comments - in which one of our long-lost favorite trolls posted, showing his usual trolliness. Ladies and gentlemen, I present "alawson2"!

Pedro Beato: "I hate the Yankees"

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"My family – I can tell there are no Yankees fans." RAmen. If only I could say the same.

3 Realistic New Modes in "MLB 11: The Show"

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From Sports Pickle. I especially love the description of the "Old-Timey vs. Sabermetric" game engines.

Cubs Bullpen Catcher Found With Eight Pounds of Pot

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No wonder Zambrano didn't mind being sent to the bullpen. Maybe this was part of his anger management...

Since hearing the news today that Sparky Anderson has been placed in a Hospice unit due to his late...

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Anderson

Since hearing the news today that Sparky Anderson has been placed in a Hospice unit due to his late stage dementia, I have been thinking about his amazing career. As many of you know, I am in my mid 40s, and my first playoff memories came in '73 (I remember the Harrelson v. Rose tussle as if it were yesterday). Throughout the 70s, the Big Red Machine was full of players I either hated or grudgingly respected. Sparky, however, was another story. He appealed to this preteen Mets fan from Connecticut as somebody he'd like to have associated with his team. Some may, perhaps, say that he fell into his success, given the talent on his teams both in Cincinnati and Detroit, but there is no question that his players loved to play for him, and he was always an ambassador for baseball. I'm not a particularly religious person, but Mr. Anderson is in my thoughts and prayers.

Dickey decides the fate of the free world

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Dickey decides the fate of the free world

It didn't take them long - the Wilpons found their guy!

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It didn't take them long - the Wilpons found their guy!

On November 13, Jerry Manuel was asked to remove himself from his place of business; that request...

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On November 13, Jerry Manuel was asked to remove himself from his place of business; that request came from us all.

Click to embiggen this monumental Dickey

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Click to embiggen this monumental Dickey

Thought I'd join in the Dickey MSPaint funfest. I'm not proud of this by any stretch, but submit...

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Thought I'd join in the Dickey MSPaint funfest. I'm not proud of this by any stretch, but submit it for your approval:

The 7 Players on Every Little League World Series Team

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I love Sports Pickle, and this is a great read. Especially love the references to Eckstein and the speed calculation of the pitches.

Thinking outside the box...it ain't gangsta

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Thinking outside the box...it ain't gangsta

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