Last night during Sportsnet's World Series CanCon moments they did one of those inane filler polls -- who's your favourite lovable losing team, or somesuch -- where they invite people to email in their answer to a question (eg, who do you think is going to get the hit that brings the Red Sox back?, during Boston's 14-2 loss in the ALDS).
I'm all for anything that cuts into Warren Sawkiw's camera time, and this one was surely better than most -- but really fellows, do you even have to ask the question?
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|April '77, Exhibition Stadium: In the background, as they always have been until now, check out those old Sox jammies disguised as uniforms.|
There is only one now.
So the White Sox win and never mind if this Game 4 was for the most part "a lifeless, listless dud," according to Richard Griffin. (There mustn't be a whole lot going on when all you hear from the home park is the sound of bees over the speakers.) Maybe you have to be from Chicago to understand or even care about the deeper import of this victory, but Bernie Lincicome, one of my longtime faves in the writing game, gives it a try:
"It was put to me by a longtime Chicagoan that if the Cubs were in the Series, it would be just that, "The Cubs are in the Series!" But with the White Sox, it is that Chicago is in the Series.
For a long part of the '80s, the team had no designation at all that identified them with Chicago, not on their shirts or caps or luggage. They were merely the Sox, rootless, unloved and defiantly OK with it."
North of the border, does this thing resonate at all? The ratings in the U.S. have been low, and with the NHL back, they have been down about the same 30 per cent from last year here.
Oh, and here's an item from Bob Elliott over at Team Sun: Tim McCleary, Jays assistant GM going back to the Gord Ash era, has been let go.
(Blog note: We're almost into our third month of this thing of ours. And rather than one big posting for the day, we're going to change up the format to a more tradition blog -- if there is such a thing. Smaller items. Less filling. Don't say we didn't warn ya.)