The road to the playoffs will extend through tomorrow, as the Phils dropped one to the Nationals today and the Mets won. We're back to a dead heat with one game left. I'll be there on Sunday nervously twitching and yes, keeping score.
I just checked on StubHub. My seat is worth $295. I ain't selling. The top price for tickets is $883, with most seats available in the $400 range. I wonder how that kind of thing is legal while prostitution is illegal? I think you're getting screwed either way.
So, it's down to the Phillies and Mets for the National League East. Loser goes home. If the Phillies win, the Mets have to lose for the Phils to win outright. If both teams win or lose, it would force a tie-break game on Monday, here. It would be the perfect way to drive another stake into the hearts of Mets fans, but I'd rather them just lose on Sunday.
Mostly, we hate the Mets and their fans. It's odd, since the Phillies and Mets were never really good at the same time, so one of them was always beating up on the other. That's how it is with the Eagles and Cowboys, too. Most of the time, the Cowboys won, which only makes Philadelphia fans more angry.
I've noticed that the last two National TV games have consisted of trashing the Philadelphia sports fans. I think it's because we're easy targets. We get overly emotional and we are prone to extreme acts like - God forbid - booing.
Today, the Fox Sports cameras focused on fans either bored, yawning or staring blankly into space. The announcers couldn't figure out why the fans were so morose. Trailing 4 to nothing with Adam Eaton on the mound doesn't fill us with joy.
Last Monday night's Eagles game featured the relentless attack of Tony Kornheiser, as he used most of the third quarter to bait Charles Barkley into ranting about the shabby treatment he got while he was here - most of which sounds to me like revisionist history.
It isn't surprising that announcers and former players who now get paid to be objective would find expression offensive. Last week, Eagles analyst Mike Quick said that Eagles fans were "stupid" for booing Donovan McNabb when he was introduced before the game, just after he made some racially divisive comments. Quick didn't get it, either.
By 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon, Phildelphia fans will once again be in the spotlight. Either as winners or losers. It's hard to be critical of a winner. Losers, however, are fair game. I'm guessing that win or lose, when the Phils leave the field tomorrow, the fans will give them a standing ovation. If you see it on the local sports reports, I'd be surprised.
By the way, those snowballs we threw at Santa Claus? The one that happened like 40 years ago and we have to keep hearing about? He was a lousy, dirty Santa and he deserved to be pelted. We'd do it again.