Archive: October, 2009
Philadelphia's been a punchline for as long as I can remember -- long before most of us were around, even. After all, it was way back in 1940, in a movie with Mae West called "My Little Chickadee," that W.C. Fields famously stood on the gallows and told his executioner, ""I'd like to see Paris before I die. Philadelphia will do." Back in Fields' day, the knock on the City of Brotherly Love was just that it was so dull -- closing up at 10 o' clock, second prize is two weeks in Philadelphia, yada yada yada. Over the next seven decades, as pro sports increasingly became the city's remaining portal into the nation's consciousness, you could add the epithet "boorish" to "boring" -- there were snowballs at Santa Claus (sort of) and catcalls for just about anyone.
Oh, and did I mention that we're fat?
I've decided I don't post enough right-wing conspiracy theories on Attytood, so here goes:
The world comes to Philadelphia this weekend.
The buck -- and the World Series -- stops right here.
A.J. and Pedro each mowed down the side in the 1st -- looks like another battle.
Quick prediction: Phillies in 6, with Pedro Martinez FTW a week from tonight.
Discuss the game below.
I'm the Under Assistant West Coast Promo Man again.
Philadelphia was remarkable in its own right. Almost unthinkably—although it wasn’t known at the time—the National League Most Valuable Player award would go to a relief pitcher, 33-year-old veteran Jim Konstanty, who logged almost unheard-of numbers out of the Phillies’ bullpen. Konstanty appeared in 74 games, threw 152 innings, saved 22 games and won 16 more, lost only seven and posted an ERA+ of 152.
UPDATE: Some 68 percent of his constituents in Connecticut favor the public option, but Joe Lieberman is instead siding with his campaign contributors: $2,395,369 from the health sector and $1,033,402 from the insurance industry during his undistinguished Senate career. Researchers at the Harvard Medical School say that 45,000 Americans die from lack of insurance coverage every year, so extending that to Connecticut's roughly 3.5 million people, that would be about 1,000 every year just in the Nutmeg State alone. I wish Lieberman could be forced to explain his position to the families of every blessed one of the deceased.
has more power than the Acting Substitute Philadelphia Daily News Night City Editor, which I find myself here for a couple days during what should have been one of the most blog-worthy weeks in Philadelphia history. So talk amongst yourselves about the great issues of the day, such as trading sex for World Series tickets. Here's the Rolling Stones seeking to explain my increasing obscure headlines:
If you're going to Arlen Specter,* be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. If the born-again Democratic senator from Pennsylvania drifts any further to the left, his political raft may wash up on American Samoa -- or at least Haight-Ashbury -- in a few weeks. This is what he said back in 1996, when he was one of 85 senators who supported something called the Defense of Marriage Act (via Nexis: States News Service, Sept. 11, 1996):
The vote on gay marriages was not nearly as close, as Santorum and Specter joined an overwhelming majority -- 85-14 -- to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.