Saturday, September 22, 2007

Trash talking

My son, Ben, is a fine fellow. He's 11 years old and brings his father great joy. But he has one quirk - he really dislikes my beloved Milwaukee Brewers. And he's not subtle about it. I commend to your attention his blog, which features a fountain of Brewers bashing, along with my rejoinder to the calumnies Ben heaps on my beloved Brew Crew:

www.bens-sportsblog.blogspot.com

I'll say this for my son - for an 11 year old kid, he's got the trash talking thing down pat. He could take over for Jim Rome except that he's too young to grow a ridiculous goatee.

It's an odd sensation, 25 years on, to actually have the Brewers in a pennant race. And that the adversary is the Cubs is doubly odd. I remain hopeful that this particular pennant race will be the one in which the Cubs finally lose their cuddly, lovable loser persona. As we've said before, they are no such thing. Any team with a payroll over $100 million cannot be considered a plucky underdog. The irony is this - if the Cubs actually get in, this might be their best chance to get to the World Series yet. The rest of the teams in the NL are eminently beatable. The Diamondbacks have been winning with mirrors all season. The Padres have two dominant starters and not much else. The Mets are talented but incredibly erratic. Ditto on the Phillies.

All four prospective AL teams are better than anyone in the NL. Which one is the best? That's a topic for a future post.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ben needs to be reminded of an old Confucius saying: "It is far better to keep your mouth shut and be perceived to be an idiot, than to open it and remove all doubt...

Mark said...

Aw, c'mon anonymous, he's 11 years old. Idiot is part of his job description.

You should hear him jawing about his fantasy football team....

Mark said...

Ben says,

Hey you, anonymous, what's the matter with you? Can't take an 11-year old Jim Rome? I'm going to put the hurting on you just like Muhammad Ali's signature punch. So take that you disgraceful mindless poophead.

Chubby the stuffed animal puppy says,

Oh, you anonymous, I'm gonna bite you, punch you, tail whap you and kick you and roll high jump kick and mega kick. So cut it out or be sorry!