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The 69′ Mets Invented Champagne Celebrations

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Neil Best followed up on his “anti champagne celebration” blog post with this interesting tidbit: As far as I can tell, the notion of spraying champagne to celebrate a sports victory began with Dan Gurney after the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans. Whether or not that is accurate. I do know that by 1969 […]

Best: Enough With the Champagne Celebration

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Interesting take from Neil Best regarding the traditional champagne celebration from MLB teams after winning a division. Still, and I hate to be a party pooper here, but the increasingly ritualized practice of baseball teams spraying and/or consuming bubbly after every postseason achievement has gotten as stale as the carpeting in the Yankees’ plush new […]

Weekly Digest Tonight @ 8pm

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Howard has the night off to celebrate Yom Kippur, but the show must go on. I will be joined by Newsday sports columnist Jim Baumbach as we talk about the 2009 AL East Champs. We will discuss the underrated Alex Rodriguez, postseason roster configuration, and Friday’s Joba Chamberlain start. Mets fans will also get to […]

Egg Shells, Sterling Player of the Year, Ian Kennedy

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

- Torii Hunter told NY Times Jack Curry that the Yankees appear to be having “having a lot more fun this year” and not “walking on eggshells”. Funny how relaxing and letting the game flow leads to solid results. In the past the Yankees treated the baseball season like it was war. Any outcome short […]

Watch: Video Tour of Keith’s Home

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Newsday’s Neil Best had a chance to spend some time with Keith Hernandez this week. We all hear Keith talk about his long commute from Sag Harbor to Citi Field during telecasts. Well, courtesy of Newsday, we can read about Neil Best day at Keith’s house and watch a video tour below or by following […]

The Koosman Curse?

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

We all know about curses in New York sports. The Rangers use to have 1940, the Cubs have the billy goat, and the Red Sox broke their Babe Ruth jinx against the Yankees in 2004. During times of drought fans like to point to their own curses as reasons for failure. The Cardinals fans started […]

NY Post Shouldn’t Copy ESPN Lead

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

On July 22nd, Neil Best spoke about the ESPN ban on NY Post contributors for their TV and Radio outlets. Post staffers such as Joel Sherman, who appears on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York, would no longer have their regular spots. This was in response to the NY Post running pictures of the Erin […]

Stupid Bat Tricks

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Courtesy of Newsday’s The Final Score

Instant Replay - A Possible Solution?

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Gary Carter wrote about this at his Newsday blog and I thought it was pertinent since some didn’t appreciate my complaints about the check swing. I am not looking to make the games any longer than they already are today. Remember, the main reason for long games is usually bad play combined with excessive advertising. […]

Carlos Beltran: I am Worried About MRI

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

As if the news couldn’t get any worse for Mets fans this came via Dave Lennon’s Twitter. Carlos Beltran on tomorrow’s exam/MRI: “I’m a little bit worried to be honest because the way I felt today - it was painful.” More from Howard and I on tonight’s show at 9:30 PM

Replay of NYBD on WGBB Tonight at 6pm

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Jim Baumbach of Newsday headlined last night’s show on WGBB. He was covering all 3 games for Newsday and we talked about how the Subway Series historically brings out odd off the field news, the impact Brian Bruney could have on the Yankees bullpen, if we think he can stay healthy, his state of the […]

More Subway Series Talk on WGBB Tonight @ 10pm

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

I will be on WGBB again tonight. Joining me will be Jim Baumbach of Newsday. He was covering all three games this weekend and will be able to give us some nice clubhouse perspective. The Yankees have indicated their desire to stream games online. How will this impact their revenue stream? Will we see even […]

Chat With Neil Best During Mets Game

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Neil Best will be up late tonight talking baseball with you during the Mets game. If you’re a night owl CLICK HERE to chat with Neil at Newsday’s Watchdog.

Life at Sirius with Mad Dog

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Earlier today Neil Best recapped an hour long conversation he had with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo about life at Sirius. It’s an interesting read not only because of Mad Dog, but some of the problems with WFAN that I have discussed are in there as well. Mad Dog discusses the freedom of satellite radio, the […]

Art Howe to Star in Moneyball Movie

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

The Final Score shared another interesting bit of sports news. That season will be celebrated on the big screen in 2011, when Steven Soderbergh’s “Moneyball” movie is released - with Brad Pitt playing Oakland general manager Billy Beane but many of the other principals playing themselves. Former Oakland manager Art Howe is on board, as […]