Mr. U-Turn works his magic. Congratulations San Francisco Giants!
Posted by keithosaunders on November 2, 2010
The data you are about to read was complied by my best friend and greatest-ever Yankee fan, Jeff, of Where’s Mazzei fame. None of the names have been changed to protect the innocent. That’s because nobody is innocent.
So it occurs to me that before you came to New York, the Mets were horrible, the Yankees were in decline, the Rangers were the Red Sox of the NHL while the Devils were the ultimate doormats. The Nets and Knicks were going no place fast, and the Giants and Jets were inconsistent on the negative side.
While you were here, [New York] the Mets became immediate contenders and won their first series in 17 years while the Yankees eventually turned themselves around for one of their best runs since the fifties. The Rangers won their first cup in over 50 years while the Devils followed with 3 of their own. The Nets and Knicks made it to 4 NBA finals, the Giants went to 4 Superbowls winning 3, and the Jets at least were able to win some post season games and make it to the AFC championship game which hadn’t happened in ages. And now you are 3 months in the Bay Area and the Giants win their first World Series in over 50 years. And when was the last time the Raiders and 49ers won on the same Sunday?
It’s ironic, however, that when you arrived in New York,  the Islanders were the 4-time defending Stanley Cup champions. The first year you were here for the hockey playoffs, they set the all-time NHL record by winning their 19th straight playoff series only to get swept in the finals. Except for that 4-overtime game 7 thriller in 1987, it’s been all downhill for them which is why when you come to town, the sports franchises call you “Mr. U-turn”. Expect a call from the Clippers.
And so, as we bid a fond adieu to the 2010 baseball season and turn our full attention towards the winter sports I would like to say congratulations to the most unlikely of champions — The San Francisco Giants. Who would have thought way back in April — even as late as August — that this team, whose highest profile player, Barry Zito, did not even make the post season roster, would emerge on top. We also have to give it up to the Texas Rangers, another unlikely contender. Though they finally ran out of gas this past week, they have had by far the best season in their franchise’s history and with any luck should be able to compete in the foreseeable future.
San Francisco, my work here is done. I am now weighing offers from Washington D.C., as well as Seattle. Chicago called to enquire about the Cubs but I respectfully declined saying that this is beyond even my powers. Now…how about those Oregon Ducks?!