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My first night in New York

Posted by keithosaunders on July 11, 2016

I arrived at JFK airports in New York City on April 10th, 1984.  I took the subway from the airport – read express A train to Manhattan –  but when it came time to change trains I discovered that the uptown IRT was out of service.  I emerged from the subway and immediately discovered the reason why:  a rain storm of biblical proportions. This was my introduction to the charm of New York weather.

I tried to hail a cab but this proved to be no easy task in midtown Manhattan during rush hour in the middle of a subway outage.  Finally I was able to share a cab with a couple of strangers and I was able to travel the mile and a half to 74th st and West End Ave in a mere 45 minutes.

My cousin, who I would be staying with until I found a place of my own, lived in the old Hotel Esplinade. I arrived, dropped my bags off and went in search of dinner. I walked a few blocks up Broadway until I came to The Pizza Joint.  There I ordered the best meatball hero I had ever tasted.  Of course this could have been me, fresh off the boat,  over-romanticizing New York.  Over the years, however, I would return to the Pizza Joint, as well as its cousin, The Burger Joint, and I’ll be damned if they didn’t make some of the best meatball heroes and burgers ever.

I returned to the Esplinade and my cousin still wasn’t home from work.  With nothing to do I sequestered myself in his bedroom and turned on his clock radio hoping to find a baseball game.  The Yankees had just finished and the Mets were off that night (Monday) so I was out of luck there.  Turning the dial I stumbled upon a Rangers/Islanders playoff game that was in overtime.  What luck!  Ten minutes later the game came to an end on an Islander goal.  All of a sudden, out of one of the adjoining bedrooms I heard this blood-curdling scream.  If I hadn’t have been listening to the game I’m sure I would have thought somebody was committing murder.  Later I would discover it was my cousin’s sullen roommate, Rothstein.

And that was my first of 9,490 nights in New York City.

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Taping’s finest hour

Posted by keithosaunders on April 21, 2011

 This is a great time of year for sports — the baseball season is in full swing and the NBA and NHL playoffs have begun.  The overlap can be overwhelming, but thanks to the miracle of the DVR, taping multiple ongoing events is a reality, making it possible for the sports fan to live the dream.  Of course, even with modern technology all it takes is for one caveman to spoil your evening by divulging the score of a taped event.  There are numerous other pitfalls to avoid as well.  Here then is a recounting of one of my most successful taping days:  This past Sunday, the 17th, in the year of our sports god 2011.

 
I had a gig, but wanted to see game two of Rangers/Captitals, and Knicks/Celtics, as well as catch the end of Rockies/Cubs.  As long as I was already taping the Knicks, I figured I may as well set the DVR to record the second half of the NBA doubleheader, Nuggets/Thunder.  The baseball Giants were playing, but I knew they would be on the TV at the bar I was gigging at, so I opted not to record their game.

When I started the car, I turned on the Giants game on the radio to hear the 9th inning — they were leading the Diamondbaks 5-4 at the time.  The first thing out of Jon Miller’s mouth was,  “It’s over in Colorado….”   Quick as a cat, I whipped my hand to the radio and turned off the volume, avoiding hearing the score.  I then (carefully) changed the station. 
 
As predicted, the Giants game was being shown on the TV at the bar.  It was an extra inning game and I was thinking, “good, let it go 20 innings and they’ll never change it to the Knicks)  BUT…by the first break the game had ended and the Knicks was on one TV, and Sportscenter was on the other.  Fortunately I live in a town where people don’t give a rats ass about any teams other than the locals, so I was in little danger of anyone commenting on the games.  What’s more, this fellow ex-New Yorker sax player came in.  He had also taped the Knicks and he warned me not to tell him anything.  Me, spoil a taped event?!  Did he realize who he was talking to?
 
At one point I accidentally looked at the TV showing Sportscenter  and of course the Rockies/Cubs highlights were on, but miraculously I didn’t see the score.
 
The rest of the night passed without incident and I arrived home to savor my spoils.  I stayed up late watching everything except for the second half of the Denver game, but I finished watching it the following day at lunch without knowing the ending. 

And that’s how you record multiple events.

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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.

Jeff writes:

 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, [1984] 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?!  

Edgar Renteria

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