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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
We are gathered here today to say goodbye to one of the finer blogs ever to be paved into this information superhighway we call the InterWeb, but which was taken from us too soon by neglectful parents.
Pink Hat Nation came into this world in the summer of 2007 with all the promise a young sports Web log could offer. Funny pictures? Check. Passionate fandom? Check. Name with a meaning even the author themselves couldn't quite recall? Check. And for the first few months of its life, it flourished. Even gaining the occasional reader who wasn’t related to the site’s three main authors.
But then some time around the spring of 2008, due to a perfect storm of the Padres sucking, football season not being on, and the world of pop culture’s gravitational pull, Pink Hat Nation suffered neglect. Its own founders accept full responsibility, and apologize to those two people who still checked in every few months or so.
And so, on this partly cloudy November day, we say adieu to Pink Hat Nation. May your cries of “Heath Bell for closer!” “Play Eric Weddle!” and “You only hate the Red Sox because they’re awesome!” echo on into infinity.
Pink Hat Nation is survived by a sister blog, Gingers is the Watchword. In lieu of flowers, please read her, or send cash donations.
Posted by Liz at 12:09 PM
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I get emails from Major League Baseball a lot, because I was stupid enough to buy a t-shirt or something from them after the Red Sox won in 2004. Now, for four years, I get at least five emails from them a week. I have tried to get off this mailing list. There's no getting off. Apparently buying a t-shirt from MLB is some kind of Faustian bargain. Tell your children.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Yeseterday was a particularly pathetic NFL Sunday, starting with the Bolts getting 37 points hung on them by the Saints in a loss. And now a Bay area resident, I'm also subject to one of the worst forms of pro football Chinese water torture: watching San Francisco 49ers games.
However, one awesome thing did come out of their loss to the Seahawks. New head coach Mike Singletary, one of the greats on the mid 80's Bears defense, is apparently going old school on his players. I honestly wish more coaches were like this, and it's awesome to see a guy that's willing to tell his "star" players to hit the showers during the middle of the game:
“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”
Friday, October 24, 2008
Anyhoo, hopefully we'll be back in the saddle here as I try and constantly wriggle free of the eternal pestilence known as "work."
So what do all our readers need right now? Nothing like a cold brew on tap and an awesome Ray Hawk to brighten your day:
Ray Hawks > Pink Hats
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Because I know the biggest question on your mind right now is, “How does Liz feel about this?” I’ll tell you: I’m perplexed. See, generally, I root for whichever team beat mine (unless it’s the Yankees) because my feeling is, if you got beat by the best team, the loss is easier to take.
So this would lead me to supporting the Rays. Also, I tend to root for the American League team in the World Series (again, unless it’s the Yankees), so that too would lend itself to Rays support.
But, I have often said that if I were suddenly given the power of the Sports Gods, I would give championships to Cleveland, San Diego and Philadelphia, in that order. The Phillies are an old school team and Philadelphia hasn’t won a championship since the Phils raised the banner in ’80, so in some regards, I want to root for them.
What are you all’s thoughts? With whom should I side? I’ll do whatever you tell me, Pink Hat Nation. I always do.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Dear Philadelphia Phillies,
Congratulations! As I write this, you are on the cusp of beating the Dodgers to caputre your first National League pennant since 1993. I personally think you're going to do it. (Please don't beat to me to death in an abandoned warehouse if things don't work out).
Unfortunately, your probable victory over Hell-A is where the good news ends. Because you are going to meet the Tampa Bay Rays, and this is going to go badly for you.
The Rays are currently beating the Red Sox 11-2 in game 4 of the ALCS, on their way to taking a 3-1 series lead. Everyone keeps talking about how the Sox overcame a 3-1 deficit in last year's ALCS, but trust me - this series is over. The Sox pitchers couldn't find home plate with a GPS right now, and their batters looks like they're trying to swing telephone poles. The Rays on the other hand, look the frickin' 1927 Yankees. Nope, no comeback this year.
Honestly, around the time the Rays scored their tenth run, a sort of Zen came over me. (This was, admitedly, also around the time I ran out of swear words). But really, all I ever wanted out of the Red Sox my whole life was a World Series win, and they gave me two. And there's always last year. Let the Rays have their fun. I'll be right back there for my Sox the minute pitchers and catchers report next winter. I think other Sox fans will do the same. We're fat and happy right now.
But you, my dear Phillies, are in for a rough road.
Philadelphia fans are like Boston fans without the class.* Have you ever looked into their eyes? They're like wounded animals trying to bite their leg out of a trap. They're full of fear, anger and a hatred of all that's beautiful. This is mostly a result of watching the Eagles every year, but since most Eagles fans are also Phillies fans, the mentality carries over.
If the Phillies lose to the Rays in the World Series - the ten year old, just finished over .500 for the first time Rays - Philadelphia fans just might tear them apart right there on the field of Citizen's Bank Park. I can see it now: The Rays will be in the locker room spraying champagne. Fox reporters will be whooping it up with them, when the camera will cut to the Phillie's dugout for loser reaction. There, a grim faced sideline reporter, her hair caked with blood, will stammer, "They...They just kept coming. They wouldn't stop. Bare teeth...ripping jerseys...the Phanatic! Dear God, the poor, poor Phanatic!"
Since I started this post, the Rays have put up two more runs. They're not only for real, they're merciless. And they're coming for you, Phillies. Don't say you weren't warned.
Yours in pre-expansion preference,
*Before you Philistines fill our comment sections with derogatory braying against Sox fans, please note this is called "a joke."
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
With the Red Sox entering the ALCS for the second year in a row, the Haterade is flowing like champagne in a winner’s locker room. People are grousing about how spoiled and entitled Boston fans have become, even throwing around comparisons to Yankees fans. **Shudder**
They’re not wrong. Boston fans, with the recent success of the Patriots, Celtics, and of course, Sox, have been spoiled rotten this decade. And from what I hear, the crowds back in the Big B are becoming entitled boors. From the perspective of those us who aren’t total bandwagoners, it feels warranted to an extent, since our teams sucked for so long, but I know no one else sees it this way (just look at the comments on this post).
I just think its fascinating, and a little bit amusing, how easy it is for a team to get hated these days. You used to have to win at least a dozen championships. Now, in this world so short on attention and perspective that we need a show to recap what happened the previous week, all it takes is two.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
It's finally here...MLB playoff time. I've been telling anyone who will listen for awhile now, it will be Cubs vs. Rays in the World Series. The only team I can see spoiling my prediction are the godamned LA Angels of Anaheim. And Lord help me, if the Dodgers make the series, things will not be pretty...for anyone.