If The Athletics Stayed: Philly would love the Bash Brothers

July 8, 2009 by Zaki  
Filed under Philly

Introducing a new feature called If The Athletics Stayed, that will likely appear whenever one of our cherished teams does something precious like lose to a team they just historically reamed the night before. In said feature, we will take a quick look into what life would be like as a Philly baseball fan had the Athletics stayed in town instead of moving to Kansas City in 1955 (and eventually to Oakland in 1968).

For this edition, we’ll take a look at the “Bash Brothers” of Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire and how this town would likely still hold a spot in their hearts for the two poster children of the steroid era had they played for the Philadelphia Athletics.

Would Philly be any different than any other love-struck town like LA, San Francisco and New York if we had a couple of star athletes that were later found to be dirty? I’d like to think so, but the obvious answer would be “no, we’d be no different.”

After Mike Schmidt (who fell off after 1987, coincidentally when the Bash Brothers were just heating up), the Phillies had a major power outage for the next 15 or so years until Pat Burrell and Jim Thome came to town.  Can you imagine how popular the A’s would have been in this town over the lowly Phils teams of the late 80′s and through the 90′s (1993 aside) if we were able to see Canseco and McGwire “across town?”

Now of course, this assumes that we didn’t know anything about steroids back then, and I think the bulk of fans didn’t have a clue (myself included, since I was in high school at the height of the steroid era in 2001). Contrary to what Mike Missanelli would mislead you to believe, the big talk was about a “juiced ball”, smaller ballparks and diluted pitching due to expansion, not about steroids.

I say this because we would have probably accepted the “Bash Brothers” like we do Ryno and Utley today, and even when the news broke that McGwire was catching whatever Jose “The Candyman” Canseco was pitching (take that however you want), we would probably forgive and embrace them just like Oakland did. Sports fans are like naive, abused girlfriends: You can cheat your ass off, but as long as you throw in a couple “please baby, baby, baby please’s”, they’ll take you right back.

If the A’s stayed in town, you know Philly would have gone nuts for the “Broad Street Bash Brothers” or some other corny 90′s nickname. Don’t deny it.

Elderly man robbed, beaten by local shock jock Mike Missanelli; Angry fans weigh in

May 14, 2009 by Zaki  
Filed under Headlines, Philly

Area sports fans are now speaking out against Mike Missanelli for his unprovoked assault on an unsuspecting geriatric man on Tuesday.

The attack took place on Missanelli’s 950 ESPN radio show when a random caller was quickly robbed of what little self-respect he had and beaten savagely by the radio host for more than seven minutes because of his harmless views on Philly sports fans.

Though the identity and credentials of the caller were unknown at the time of the incident, the victim was later identified as Skip Bayless, but little is still known about his credentials that qualified him to discuss anything about Philadelphia sports.

Philly fans were quick to defend Bayless, despite his sweeping judgment against each of them.

“Mikey Miss should really be ashamed of himself,” said Dane Whitaker of Camden. “That guy had no idea where he was or who he was talking to even though someone had just told him a second ago before he got on the phone. The old cat was obviously having an episode and Mike just lit into him. I thought Mike was better than that.”

Other fans also recognized Bayless’ disability and are calling for Missanelli to be fired.

“Mike’s gotta go after what he did to that old ass man,” said Joel Roman of Bensalem. “Only senior citizens have the right to pummel each other like that. If it was [Howard] Eskin giving him the business, it would be a different story.”