2002-06-22 / Sports

Beaning, Whining, Falling Down And South Park. What??!!!

By Elio Velez

Beaning, Whining, Falling Down
And South Park. What??!!!
By Elio Velez

Is the Roger Clemens- Mike Piazza thing over yet? Has everybody had their fill of pontificators spewing about Shawn Estes’ true intentions in throwing at Clemens? The answers to those questions is sadly, no and the issue won’t go away. The media will be blamed for being the true evil in promoting this endless charade. The true blame for the incessant chatter goes to the fans.

That’s right, you the fans.

Since you want to harp the issue by calling WFAN 24 hours day and night, the issue will never die. Instead of moving on to the next series of interleague games or how the Yanks and Mets are in second place, the conspiracy theorists still believe Clemens will throw one at Piazza at Yankee Stadium next month. We the media eat this up with fava beans and a nice Chianti. Of course we’re going to talk about it because you want it. Even if it makes for tired copy, we are going to report what the big talk has been. We aren’t dumb. We’re trying to sell newspapers.

The talk ends by moving on and going on to real discussions like the steroid and contractions issues that MLB and the players union do not want the fans to whisper about. The real problems that plague this sport are pushed to the backburner, for a feud that Piazza and surely this writer, wants ended.

When some Met fans (not all Mets fans) wanted Clemens head on a shiskebob stick, the focus wasn’t on winning ballgames; it was on wanting bloodshed. Fans wanted to revisit the old Roman Coliseum and vote to off Clemens’ head. The Mets winning 2 out of 3 against the Yankees and saving their season wasn’t important because Estes didn’t prove he was a man. What utter crap. The Mets won the ballgame 8-0 and Estes and Piazza humiliated Clemens. That’s the most important part of the story.

I thought New York fans were more sophisticated than to engage in stupid banter. And before I end this, some Yankee fans will not be left off the hook on this one. They also participated in the madness by wanting Clemens to bean batters other than Piazza.

When Rob Dibble of ESPN says the Mets are punks for not going after Clemens, that is his opinion. Even if the opinion was moronic talk from a less than mediocre former relief pitcher. People such as Dibble want to keep pushing this story for a while. Your job is to tune them out and focus on what are truly the important issues that should be talked about.

Stop The Whining

That message goes to Kenyon Martin of the Nets for openly questioning his teammates after the final loss to the Lakers in Game 4. Martin said, "It's the most important game of our lives and people went and they just didn't bring it." So he scored 35 points in the last game. Big Deal. Keith Van Horn and Kerry Kittle may have been awful, but where were you in Game 1, where you shot 7 for 22? What about the 2 of 8 shooting for 6 points in Game 2? Those teammates should be questioning your lack of playing hard in those first two losses. This summer Kenyon, work on your jump shot, curb the technicals and learn to curb your mouth.

The Bully Goes Down

I am not one to dance on people when they are down. But in Mike Tyson’s case, I am dancing a jig. Lennox Lewis taught the bully a lesson in the sweet science. Lewis taught Tyson how to win a fight in the ring and not at the press conference. I don’t feel sorry for Tyson. Don King was the man who sent his tax attorney to clear Tyson of a rape charge in 1992. Tyson left prison and went back to King. Good luck with the pigeons Iron Mike.

Off The Beaten Path

South Park comes back on June 26 with all new episodes. It is still a funny show, not just because of stupid jokes but its insight and scathing criticism against the important issues of today. The Catholic Church, Hollywood and the War in Afghanistan are just a few of the topics that the South Park gang will delve into. It is definitely must see TV. Comedy Central, Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

Until next week, Peace.

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