Everywhere you turn to, sports writers and bloggers are covering a certain angle of the game. From Victor Cruz's penchant for salsa dancing to Tom Brady's overrated good looks to Madonna's halftime show, there is no shortage of material for writers to cover. So tell me, Mets fans. Why did one particular writer use his Super Bowl article to make a joke about the Mets?
In an article posted to espn.com this morning, Jerry Greene touched upon a gamut of topics from Wing Bowl XX (won by Takeru Kobayashi - who I guess has gotten over his three losses to Carlos Beltran in the fictional Wiener War) to chicken plucking to the actual Super Bowl itself. However, it was a paragraph near the end of his article that caught my attention.
A few paragraphs before his Super Bowl prediction (he picks the Pats to win by two touchdowns), he provides a link to an article by Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Never mind the fact that he misspelled Davison's name (Greene spelled it Davidson). What was truly offensive was his little rip on the Mets at the end of the paragraph. In discussing Davison's article about which five teams had the best offseasons and which five had the poorest, Greene says:
"Hey, Mets fans, which list do you think you're on?"
So nice that a fan of chicken plucking found it in him to add his two cents and a plucked feather about the state of the Mets in his Super Bowl article. We all know the Mets had a poor offseason. So did the Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros, according to Davison's well-written article (a writer Greene can learn a thing or two from). But of course, he chooses to single out the Mets in his weak attempt at humor.
We get it. It's fun to rip on the Mets when they're doing poorly. Even I, a die-hard Mets fan, do it on this site. (Ask me about my disdain for Joe Orsulak one day. It's a doozy of a story.) But to do it in an article that's supposed to be about football on the most sacred day in all of sports, Super Bowl Sunday? That's just a little overboard.
Super Bowl Sunday is the one day of the year that it's okay not to think about baseball. The day should be all about football and all the trimmings that go with it (like the chicken wings that Takeru Kobayashi enjoys so much). It's not a time to make jokes at the Mets' expense. Jerry Greene can go pluck himself for all I care. But then again, a kick through his uprights would probably do the trick just as well.