Replaceable Friday: Existential Mets Philosophy. Preseason NFL Ruminations

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FLUSHING, QUEENS:
To believe or not to believe that is the question Met fans? Do we go with Tug McGraw’s “Ya Gotta Believe” is it “Once Bitten Twice Shy?” Ironically that was written by the band Great White before they burned on stage in a bizarre pyrotechnics mishap. Will the Metropolitans face a similar fate? The crossroads of the season is upon us and at least they’ve got our attention. The 2019 Mets are a team of intrigue. Anchored by the young guns the polar bear and the squirrel and a now five deep starting rotation will they fizzle out like so many of their predecessors or will they take this one to the promised land?

Let’s examine:
As a Met fan I’ve lived the road to ruin many a times. 1985, 1988, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2016, 2015 all come to mind– that’s a lot of disappointment. Every single one of those seasons ended the wrong way, why will this season be any different? Yeah ok you can say at least they were in it and during many of those seasons there was an exciting playoff run that ultimately ended in disappointment. However its the disappointment I am focused on, you see as sharing a town the most arrogant Yankee fans has led us to see nothing less than a championship as success. On that note this season will ultimately end in more failure, but at what level? Will it be just missing the playoffs on the last day of the season or will the fans get a few weeks of October drama or one day of doom like in 2016? Only time will tell, but we should have a pretty good idea in about six days where this team stands– hold on to your hats! I’m sure it will go badly. Also I truly appreciate the Jacob deGrom has decided the nickname on the back of his players weekend jersey will be simply: deGrom, Awesome.

The Giants played the Jets in preseason last night and lo and behold Daniel (David Brown?) Jones actually looked like he can play QB in this league with deep accurate throws and a perfect completion rate. But putting myself in the once bitten twice shy category I’m going to have to wait a few more series before I fall “in full blown love” with Jones as the Colonel Gettleman

did. Also the man who was almost killed on draft night, Corey Ballentine (Ale) looked solid nabbing an INT. Maybe the Giants can go 7-9 this year and not draft any edge rushers of note once again. The Jets new uniforms look absolutely horrible btw. Come back tomorrow for Junoir Blaber who will argue they are the height of fashion.

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