Angry Ward Wednesday: Deadline Schmedline – Harden Goes to the Clip Joint and a Modest Proposal to Bring Back Sam’s-a-Fan and West Coast Craig

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NEW YORK, NY – Halloween is over, which means we all somehow willed ourselves to November. Great job, everyone! Kudos! The NFL Trade Deadline is over too, with the big move being my Minnesota Vikings acquiring journeyman QB Joshua Dobbs from Arizona. Just kidding. Niners getting Chase Young from Washington probably tops that. And now Dak and Dallas REALLY don’t want to see SF again come playoff time. The World Series is chugging along with the Rangers up 2-1 (as of this writing) and Max Scherzer injured again (so, what else is new?). So, what the heck am I supposed to talk about?

James Harden to Clippers. I honestly don’t know how James Harden keeps finding teams interested in him. His latest stop will be back in LA with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook in what I can only guess is some Hollywood producer’s idea of a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest reboot. I mean, there should be room for Kyrie in this cast too, no?

Hockey.  Eh, Ben Whitney covered this yesterday. But this does remind me that we once had a commenter here—I think his name was David?—who constantly used to chime in with: Hockey is a niche sport. I kinda miss that guy. You know who else I miss around here?

Sam’s-a-Fan and West Coast Craig. Sam’s-a-Fan (aka Fluffy the Narwhal) and West Coast Craig used to be  MtM (small “t” for JG Clancy) stalwarts, the former an absolute must-read in the comments section almost daily and the latter the author of the brilliant running baseball serial, The Manny, featuring Manny Ramirez and Joe Torre as Mr. Joe. We need to get these dudes back here, even if it’s once a year for some sort of Old Timers’ Day. I’m willing to give up five years’ Matts salary and half of my Matts pension to make it happen. This digital dungeon just ain’t the same without ’em.

Let’s check that trade deadline tracker one more time before I sign off. [clicks over] Nope, looks like I’m still working here and haven’t been dealt to the Peoria Pennysaver, as rumors had been swirling.

Come back tomorrow for Buddy Diaz, who easily could be talking about the 1-3 Knicks, (if they don’t win in Cleveland Tuesday night. Eureka, they won!)

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Angry Ward, who has admirers at the New York Times, is the quintessential angry sports fan but for one exception... he's flat-out funny. And the angrier he gets, the more amusing his work becomes. Psychiatrists say, "Angry Ward's 'anger' is a direct result of "Bronx/Mets syndrome: growing up in the Bronx as a Mets fan." As if that weren't enough, his Minnesota North Stars abandoned him for Dallas, forcing him to embrace The Wild the way Nancy Pelosi embraces Mitch McConnell at charity events. And while his Vikings only tease him with success, his Golden State Warriors actually win these days. A-Dubya is MTM's longest-tenured indentured servant, its Larry David and quite simply, "The Franchise." (Junoir Blaber disputes this). Vent, curse and giggle with him on Angry Ward Wednesdays.