I fully expect to see a piece on Page 2 within the next six months claiming that Rafael Betancourt destroyed our national innocence, using fictional outrage at RB as a vehicle for parodying the Bonds/PEDS/hypocrisy.
Because of this:
Which is incredibly similar to something I wrote on RR nearly exactly one year ago this week.
Considering this is Costas/Bissinger week, I wasn't exactly happy about this , considering that all blogs are dedicated to cruelty and profanity and done by idiots.
A collaborative piece posted by Jim Baker, Jonah Keri and Mike Philbrick on April 30th on ESPN's Page2, Step Aside is a humorous parody of the the endless, and endlessly tiring Yankees-Red Sox rivalry and the purple prose that it's generated. Ha! The Orioles and Rays, two pathetic teams, dividing a town miles from both and obviously not a battleground. That's pretty good. There's even a take on the old saw about familes being divided, and it's all the better because the town, in this case, Manning, South Carolina, is simply a tiny lil dot on the map.
The post on Page2 (or is it Page 2?) is funny, and I would have enjoyed it, as it's the kind of thing I really love. Unfortunately, I didn't, because I wrote something highly similar almost exactly one year ago: The Battle for Grass Creek, Wyoming. Parody of Yankes-Sawx? Check. Two pathetic teams with no actual rivalry? Check. Highlighting a tiny town sarcastically caught in the middle? Check.
Point being, expect that hilarious Page 2 riff on Betancourt any day now.
I remain, your most humble and obedient servant,