From the monthly archives:

September 2008

And Your Backpages: September 2008

by Backpageman on September 23, 2008

As many Backpageologists know, there are traditional geographic leanings to the New York locals. Long Island tends to be Mets-Jets-Icelanders country, while Manhattan, Westchester and New Jersey tend to go for the Yanks-Giants-Ranger troika.I hear there are Devils fans out there. I’ve just never met one. (Of course, there are many exceptions to the rule. For instance, Backpageman has a cousin who was a “die hard” Mets and Icelander fan in the 80s. But in the 90s he worked in Manhattan, preferred winning to losing and switched to the Yanks and Giants. Turns out dyin wasn’t so hard after all.) Well, the Mets-Jets-Iclelander fans have suffered far more, and, between the Mets and the Jets, last night was a painful one. My heart goes out to you, my brothers. All three papers went for the Met loss. Not only was it the bigger story but it also meant they didn’t have to stay late and wait for the Jet game to wrap. Here they are, wondering what they did to deserve this…. Your Backpages…

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Sending It Up To Shea Trashbags

by Backpageman on September 22, 2008

As New York, and the Media Elites across the country, wrap up their loving goodbye to The Stadium, it’s time to begin the Walk of Shame that will be the farewell to Shea. And what better way than by celebrating the Mets’ answer to Jeter Girls, Shea Trashbags. The most amazing part. It took over 9 minutes for security to break this up. Yet when Backpageman was Backpageboy, and we’d sneak into the oranges for the last inning of a 9-2 Met loss, those cranky old ushers would be on us in seconds.

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And Your Backpages: September 22, 2008

by Backpageman on September 22, 2008

Strange day in Backpage nation. The Troika all have the same idea: Sell, sell, sell. All three did a “commerative wrap.” Not much in the way of headlines — and guesses. By the way, anyone see A-Rod? They are high and they are deep….. Your Backpages…

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All the Teabagging thats Fit to Print

by Backpageman on September 21, 2008

The last few days have been all about The Stadium, and rightly so. The Troika has had dozens of features about it. Yet the Times showed its supremacy once more with a cavalcade of Douchebags of the Universe that would make Ken Burns jealous. Billy Crystal, Henry Kissinger, Keith Olbermann, Penny Marshall, Ari Fleischer, Jill Abramson, Michiko Kakutani, Robert Creamer and Jane Heller.

If you’re short on time, the stories are basically this: That magical day my father/uncle/neighbor/super-important life brought me to The Stadium where I saw/sniffed/met/almost met Ruth/Gehrig/DiMaggio/Yogi/Mantle/Maris changed my life. Well, Backpageman can only hope the Shea retrospective is just as good. Maybe Madeleine Albright waxing sentimental about Mike Jorgensen? Or Walter Cronkite writing about his cherished Pat Zachry jersey?

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And Your Backpages: September 21, 2008

by Backpageman on September 21, 2008

While the team may no longer be Backpage-worthy, The Stadium still is. They swept the Troika.The Heroes came close but chose the wrong collection of saccharine cliches. THE END, GOODBYE, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, TIL’ WE MEET AGAIN, LEGENDS FIELD. Better than a GrillDaddy… Your Backpages…

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And Your Backpages: September 20, 2008

by Backpageman on September 20, 2008

The Mets take back first and tighten their grip on the Backpages. And the Weekend crew at Newsday once again gets real lazy with BACK IN FIRST. Come on, guys. Show some Strong Island pride. For those keeping score at home, a few days ago, Backpageman gave and was ridiculed for giving 10 reasons distraught Met fans should have hope. And the Mets continue to prove Backpageman right. Two nights ago, we saw reasons 1 and 10. Last night, reason 8. Backpage nation came close but didn’t quite hit Swami paydirt. Be kind. They’re a little lonely. Their good friend Mr. Opportunity hasn’t knocked in a while… Your Backpages….

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Sending It Up to Getting Back Out There

by Backpageman on September 20, 2008

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And Your Backpages: September 19, 2008

by Backpageman on September 19, 2008

The Mets win over the Nats dominates the Troika. And the Heroes were on it. Rising Swami Stewart K nabs a coveted Post Backpage for his third Swami Turban with BATTERY POWERED. The News clearly tuned out early as the Met bullpen made it interesting — hardly your traditional laugher. And Newsday reached once more into its shallow bag of cliches and pulled out the uninspired CAPITAL GAIN.

Finally, for those Metropolitan conspiracy theorists who love to tell me our beloved Backpages are Yankee partisans, here is yet more evidence that the Backpages, if anything, are fair weather fans, the newspaper equivalent of Jeter girls. (A Jeter girl is a woman, usually young, often hot, who is a “die hard Yankee fan” (usually since ‘96), who you always end up seeing on the train going to the game in her brand new Jeter jersey, often with a pack of other Jeter girls. As a Backpageologist and a sports nerd, you want to hate her, but, because she’s kinda hot, you give her a pass. Which makes you hate yourself just a little bit more.) They were for it before they were against it… Your Backpages…

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And Your Backpages: September 18, 2008

by Backpageman on September 18, 2008

Big night last night in Backpage nation, and just about all of the Heroes got sucked into game story guesses. OH, WHAT A KNIGHT! GOOD KNIGHT, DOUBLE BELT, SAVED BY THE BEL, and BELT-WAY. But the Pros went big picture, and rightly so. Here they are, fresh off their Lexus Platinum Experience… Your Backpages…

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What’s Bothering You? Backpageman Is Here.

by Backpageman on September 17, 2008

Backpageman believes that the Backpages hold the answers to all of our problems, both big and small. To prove my point, I googled “Dear Abby.” Compare Abby’s long-winded answer to the swift three words of wisdom offered by the Backpages.

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Backpages are fickle bitches, ain't they?