From the monthly archives:

April 2009

Your Ruby Tuesday Tuesday Backpages: April 21, 2009

by Backpageman on April 21, 2009

With the Mets off and the Yanks washed out, this was the day for the Rangers to own the day. But alas — as usual - the Post and News choose to manufacture some news rather than lead with hockey. That’s just the way it is, Nation. Speaking of which, have you tried Ruby Tuesday’s Thai Phoon shrimp appetizer? It really is the perfect storm of texture and flavors. Just tell ‘em Backpageman sent you. If you lose your income, these bastards won’t make your car payments for nine months. Your backpages….

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Award goes to…

by Backpageman on April 20, 2009

The Washington Nationals! Or should we say the Washington Natinals… Looks like a certain equipment manager needs to see the musical that the Washington Post calls “the funniest thing in seven consonants!”

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The It’s a Wrap Weekend Wrap: April 18, 19, 20, 2009

by Backpageman on April 20, 2009

What a weekend, Nation. Sheff hits his 500th. Yanks lose 22-4. The ghost of Jeffrey Maier returns. And, we now have our first Swami of the young season. The formidable James S nails it with FAN-TASTIC. Well-played, James. (Check out the new callout and standings in the column to your right.) And, if Backpageman does say so himself, what better way to celebrate than with a delicious wrap from soon-to-be friend of the site, It’s a Wrap, your natural food, wraps, smoothies, juices and more store, located in beautiful South Orange, New Jersey! Here they are, with extra mustard…. Your Backpages…   
April 20, 2009

April 19, 2009

April 18, 2009

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Now A Word from Our Sponsor

by Backpageman on April 20, 2009

A few days ago, Metsblog.com, the gold standard for team blogs, started calling its pre-game posts the “Pepsi Refresh Pre-Game.” Now, those with a more idealistic point-of-view may be offended by such shameless shilling. Not your Backpageman. He’s wondering how he can turn the attention of the likes of readers like you into cash money. So, with apologies (not really), I will be testing out some sponsorships of my own. Advertisers, please feel free to contact me directly to set up a payment schedule. 

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Sending It Up to Yankee Fans

by Backpageman on April 17, 2009

Via the Daily News….

Pepsi Yankee ticket giveaway in Times Square explodes into mayhem; Goose Gossage whisked away 

A Pepsi-sponsored Yankee ticket giveaway turned into a fizzy mess Thursday when organizers suddenly threw fans - some of whom had been waiting since dawn - some curveballs.

Instead of the 250 pairs of promised tickets for today’s historic opening game at the new Yankee Stadium, the Pepsi people showed up with just 100 sets - most for a game in June.

Instead of letting fans meet Goose Gossage, they had him step out of a limo and wave. Then handlers whisked the legendary Yankee relief pitcher away.

Instead of holding the event where they said they would - at 44th and Broadway - organizers suddenly moved it to 47th and Broadway, forcing fans who had staked out spots to make a mad dash across Times Square.

“They kept telling us to go from one location to another,” said Kevin Keegan, 38, of Putnam Valley, N.Y., who waited for hours and ended up with no tickets. “Everyone was running through the streets. It was like a mob scene.”

It got so chaotic at one point - with angry fans pushing and shoving, yelling “Pepsi sucks!,” and pouring their Pepsis into the street - extra cops were called in to calm things down.

The video captures it all…

 

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Your Backpages: April 17, 2009

by Backpageman on April 17, 2009

The Stadium opens. (By the way, ever notice how only the Yankees have the head-up-their-own-assedness to refer to their stadium as THE stadium, as if it’s the only one?) Your Backpages…

 

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Your Backpages: April 16, 2009

by Backpageman on April 16, 2009

Yanks get ready to come home with a very 1998-feeling kind of win. Your Backpages… 

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Your Backpages: April 15, 2009

by Backpageman on April 15, 2009

A.J. Burnett rules the day despite the real big story of the day: The Icelanders won the NHL draft lottery and the #1 overall pick. As always, the Steaks get no respect. Here they are… Your Backpages…

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Sending It Up to Ron Darling

by Backpageman on April 14, 2009

Ron Darling is amazing. He went to Yale, where he double-majored in French and Southeast Asian history. He is fluent in both Chinese and French. He can sell a checking account like nobody’s business. (”I guess you could say it’s the complete package, kind of like me.”)  Yet, despite this high-powered intellect, who did he marry? A FoxSports make-up artist. Eff the Elites, Ron. Backpageman sends it up to you.

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Your Backpages: April 14, 2009

by Backpageman on April 14, 2009

Is there anything more delicious than a blundering Metropolitan loss on a big night? Inspired work from the Troika.

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Heavy lies the crown