By Adam Hart
Towels, and terrible ones at that.
The Jets are playing lousy amid the frantic waving of those frightening pieces of yellow cloth. All the while a lone WGS writer sits in his CSNNE.com Web Zone chair, mentally constructing a post that would crush the towels' self-esteem. It is a post that must wait another year, gestating without certainty it will ever enjoy a life on the internet.
"Oh, what could have been," he thinks of tweeting without adding context. He doesn't, for fear those 296 followers will think him one who enjoys being unspecifically over-dramatic.
A week earlier he watched from that same rolling office chair as the play of the Patriots shared an adjective with those damned towels -- terrible.
Had it been different -- had Bill Belichick's team beaten the Jets -- those towels would be drowned in the red, white and blue waters of Gillette Stadium. "Not so terrible now, are you?" a drunk or legally-blind Pats fan might've asked, talking trash not to Steelers fans but to those yellow rags.
Had it been different, Mark Sanchez might've been too sad to wipe snots on Mark Brunell's jacket.
Had it been different, Rashard Mendenhall would've found something wrong with a little bump 'n grind.
Had it been different, this blog would not be a reflective blog, but one mocking the magical intimidation powers of those Heinz mustard-colored rags. Oh yes, the towels would be mocked, most certainly with the use of a South Park clip. This South Park clip.
But it wasn't different, not by a long shot; it was what it was. And so the towels are out of WGS' jurisdiction for another year -- maybe more . . . or are they?
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while looking forward to watching the Luke Cage Netflix series.
*The Cult of Hockey has no issues with yours truly ranking the Edmonton Oilers 29th out of 30 teams in my first preseason NHL power rankings.
*An interesting piece about Brian McGrattan and his battle with alcohol in his career as an NHL tough guy. I can honestly say having covered him a bit when he was in the Bruins organization that he was one of the scariest dudes I’ve ever talked to in an NHL dressing room. A nice guy, but very intense and always looked like he definitely enjoyed his work on the ice.
*Dennis Seidenberg hopped on with the Hockey Central crew today to talk about his new contract with the New York Islanders.
*PHT writer and Friend of Haggs (FOH) Mike Halford has Guy Boucher with some serious Dion Phaneuf love going on in Ottawa.
*Jack Eichel is oozing confidence and swagger in his second NHL season with Buffalo looking to make a big step up this season.
*Scott Burnside said that the World Cup of Hockey could be coming to an end tonight and I think most predict that it will with a little bit of an anticlimactic thud due to the sheer awesomeness of Team Canada.
*For something completely different: “Aleppo Moment” sounds like a great name for a rock band. Not so much for a Presidential candidate.
One of the biggest gifts David Ortiz could get this weekend as he plays his final regular-season games is a well-traveled area right outside Fenway Park.
Massachusetts lawmakers have taken steps to name the Brookline Avenue bridge that spans the Mass Pike between Newbury and Lansdowne streets near the ballpark the “David Ortiz (‘Big Papi’) Bridge.
The House Ways and Means committee included the proposal as part of a spending bill that the full House could vote on as soon as Thursday and, if approved, send on to the Senate.
“David Ortiz’s accomplishments and heroics on and off the baseball field have made him a living legend, and his heartfelt contributions to the communities here and in his native Dominican Republic have made him an icon,” said Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker. “As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I am thrilled to be able to help our Commonwealth create a lasting ‘Thank You’ to Big Papi through the renaming of this bridge.”
The proposal calls for a “suitable marker” to be placed on the bridge bearing the new name.
“I’m so excited to be part of this process of giving David Ortiz, one of the greatest Red Sox of all time, his proper due by naming a bridge in his honor,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said. “David has not only been an extraordinary baseball player, he has been an exemplary and inspirational member of our community, most notably after the Boston Marathon bombings. As a fan, I will miss his stride up to the plate followed by a clutch hit and the ballpark exploding into applause.”