What will become of Mr. Met?


What will become of Mr. Met?

By Adam Hart

Feel for Fred Wilpon & Co., majority owners of the New York Mets. They owe some cash, possibly 1 billion worth.

The group is a victim of Bernie Madoff's ridiculously expansive Ponzi scheme. The worst kind of victim, too, because it was originally a beneficiary -- the 300-million-profit-while-others-got-bilked kind, reportedly.

Sure, charitable foundations and common folk were crippled by Madoff's theft. The mastermind's son also took his own life in shame. But the Wilpons now seem interested -- if not financially required to, thanks to a lawsuit seeking to recoup the 300 million and then some -- in selling off a minority interest in the Mets. How were they supposed to know their pockets were lined with filthy Ponzi money? It's not like they previously pulled out of a similar deal.

No, that's a lie. They did.

But what are they supposed to do, give back money already spent on Jason Bay and a new stadium? It's just not fair!

"You don't like to lose money that is just stolen from you," Fred 'Old Man' Wilpon said with great irony before getting dressed up for Halloween. "But the betrayal by Madoff is something I'll never, ever forget . . . We were investors for something like 25 years."

Yeah! They were allegedly making money off poor suckers for something like 25 years.

See? Totally not fair. Like, everything would be fine if his BFF Madoff simply didn't get caught; the Wilpons would still be splishing and splashing in a pool of other people's dollars -- hard-earned, unknowingly-lost dollars.

Thankfully, a charitable fund benefiting the Wilpons has been set up at:


It has a certain ring to it.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.