Misery. 39 comments


 

The only problem with none of the division series going five games is there are two dead days before any baseball. The National League Championship Series starts Friday night.

It might be appropriate, or maybe it’s sadistic, to bring up an article on ESPN.com right now. It was written before this season but they are posting it again.

It lists the most miserable fan bases in pro sports, from all four major sports. And like everything else in sports, it’s based on analytical number crunching. The criteria is a bit far-fetched but no more inexact than, say, the WAR stat, which, as everyone knows, stands for Worthless Ass Research.

They developed a five-point rating scale, unscientific as it is. Points are based on:

1: Recency of your last championship. If it’s over 25 years since your team last won, it’s as if it hasn’t won.

2: Playoff berths. You can’t win a championship if you don’t make the playoffs. So if your team is constantly in but doesn’t win, you score more misery points.

3: Playoff wins. As they say, seeing your team go one-and-done year after year is more painful than if it never made it at all. Dallas-area sports fans know that too well.

4: Heartbreaks. Think being one strike away. Twice.

5: Your rival: The more your rival wins, the higher your misery score.

Of course, you know where this is leading. All roads to misery run through Arlington, Texas.

Out of 123 total teams in MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA, with 123 being the most content fans (that being New England Patriots afficiandos), fans of the Texas Rangers are the 27th most miserable fan base, right behind the Miami Marlins, who have won two World Series but have chosen to persecute their fans for that. Unlike the Rangers who are punishing their fans for not having experienced a single World Series victory.

The number-one most miserable fan base in all of sports is the Sacramento Kings. The most miserable in baseball, coming in at number two overall, are San Diego Padres fans.

The Milwaukee Brewers are sixth but this was written before the season started.

The White Sox are at number seven overall. We think we have it bad with the Rangers, the White Sox were one of the original sixteen teams in all of baseball. They have played 115 seasons. They have been to the post season just nine times, once going  38 seasons between playoff appearances. They did win it all three times, though, as recently as 2005 (the other two in 1906 and 1917). Nine playoff appearances in 115 years. Three Worlds Championships. All in all, I would much rather be a Rangers fan.

Cincinnati Reds fans are eighth most miserable in all of sports. Seattle Mariners, 17. Colorado Rockies, 18. Baltimore Orioles, 23. Then the Marlins and the Rangers.

According to the misery ranking, Rangers are the ninth most miserable MLB team to follow. With no relief in site.

Misery loves company. Thanks for coming here every day.

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NO GAMES TONIGHT.

  • elkaba
    • Curt Hays

      I pitched for a LONG time. I never pitched in pro baseball, but even as a kid I never understood the appeal of complete games.

      • elkaba

        I guess it’s the rarity of a complete game that makes it special these days. I think the author’s overall point is that by losing the traditional starting pitcher, the game now lacks a central character and thereby loses some of its narrative appeal for fans. I can see where they’re going with this, because at times this season it was hard for me to keep up with all the different pitchers coming and going from games. Also I don’t think there’s many who would deny that a contest between two Ace pitchers is potentially more dramatic than any game with an ensemble cast on the mound.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Not so much that…it’s that when Mgrs keep going to the BP….eventuality you will get a guy on A bad day…and we have witnessed that since Banny was brought in

  • JacobMcCandles

    One thing that I personally disagree with, is the value of a WS win. I would rather have 1 ring and 14 subpar seasons than 15 above avg seasons and no ring. That article must’ve been written by Stephen King..LO

    • dearmidol

      I thought it was a fun article, and certainly would inspire debate. It’s certainly inexact, and one man’s opinion. But the conclusion that Rangers fans are long suffering is accurate.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I am absoluetly not disparaging your usage of the article. You could post recipes for making biscuits and I would not care…lol I mostly remember last yr on the Ranger MLB website all the butthurt when Houston won the WS and everyone was saying the WS win wasn’t worth it cuz Houston had to endure several losing seasons……My reply to that is HORSE HOCKEY…..is anyone going to seriously say they would rather their team be competitive yearly as opposed to a ring?? Give anything to have a WS trophy in Arlington.

        • CrazyEd

          Well, it ain’t biscuits, but it’s a recipe for what we’re having tonight. Chicken is done on the bbq and been turned over to the live in Chinese chef to complete the job. I’d type out a recipe, but youtube is easier.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t7naaaCS14

          • GoRangers23

            That’s is very intriguing. I have never heard of it before, but I think I would like to try it. Do you eat it with anything in particular, like you would fajita chicken on a tortilla, or is it just eaten by itself?

          • CrazyEd

            Traditionally Red Rice as a minimum. Chamorros almost never eat anything alone. They tend to be BIG eaters. Arguably the best cuisine in the world. It’s a combinations of traditional Chamorro, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Philippine and American. Usually done on a bbq grill. They also know how to party. If your driving by and see one, ga and stop, no invitation needed. Be polite and go back for 2nds or 3rds.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgwd6JRo0BU

          • GoRangers23

            Ha! I was surprised at the music playing in the background. Lol

          • GoRangers23

            “Lay your head on my shoulder….”. Still cracking me up. 😂

          • CrazyEd
          • GoRangers23

            “Yehaw”

          • JacobMcCandles

            It’s a Wonderful life😎😎

          • CrazyEd

            If your interested in attending a fiesta there might be one close to you. A listing of Liberation Day Fiesta’s is attached. Usually on or about July 21st.

            http://www.guamliberation.com/category/guam-liberation-details/killeen-tx/

          • GoRangers23

            I was surprised to see all those men working to cook the food just as hard as the woman. That never happens in my family. 😄

          • CrazyEd

            Actually what’s strange about that is that traditionally, the men do the cooking. The women might do prep work etc, but the men do the actual cooking.

          • GoRangers23

            Oh, I REALLY like that idea. 😁

          • GoRangers23

            I checked out the recipe for Guam Lumpia while I was looking because I have a recipe that my mom got from a friend in Hawaii. They are similar. I have made lumpia for years. I believe my moms friend was Korean.?? My recipe doesn’t have the sauces or cabbage in it and is made with beef.

          • CrazyEd

            I have no idea where Lumpia originated. It’s commonly available in every country in the far east. Each has a little local twist, but pretty much the same thing.

          • GoRangers23

            I just remembered, she was Philippino, not Korean.

          • CrazyEd
          • GoRangers23

            Feel free to share recipes any time you like! I LOVE trying new food!

          • GoRangers23

            Now I’m going to have to Google Red rice. I’ve never heard of that either, and I must know what it is. Lol

          • JacobMcCandles

            One of the favs I have is taking boneless breasts and cut. Them into strips and put a jalapeno piece on it wrap it with bacon.

            Not quite as good as dove but will do

  • CrazyEd

    Another late night start tonight in the AFL. Wed results for the Rangers players”
    Rangers
    Rangers No. 2
    prospect Julio Pablo Martinez went 1-for-5, while Yanio Perez did the
    bulk of the damage at the plate, finishing 2-for-5 with three RBIs.
    Charles LeBlanc went 4-for-5, while Josh Morgan went 1-for-5.

    More from the winter leagues: Scott Heineman voluntarily signed up for five weeks of domican league play. Some players “want it” and some don’t. It starts saturday, so more baseball to follow.

  • CrazyEd

    Taking a break in Olongopo, PI while getting the five inchers rebarreled. Had to be done periodically as the velocity and range started to deteriorate as the barrel got “shot out.” They’d get hot enough, in normal operation, to melt the paint off the barrel.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/71db202b020f034780bda11e8627cda9e5e3df140915fa90a43ee0f8bdbe2193.jpg

    • JacobMcCandles

      Which one is you?

      • CrazyEd

        I think I’m the one on the far right walking out with a can of beer. Not sure though. I for sure am not one of the guys playing ball. Beer is my game.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Sure its true….But Scary told me and his brother one time they kinda “stole” a jeep nabbed some booze
          and steaks and hit the beach……and pulled a ringer of a party….technically he said they did not get back in time but no one did anything……At that point I don’t think he cared.

          • JacobMcCandles

            In Vietnam

          • CrazyEd

            The powers that be really didn’t have much leverage, what were they going to do? Send us home? I’m pretty sure Scary was in the same situation I was, an E4, or there abouits, young and really didn’t care. There really wan’t any “worst” thing that could happen to us.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Exactly. I guess the only blessing if you will, when he did his second tour he said they were tough SOBs but their tactics were very predictable….and by late 1969 they all knew there was nothing to win and all there S&D was just stay alive.

            I was so blessed to spend a lot of time with him his last yrs….Lord at work💒🍺😎

          • CrazyEd
          • JacobMcCandles

            Son of a biscuit eater. That song coulda been about him….Never heard it before. Adjustment he had disdain for…spent most of the 70s in Mexico. In 1979 something tragic happened and that when he gave up drugs,and the bottle. Never gave up the brew!!! Went to SHSU and got a degree. Spent a lot of time at the VA over there in Duncanville talking to guys, arranging banquets and such. After his leg got amputated he was very reclusive, Anyways I am going the long way around the barn,,,,,,,,very appreciative of your conversations…

  • GoRangers23

    Good article today, Midol! I assumed that we would be on the top of the misery list. It feels that way sometimes. 😄

  • JacobMcCandles

    Pretty surprising TX Tech is being more physical than TCU

  • JacobMcCandles

    Just saw that Bosox and Stros are the first two 100 win teams to face each other since 1977