Thursday, October 11, 2007

Why Do You Think Bill Simmons Is the Only Page 2 Writer Whose Columns Don't Have ESPN's "Conversation" Commenting Feature?

Could it be because he's an absolutely insufferable douche, who despite being wildly popular also infuriates a large percentage of those who read him? That's my guess. I mean, every single ESPN Page 2 writer has the Conversation feature attached to their articles... except Bill. Even Jemele Hill's work is free to be shat upon (or loved, if that's your thing) by the disapproving masses! Why shouldn't The Sports Guy's? I mean, other than the possibility that just as many people hate him as like him which could lead to a lot of angry/inappropriate comments that would need to be moderated. Sure, he's the most popular "fun" sportswriter on the whole wide interwebs. But I'm willing to bet a good portion of his readership doesn't actually enjoy his writing. They just tune in because he's visible, they hate him, and they want to complain about him. (Hey.... that's me!) Welcome to today's sports media: if you want to be popular, take a hint from Bill and be as bombastic as possible. It's not about being journalistically responsible or reporting on interesting topics; it's all about generating "buzz."

With that as a backdrop, it's time for me to become part of the problem rather than the solution. I'm going to spend the next hour or so bitching about Bill's latest mailbag column, thus generating "buzz" for him. Yes, I do see the irony there. But honestly, what do you want me to do? NOT bitch about him? He's atrocious.

With the second round of the playoffs starting Thursday, I thought we'd rip through some baseball-related e-mails for a pseudo-mailbag. As always, these are actual e-mails from actual readers.

I can only dream of the day when you're unpopular enough that you have to make up emails for your mailbag.

Q: I was pretty excited to watch "SportsCenter" on Oct. 9, the day after the Tribe vanquished the Yanks to advance to the ALCS. So I flip on "SportsCenter" and watch a full 40 minutes of coverage about the freaking Yankees. And Joe Torre. And Joe Torre. And Joe Torre. If somebody turned on that show, but missed the first five minutes, they might not have known who beat the Yanks, just that the Yanks lost and Joe Torre's job was on the line. Speaking of which, did you know that Joe Torre's job is on the line? I know it's asking too much for ESPN to stop covering the Yankees endlessly. But you should step up to the plate and mention, just so at least your audience knows, that the Indians are, in fact, in the playoffs. --Tim, Philly

SG: The Indians are in the playoffs? Just kidding. In ESPN's defense ... wait, I won't defend ESPN on this one. Cleveland's toppling the Yankees was just as good a story as the Yankees' getting toppled; besides, how much more could be said about the Yanks at this point? Rivera and Torre might leave, Posada might leave, Clemens might retire, A-Rod might sign somewhere else for a lot of money. ... Um, didn't we know these things in April?

Glad you asked. On that same note, how much more can be said about the Red Sox at this point? They have a decent rotation headed up by the favorite for the AL Cy Young, "Manny" and "Papi" are getting older but can definitely still hit the ball a mile, and their fans are stereotypically assholish. Oh! And don't forget, J.D. Drew has been a mild disappointment! (More on that later.) Minus the Drew thing, didn't we know all these things in April? Yet we still hear about them. Constantly. I love it when Red Sox fans complain about how much coverage the Yankees get.

Anyways, then Simmons goes on to list in bullet point format reasons why the Yankees stink and the Indians are good/scary/might get a game or two off the mighty Sawks in the ALCS. OK, then, fair enough. But Bill, just for the sake of making sure you're not a huge fucking piece of self-contradiction, let's review the comments you made on your podcast before this series started. (Courtesy of Vegas Watch, a pretty decent blog.)

Guest: This could come back to bite me but, uh, last year, because it could be like last year when I had no concerns about Detroit, it turns out I should have been quite concerned, but, uh, I have no fear of Cleveland- I'll believe CC Sabathia, and more importantly, Fausto Carmona can do it in the playoffs when I see it, and as you said Joe Borowski- and their lineup, I mean, I dont know, their lineup doesn't really frighten me much either.

Simmons: Yeah, Grady Sizemore is one of those guys that puts up awesome stats and, you know, is like a five tool guy and everybody loves him and everybody raves about him and is great defensively, but every time, every time the Red Sox play him he's like not frightening at all when he's up, and Hafner has just been a disaster this season.


Later...

Guest: The Yanks are 6-0 against Cleveland this year, including beating Carmona I think, and probably Sabathia if they're 6-0- all you have to do is stick around, you gotta keep the game close, get him out of the game.

Simmons: You're not gonna lose to Cleveland.

Now, it's entirely possible Bill was just agreeing with his guest just for the sake of being friendly. And maybe he didn't intentionally and specifically mean to crap on Cleveland, he was just excited about the prospect of another New York/Boston ALCS. (As we will see later, he strongly believes these are pretty much the only two teams that belong in baseball's postseason.) But regardless of either of those possibilities, basically what we see here is that Simmons verbally left Cleveland for dead before their series against the Yankees even started. Now that he's writing this mailbag after the fact, it's totally obvious to him that the Indians are the better team and have been all along. I guess Bill went to the Jay Mariotti Flip-Flop What Have You Done For Me Lately? School of Journalism.

Q: Let's arrange a summit that would bring together fans of the 2007 Mets and 1978 Red Sox. There could be speeches, seminars and breakout groups. Maybe it could take place at the Elks Lodge in Danbury, Conn. There would be a formal dinner with a cash bar, shrimp appetizer and baked-stuffed chicken with salad and and scalloped potatoes. This would happen if, and only if, the Sox don't win the '07 Series.--Derek, Norwalk, Conn.

A reader with a Mets comment. Thanks for printing that, Bill. How very relevant to the postseason.

Q: Can't believe you defended LeBron in your magazine column. Bulls, Cowboys and Yankees? He is the absolute worst kind of fan. You know you have hated kids/guys like him your whole life. How can you give him credit for being such a bandwagon sports philanderer?--Cy, Boston

Let's go back to the first sentence of this column:

"With the second round of the playoffs starting Thursday, I thought we'd rip through some baseball-related e-mails for a pseudo-mailbag."

Oops. I guess Bill couldn't hold off on an opportunity to plug one of his other columns. Not that this is a totally egregious offense... but given the relatively low number of questions in the mailbag as a whole, I really don't see why this couldn't wait.

Q: If anyone asks, I was with you tonight. I was definitely not in Boston, killing J.D. Drew.--The Duke, Boston

SG: That was the belated winner of the "Funniest J.D. Drew related e-mail during the four-month stretch of the 2007 season when every Red Sox fan hated him" award. Now we're good with J.D. He's had some solid moments the past few weeks. Everything's fine now. I keep telling myself this.

Bill, we've been over this. Over and over and over. I would rather read another one of your let's-watch-paint-dry-instead Celtics columns that hear more annoying crap about J.D. motherfreaking Drew. Guess what? He's not the first big ticket free agent in MLB history to not win the triple crown in his first season with his new club.

Q: As a fan of all Dallas-based sports teams, it wouldn't bother me in the least to see, say, Dirk Nowitzki show up to a Cowboys game in a Redskins hat or Terrell Owens show up to a Mavs game in a Spurs jersey. Not in the least. But I won't buy for one second that you, Bill Simmons, the guy who wrote "Now I Can Die In Peace," wouldn't get absolutely p.o.'d if Paul Pierce showed up to a Yankees/Red Sox game, in Boston, wearing a Yankees hat.--Joel H., Allen, Texas

Probably a good point. Simmons denies he'd mind that behavior out of Pierce; I'm not buying it. In any case, though, what were we talking about? Baseball? Oh, no, that's right, we were talking about one (or in this case, two) of Bill's other columns. My mistake.

Q: Here's my plan for my first kid. I have the entire 2004 Red Sox playoffs on DVD, as well as all the Patriots' Super Bowl DVD's. What if, instead of Dora and Barney, I prop my kid up in front of Tom and Papi? Hell, my kid may come into this world just before the NBA playoffs. What a way to start. This cannot fail; this will be revolutionary. All I need from you is a way to convince my wife this is a good idea.--Bob, Pittsfield, Mass.

That's... almost a question about the 2007 MLB postseason... almost. I guess what's really important about it, from Bill's perspective, is that it was about Boston. Speaking of which- have you heard? Apparently the New England Patriots (the greater Boston area's NFL team) are having a good season! Yeah, no kidding. I'm disappointed too. Sometimes these feelgood stories just slip through the cracks, I guess.

Q: Where's your NLCS prediction? I need to know which team to bet against.--George, New Rochelle, N.Y.

This is where it gets good. The answer to this question is the real reason I decided to make this posting in the first place.

SG: Thank you for asking! I like the Rockets over the T-Backs. Just kidding.

Using this kind of little throwaway joke at the beginning of an answer multiple times (see the very first question) in the same mailbag column is super hilarious! Just kidding.

But I'm glad you brought this up. No matter how much you love baseball, it's nearly impossible to care about the Colorado-Arizona series. You might watch it, you might enjoy it, you might even gamble on it ... but unless you're an absolute baseball nut or a Rockies/D-backs fan, how could you honestly care who wins when neither franchise is older than Jamie-Lynn Spears? It's like going to a wedding in which you don't know anything about the bride or the groom.

Anyway, a friend of mine who works in the sports world got me thinking about this on Monday when he e-mailed just to say, "Colorado versus Arizona might be the least watched LCS in baseball history. Who the hell cares about either team? I'm convinced that sports is all about history. If there's history, it's interesting. If not, who cares?

It's true. Why should average everyday fans care about new franchises? That Patriots/Panthers Super Bowl shouldn't have even been televised outside of New England and Charlotte. Booooooorrrrring. Boise State vs. Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl last year? Lame, unless you had a rooting interest in either team. And didn't the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees in a thrilling 7th game of the World Series a few years back? I sure hope no one besides Yankee and Diamondback fans tuned in for that one. I mean, why would you want to witness a new rivalry being formed (in the case of this year's NLCS) or a team trying to win something they've never won before (all three of those other examples)?

I think baseball needs to realign; let's contract every team except the Yankees and Red Sox in the AL, and the Cubs and Phillies in the NL. (Despite how long they've been around, the Reds, Cardinals, Dodgers, Giants and White Sox will be contracted because they're boring and don't have enough fans.) Think of the possibilities- a Yankees/Red Sox ALCS every year! What baseball fan wouldn't love that!?!?!? Actually, hold on, slight correction- let's allow the other 26 teams continue playing, but in a different league with no playoffs for fantasy purposes. Wait, no- just the 12 AL teams. Who needs NL players? Yeah. That's the solution. So we have the four actual MLB teams, 12 others in a separate isolated league, and we're ditching 14 more. I just threw up in my mouth a little.

People need the emotional attachment that comes from a lifetime of cheering for the same team -- and especially when their parents rooted for the same franchise."

That one goes out to you, Colorado fans over the age of 25 and Arizona fans over the age of 20. So you've been cheering for them for the past ten to fifteen years? Whoop-de-shit. If you were older than 10 when they came into existence, your fandom doesn't count. You're not passionate. No one cares (nor should you) whether or not your team wins the NLCS. Wait, you're telling me that at one point in time EVERY team was only 15 years old? That EVERY team that's won multiple pennants had to win their first pennant at some point? Doesn't matter. Doesn't matter. Nothing new should ever happen. Only repeats of previous things that already happened are exciting.

My response: "You just described why the NHL died in this country over the past 12 years."

You're right, Bill- it had nothing to do with poor marketing, revenue issues, or an ill-timed lockout. It's entirely because Colorado, Tampa Bay, and Carolina won a few Stanley Cups.

(Here's my super brainy deep thinking theory for why Simmons and his friend feel this way: they're still not over the 1986 World Series, when the relatively new (25 year old) Mets knocked off the very old Red Sox. That's right I said it. "Behind the bag.... it gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight and the Mets win it!" Just saying.)

Q: I can't believe John Mellencamp wasn't listed as one of your "25 people to watch in AL playoffs." He needs to go into the witness protection program because I am ready to snap and go OJ on him and everyone at Chevy for ruining another postseason. TiVo and all the DVR makers need to get involved and find a way to block this commercial from broadcasting on TVs.--Silvio, NYC

SG: Lord knows the "This is ourrrrrrrrrr country" joke has been beaten to death ... but (rest of response omitted).

But nothing. No. End of story. We're going on 14 months of that joke; that's about ten too many. And just for the record, that Jack In the Box chicken guy ad has been running far more often and is almost as annoying at this point.

Q: Manny's postgame interview after his Game 2 walkoff homer should shoot right to the top of your Unintentional Comedy Scale. Once he hit that ball, the first words out of all of my buddies was along the lines of, "I REALLY hope they do a postgame with Manny." We were more on edge during that interview than the last half of the ninth. Varitek says, "Joo don't leave Boston without a home run." I says, "Joo know it."--Bobby, Belmont, Mass.

SG: You left out the key part of the interview ... Jose Mota! Teaming up Manny and Mota was like teaming up Cosell and Ali in the early-'70s, only the exact opposite. Couldn't ESPN Radio have given them Dan Patrick's old show?

It's funny because Ramirez has an accent. And hey, thanks a lot for finally taking a Red Sox question, Bill! Geez, why isn't anyone talking about the REAL story in the 2007 postseason? GO SAWKS!

Q: My favorite part about reading your '01 World Series diary was this tag at the end: Bill Simmons writes three columns a week for Page 2. Wow. It really has been a long time since Paul O'Neill played.--Mark, Madison

SG: (Searching for a comeback ... )

Self degradation usually makes me think people are cool and laid back. I really enjoy it and often practice it, so if they do too, we're bound to get along because we have similar views about ourselves. Except in this case. Because Bill is a pudwhacker.

Q: Could you comment on the "twist" on the "Friday Night Lights" season opener? I think it's network executives making sweeping changes in order to try to get ratings, killing my favorite show in a way worse than simply canceling it.--Chris W., New Haven, Conn.

SG: Quick break from baseball to answer this one...

OK, so now we're taking a break from baseball. Great. Glad we cleared that up, in this case. The rest of the breaks we've taken from baseball in this mailbag just slipped right by most readers, but since this one is so flagrant, let's be up front about it.

Q: How 'bout those Yankees? The visiting locker room at Yankee Stadium has seen more bubbly over the past couple of years than the champagne room at Scores!!--Frank, Swampscott, Mass.

I can't believe it took this long for Simmons to print one of his Masshole reader's clever, biting, brilliantly funny Yankee jokes.

Q: I'm sure you were thrilled that Torre decided to go with Wang on three days rest in Game 4. Why, why, why do managers ever choose to use pitchers on three days rest??? The stats are horrible. According to a post on the Web, in the past 10 years, nine of the 14 playoff teams that have employed a version of a three-man rotation in the FIRST ROUND series have lost the series. These teams lost 17 of the 21 games pitched on short rest. What gives?--Graham M., Los Angeles

SG: Graham, that's a fantastic question. I don't have an answer for you. The three-day rest thing only seems to work when you don't have another choice (like the Red Sox in 2004, for example).

Just a quick reminder that Bill likes the Red Sox, and that they won the World Series in 2004.

Q: What is the appropriate reaction to somebody bringing up the Mets' collapse to me 24 hours after it happened? I say I am legally allowed to punch any male who says anything. With females I say it is OK to pick out their greatest insecurity and viciously attack it for a solid 45 minutes.--Joe B., Staten Island, N.Y.

Again, as before, very relevant to the 2007 postseason.

Q: You know when you're fully realizing that something special is happening? A couple weeks ago, I was at one of my usual strip clubs and heard the 50 Cent and Justin Timberlake song, "Ayo Technology," for the first time and KNEW that this was a song I was going to hear in the clubs all the time for the next decade. I haven't seen a song that was able to instantly change the atmosphere in a strip club that much since Christina Aguilera's "Dirty" came out. It's kind of similar to what Joba was able to do to the Yankees in the second half of the season. What gives out earlier, Joba's arm from Torre pitching him ragged or "Ayo Technology" from Larry the bald 45-year-old strip club DJ playing it every half hour?--Brian C, Hopkinton, Mass.

SG: Yup ... these are my readers.

These are his readers, or at least the ones that get their questions published in mailbag columns; Red Sox, Yankees, or possibly Mets fans who love strip clubs. Woo! Strippers! And reality TV shows! And the AL! But specifically not the NL! Hooooooooraaaaaaaay!

(Here's the question topic distribution; I didn't cover some of them):

Total: 24
Indians/Yankees: 4
Red Sox/Angels: 3
Assorted Yankees: 2
Assorted Red Sox: 5
Not baseball/TV/Other Simmons Columns: 7
Mets: 2
Anyone else from the NL: 1 (disparagingly)

Bill Simmons: he's fannnnnnnnnnnnnntastic!

20 comments:

pnoles said...

What a fucking asshole. Do me a favor, Larry, add on a "really fucking pisses me off" label.

I am a Chicago White Sox fan. No prior likings/dislikings for Colorado/Arizona here. There has been no more enjoyable poststeason team to watch than the Colorado Rockies. Hell, I'll even admit it, they're the only team I've actually sat down to watch. I've even ignored the fucking Cubs! (been really busy lately) How could people not want to see how this team fares? This team that had to win 14 out of 15 games at the end of the year to just barely squeak into the poststeason! If this isn't exciting in baseball, I don't know what the fuck is.

Whew. That concludes my ramblings. We've got Ed Hardiman coming up here at Fire Jay Mariotti, folks, please stay tuned.

Jarrett said...

People need the emotional attachment that comes from a lifetime of cheering for the same team -- and especially when their parents rooted for the same franchise.

When I was a kid, my mom had just ended her devotion to the Cowboys because Jerry Jones bought the team and my dad is a Browns fan, and when it was time to choose our favorite teams, the home team Buccaneers were still in the Creamsicle uniforms and Vinny was out for 3 games with Turf Toe. I took up the Seahawks based on a logo, my brother the Bears for Neal Anderson. I would consider us both great fans of our teams, but I have - and still wear - a Jon Kitna Seahawks jersey.


... but unless you're an absolute baseball nut or a Rockies/D-backs fan, how could you honestly care who wins when neither franchise is older than Jamie-Lynn Spears? It's like going to a wedding in which you don't know anything about the bride or the groom.

As the resident Cardinals fan, I can join pnoles in hatred for the Cubs, but I had time to watch and enjoy their losses. I've enjoyed watching the Rockies games because they are interesting games. This NLCS will be a good one to watch... but let's not because there isn't a rivalry between these two teams yet. A rivalry won't form between these two divisional teams in a series of games that will have a close score to determine who plays against the Indians in the World Series.

Colorado versus Arizona might be the least watched LCS in baseball history.

Good thing ESPN makes casual/semi-casual fans think there has to be a Bob Ley voice over a slow pan of black and white photos laying on a low lit table while poignant piano music plays in the background story behind EVERY GAME to make it interesting. And ratings determine how well each team plays now? Will Yorvit Torrealba leave the bat on his shoulder if the Rockies don't get a 1.5/40 (I'm not sure how many viewers go into a share in Denver) in the Denver market? Will Brandon Webb start under handing if more people watched Grey's Anatomy nationwide than a cable channel's post season coverage.

m said...

So did you finally get your shift key fixed?

eriz said...

you just got pwnd larry

jones said...

Good job Larry. I also liked the "Angels fans are not real fans because they don't get het up about small sample sizes like we do back here on the Eastern Seaboard, where all real baseball is played."

Or the agreeing with the fan who is simply not impressed by Vlad because he's not a hot 12th grade girl, or whatever ridiculous argument the guy was trying to make that Simmons called "a great point" because Bill Simmons 1) does not understand small sample sizes and 2) does not like people who play baseball outside of New York and Boston, unless they are minuscule and white.

Also, Vlad Guerrero: you haven't been that good in 60 at bats in the postseason. Asspants! You should go play for the T-Backs or whoever those guys are that nobody watches.

This is possibly the worst column that Bill Simmons has ever written.

pnoles said...

Agreed on worst column Simmons has ever written.

larry b said...

I did get pwnd re: capitalization. I've been giving it a lot of thought, and I guess it's time to start typing like someone who plans on going to law school.

jarrett- Nicely done... looks like you're ready for a firejay career of your own. Do you mind if I honk your wife?

jones- Thanks for the kind words. Sorry I didn't get into that stuff about the Angels; it was so self evidently stupid that I guess I just glossed over it. Assuming you're an Angels fan, sorry about the series loss. I'm terrified my Rockies will make the WS and lose to the SAWKS... what a nightmare.

Prime Mover said...

The sad thing is, wait until the Patiots win it all, that will completely suck. Being a Colts fan I wasn't too surprised that he picked against them when they played Baltimore in the first round last year. Quote from Bill before Colts v. Ravens:

"We'll get to the preview of the Pats and Ravens next week."

Then they played the Patriots, of course he picked against the Colts.

Then when they beat the Pats he dissapeared long enough to write a bitter column, again picking against the Colts in the super bowl comparing them to the 2003 Yankees, instead of the 2004 Red Sox, which would have been a better comparison (beat long time rival under great odds, kicked ass in the championship).

After the Colts won, disappeared again, at this point I was praying that he was swinging from shower curtain rod with Bug, House and the rest of his goonie friends. To no avail, came back and decided to retire the unfunny Manning face joke and never saying the Colts were a better team for 2006. All he said was, "we had it." Not congrats to the Colts, but, the Pats had it.

The guys a D-bag. Great column by the way.

Anonymous said...

There are no comments on Simmons' posts because when they first turned conversation on in Feb, he was hit the hardest by Deadspin Nation. They were off his posts by the next day. The mods at ESPN probably thought it would be too much of a hassle having to sift through the spam and trolls.

Anonymous said...

Why don't all of you get off Simmons' dick? The hate for this guy in insane. Let dude make his money you hatin ass hobos.

Sure, he can be a pain in the ass, but whats the difference. If you do not like him, do not read him.

larry b said...

Thanks anonymous. Glad my theory was 75% right. I should have guessed teh blogosites had something to do with it.

larry b said...

anonymous #2- But it's so fun to hate! Also, nice use of "hobos" as an insult. I'm gonna start doing that myself.

Anonymous said...

Wow, are you going to pay Simmons royalties for that article, since you basically copied the whole thing and wrote inane responses to it? Man, the jealousy runs deep here. Simmons is a Sox fan, folks. Deal with it. He makes good points, especially about the fact that the Rockies/D-Backs game will garner less ratings than, say, a Cubs/Phillies matchup. If you don't like his style, then don't read it! It's not as if he started writing about the Red Sox all of a sudden.

larry b said...

Most recent anonymous- regarding your question about paying royalties, apparently you're unfamiliar with how print media on the internet works. Go study up on that.

Also, if you'd actually taken the time to read what I wrote, you'd see that I have no problem with his point this this NLCS was going to have atrocious ratings. He's definitely right. Rather, I have a problem with his implication that no one outside of Denver and Phoenix should care, just because these two franchises are less than 20 years old. That's just fucking stupid. Note my line "Nothing new should ever happen. Only repeats of old things that already happened are exciting." It's smarmy shit like that which really bothers me. But at the same time, he's so damn popular, I still have to read and analyze what he writes because I'm trying to understand why so many people love him.

Anonymous said...

Larry, just a heads up for you, the Rockies/Arizona series received the worst rating of any NLCS series since they started keeping ratings. What did Bill predict again?

ED M. said...

i can thank TBS for not watching the series-- you put that NLCS on fox, and i'm all over it. I dont buy the ratings disasters when you put these series on T-B-I dont f'in have it-S.

larry b said...

Most recent anonymous- you need to brush up on your reading comprehension skills. Go check my comment re: Simmons's prediction, then throw up in your mouth a little when you realize you just created a huge straw man. One more time, I'll try to make it as simple as possible: my issue was with Bill's assertion that no one should care simply because both franchises are relatively young. That's crazy talk, and smacks of east coast elitism (which is exactly what I don't want out of my sports journalists).

ed- I'm sorry to hear that. You need to find an unsuspecting neighbor to steal cable from.

Studio 7 Photography said...

I LOVE THE SPORTS GUY, I bet they don't have comments set up because huge fans like me would sing his praises instead of actually writing on the topic. He is hilarious and witty and way better than Easterbrook and the other page 2 contributors!

Ed Hardiman said...

I went out of my way to say hi to you guys the other day:

"While slobbering SABR devotees are busy rounding up archaic theorems and equations to hyper-complicate the observable we can dispense with all that twaddle by pointing out when you call inaccurate predictions "over or under performance" you've essentially found a harder way to avoid admitting you were flat out wrong."

I was going to just highlight letters and spell out your names or use your site name as a punchline but I figured a simple paragraph would suffice. This is a great blog, keep up the good work, maybe one day you'll have people putting up blogs hating you and you'll realize how gratifying it is...all the best.

Anonymous said...

Wow Larry, I think you need to brush up on your reading comprehension skills. That first post from Simmons' mailbag was from a Cleveland fan complaining about the lack of coverage, not a Sox fan. Sox fans don't complain about Yankee coverage you douche.