Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
After the Fire (The Fire Still Burns)
2004-02-09 09:20
by Alex Belth
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It's a wrong situation. It's getting so a businessman can't expect no return from a fixed fight. Now, if you can't trust a fix, you can you trust? For a good return you gotta go bettin' on chance, and then you're back with anarchy. Right back inna jungle. On account of the breadown of ethics. that's why ethics is important. It's the grease mkaes us get along, what separates us from the animals, beasts a burden, beasts a prey. Ethics. Wheras Bernie Bernbaum is a horse of a different color ethics-wise. As in, he ain't got any.

Johnny Casper "Miller's Crossing"

The SoSH-Curt Schilling "Off-the-Record" affair got even hotter this weekend, as Jay Jaffe did his best Howard Beale-meets- the-Tonga Kid impression and body-slammed his way into the debate. Jaffe had three seperate posts: Buzzing the Tower, It Takes a Jihad of Sox Fans, and Final Thoughts on Beating a Hornet's Nest with a Baseball Bat. Larry Mahnken weighed in on the topic too over at his Replacement Level Yankees Blog.

At the very least, these articles inspired some good conversation. Yeah, there was some mud-slinging and name-calling—some of it funny, some of it crude—but both sides also stated their cases with civility too (Boston Dirt Dogs and various members of SoSH clarified their position on several of the threads). Tempers do tend to flare when discussion turns to such things as ethics, censorship, respect and common courtesy, espcially when baseball fans are involved. The fact that we are stuck in February, tantalizingly close to the start of spring training, most likely helped everyone get all wound up as well. Hey, there are two sides to the story, and everyone has a right to their opinion. I just think it's cool that people care enough to get heated about it (or care enough to say, "Alright already, I think everyone is getting carried away here.") It's going to be a good season.

It sure won't be a dull one.

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