Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Just a few quick notes today…

First, the Boston Metro is running a poll asking if the Patriots deserved to win on Sunday. To me, this is a foolish question. It is times like this that The Metro shows that it is the ‘new kid on the block’. Reading the Metro each day, they consistently ask foolish questions and routinely get the facts wrong in sports stories that they reports on. For instance, in today’s article about the Celtic\Jazz game, this is reported: “After losing a 15 point lead in the third quarter, the Celtics turned things around with a strong inside game from Vin Baker….”.
The most glaring mistake is that Utah did not make a run in the third quarter. They made their run in the second quarter. It may seem like a little thing, but it happens every day. I’m kicking myself now for not keeping tabs on all the mistakes so I could list more of them. I don’t mean to nitpick, but it has become too common. Whoever the editor is needs to spend more time reviewing the stories and make sure they are correct. Either that, or make sure whoever is reporting on the game has actually watched it. The other option is to spend the money and use the AP’s story. Just get it right.
A smaller issue but still a mistake is saying that Vin Baker turned things around for the Celts. Sure, Vin had his best all around game as a Celtic, but to say he turned the game around for them? I think he had 5 points in the 3rd quarter. All 5 were big and came at opportune times, but they did not turn the game around. Again, watch the games if you are going to report on them.

Anyways, getting back to the Patriots poll, it does not matter if the Pats deserved to win.

Remember the scene in ‘Unforgiven’, when Clint Eastwood is about to kill Gene Hackman and Hackman says, “I don’t deserve this”? Clint looks at him and says, “Deserving’s got nothin to do with it”.

That’s the NFL this year. With so many teams so close in the standings, it really doesn’t matter if you deserve to win or not. All that matters is that you win. That’s what the Patriots did. When is the last time that after 10 games, 18 teams still had legit chances to make the playoffs? It’s been a while. So the poll is foolish and another sign that the Metro is out of touch. I don’t mean to criticize unjustly, but it has gotten on my nerves to the point where I had to say something. If you read the Metro, I’m sure you know what I mean.

My second item of the day has nothing to do with sports. If that’s all you care about, then don’t read on. Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about this next subject, (I know, I know…as if I know anything about sports), but I’m going to weigh in on it anyways.

A few weeks ago there was a fire in South Boston and a young girl was killed. Firemen had trouble getting to the building because there were cars double parked and the streets are very narrow as it is. Firefighters felt that the delay in reaching the building may have cost them valuable time in the efforts to save the girl. So the mayor is making new parking restrictions to try and eliminate this from happening again. There will be many new rules with regards to parking and the fines for illegal parking are going way up. Now, I have no doubt that the parking situation hindered the firefighters from getting there as soon as they could. Maybe if they got there sooner the girl would have lived. If new laws can help firemen get to a fire sooner, then they should be put in place.

My problem, though, is that I feel that the real issue, in at least this particular case, has been overlooked. This particular fire never should have happened. You see, it was the girl’s father who accidentally set the fire. He has emphysema, and the disease has progressed to the point that he needs an oxygen tank to assist him in breathing. You would think that someone like that would give up smoking, after seeing what it had done to him. But this gentleman had continued to smoke. On this particular day, when this gentleman attempted to light his cigarette, it ignited the oxygen tank, caused an explosion, and lit the house on fire. Again, I am not 100% familiar with the story, so if I got any of the minor details wrong, I apologize. And I am not saying that all the blame should go to the father. But this was a perfect opportunity for authorities to show, especially young people, how horrible smoking is and what it can do. Because of smoking, in this family the father has a horrible disease and the daughter is dead. But instead the big issue is how because someone was double parked, a young girl died. It just bothered me that the bigger issue was missed.