Starting with the community site Urban Vancouver, then as the support cowboy for Bryght and Raincity Studios and now with an independent practice, I've enjoyed all of my almost 6 years with the Drupal community. In a couple of weeks, I'll fly to San Francisco to attend my first DrupalCon. With my flight and hotel booked, conference ticket registered, and a ticket to a Major League Baseball ballgame ticket received in the mail, I look forward to the 3 full days of sightseeing in the Bay Area, including the plans to take a tour of North Beach and ride San Francisco's historic streetcars. read more →
New York Yankees
Sports Nut is currently the best section in Slate, and this article on why the Florida Marlins fans should cheer for the New York Yankees is a prime example. Right now I call bullshit on the Boston Red Sox fans wishing that the Yankees lose the World Series, and here's why: the Boston Red Sox fans secretly desire to have been beaten by the best team in baseball—defined as which ever team that wins the World Series—because at least then they can then say that it took the best team in baseball to beat them.
When I was on my high school's basketball team, we beat Ladysmith three out of four times during the regular season. We lost the fourth game in the afternoon game of the Vancouver Island regionals because we were tired from having made it into the provincial championships by winning the game in the morning. The game we played against Ladysmith was simply to determine where in the bracket each of us were going to be in the provincials. Ladysmith won it all, and we (or at least I) felt some pride in the fact that we may have lost that spot in the bracket, but we lost it to the eventual provincial champion.
And besides, why does it really matter who wins? They're both teams of players from all over the America (and from other countries) who are being paid millions of dollars to play a kids' game. (You do realize that professional sports teams are businesses, and that cheering for a professional sports team is basically the same thing as cheering for Nike for making and selling shoes?) Do the fans of the Red Sox, who cheer for a team with a storied past really want a team that came into the league in 1993 (!) to not only win the World Series, but win it again? Or do they want the most famous baseball team in the history of the game playing in the most famous stadium in the history of the game in the most famous (and possibly even the best) city in the world with arguably some of the best baseball players in the world to win? Anyone But The Yankees is not such a bad sentiment when I would have cheered for, say, the Toronto Blue Jays or the Seattle Mariners to win it all—the latter being the closest team and the former being the closest Canadian team. But ABTY is a bad sentiment when the only other team is the Florida Marlins.