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SBM Exclusive: The BLAST-CAST, Volume 12 – Tales of Depression and Sorrow: The Seattle Mariners

SBM Blastcast Header  RobertsIt’s been a while, but the SBM Blast-Cast is finally making its triumphant return! Rest assured that while J-Dub and Meehan were serving time for DUI convictions working with the Ukrainian revolutionaries, they never once lost sight of the sports world and all it contains. However, Meehan’s return from Eastern Europe was delayed by the fact the Russian border guards took a dim view of the placement of his Vladimir Putin tattoo. So, while Meehan is getting a Soviet-era belt sander not-so-lovingly applied to his (REDACTED), the staff here at Sports Blog Movement had to scramble to keep our planned podcast revival afloat.

To save the day, in steps fellow Sports Blog Movement member and KUGR Radio personality Neil Roberts, who in an episode of Tales of Depression and Sorrow sits down with J-Dub to talk about the angst involved in being a fan of the Seattle Mariners.

Click here to listen to or download the Blast-Cast (MP3 format)…The Blast-Cast is also available on Itunes; just search “SportsBlogMovement.”

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SBM Exclusive Feature – Tales of Depression and Sorrow: The New York Giants

talles of depression NY Giants

By J-Dub and Ryan Meehan

This is another installment in the Sports Blog Movement series  which takes a hard look at certain instances, or specific seasons which would make sports fans cringe in horror and pain, or expands on that to take a hard look at the long-suffering fans of franchises who have tortured their supporters for decades.

Given that, you might be asking how can the fans of the New York Giants be “long-suffering” since they have won two of the last six Super Bowls? This is where some historical perspective comes in handy. Sure, the Giants have had recent success, and Giants fans who are in their 30’s remember the Bill Parcells era. But how many Giants fans can remember the Giants’ glory days prior to the late 1980’s?  That’s what makes today’s installment so special.  Not only do we have the perspectives of life-long Giants fan and SBM contributor  Ryan Meehan, but we get to ask Meehan’s father some questions, which proves that some questions of his father, which proves that fandom, like their receding hairlines, is hereditary.

But here’s where it gets even more fun. New York Giants fans live by two basic rules: 1) Have an eyeball-splitting hatred of all things regarding the Philadelphia Eagles and 2) Knowing the difference between a case of indigestion caused by a gameday diet of Pizza Rolls and Milwaukee’s Best and an honest-to-goodness heart-attack caused by watching Eli Manning stumble-fuck the Giants into another 9-7 season.  Those simple rules allow Giants fans to bask in a glow of self-satisfaction knowing they could have spent three hours doing something perfectly productive instead of watching a bunch of men dressed like Smurfs.

Boil it all down, and what you get is a peek inside the world of Giants fandom across two generations, which means decades of watching a play-off caliber squad blowing games against teams with a winning percentage of .275. Not to mention, J-Dub is an Eagles fan, and this is a transcript of  the rarest of conversations between an Eagles fan and two Giants fan that didn’t end up with somebody taking a Louisville Slugger in the face.

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SBM Exclusive Feature – Tales of Depression and Sorrow: The Chicago Cubs

tales of depression chicago cubs

By J-Dub and Ryan Meehan

Up until now, this series has been about certain instances, or specific seasons which would make sports fans cringe in horror and pain. This installment expands on that to take a hard look at the long-suffering fans of franchises who have tortured their supporters for decades.

In other words, today’s Tale of Depression and Sorrow is an interview given to us here at Sports Blog Movement by Andy, one of the founding members of the best Chicago Cubs fan site out there, Ivy Envy. Andy lives in Rock Island, Illinois, and just so happens to be the brother-in-law of SBM contributor Ryan Meehan, which is probably why he was willing to take time from creating a good blog to bother with this one.

J-Dub:  Andy, How long have you been a fan of the Cubs?

Andy: Since the mid-1980s.

J-Dub: What made you become a fan of the Cubs?

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TALES OF DEPRESSION AND SORROW: LOVIE SMITH, DEVIN HESTER, AND THE 2012 CHICAGO BEARS

Locker cleanout day became a mob scene quickly in Chicago

Locker cleanout day became a mob scene quickly in Chicago

by Ryan Meehan

Living in Bears country when you’re not a fan is something that I am a bit of an expert on.  While I have religiously rooted for my New York Giants year in and year out, I am constantly bombarded by the blind faith that is Chicago Bears fandom.  That being said, I don’t hate the Bears or their fans.

Now, I’m going to say a few things that might seem contradictory to that statement:  I do believe that for some reason or another, fans of that particular team seem to be oblivious towards some of the things that are happening within the organization.  Outside of a few people, very rarely do I hear criticism of the McCaskey family or the poor decisions they’ve been making for the past two decades.  Additionally whenever something happens to the Bears that doesn’t work in their favor, they tend to start pointing fingers and blaming everybody in sight.  The refs, the playing surface, the current playoff structure, you name it.  And even though the really smart Bears fans know better, enough of them don’t for the majority of them to be insufferably irritating. Continue reading

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TALES OF DEPRESSION AND SORROW: THE 2012 NEW YORK JETS

So many problems...

So many problems…

by Ryan Meehan

To be perfectly honest with you, I had no intention of watching any of the Monday Night Football this week.  I can’t stand the media circus that has been the New York Jets this year, and the Titans have disappointed me as I had expected them to be better.

Now just so we’re clear, I certainly didn’t expect either team to be great this season.  I can remember looking at the schedule and thinking this wasn’t exactly a good game to go on in Primetime.  When you throw in the fact that technically it’s the next to last Monday Night game of the year (No MNF week 17) it’s easy to see how this was clearly a scheduling error.  Even though the Jets were expected to be much improved this year, it’s hard to imagine anyone thinking that this game was going to be make or break for them.  Continue reading

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TALES OF DEPRESSION AND SORROW: THE NEW YORK GIANTS

NYG HWGIC Tom Coughlin

NYG HWGIC Tom Coughlin

by Ryan Meehan

Since I am new to this site, let me give you a little bit of a background on me.  My father is from Bayonne, New Jersey and I grew up a die hard New York Giants fan.  I live in Western Illinois which is an area filled with Packers and Bears fans, so I am constantly ridiculed for my love of an East Coast team.

Sunday, the Giants lost 34-0 at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons, whom I think we all can agree are not nearly as good as their record states.  The Falcons have won a lot of close games and have caught everybody at the time where they were ripe for the picking.  I find it almost impossible to believe that they are thirty-four points better than the New York Giants or have been at any time this season.  Regardless, that’s what happened in the game so that’s where we’re at.  Continue reading

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TALES OF DEPRESSION AND SORROW: THE 2012-2013 LOS ANGELES LAKERS‏

The Lakers' credit score is not very high at the moment

The Lakers’ credit score is not very high right now

by Ryan Meehan

By now, all of us have developed our own little theories as to why the Lakers are not living up to expectations this season.  People blame the decision to have Mike D’Antoni.  They blame Dwight Howard for being overrated and not playing up to his potential.  There are so many things wrong with the Lakers with the current roster they have that it’s hard to blame just one.  It’s also inaccurate to do, as each of those compontents have given us the sub-average level of basketball we’re seeing from a team that was assembled by someone whom we can almost clearly assume knows better.  Continue reading

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