Sunday Paper (Year 3, Volume LII)
The tradition continues.
It's time again - for the fourth consecutive year at '200 Miles From The Citi' - to look back at the stories that had the largest impact on the blog.
It's an important distinction - impact on the blog from impact, say on the world. Because a story like Penn State has more of an impact than any of the stories I'm writing about today - but it's not something I wrote very much about here.
So there are other places to turn to for that as a #1 story..here, it's about the stories that impacted the Mets, Jets, and us at '200 Miles From The Citi'.
(Before we get going, let's not overlook the awesome artwork provided by the Southern Bureau in 2011, not the least of which is the Sunday Paper banner we've been using - though not today, thanks to the above, Christmas-themed Top 10 graphic - and the fact that finally we have some images that rival the competition's
. OK. On with the Top Ten.)
#10 - No Trade, But Departure As A Free Agent
#9 - Carlos Beltran Traded
There was a lot of writing on the wall in 2011 that the makeup of the 2012 team would be different than the 2011 edition. Carlos Beltran's 7-year contract was expiring, and he, too, was expected to be traded. This trade happened, and it led to a reflection on his Mets legacy
. As 2012 inches closer, so too does the answer to the question, will Beltran's legacy be painted by the success of Zack Wheeler, who the Mets received in return?
#8 - Citi Field Changes
Not only will the Mets look different on the field in 2012, the field will look different behind them
. Again, I wish they hadn't done this so soon...or had thought of doing it before building the park, but as usual with new ballpark features - I can't wait to see what it looks like.
#7 - Brewers Don't Win The World Series
One of the highlights of 2010 for me was correctly picking the Giants to beat the Rangers in the World Series when I made my pre-season picks in March. I tried to re-create that magic by picking the Brewers to win the 2011 World Series
...I fell just short of a World Series appearance there. (I did happen to correctly pick Ryan Braun as MVP
...though that has since been tainted as well. I'm usually terrible at those post-season award picks, though, which you can see with the rest of my selections. So performance-enhancers or not...I got it.) I picked the Brewers to beat the Angels in the World Series...might have been a year too early with those Angels.
#6 - BU Wins America East Conference
It's not often on this site that we've been able to celebrate a championship, so we'll take whatever we can get. Dave in Brighton and I were lucky enough to attend (well, I suppose I was lucky enough to be with Dave - he's always lucky with sporting events) the 2011 America East championship, which Boston University won in dramatic fashion to advance to the NCAA Tournament
. Definitely one of the most exciting sporting events I've ever attended.
#5 - Jets In 2011
#4 - Last Day Of The MLB Regular Season
#3 - Jets Lose AFC Championship Again
#2 - Gary Carter
#1 - The Mets Mess
From a personal standpoint, 2011 also featured the birth of my third daughter. It's been a busy year....as you might have been able to tell by the decrease in postings. But I've tried to hit on what's been important...and I'll try to increase the production in 2012. (No children scheduled to be born. That'll help.)
2012 will kick off with a Jets must-win - and must-get-help - scenario. Maybe next year's top highlight will be the wild finish to the 2011 regular season...and the Jets lucking into a playoff berth. Hey - I can dream. It's Christmas, for crying out loud.