The Nub

Serious Games and Dismay on Two fields

Playing a serious game with the NY Times’ lead headline yesterday, best here is our brush-back variation: “IN POLL, FANS EXPRESS DISGUST WITH MLB’S TV POLICY.” The fans in question, by our reckoning, live on the East Coast; they have no option but to stay up until midnight or after to catch the end of climactic season-ending contests. Yes, we’re talking in particular about the seventh game of this year’s World Series. It ended a few minutes before 1 a.m., eastern time, when surely half the regional fan audience had been denied season-ending drama: “for the ages,” was the popular description (especially of Cubs fans).

Clearly, no way to treat a huge chunk of the fan base. Similar widespread dismay is evident in the more serious political game in which the two opposing players are winding up the win-or-go-home week with what the media tell us are petty personal attacks instead of persuasive policy performance. Whatever the truth, Hillary should be vehement in rallying teammates on behalf of issues that resonate: concern about inequality, inferior education, lack of livable wage jobs, a federal itch to play with fire in overseas ballparks, etc. Trump, if he were well advised, and listened) could try to pitch a comprehensible, far-out way to “make America great again.” As it is, Donald threatens to make America a scary place.

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The Times’ Richard Sandomir quoted this tribute of Joe Buck’s for his World Series partner, John Smoltz: “He knows how to deal with (tense) moments with a glove in his hand or a mike in his hand. At no point d(o) things get too fast for him.”


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About Richard Starkey

Dick Starkey handled media for former NY Governor Mario Cuomo, former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and many other office-holders and candidates. He was sports editor of the Paris-based Herald Tribune. Perfect Pitch partner Robert Sullivan was the first to adapt focus groups to politics and has been called by Cuomo and others one of the "best" pollsters in the country.