Fringe Friday – Losing Sucks edition

on June 2017 | in Sports | by Dario Passarelli | @PapaDart | with No Comments

There really is no other way to put it, but losing is never fun. Everyone at some point has felt it, and whether the loss was a blowouts or even a “moral” victory, it takes time to rinse out that awful taste in your mouth. So if can establish the fact that all losing sucks, then there is one thing else to add. Losses have different levels of “sucktitude” and we will explore a couple of those here in this edition of Fringe Friday aptly named, Losing Sucks!

We start with Christian Ramirez who scored the very first goal for the Minnesota United in their inaugural season. Being their first year, there really is no grand expectations set for them other than they most likely will lose plenty of games. Therefore in a recent game against league leading Toronto FC, most people had anticipated such a loss. United did wind up falling to defeat but it was a much tougher match than most people figured. They earned much respect as they fought a tired TFC side hard, but fell 3-2 on a Tosaint Ricketts header after a herculean effort from Jozy Altidore.

So coming that close and losing, kinda sucks. The fact that the second goal TFC scored was an own goal by Ramirez, well that just makes it suck even more, doesn’t it? Oh but wait, it gets better. Not only did Ramirez score into his own net, he did so as the ball bounced in off of his family jewels. This is a prime example of adding injury to insult and raised the sucktitude level even higher. You have to feel sorry for the poor guy don’t you? Well it gets better still.

In their very next game against the LA Galaxy, Ramirez was at it again. In the 84th minute of a 1-1 tie, LA had a set piece just outside the box. Romain Alessandrini crossed the ball and after another a slight deflection, it went off of Ramirez (yet again) and into the back of his own net, yet again. United went on to lose, yet again. It was a bang-bang play and not much he could do in the moment to prevent it, but this reaches an all-time level of sucktitude. The bright side? At least this one didn’t go off his privates.

Now a number of people didn’t pick the NY Mets to win the World Series this year, but they were considered in the top 10 and had slightly better odds at 17-to-1 than the Toronto Blue Jays (20-to-1) did. Just like the Blue Jays, injuries have plagued them and they got off to a bad start. There hasn’t been a resurgence however and are still 6 games under .500 and 10 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East. Suffice to say, they are losing more than they thought they would be. But as we have already learned, losing sucks, even if you aren’t the one that’s playing.

Mr. Met, the team mascot with the big baseball for a head, just about had enough of it this week. Not only does he have to witness the Milwaukee Brewers beating his team 7-1 which (here’s the word again) sucks, but he has to try to get the crowd to go Rah! Rah! Rah! throughout the game. That has to suck even more, because no one feels like cheering when their team is down 6 runs. Throw in a number of drunken, abusive fans and yup, you guessed it, it gets much better.

Not sure if it was the fact that they were cursing at him, or if as reported, they were making comments about his mother, but Mr. Met was caught on video giving those heartless fans the middle finger. A new level of sucktitude had been reached. The NY Mets quickly issued a statement that there are several people that portray Mr. Met at games and this particular individual would never do so again. You have to feel for Mr. Met, don’t you? Specially since he has only 4 fingers (well, technically 3 fingers and a thumb) and therefore he got fired for an obscene middle finger gesture when he has NO MIDDLE FINGER.

Yup, losing really sucks.

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