I really liked the show, “How I Met Your Mother.” I watched it religiously for it’s entire run on CBS. I also felt an emotional connection to the main character, Ted. It was more than an emotional connection, really. I actually identified with that character more than any other I’ve ever watched on TV.
So, I watched last night’s series finale. Some people really liked it. Others thought it was the worst thing ever. I’m not totally sure how I feel yet. I think I’m going to have to sit with it for a day or two and decide whether or not I’m satisfied. I was thinking about it this morning as I rode the subway to work (at 4:45am!!!) and I was struck by one thing about the episode.
Where the hell was Saget?
For nine years, every episode has started with older Ted telling his two children the story of how he met their mother. And, in every episode, older Ted was voiced by Bob Saget. But, last night, as the show came to an end and older Ted finally finished his story, It was Josh Radnor, not the disembodied voice of Danny Tanner, who finished it.
So, what was the point of 9 years of Saget?
The first half of this week’s magazine is dedicated to the NCAA tournament. I’m already eliminated from my office pool, so I don’t want to talk about the specific games or players. Instead, I want to talk about the floor. This week, the tournament returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time in like 50 years. And yet, you wouldn’t have known it if you turned on the game in the middle. Every court in the entire NCAA tournament is identical. I understand why they’re doing this. I’m sure it has something to do with sponsorships. But it’s sucking the personality right out of the event. What’s the fun of the Garden if it’s not the familiar blue and orange floor? You might as well be playing in Brooklyn or Newark or New Haven.
Precious Mettle by Tom Verducci
As a Yankee fan, Masahiro Tanaka terrifies me. Verducci details just how much Tanaka, and all Japanese pitchers, throw. And it’s a lot. And I don’t see how he’ll stand up for more than a couple of years before his shoulder or his elbow just explodes.
The Power Gap by Tom Verducci
Verducci writes about the lack of right handed power bats in MLB. Some of the numbers he presents are pretty shocking, (there were only 7 right handers who hit 30 home runs last year.) But, baseball is a cyclical game. It wasn’t too many years ago that we were talking about the lack of great pitching. Now, the sport is overflowing with great young arms and no one can hit anymore. It’ll come back around.
The Molina Way by Ben Reiter
Reiter writes about Yadier Molina. The fact that he’s developed into one of the great hitters in the sport kind of snuck up on me that past few years. I always thought of him as a great defensive catcher who could hit a little. I’m clearly a bit behind the times.
Island of Opportunity photos by Robert Beck
Pictures of Cuban players doing fun things!
Beisbol Prospectus by Eric Nusbaum
An interesting article about the way sabermetrics are now being used in Cuba
Welcome to the Cano Show by Greg Bishop
This profile of Robinson Cano seemed super-negative to me. It essentially paints a player who chased money and is in no way prepared, nor particularly interested, in being the face of a franchise. The guy played 9 years with Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera and 5 years with CC Sabathia. You have to think some of that leadership rubbed off on him.
Scouting Reports by SI Staff
My single favorite section of this magazine every year, and they RUINED it. Why are the teams listed in order of league strength, instead of being broken up by division? Why are they using projected stats instead of last year’s numbers? Too much Joe Sheehan.
Point After by LaTroy Hawkins
The veteran Rockies reliever (entering his 20th season,) details his ideas to make the game better for players, and indirectly, for fans. He’s a smart guy whose opinions should be taken into some consideration.