Highly publicized East coast teams in both the MLB and the NFL are suffering right now. The Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Eagles’ misfortunes are so prodigious that their stories are big in Taiwan. That’s right they’re huge in Taiwan. Watch the two animated videos after the jump.
The Boston Red Sox suffered for decades under the Curse of the Bambino. (We know this because ESPN never stops talking about this. ) With the World Series wins in 2004 and 2007, the Sox were getting even more media coverage, and their fans became even more intolerable.
Boston was cruising in 2011 before blowing up in September. One cause- a pitching staff that got lazy: eating fried chicken and drinking beer during games. In the most epic implosion in history, the Red Sox went from controlling the AL East division to missing out on the playoffs. Manager Terry Francona and GM Theo Epstein are gone. Star hitter David Ortiz might be next… How would Big Papi look in pinstripes?
The Birds’ Bizarre, Unexpected Meltdown
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie awoke one morning to see that he had been transformed into Dan Snyder. (The Washington Redskins owner who resembles the icon of the Big Boy fast food chain). His team went on a huge free agent spending binge in the summer and re-signed QB Michael Vick to a huge contract.
Super Bowl favorites, the Eagles, called themselves the “Dream Team.” (Vince Young said it, which is funny because he doesn’t even play and has no influence.) Their season is now a 2-4 nightmare. Vick has been knocked out of games twice already and is backed up by a guy named Mike Kafka. (Go U. Northwestern) Which is kind of fitting, because the Birds’ spectacular collapse can only be described as Kafkaesque.Follow paulmbanks