2 Best Places to Spot Canadian Celebrities Playing Recreational Sports Metro Soccer League: Steve Nash Recently shorn of his trademark stringy locks, the NBA MVP and beloved Canuck is a well-known soccer freak (remember his header set up in the Slam Dunk competition?). No diva he (come on he’s Canadian remember) on the Phebe’s bar team he’s just one of the guys. metrosoccerny.com Black Top Street Hockey League: Mike Myers Yes, those rumors of a dough-faced middle-aged Ontarian comedian wandering the LES carrying a hockey stick are true. Whisper “1967” in his ear when you get close (that’s the last time his beloved Maple Leafs won the Cup.) btsh.org/bruise
5 Best Reasons to Expect the Mets to Keep Rolling David Wright If you asked us to look you straight in the eye and state, flat-out, that Wright isn’t the Messiah... that’s not something we’d be able to do.
Willie Randolph If things do get shaky down the stretch, Randolph seems unlikely to panic and start the same two pitchers on one day’s rest every day like Gene Mauch did with the ‘64 Phillies, or something equally stupid like that. Arms Veteran starting pitching from Tom Glavine and Steve Trachsel (really). Hands That “everybody clap your hands” thing they play at Shea during rallies. We’ve seen it in action. It works. Hope Pedro’s finally off the DL.
5 Best Reasons to Expect a Mets Collapse That Spanish Dictator: When your first bat off the bench is Julio Franco, that’s not exactly the kind of depth you want for lineup maneuvering late in one-run games. And what if somebody gets injured? The Lo Duca Triangle The two-hole will inevitably become a giant vortex of suck if Randolph continues to bat his catcher there. Paul Lo Duca, Pre-All Star Break, 2003-2005: .356 OBP, .426 SLG. Paul Lo Duca, Post-All Star Break, 2003-2005: .307 OBP, .345 SLG. Arms II This whole “young starting pitchers: sink or swim” thing could blow up in everyone’s face. Hopelessness What if Pedro is still a little dinged, and isn’t the same pitcher down the stretch? They’re the Mets.
5 Best Un-American Sports and Where to Play Them
Cricket at Baisley Pond Park Americans who say they don’t understand the appeal of cricket, yet follow sports like arena football and NASCAR sadden us. Ok, we don’t understand it either, but there’s a certain elegance to a game that goes on for days and breaks for tea. North Conduit Ave & Baisley Blvd, Queens. Street Hockey in the LES Yeah, Americans play hockey too… they also vote and have public schools, but that doesn’t mean they know how. Homesick Canadians (see above) and hockey lovers of all kinds throw down once a week in this co-ed league where rollerbladers and cherry pickers should stay home. btsh.org
Curling in New Jersey Inspirer of endlessly tiresome gags, mocked mercilessly, the noble sport of curling, revered by the Scots, Swedes and maritime Canadians deserves your respect. First of all, it’s hard to play. Secondly you play in a stylish cardigan and … hell, who’s kidding whom — it is vaguely ridiculous. Plainfield Curling Club, 133 McKinley St, South Plainfield. Hurling in Queens While this sport has its origins in Ireland and remains somewhat obscure to those outside the Emerald Isle, it is best understood as a cousin to the game of shinty, or stepfather to Cammag from the Isle of Man. ny-gaa.org Field Hockey in The Bronx For North Americans field hockey is a sport played by hot preppy high school and college girls. While we’re loathe to completely banish said mental image from your mind, in other parts of the world it’s a sport played by both sexes and at a high level. And no, the men don’t wear skirts, you ethno-centric pervert you.
5 Best Bar Activities Ping Pong at Iona’s One of a few Williamsburg places where old-timers go and will readily tell you about the gritty old days, (i.e. 2002). Playing on a table wedged onto an uneven patch of concrete in their dimly lit garden provides ready-made excuses too. 180 Grand St. Darts at Grassroots Tavern “You don’t never show disrespect to the darts.” So said Keith Talent, hero of Martin Amis’ London Fields — undoubtedly the finest darts novel ever written. If any of the above has the slightest shred of meaning to you you’ll want to go where “Treble 20” is a mating call. 20 St. Marks Pl. Skee-Ball at Ace Tavern There comes a point in every drunken evening when conversation wanes and the best thing you and your drunken buddies can do is make like a bunch of 12 year olds and hit the Skee-Ball tables (lanes? Slopes?). Ace Bar has tournaments and such and take it all pretty seriously. 531 E 5th St. “Mini-Golf” at Bushwick Country Club Large sections of Grand Avenue are pretty unattractive, but filled with all manner of pleasant diversion. Bushwick Country Club is a little like that. The garden is a bit sad and their mini-golf course is desperately ugly — but hey, have enough Pabst Blue Ribbon and even the skanky girls and boys with bad tattoos will start to look good. That’s a warning by the way, not a promise. 618 Grand St. Bocce at Floyd Bar owners are expected to make their patrons feel at home and provide them with pleasant diversions as they sip their drinks. A jukebox is de rigueur, a pool table is nice and anything beyond that is a bonus. Air hockey? Awesome. Tetris? Cool. But a Bocce court? Inside the bar? Are you freaking kidding us? 131 Atlantic Ave.