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Handling Hanna properly

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Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2008 12:00 am

The Mets did the right thing by postponing their game last Saturday with the Phillies early that morning instead of making the players and fans risk harm by having to deal with Tropical Storm Hanna. In addition to avoiding inconveniencing the players and Mets fans, the early announcement of the rainout certainly saved a ton of aggravation and expense for fans from the Philadelphia area who had plans to cheer on their team in Flushing.

Cheers to the United States Tennis Association for allowing the Dinara Safina-Serena Williams US Open women’s singles semi-final to go on at Arthur Ashe Stadium while Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray were battling at Louis Armstrong Stadium in the men’s semis last Saturday. Obviously, the USTA was hoping to avoid overlapping matches, but they acted correctly in light of Tropical Storm Hanna’s rapid approach to the New York metropolitan area. As it was, the Nadal-Murray match was only able to go into the start of the third set when the deluge set in, forcing it to be completed on Sunday. That, of course, meant that the Open had to be extended until Monday for the men’s singles championship.

Jeers, however, to the USTA, for allowing the eagerly anticipated fourth round match between Rafael Nadal and Mardy Fish (a great Cinderella story at the Open) to begin at 11:30 p.m. on a Wednesday night. The contest did not end until well after 2 a.m. That’s not fair to people who bought tickets and had to go to work the next day, let alone TV viewers east of the Mississippi.

Getting back to the Mets, you have to say that they are a resilient bunch. It seems like every time they lose a game that they should have easily won, and make their fans break out their crying towels, the Mets rally the next day to win. When I told David Wright that there is something inspiring about the Mets’ consistent ability to pick themselves up from the floor, he wryly replied, “I’m glad that you’re inspired!” Wright understandably would prefer that they don’t blow those games to begin with and thus avoid having to give lessons in the art of perseverance.

Mets fans would have preferred that their team had taken two out of three from the Phillies instead of vice-versa, but compared to how their season fell apart last September, they can’t really quarrel. Johan Santana showed why he has earned his humongous contract as he was able to salvage the critical Sunday night finale of the series with a 6-3 win for the Amazins.

Shea Stadium has been the site of World Series games, wrestling extravaganzas, NFL football, and of course, concerts, but I am not sure if it has ever served as a locale for a fashion shoot. The normally Manhattan-centric weekly glossy, Time Out New York, decided to give Shea a shot of couture glory in its final days by using it as a backdrop for its fall fashion issue that was timed to coincide with Fashion Week.

NBC, has decided to reward the all-time Olympics gold medal king of swimmers, Michael Phelps, for delivering king-sized ratings for the Peacock Network by having him host the season opener of “Saturday Night Live” that will air this weekend. It is to be seen whether he can conquer comedy the way he has the aquatic world.

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