New York Post
Sports headlines, 1997-2000

Being in such a sports-crazy city, even we news types get plenty of chances to write clever headlines about sports. Some examples . . .

        BASEBALL: When Cardinal O'Connor complained about the Yankees playing a game on Good Friday, we pointed out that Jews have always had to deal with the problem of games on religious holidays:

Conflicts aren't limited to the goys of summer

        As the Yankees began the 1998 playoffs (my headline: CITY GETS DOWN TO SERIES BUSINESS), we had a sidebar about minors easily buying beer at the two New York stadiums and never being asked for ID. Or, in baseball talk:

Teen fans hit brewers and rarely face cards

        As the New York Mets face a sexual-harassment lawsuit, our columnist claims that the team's players have long taken the opportunity to go sexually wild during spring training in Florida, out of the view of wives and girlfriends. That is:

Boys of spring invoke the unsealed-fly rule

        For non-baseball people, you should know that the players are affectionately known as the "boys of summer" and there's something called the "infield-fly rule," which is invoked under circumstances way too complicated to describe here.

        The impending sale of the Yankees, it was rumored in our pages, might pull in not just the predicted $700 million but as much as $1 billion:

Yank deal may be like perfect game -- with nine zeros

        FOOTBALL: When star linebacker Reggie White made some nasty comments about gays, we recalled that other athletes and sportscasters had lost their jobs over similar statements:

Offensive lines get some sports figures sacked

        BASKETBALL: When basketball notable Anthony Mason was charged with statutory rape in Queens, his lawyer admitted that the former Knick had partied with the girls in question but not had sex. As they say in the box scores:

Mason played but didn't score with teens: lawyer

        HOCKEY: Okay, admittedly this requires some explanation. Fans at Madison Square Garden got all weepy-eyed over the retirement of hockey great Wayne Gretzky. You have to know that the upper seats at the Garden used to be blue, and the most rowdy and devoted fans sat there, becoming known as the "blue-seaters":

They're all blue seats as fans say bye