In a piece on the Weekly Standard’s Website titled “Disaster by the Bay“, Bill Whalen asks if the current moribund state of San Francisco sports is “some kind of cosmic payback”:
Perhaps this is a case of Californians at long last getting what we deserve. Our fellow Americans view us as narcissism personified–a nation-state more interested in self-esteem and self-tanning than self-defense or self-sustaining economic growth. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that a me-first population does so poorly at team sports.
It makes me nostalgic for my younger days in the nation’s capital, where the worst they could say about the lousy baseball team–the one that ditched us for Minnesota, before the other one that left us for Texas, before the current one that came to us from Montreal–was “first in war, first in peace, and last in the America League”. Here’s hoping Northern California sees a turnaround, before they start calling us “first in anti-war, and last in pretty much everything else.”