closing argument

By Jim Stanford on October 31, 2012

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As the campaign for town council enters the final week, indulge me in a little shameless self-promotion.

After months of talking about serious issues like the comprehensive plan, I decided it was time for some fun. Hence my appearance outside the Ski Swap in festive Halloween attire, pledging fresh tracks for all.

Throughout the forums and on my campaign blog, I have tried to lay out my ideas as clearly as possible and make the case that I am qualified to serve on the council and will do an effective job.

But don’t take it from me. Take it from the folks above.

For those still looking to dig deeper on the issues, visit my campaign website, listen to archived KHOL broadcasts or consult the News&Guide Election Section, which offers comprehensive coverage of every race and question on the ballot.

Thanks again to the friends and local dignitaries cajoled into making a cameo. Six days to go. I’m bound to have a big tab at Moo’s once the campaign is over.


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Mets win.

By Jim Stanford on May 22, 2012

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Civility, compassion, love. And the Mets.

Thank you to everyone who offered support Saturday on the Square. I didn’t realize there were so many Mets fans in Wyoming.

Perhaps bolstered by the prayers, the Amazin’s went out and defeated the Blue Jays 6-5 on Sunday. (Or maybe it was the presence of David Wright in the lineup.) Lord knows the Mets need all the help we can give them.

Unlike the wack jobs from Kansas, the sign bears a message of hope and faith. As any Mets fan will attest, You gotta believe!

(Photo by Taylor Glenn)


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why we always believe

By Jim Stanford on October 25, 2011

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Rounding third Knight! The Mets will win the ballgame! The Mets win!

It’s curious how our society commemorates events especially in five-year cycles. Witness, for instance, the mass hoopla over the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which surely stung no less on the eighth or ninth anniversaries.

But I’ll play along. Twenty-five years ago tonight, I became an eternal optimist.

Down two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning, with two outs and two strikes. “Hoping against hope that something will start to happen,” as Bob Murphy said in the radio broadcast.

I write this not to rub salt in the wounds of Red Sox fans, wounds no doubt salved by the balm of ’04 and ’07 titles. I’ve always argued we share a common enemy in the Yankees.

I write this because the Mets’ comeback to win Game Six of the 1986 World Series was as close as I’ve ever come to witnessing a miracle. Especially for a teenage boy who grew up in New York rooting for the Mets, Jets and Rangers, enduring year after year of futility.

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eBay, anyone?

By Jim Stanford on October 1, 2007

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Some will win. Some will lose. Some were born to sing the blues.

Destined for eBay?These scraps of paper will be sports memorabilia some day, like when I’m old and crotchety and pull them from a shoebox and recall the September the Mets stunk as badly as Flushing Bay at low tide.

At least the last two weeks of aggravation are over.

For Met fans, these unused tickets will be a badge of honor, yet another reminder how the bitterness of failure only sweetens the nectar of victory. That’s what separates us from Cowboy fans, Laker fans and — most of all — Yankee fans.

Until next year, what else is a lover of lovable losers to do but jump on the Cubs bandwagon? Go Rockies!


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rally cap

By Jim Stanford on September 28, 2007

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I knew it was a jinx.

On Monday, the New York Mets e-mailed to inform me that I won a lottery for the chance to purchase playoff tickets. The Mets look after their fans in Wyoming.

Alas, the boys at Shea haven’t won a game since. I had no intention of using the tickets, but planned to give them to my brother Shawn and his friends.

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