Shannon Stacey

Oh my achin' DVR

American League Champions! Wicked pissah, of course. And we really have to win the World Series now because Beckett told Papelbon he’d River Dance with him if they win it all. Now that that’s on the table, my life will be incomplete if I don’t get to see it.

I’m ready. Even got my Tessie ringtone. You know, Americans have complained about having a national anthem that’s so hard to sing, but really, y’all should try being a Red Sox fan. To sing Tessie you have to be 1) drunk off your ass or 2) in a crowd with thousands of other people who can’t sing. Preferably both. Still—best song ever.

But anyway, after a 7-game ALCS series, my DVR is feeling the strain. And with the World Series starting Wednesday, my husband and I are going to have to play hooky for days to catch up with all the shows that’ll be on there come next week. I already have multiple episodes of NCIS, The Unit, Dirty Sexy Money and more to watch. And those three are some of my favorite shows, so you know it’s bad.

The ALCS got in the way of my sweating with Sven, though, and I only met 51% of my total goal for the week. I’ll have to push harder this week and try not to rely on writing during prime time, cause that hasn’t been happening.


If you would like to see the most wicked pissah Irish-punk version of the greatest team song ever, Dropkick Murphys has their video on YouTube: click here (to skip the band intro, which is pretty funny, skip to 1:20)

Here’s a slight history from Wikipedia:

While a popular tune, the song gained greater notoriety when it was adopted as a rallying cry by the Royal Rooters, a collection of loyal fans led by Michael T. McGreevy, or Michael “Nuf Ced” McGreevy, owner of the 3rd Base saloon. (McGreevy earned his nickname “Nuf Ced” due to the way he kept peace in his bar; when he grew frustrated with arguments over the Red Sox and the Boston Braves, he would pound his hand on the bar and declare “Nuf Ced!”) Boston Mayor John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, grandfather of President John F. Kennedy, was another member of the Royal Rooters.

After the first four games of the 1903 World Series, Boston was down 1-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. (It was a best of 9 series; 5 wins were needed to win the series.) The Royal Rooters began rallying their team with every song they could think of; ultimately “Tessie” helped win the day. Pittsburgh outfielder Tommy Leach credited at least part of Boston’s win to “that damn ‘Tessie’ song.” He continued: “It was a real hum-dinger of a song, but it sort of got on your nerves after a while.” (Boston won Game 5 and went on to win Games 6, 7, and 8 to win the series 5–3; however, Boston only won two out of four at home and three of four at Pittsburgh, so the true impact of their home-town fans’ song is uncertain.) There are stories that the Royal Rooters actually traveled to Pittsburgh and hired a band to play Tessie to annoy the Pirates even at their home field.

The Rooters stopped singing in 1918. The Red Sox won the World Series in 1918 but then endured an 86-year drought before winning again in 2004, the same year a re-release of “Tessie” was issued by the Dropkick Murphys.

3 comments to “Oh my achin' DVR”

  1. Jewell
      · October 22nd, 2007 at 11:34 am · Link


    I’ve lost nights on end watching the Indians in these playoffs. I haven’t actually called them “my team” in a very long time, since they so frustrated me as a kid. But still, I root for them, and again am frustrated when really poor decisions are made.

    Sigh. Such is the life of a Cleveland fan.

    Okay, come on, Shannon. You gotta give me huge a “poor baby” hug, cuz, well…dangit…I’m stuck with the Indians AND the Browns. Geesh.

  2. Jill Monroe
      · October 22nd, 2007 at 2:12 pm · Link

    Jewell – my husband shares your pain.

    Now the only thing we can look forward to IS riverdancing.

    Of course OU Sooner football. Who just went down in the BCS poll – sigh.

  3. Shannon
      · October 23rd, 2007 at 6:04 pm · Link

    :hug: Unless it’s the Yankees, I’m always a little heartbroken for the losing team. Even though it means the Sox go to the World Series, watching the dejection of the Indians made me sniffle a little. I’m always like that. (Unless, of course, it’s the Yankees or Jets).

    I’ve never gotten into college football, though I sometimes keep an eye on how UNH and Dartmouth are doing.

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