Let's Go to the Videotape: Mobile Monday Night at the Meadowlands

Back when I was your age, we didn't have these newfangled smartphones and pagers and whatnot. If we weren't at a game or in front of a TV and we wanted to know what was going on in the world of sports, we had to get creative! Bring a transistor radio and a discreet set of headphones! Find a pay phone and call information and hope we got a sports-mad operator! Train each other in semaphore and relay messages across a network of strategically placed crow's nests!

To see what I'm talking about, you young whippersnappers, check out this clip from an NJN broadcast from October of 1986. You see, after the Mets' epic comeback in game 6 of the World Series, Mother Nature interfered by bringing rain that delayed the decisive game 7 until October 27. That coincided with a Monday night game at the Meadowlands between the Giants and the Redskins. Watch us use elegant, gray portable TVs that weighed a mere 75 pounds to keep up with the goings on of Mets vs. Red Sox!

What I love most about this clip, other than the hairstyles, is how the entire stadium seems to be way more into the baseball game they can barely see than the football game in front of them. The crowd is so caught up in game 7 that they frequently distract both Washington and the home team. Phil Simms seems a bit annoyed by this in his postgame interview.

It is a demonstration of two important historical facts. The first is that people have always wished to be able to concentrate on two (or more) things at once; we've just finally developed the technology to make it possible. The second is that the Mets ruled New York (and New Jersey) in the 1980s. Not even a Monday night divisional rivalry game could supplant that supremacy.

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