Somewhere, deep in the hills of VT, Bill Lee is smiling at Brian Wilson. (ESPN Screenshot)
Since November is looming danger close, with political campaigns and debate roaring across America, I thought it'd be prudent to announce SawxBlog's endorsement for the 2010 World Series. The choice wasn't as easy as you'd think, as both the Giants and Rangers have teams full of great stories and characters, but San Fransisco Giants closer, Brian Wilson, has won me over with his heavy dose of weird. If the Giants end up winning it all, Ron Artest is in great jeopardy of losing his title as "Craziest Champion Alive". I never realized how bizarre Wilson was until being directed to the below video of him on Jim Rome, upon watching it, I instantly knew I had to root for this guy.
Sports fans are obese. We've been fed line after line of tired cliché's by athletes with no personality for much too long. Then - if an athlete does happen to have a personality, it only shines through to show off their enormous ego, a la Esteban Ochocinco. Brian Wilson is a horse of a different color though.
It's almost as if he's playing a caricature of himself, similar to Hunter Thompson's Dr.Gonzo. I see everything Wilson does as a wink and a nod. He stares down reporters with Manson eyes and says things that are bat shit crazy and absolutely hilarious. The whole notion of celebrity is silly, and Brian gets that. With his shoe polish black beard he stands on the mound laughing at us as we laugh at him. Much like Thompson, I think he may end up blurring the lines too much between life and act, but what the hell do I know?
I know this. Brian Wilson is bringing weird freaky fetish sex jokes to American sports fans across the country, and that makes me smile. Those two things usually don't mix well together, well - unless you're Tiger Woods or Brett Favre...but I can't go there now, that pool's too deep. He's slowly leaked out bits and pieces of his friend, Machine, with the patience of a Buddhist monk. From pulling out the "Machine Mask" on Jim Rome, to mentioning Machine in an interview after winning the NLCS, Wilson has brought the weird to our front doorsteps, and because of this, I full heatedly endorse the San Fransisco Giants in the 2010 World Series.