Daily Dirt: ‘There are currently more active hurricanes in the Atlantic than there are fans at the White Sox game’

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Monday's game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago White Sox had 974 people in attendance. | Photo courtesy of Sports illustrated

Daily Dirt for Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023

At least the Cubbies have been entertaining this season … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 728 of The Daily Dirt.

1. Possibly the funniest line I have heard at any point during the current MLB season came earlier this week when I came across a picture of the fans attending a game between the woeful Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field.

There may have been 100 people in the park, and that is probably a generous estimate. The picture of the embarrassing amount of people NOT in the stands was accompanied by this Facebook post during the game:

“There are currently more active hurricanes in the Atlantic than there are fans at the White Sox game.”

Yep, it’s been a long year for White Sox fans.

Sox fans have stayed away in droves this season. The team’s attendance during this disastrous season is about 300,000 behind 2022. That’s the biggest decline of any MLB team. Couple that with the possible relocation threats from team ownership, and it’s just a sad overall situation.

This season cannot end soon enough on the southside.

2. In case you wanted to feel a little bit older today, the following 10 songs are turning 45 years old this year:

  • “Hot Blooded,” by Foreigner.
  • “Night Fever,” by the Bee Gees.
  • “Still the Same,” By Bob Seger
  • “Disco Inferno,” by the Trammps.
  • “Grease,” by Frankie Valli.
  • “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” by A Taste of Honey.
  • “You’re the One That I Want,” by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.
  • “Lay Down Sally,” by Eric Clapton.
  • “Miss You,” by the Rolling Stones.
  • “Hot Child in the City,” Nick Gilder.

3. The New York Jets’ 22-16 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills last Monday was the most-watched “Monday Night Football” game in the ESPN era, which began in 2006.

The average of 22.6 million viewers who watched the game surpassed the 2009 contest between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, which drew 21.8 million watchers.

The Monday night audience peaked at 25.2 million from 8-8:15 p.m.

Steve Thought O’ The Day
One more comment about the White Sox. They have an opportunity to lose 100-plus games for just the second time in the last 53 years.

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