That one still leaves a mark

New Yorkers know well the rage James Harrison has sparked

You think the weather outside is frightful around here, take a look at poor western Pennsylvania, Canada Goose Jackets where the mercury hovered around 6 degrees all morning Thursday in Pittsburgh, where proximity to Lake Erie always invites the possibility of canada goose outlet uk canada goose uk shop piles of snow arriving at any moment.

Not to worry, though. Pittsburghers were keeping themselves plenty warm because, apparently, just about every one of them was starting a canada goose outlet sale fire, using a James Harrison No. 92 jersey as kindling. Those that weren’t burning the black and gold (and, occasionally, the awful bumblebee version) jersey were simply stuffing them in trash cans, cutting them to ribbons with scissors, all but calling on canada goose outlet online Father Damien Karras to exorcise that which had once inhabited them.

And if you thought James Harrison had hacked off canada goose black friday sale Steelers fans by signing with the devil Patriots cheap canada goose uk canada goose within minutes of being released by the Steelers, with whom he’d spent canada goose uk outlet a largely brilliant 15 year career (14 of them with Pittsburgh), that was nothing compared to some of the things his old Steel City canadian goose jacket teammates had to say when they saw he landed with their biggest impediment to Super Bowl LII.

“He erased his own legacy,” Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey told reporters on Wednesday.

“I guess [New England] is canada goose outlet jackets where he wanted to be, cornerback Artie Burns said.

In sports, though, there is the added element, the additional possibility, canada goose store that your guy lands in the most disagreeable place possible. And in New York City, we know the feeling well. All too well, in fact. Modern New York fans may call this the Murph Effect, given Mets fans have been forced to endure Daniel Canada Goose Parka Murphy’s transformation into Rogers Hornsby for two years after leaving the Mets for the rival Nats.

Leo Durocher was the first. He was an irascible but exceedingly popular figure who’d led the Dodgers to the 1941 pennant, guided them through the turbulent spring training of 1947 when he all but dared his players to revolt against Jackie Robinson before being suspended for the regular season for flaunting his engagement to the divorced actress Lorraine Day.

Nothing prepared the city or the sport for what happened on July canada goose outlet store 16, 1948, though, when the Dodgers agreed to let their detested rivals, the Giants, hire Durocher away. Then, across the next 6 seasons, Brooklyn still searching for its first ever title simmered and then boiled as Durocher first led the Giants to the miracle 1951 comeback over the Dodgers, and then ’54 World Series, to canada goose outlet black friday boot.

“I liked playing for Leo,” Ralph Branca said a few years ago. He canada goose outlet didn’t earn his nickname, “The Barber,” by accident. When the Dodgers bought his contract from the Indians on May 15, 1956, Dodgers outfielder canada goose outlet toronto factory Carl Furillo smashed three of his bats in anger upon hearing the news, representing much of the borough’s reaction until he went 13 5 for the Dodgers, causing an opposite yet equal response from Giants fans.

It isn’t always confined to intramural New York activity, of course. Sam Huff was incensed when the football Giants traded him to the Redskins in 1964, canada goose outlet parka a feeling that was mirrored by millions of Giants fans, and one that culminated when he overruled his coach, Otto Graham, on the afternoon of Nov. 27, 1966, very late in a blowout game, when he grabbed kicker Charlie Gogolak and pushed him on the field to kick a last second field goal that put the finishing touches on an epic 72 41 slaughter.

Mets fans, of course, have had the most practice at this dynamic, since long before Murphy found prosperous exile with Canada Goose Online their biggest division rivals. Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden and David Cone all prominent members of the Mets who held the city in the canada goose outlet shop palm of their hands wound up with the Yankees who painted it permanently pinstriped. The three of them combined to win nine championship rings with the Yanks. That one still leaves a mark.

Funny, though: It’s hard to remember any such transaction that ever inspired small acts of jersey arson, not even the hard to take sights of canada goose outlet canada ex Net Jason Kidd as a Knick, ex Jet Darrelle Revis as a Pat, or ex Islander Pat LaFontaine as a Ranger. Maybe we just don’t care enough. Or maybe it just doesn’t get cold enough.