Terrific: Blogger's favorite team now co-owned by Bill Maher

All we need now is for Olbermann to buy the Jets and I can give up sports forever.

I know what you’re thinking. If Rush Limbaugh’s too controversial to own a piece of the Rams, how come Maher’s not too controversial to own a piece of the Mets? Two words, my friends: Buyer’s market.

Political comedian Bill Maher disclosed that he bought a minority stake in the New York Mets when the majority owners were selling portions of the franchise earlier this year to cover debt

Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz in March sold 12 minority stakes in the team for $240 million and used the sales to repay $65 million in loans from Major League Baseball and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) and at least $100 million of debt.

Wilpon and Katz in March also agreed to pay $162 million to settle a $1 billion lawsuit from Irving Picard, the trustee responsible for liquidating Bernard Madoff’s defunct firm, over whether the Mets’ owners and others blinded themselves to Madoff’s Ponzi scheme because it benefited their businesses financially.

I confess, if we lived in a world where I had $20 million to play with, I’d buy a piece of a team too. Why not? It’s the ultimate fan fantasy short of becoming a player yourself. Instead we live in a world where Bill Maher has $20 million to play with. Note to HBO: If being tendentious and unfunny is what you want, I can do it for a lot less than 20 large. Take the Hot Air audience’s word for it.

The good news is that I’ve become a Pirates fan too this year, so if Maher starts turning up in the booth during games to the point where I can simply take no more, I’ll go ahead and fully transition to the black and gold. That’s the hallmark of a true beta male, my friends — migrating from a team that hasn’t won the World Series in more than 20 years to a team that hasn’t cracked .500 in 20 years. Things are looking up, though. 2020 or bust!

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