Staff post: Killing time

The Mets aren’t fun anymore. To be fair, they haven’t been fun since Game 13, but it’s June 18 and they’ve become virtually unwatchable. And the worst part is that none of it is going to change. No one is coming to save the Mets. So we have to save ourselves. We may not know much, but we know this has to be better than watching Jason Vargas.

Become a fan of the NYXL

Who are the NYXL? Only the best team in the Overwatch League by a wide margin. Even better (or worse, depending on your point of view), the NYXL are owned by the Wilpons, meaning you’re not totally betraying the Mets. Saybyeolbe is the best Tracer in the world. Pine, the Big Boss, makes the most nutty Widowmaker / McCree plays you’ll see. Jonak’s Zenyatta is so good he’s redefined the hero and is the probable league MVP. Ark is underrated as a main healer, and Mano, Janus and Meko offer a solid tank pool to support their DPS / Jonak carry. If you didn’t understand anything I just said, that’s fine, because OWL has developed a fantastic caster and broadcast program that does a great job of drawing people into the game. Plus it all streams free on Twitch, so you don’t have to line the Wilpons’ pockets to enjoy a New York-based sports team that’s actually elite and isn’t the Yankees. – Lukas Vlahos

Play fantasy golf

If you’re tired of the Mets losing because they’re not scoring enough, why not play a game where the lowest score actually wins? Yahoo! Sports just launched their fantasy golf game for 2018 last week, and you can still sign up. To be clear: I hate golf with a passion. In fact, I had never even heard of fantasy golf before this, and I can’t fathom why anyone would play it. That said, I also can’t fathom why anyone would willingly watch the Mets, but here we are. So, who knows? Maybe fantasy golf is fun? It certainly can’t be less fun than watching the Mets. – Dave Capobianco

Binge watch “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

I was going to suggest “The Good Place” here but I think, at this point, there’s no hope for you if you haven’t watched Kristen Bell and Ted Danson at their best. So instead, I’m here to extol the virtues of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the delightful Amazon drama about the mad divorcée of the Upper West Side. Rachel Brosnahan is an utter delight as Miriam Maisel, the stay-at-home mom who finds her world turned upside down when her husband ditches her and the kids for his ditzy secretary and the Methodist version of his life. “Maisel” is a whirlwind of deliriously funny jokes, verbal and situational, backdropped by 1958 New York, back when the Mets weren’t around to ruin anyone’s life. There’s even a good Brooklyn Dodgers dig in there for good luck. – Kate Feldman

Discover The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch

Breath of the Wild is so immersive and all-consuming that I’d still be lost in it even if the Mets were historically hot. This game isn’t a distraction so much as a new way of life for me now. I’m 27 and had never played a Zelda game before, but upon some good advice that being a Zelda novice wasn’t an inhibitor, I took it up and cannot put it down. Seriously, I might never see the outside world again. Though that’s OK, because in the outside world the Mets are crazy bad, and in here I have the Master Sword. – Jordan Rabinowitz

Find the Terry Collins ejection video

If someone had told you that Terry Collins would be the highlight of the Mets’ 2018 season, you probably would have wondered to what depths the season would sink. But this hysteric version of Terry trading incoherent obscenities with an umpiring crew would be buzzworthy even if the Mets were in first place. Make no mistake, this season is miserable, but this clip makes it slightly more bearable. MLB had wiped its presence from the internet because its leak violated part of the CBA, but if you look hard enough, you can still find it. – Zane Moran

Root for the Yankees

As a lifelong New York Mets fan who grew up when the Yankees won every year this one is hard for me to say, however the “new” New York Yankees are a team that I can watch and root for. The Yankees make watching baseball fun again. While the Mets, night after night, struggle to score runs, the Yankees lead the league in dingers behind the trio of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorious. And youngsters Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar show that the Yankees are fun to watch. I am not saying to go out and buy an “All Rise” shirt but watch the Yankees (presumably on mute) and once again watching baseball will be fun (and not depression inducing). – Seth Rubin

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