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The Mets can’t squander this incredible opportunity

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This was Port St. Lucie in February 2003, when 40-year-old David Cone was attempting a last-stand comeback. He was sitting in the Mets’ clubhouse, surveying the big-name veterans on the roster, when he made the following observation:

“There’s a lot of talent in here, but the Mets need something else. With the Yankees in ’96, we needed Derek Jeter to be rookie of the year. The Mets need something like that to happen, a young pitcher or a young third baseman to be a real surprise.”

Cone ended his comeback after five appearances, and the teammates he left behind finished a ghastly 66-95. But his point was about the only thing that survived another Mets season from hell. A team usually needs something special to inspire a championship push.

Something like Jacob deGrom pitching as only a precious few men, dead or alive, have ever pitched.

Would the Mets use deGrom’s dominance as rocket fuel for a deep October run? Tuesday night in Atlanta, it didn’t feel that way. The Mets’ nine losses in their previous 14 games left them with a three-game divisional lead over the surging Nationals that never felt more tenuous than it did at the start of the seventh inning. The Braves were up 3-0, and Charlie Morton, a man with 100 career victories to his name was positively cruising, allowing the Mets only two lousy singles.

Jacob deGrom has been dominant for the Mets.
Jacob deGrom has been dominant for the Mets.
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It appeared the visitors would go quietly into the night, and allow the Nationals — who beat the Rays for their 13th victory in their past 16 games — to cut their NL East deficit to two. The Mets’ kid pitcher, Tylor Megill, had been brilliant over four and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out eight despite the fact that the plate ump, Adam Beck, was acting like one of those NBA refs who doesn’t believe in giving rookies a fair whistle. Megill finally cracked and surrendered two-out singles to Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman, and then a three-run shot to Ozzie Albies on a changeup that came in at 85 mph and went out at 100.

What happened next was the first hopeful sign in a while the Mets realize that they can’t let this season slip away like they’ve let so many others slip away. James McCann answered Albies with a three-run homer of his own, costing Morton career victory No. 101. Of equal significance, Francisco Lindor finally did something $341 million ballplayers are paid to do — delivered a two-out single that gave the Mets a 4-3 lead that they would keep.

This was a huge small-picture victory that deserved to be framed in a big-picture context. In upgrading their record to 41-34, the Mets seemed to understand the priceless opportunity before them. Who knows when the National League East will be this weak again, or for how long deGrom can stay healthy enough to remain the game’s most feared terminator? And while we’re at it, who knows when the Yankees will be this fragile again, this willing to hand the Mets the key to the city? Perhaps they’ll make the handoff official this weekend in The Bronx.

James McCann celebrates his three-run home run Tuesday.
James McCann celebrates his three-run home run in the Mets’ 4-3 win over the Braves.
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But first things first: Remember the 2015 World Series, and how that was supposed to be the start of something special? The Mets, now working on a streak of four consecutive years out of the playoffs, employ one position player who competed in that 2015 World Series — Michael Conforto.

Another example of how nothing is guaranteed in baseball, other than failure and pain.

Two years ago, when deGrom won his second straight Cy Young Award and Pete Alonso delivered 53 homers and 120 RBIs to win rookie of the year, the Mets finished three games out of the wild card. Last year, under the most forgiving pandemic guidelines, everyone and his brother made the playoffs — everyone except the Mets and their brothers.

They can’t waste any more of deGrom’s time and prime. The Mets have had to endure more than their share of injuries, but they’ve had their two most dangerous hitters, Lindor and Alonso, for most of the year. So there was no excuse for entering this Atlanta series averaging 3.59 runs per game, MLB’s second-worst output (behind Pittsburgh).

But Tuesday night, they beat their own average in the seventh inning alone. With Conforto and Jeff McNeil back, and Brandon Nimmo and J.D. Davis on the way, the Mets have more than enough to keep control of the NL East, especially since they can’t get Kyle Schwarber-ed again until August.

The division is right there for the taking, and so is a great baseball city once controlled by Yankee legends with dynastic aims.

The Mets have such a great opportunity here. Tuesday night, they acted like a team that didn’t want to blow it.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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