Friday, June 24, 2016

Yanx Split With Rox Thanx to Castro Walx Off

As they did last week in Denver, the Yankees had a brief 2-game series with the Colorado Rockies, this time in New York. As they did last week, they split the series.

Ivan Nova started on Tuesday night, and was ineffective, allowing 6 runs (5 of them earned) in only 4 innings. Nick Goody tacked on 2 more runs to put the game out of reach. Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Didi Gregorius and Rob Refsnyder each had 2 hits, to no avail.

Rockies 8, Yankees 4. WP: Chad Bettis (6-5). No save. LP: Nova (5-5).

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The situation did not call for the dreaded D-GANG, Day Game After Night Game. But that's what the Yankees had on Wednesday afternoon. CC Sabathia started, and the Yankees gave him a 4-0 cushion in the 2nd inning, thanks to a grand slam by the much-maligned Chase Headley, his 4th home run of the season.

But the Big Fella couldn't hold it. Over the next 3 innings, he and Anthony Swarzak allowed 8 runs. No Runs DMC pitched perfect ball after that -- Dellin Betances in the 7th, Andrew Miller in the 8th, and Aroldis Chapman in the 9th -- just as it was planned. But no one planned on trailing 8-4 going into the bottom of the 7th.

Except Refsnyder led off the inning by reaching base on that rare baseball play, catcher's interference. The Rockies' catcher was Nick Hundley, no relation to former Met Todd and his father, former Cub Randy, although they were also catchers.

After Jacoby Ellsbury flew out, Gardner singled, and Beltran hit a home run, his 19th of the season. 8-7 Rockies. Alex Rodriguez was robbed on a fine defensive play, but Brian McCann hit a ground-rule double down the right-field line. Starlin Castro singled, but since McCann, to borrow Reggie Jackson's line about Lou Piniella, runs like a dump truck, he had to stop at 3rd base. Didi singled McCann home.

Castro was the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the 9th, and he assured there would be no others. For the 1st time this season, the Yankees had a walkoff home run. It was Castro's 10th homer of the season.

Yankees 9, Rockies 8. WP: Chapman (1-0). No save. LP: Jason Motte (0-1).

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The Yankees are now 35-36, 6 games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Eastern Division. They are not gaining ground, but the Orioles aren't pulling away, either. As inconsistent as the Yankees have been, they are still in it. With 3 months to go, 6 games is not a big deal.

As they did last week, for 4 games in Minneapolis, the Yankees start a weekend series with the seriously struggling Minnesota Twins, this time for 3 games in The Bronx. Here are the projected pitching matchups:

* Tonight, 7:05 PM: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Tommy Milone.

* Tomorrow, 1:05 PM: Michael Pineda vs. Ervin Santana.

* Sunday, 1:05 PM: Nathan Eovaldi vs. Tyler Duffy.

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Days until the New York Red Bulls play again: 1, tomorrow night at 7:30, away to the Columbus Crew. This comes after a shocking late loss away to Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night.

Days until the U.S. national soccer team plays again: 1, tomorrow night, at 8:00 PM Eastern Time, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, against Colombia in the 3rd place game of the Copa America Centenario. The Final will be the next day, at the Meadowlands, between Argentina and Chile. After this, the next game for the U.S. team will be on September 2, as part of CONCACAF's qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.

Days until the next Yankees-Red Sox series: 21, on Friday, July 15, the 1st series after the All-Star Break, at Yankee Stadium II. Just 3 weeks.

Days until the Red Bulls next play a "derby": 23, on Sunday night, July 17, against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park) in Chester, Pennsylvania. The next game against New York City F.C. (a.k.a. Man City NYC, Man City III, Small Club In Da Bronx and The Homeless) is on Sunday afternoon, July 3, at Yankee Stadium II -- although after the greatest humiliation any MLS team has ever endured, that 7-0 defeat in The Bronx last weekend, I wonder if NYCFC (now 0-4 all-time against RBNY) will even want to show up. The next game against D.C. United (a.k.a. The DC Scum) is on Sunday night, August 21, at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington. The next game against the New England Revolution is on Sunday night, August 28, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Days until The Arsenal play at the opponents in the 2016 Major League Soccer All-Star Game: 34, on Thursday night, July 28, at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, home of the San Jose Earthquakes. Just 5 weeks.  Three days later, The Arsenal will play C.D. Guadalajara (a.k.a. Chivas), one of the biggest clubs in Mexico, at the StubHub Center, home of the Los Angeles Galaxy, in Carson, California. This will be just 2 years after The Arsenal came to America to play the Red Bulls in New Jersey. I was lucky enough to get a ticket and attend that match. I won't be going to either of these: Even if I could get a game ticket, paying for a plane ticket would be tough. And, because of the timing of these games, The Arsenal will not host the no preseason Emirates Cup this year. (They'd held it every year since 2007, except for 2012, canceling it due to the Olympics causing havoc with London's infrastructure.)

Days until the 2016 Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 42, on Friday, August 5. Just 6 weeks.

Days until The Arsenal play another competitive match: 50, on Saturday, August 13, at home to Liverpool. Just 7 weeks. This game could be delayed to Sunday the 14th, or Monday the 15th, depending on the whims of British television executives trying to get big ratings.

Days until Rutgers University plays football again: 71, on Saturday, September 3, away to the University of Washington, in Seattle. Just 10 weeks.

Days until East Brunswick High School plays football again: 77, on Friday, September 9, probably away, since, while the 2016 schedule hasn't been released yet, the Big Green opened last season at home.

Days until the New Jersey Devils play again: 
111, on Thursday night, October 13, away to the Florida Panthers. Under 4 months. The home opener is 5 days later, on Tuesday night, October 18, against the Anaheim Ducks.

Days until the next East Brunswick-Old Bridge Thanksgiving game: 153, on Thursday morning, November 24, at the purple shit pit on Route 9. Exactly 5 months.

Days until the New Jersey Devils play another local rival: 170. Their 1st game this season with the New York Rangers will be on Sunday night, December 11, at Madison Square Garden. Their 1st game this season with the Philadelphia Flyers will be on Thursday night, December 22, at the Prudential Center. By a quirk in the schedule, the New York Islanders, a team they usually play several times a season, don't show up on the slate until Saturday night, February 18, 2017, at the Prudential Center.

Days until the Contract From Hell runs out, and Alex Rodriguez' alleged retirement becomes official: 494, on October 31, 2017, or at the conclusion of the 2017 World Series, if the Yankees make it, whichever comes last. A little over 16 months.

Days until the next World Cup kicks off in Russia: 720, on June 14, 2018. A little under 2 years. The U.S. team will probably qualify for it, but with Jurgen Klinsmann as manager, particularly in competitive matches rather than in friendlies, you never know.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

How to Be a New York Soccer Fan In Seattle -- 2016 Edition

The New York Red Bulls do not visit the Seattle Sounders this season, but New York City FC do, this coming Sunday.

Yes, the city in that picture really is Seattle. Yes, that really is a nice blue sky overhead. When the clouds part, and you can see Lake Washington and the Cascadia Mountains, including Mount Rainier, it's actually a beautiful city. It's just that it rains so much, such a sight isn't all that common.

Before You Go. Seattle is notorious for rain.Check the websites of the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for the weather forecast. Right now, they're saying that Sunday afternoon will be in the mid-70s, and the evening in the mid-50s, with a chance of rain.

Seattle is in the Pacific Time Zone, 3 hours behind New York. Adjust your timepieces accordingly.

There is high-speed passenger ferry service from Seattle to the Canadian city of Victoria, the capital of the Province of British Columbia. It costs a bundle, though: $92.50 each way. (The scenery in Washington State and British Columbia is spectacular, and this is clearly part of what you're paying for.) From there, you can easily get to Vancouver. If you want to make this trip, you will have to give confirmation within 48 hours of booking. And it's a passenger-only ferry service: No cars allowed. If you'd like to make a side trip to Vancouver, you're better off driving or taking the train. But any way you go over the border, you should have your passport with you. And, of course, you'll have to change your money.

Tickets. The Sounders annually lead MLS in attendance, so much so that they have no intention of getting out of the football stadium they originally inhabited, as have the Red Bulls, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Jose have done; as D.C. and Orlando are preparing to do; and as NYCFC would like to do. They averaged 44,247 fans last season -- a sellout, although the top deck, the 300 sections, is closed off. Getting tickets will be very difficult.

Away supporters are put in Section 203, so, being limited to one section, you might have it easier than home fans. Tickets are $20.

Getting There. It’s 2,860 miles from Times Square in Manhattan to Pioneer Square in Seattle, and 2,63 miles from Yankee Stadium CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks play their home games. In other words, if you’re going, you’re going to want to fly.

After all, even if you get someone to go with you, and you take turns, one drives while the other one sleeps, and you pack 2 days’ worth of food, and you use the side of the Interstate as a toilet, and you don’t get pulled over for speeding, you’ll still need over 2 full days to get there. One way.

But if you really, really want to drive... Get onto Interstate 80 West in New Jersey, and stay on that until it merges with Interstate 90 west of Cleveland, then stay on 90 through Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, into Wisconsin, where it merges with Interstate 94. Although you could take I-90 almost all the way, I-94 is actually going to be faster. Stay on I-94 through Minnesota and North Dakota before re-merging with I-90 in Montana, taking it through Idaho and into Washington, getting off I-94 at Exit 2B.

Not counting rest stops, you should be in New Jersey for an hour and a half, Pennsylvania for 5:15, Ohio for 4 hours, Indiana for 2:30, Illinois for 2 hours, Wisconsin for 3:15, Minnesota for 4:30, North Dakota for 6 hours, Montana for a whopping 13 hours (or 3 times the time it takes to get from New York to Boston), Idaho for 1:15 and 6:45 in Washington. That’s 50 hours, and with rest stops, you’re talking 3 full days.

That’s still faster than Greyhound (70 hours, changing in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Minneapolis and Missoula, $458 round-trip) and Amtrak (67 hours, changing in Chicago, $910 before booking sleeping arrangements).

On Amtrak, you would leave Penn Station on the Lake Shore Limited at 3:40 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, arrive at Union Station in Chicago at 9:45 AM Central Time on Friday, and board the Empire Builder at 2:15 PM, and would reach King Street Station at 11:55 AM Pacific Time.

King Street Station is just to the north of the stadium complex, at S. King Street & 3rd Avenue. S., and horns from the trains can sometimes be heard as the trains go down the east stands of CenturyLink Field and the right-field stands of Safeco Field. The Greyhound station is at 811 Stewart Street at 8th Avenue, in the Central Business District, about halfway between the stadiums and the Seattle Center complex.
King Street Station. There is a Union Station,
next door, but it's an office building now.

A round-trip flight from Newark to Seattle, if ordered now, could be had, although not nonstop (changing in Chicago outbound and Dallas back in), for around $700. More likely, it'll cost close to $1,100. Link Light Rail can get you out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), and the same system has Stadium Station to get to Safeco and CenturyLink Fields. The fare is $2.75.

Once In the City. Founded in 1853, and named for a Chief of the Duwamish Indians, Seattle is easily the biggest city in America's Northwest, with 635,000 people within the city limits and 3.6 million in its metropolitan area. Just as Charlotte is called the Queen City of the Southeast, and Cincinnati the Queen City of the Midwest, Seattle is known as the Queen City of the Northwest. All its greenery has also gotten it the tag the Emerald City. With Lake Washington, Puget Sound, and the Cascade mountain range nearby, including Mount Rainier, it may be, on those rare clear days, America's most beautiful metro area.

East-west street addresses increase from Puget Sound and the Alaskan Way on eastward. North-south addresses are separated by Yesler Way. The Times is Seattle's only remaining daily print newspaper. The Post-Intelligencer is still in business, but in online form only. This is mainly due to the high cost of both paper and ink, and has doomed many newspapers completely, so Seattle is lucky to still, sort of, have 2 daily papers.

Sales tax in the State of Washington is 6.5 percent, but in the City of Seattle, it's 9.5 percent. Off-peak bus fare in Seattle is $2.25. In peak hours, a one-zone ride (either totally within the City of Seattle or in King County outside the city) is $2.50 and a two-zone ride (from the City to the County, or vice versa) is $3.00. The monorail is $2.25. The light rail fares, depending on distance, are between $2.00 and $2.75. Fares are paid with a farecard, or, as they call it, an ORCA card: One Regional Card for All.
Going In. The official address of CenturyLink Field, which opened in 2002 as Seahawks Stadium on the site of the Kingdome and is shared by the NFL's Seahawks and MLS' Sounders -- officially, "Seattle Sounders FC," even though we say "soccer team," not "football club" -- is 800 Occidental Avenue South. It is in a neighborhood called SoDo, for "South of Downtown." (CenturyLink is an Internet provider. It bought out telecommunications carrier Qwest, which had naming rights from 2004 to 2011.)

Occidental Avenue is the west sideline, the north side is King Street, the south side is Royal Brougham Way (Royal Brougham was not a car or a brand of booze, but the name of a Seattle sportswriter who championed the city as a site for major league sports), and the east sideline is the railroad. Parking is $8.00. With CenturyLink being at the southern edge of downtown, you’re likely to enter on the  north or west side. Tailgating is permitted in the north parking lot only. The Seahawks prohibit ball tossing, charcoal barbecues, open fires and deep fat fryers -- propane only.
CenturyLink Field, with Safeco Field behind it

"C-Link" is often cited as the loudest stadium in the NFL. Certainly, due to the league-leading crowds, it's the loudest in MLS. The way the stadium is built certainly gives the fans' noise less distance to travel: The upper levels were cantilevered over the lower sections, to fit within the limited space available for construction. Along with the angle of seats and the placement of the lower sections closer to the field, this provided a better view of the field than typically seen throughout the country and allowed for a 67,000 seat capacity. Space is available to increase the total capacity to 72,000 for special events. The city's impressive skyline can be seen through the north end, beyond the triangular end zone "Hawks Nest" stand.

The playing surface is FieldTurf, and is laid out north-to-south. College football games have been played there. The University of Washington has played games there, including their entire 2012 season, when their home across town, Husky Stadium, was being renovated. New Jersey's Rutgers University will open their 2016 season away to UW. UW's arch-rivals, Washington State, opened their 2014 season there against Rutgers, who won a thriller. (Wazzu's campus is nearly 300 miles to the southeast, so this wasn't exactly a home game for them. It may have been in the same State, but, distance-wise, it would have been like Rutgers playing them at Syracuse or Virginia Tech.)

It also hosts high school games, including a 2004 game in which Bellevue High, of the Seattle suburbs, beat De La Salle of the San Francisco Bay Area, ending the latter's national record 151-game winning streak, which had lasted 12 years. An art piece called The State of Football is on the grounds, as a tribute to high school football in the State of Washington.

It may be the best soccer facility in the country. The Sounders' "Cascadia Derby" games against the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps are spectacular events. The U.S. soccer team has played at CenturyLink 4 times, and won them all. The stadium hosted the 2009 MLS Cup Final, in which Real Salt Lake beat the Los Angeles Galaxy on penalties.
Food. As a waterfront city, and as the Northwest’s biggest transportation and freight hub, it is no surprise that Seattle is a good food city, with the legendary Pike Place Market serving as their "South Street Seaport."

Fortunately, CenturyLink lives up to this. Unfortunately, they serve Coca-Cola as opposed to Pepsi, Budweiser as opposed to good beer, and, thumbing their noses in Seattle's history as a great labor-union city (not to mention the Seahawks' demolition of company spokesman Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl), Papa John's Pizza. They do have Seattle institution Starbucks, and I suppose there must be some Wisconsin people involved with Seahawk concessions, because they also serve Johnsonville Brats.

Don't want to make "Papa" John Schnatter any richer? Good for you! "Pizza of Seattle" stands are at Sections 107 and 122. Pioneer Square International District, specializing in Asian food, is at 105 and 139. Loud & Proud Fan Raves and Craves is at 109 and 116. Kidd Valley, specializing in burgers and fries, is at 111 and 147. The Cantina, specializing in Mexican food, is at 113 and 131. "Grounders World Famous Garlic Fries" is at 118. Kinder's BBQ is at 120. Seattle Dogs (hot dogs) is at 124, 135 and 149. Brougham Beer Hall is at 128. Ivar's, specializing in chicken and chowder (including bread bowls), is at 133. Pioneer Square Butcher is at 204 and 240. 360 Sizzle, specializing in Asian food, is at 208 and 236. Ciao Down! Italian food is at 210 and 234. Seafood stand Catch! is at 214 and 230.

Team History Displays. Seattle is an underachieving city in sports. Until the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII at the Meadowlands in 2014, the city had won only 2 World Championships, ever: The 1917 Stanley Cup (I'll get to that in "Sidelights") and the 1979 NBA Championship. And since the SuperSonics' back-to-back Finals appearances in 1978-79, the city's only trips to the Finals had been the 1996 Sonics and the 2005-06 Seahawks, until the recent Seahawk Super Bowls (the one they won, and then the one they lost -- to the Patriots, thanks for nothing, Pete Carroll).

The Sounders are a part of this legacy of underachievement. They won the Supporters' Shield in 2014, and the U.S. Open Cup in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014 -- 4 of these cups being a total matches among MLS teams only by the Chicago Fire. (They also lost in the Final in 2012.) But they've never won an MLS Cup.

The original Sounders, who played in the old North American Soccer League from 1974 to 1983, won division titles in 1980 and 1982, and got to the title game, the Soccer Bowl, in 1977 and 1982 -- both times, losing to the old New York Cosmos. They featured stars from the English league such as Bobby Moore, Alan Hudson, Alan Hinton, Mike England and Jimmy Robertson. The Sounders were also where one of the real characters of English soccer, Harry Redknapp, began his coaching career.

The Sounders name was revived in 1994, and won the United Soccer League title in 1995, 1996, 2005 and 2007. As the current team is a continuation of that organization, they recognize those titles, but not the division titles won by the NASL Sounders. They hang banners for their USL and MLS/U.S. Open Cup achievements from the east side roof.
The Sounders have no retired numbers -- not even 6 for Bobby Moore, unlike his English club, West Ham United -- but it's likely that Number 2 will be put away for Clint Dempsey after he retires. They also don't have a team hall of fame.

Stuff. The Sounders FC Pro Shop, as well as the Seattle Seahawks Pro Shop, is located at Suite 300 at CenturyLink Field. Others are located at 410 Pike Street downtown, Renton Landing, Bellevue Square, and at the Lynnwood and Tacoma malls. 

Unlike most MLS teams, there is a good book written about this team. In 2013, Seattle radio sports-talk host Mike Gastineau (no relation to former Jets defender Mark) and U.S. soccer writer Grant Wahl collaborated on Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpice: The Inside Story Of The Best Franchise Launch In American Sports History. As yet, there do not appear to be any Sounders-themed DVDs, even of their U.S. Open Cup Finals.

During the Game. Although Mariner fans hate the Yankees more than any other team, Seahawk fans have no reason to dislike either of the New York soccer teams beyond merely being that game's opponent who must be defeated. As long as you don't antagonize anyone, you should be okay.

This game will be Pride Day, in which the Sounders will honor the gay community of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The fact that NYCFC are the opponent should not lead to any inferences.

The Sounders hold auditions for National Anthem singers, instead of having a regular. They no longer have a mascot, as Sammy Sounder, an orca whale, has been dropped.
Comedian and The Price Is Right host Drew Carey is a part-owner of the Sounders. At his request, the team set up The Sounders FC Alliance. Based on the fan association at FC Barcelona, members have the ability to vote on the removal of the general manager and on other team decisions. Season-ticketholders are automatic members. As of yet, only once has such a vote been held, and the voters decided to retain the GM.

Also at the request of Carey, who was a trumpeter in his Cleveland high school's marching band, the Sounders have MLS' 1st marching band: The Sound Wave, which sits in the north end. Before every game, they lead The March to the Match from Occidental Park to the stadium.

Emerald City Supporters (ECS) preceded the club's entry into MLS, and sits in the south end, in Sections 121, 122 and 123. Gorilla FC (Gorilla Football Collective -- GFC also stands for their motto: Glory, Fellowship, Community) does a pregame march from the Seattle outlet of the Fadó pub chain to the stadium, led by Civ, a man in a gorilla suit. They sit in the south end, in Sections 119 and 120, next to ECS. Eastside Supporters sit in 150, which they call "The Pod." And the North End Faithful sit in Sections 100 and 144 to 152, beneath the Hawks Nest.
Some songs for the team are familiar adaptations. "We love you Sounders, we do!" "I'm Sounders 'Til I Die!" They took Arsenal fans' "Ooh to Be a Gooner" and made it "Ooh to Be a Sounder!" Like the Red Bull fans, they use the Cock Sparrer song: "Take 'em all, take 'em all, line 'em up against a wall and shoot 'em!" Perry Como's last hit song said, "The bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle," and Sounder fans sing that song in full.

After the Game. SoDo is not an especially high-crime area, and, as I said, Sounder fans generally do not get violent. You might get a little bit of verbal if you're wearing New York gear, but it won't get any worse than that.

Two bars are usually identified with Mariners and Seahawks games. Sluggers, formerly known as Sneakers (or "Sneaks" for short), is at 538 1st Avenue South, at the northwest corner of CenturyLink Field. A little further up, at 419 Occidental Avenue South, is F.X. McRory's. Keep in mind, though, that these will be Seattle-friendly bars.

Buckley's in Queen Anne, 2 blocks west of Queen Anne Avenue N. ,at 232 1st Avenue W. at Thomas Street, just to the west of Seattle Center, near the waterfront, is the local Giants fan hangout. The Magnolia Village Pub, at 3221 W. McGraw Street at 33rd Ave. W., is also considered a Giants bar, but it's 5 miles northwest of downtown. The Ram at Kent Station, at 512 Ramsay Way in Kent, is the local Jets center, but it's 20 miles south of downtown.

If you visit Seattle during the European soccer season (which this isn't), you may be able to watch your favorite team at one of these places:

* Arsenal: The Atlantic Crossing Pub, 6508 Roosevelt Way NE, 8 miles north of downtown. Bus 62.

* Liverpool: St. Andrews Bar & Grill, 7406 Aurora Avenue N, 7 miles north of downtown. Bus 7.

* Chelsea and Tottenham: The George and Dragon Pub, 206 N. 36th Street, 5 miles north of downtown. Bus 40.

* Everton: Beveridge Place Pub, 6413 California Avenue SW, 5 miles southwest of downtown. C Line Bus.

* Barcelona: Café Paloma, 93 Yesler Way at 1st Avenue, in Pioneer Square.

* Bayern Munich: Berliner Pub, 221 Main Avenue S., 12 miles southeast of downtown, in Renton. Bus 101.


If you don't see your club listed, the soccer bar in Seattle is Fadó, of the familiar Irish pub chain, at 801 1st Avenue and Columbia Street. You can probably find a few supporters of your team, and a bartender willing to put your team on the screen, there.

Sidelights. Aside from the KeyArena and the Safeco/CenturyLink complex, Seattle doesn't have a lot of sports sites worth mentioning. But these should be mentioned:

* Sick's Stadium. The Pacific Coast League team that preceded the Mariners, known at various times as the Indians, the Rainiers and the Angels (when they were a farm team of the Anaheim club), played 2½ miles southeast of the future sites of Safeco & CenturyLink, first at Dugdale Field (1913-1932) and then, after a fire required rebuilding, at Sick’s Stadium (1938-68 and 1972-76, built by Rainiers' owner Emil Sick).

The Seattle Pilots also played at Sick's, but lasted only one year, 1969, before being moved to Milwaukee to become the Brewers, and are now chiefly remembered for ex-Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton’s diary of that season, Ball Four.

The book gives awful details of the place's inadequacy: As an 11,000-seat ballpark, it was fine for Triple-A ball in the 1940s, '50s and '60s; expanded to 25,420 seats for the Pilots, it was a lousy place to watch, and a worse one to play, baseball in anything like the modern era.

Elvis Presley sang at Sick's on September 1, 1957 (since it had more seats than any indoor facility in town). Supposedly, a 15-year-old Seattle native named James Hendrix (later known as Jimi) was there. A few days prior, Floyd Patterson defended the heavyweight title there by knocking out fellow 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist Pete Rademacher.

Demolished in 1979 after the construction of the Kingdome (whose inadequacies were very different but no less glaring), the site of Sick's Stadium is now occupied by a Lowe's store. 2700 Rainier Avenue South, bounded also by McClellan & Bayview Streets & Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Mount Baker station on the Link light rail system.

Husky Stadium. The home of the University of Washington football team, the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwest (including Canada) is right on Lake Washington, and is one of the nicest-looking stadiums in college football. A rare feature in major college football is that fans can dock right outside and tailgate by boat. (The only others at which this is possible: Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee, and Heinz Field for University of Pittsburgh games.)

It opened in 1920, making it the oldest stadium in the Pacific-12 Conference. The Seahawks played a few home games here in 1994, after some tiles fell from the Kingdome roof, and played their games here in 2000 and 2001 between the demolition of the Kingdome and the opening of what's now CenturyLink Field. In 1923, it was the site of the last public speech given by President Warren G. Harding before his death in a San Francisco hotel. Sadly, The Wave was invented here in 1981, by university yell leader (think male cheerleader) Robb Weller, later one of Mary Hart's co-hosts on Entertainment Tonight.

A major renovation was recently completed, necessary due to age and the moisture from being on the water and in Seattle's rainy climate. Pretty much everything but the north stand of the east-pointing horseshoe was demolished and replaced. The Huskies played the 2012 season at CenturyLink, and moved into the revamped, 70,138-seat Husky Stadium for the 2013 season.

3800 Montlake Blvd. NE, at Pacific Street. Bus 545 to Montlake & Lake Washington Blvd., then walk half a mile across Montlake Cut, a canal that connects Lake Washington with Lake Union. Or, Bus 511 to 45th St. & 7th Ave., then Bus 44 to Pacific & Montlake, outside UW Medical Center, then walk a quarter of a mile.

UW is 4 miles northeast of downtown Seattle. Washington State University, their big "Apple Cup" rivals, have a downtown campus, but their main campus is in Pullman, all the way across the State, 286 miles away. "Wazzu" is actually close to the State Line, and not far from Moscow, Idaho, where the University of Idaho is located.

In their 1982 College Football Preview issue, Sports Illustrated listed Austin, home of the University of Texas, as the best college town. The worst? It named 2: "1. Pullman, Washington, home of Washington State. To party, students must drive 10 miles to Moscow, Idaho. 2. Moscow, Idaho." (It's actually 7 miles between the WSU and UI campuses.)

* Edmunson Pavilion. Adjacent to Husky Stadium, at 3870 Montlake, is Alaska Airlines Arena at Clarence S. "Hec" Edmundson Pavilion, the home of "U-Dub" basketball since 1927. Hec was the school's longtime basketball and track coach, and "Hec Ed" hosted the NCAA Final Four in 1949 (Kentucky over Oklahoma State) and 1952 (Kansas over New York's St. John's). It has also hosted the State of Washington's high school basketball finals.

UW has been to the Final Four only once, in 1953, although they've won the regular-season title in the league now called the Pac-12 11 times, including 2012; and the Conference Tournament 3 times, most recently in 2011. Washington State, across the State in Pullman, reached the Championship Game in 1941, but hasn't been back to the Final Four since.

The Kingdome hosted the Final Four in 1984, Georgetown over Houston; 1989, Michigan over Seton Hall; and 1995, UCLA over Arkansas. It also hosted 3 U.S. soccer team matches: A win, a loss, and a draw.

* Seattle Ice Arena. The Seattle Metropolitans played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association from 1915 until the league's folding in 1926, and won 5 league championships: 1917, 1919, 1920, 1922 and 1924. In 1917, they defeated the National Hockey Association champion Montreal Canadiens, and became the 1st American team to win the Stanley Cup. This would be Seattle's only world title in any sport for 62 years.

They played at the Seattle Ice Arena, which seated only 4,000 people, and was demolished in 1963. The IBM Building, a typically tacky piece of 1960s architecture, now stands on the site. 1200 Fifth Avenue at University Avenue, downtown.

Seattle has been trying to get an NHL team. For now, the closest one is the Vancouver Canucks, 143 miles away. The probably could support one, and maybe an NBA team, too: The metro area's population would rank it 16th in the NBA and 15th in the NHL.

* Seattle Center. Erected for the 1962 World's Fair (as seen in the Elvis film It Happened At the World's Fair), Seattle Center, north of the sports complex at 400 Broad Street at John Street, includes the city’s trademark, the Space Needle. Admission is $11, half the cost of the Empire State Building, and it's open 'til 11:00 PM, with great views of the region's natural splendor.

Seattle Center also has the Pacific Science Center (think of it the Northwest's version of the American Museum of Natural History and its Hayden Planetarium), and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (not sure why Seattle was chosen as the Hall's location, although the city is a major aerospace center).

Also in this complex is Memorial Stadium, a high school football stadium built in 1946. It used to host the old North American Soccer League version of the Sounders, and now hosts the women's soccer team, the Seattle Reign. On June 24, 1975, it hosted a game between the national teams of the U.S. and Poland, ending in a draw.

Also in this complex is the KeyArena, home of the WNBA's Seattle Storm and formerly the SuperSonics. (The KeyArena was built on the site of the Sonics' previous home, the Seattle Center Coliseum.) The Storm won the 2004 and 2010 WNBA titles there, and their Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson were named to the NBA's 15th Anniversary 15 Greatest Players in 2012. A high school football stadium is also on the site. Number 33 bus, although the nearest Link station is several blocks' walk away.

On May 12, 2014, The New York Times printed a story that shows NBA fandom by ZIP Code, according to Facebook likes. (As yet, there is no hockey version.) With the loss of the Sonics, Seattle fans not only refused to accept their former heroes as Oklahoma City Thunder (Thunders? Thundermen?), but also refused to accept the next-closest team, their former arch-rivals, the Portland Trail Blazers, 172 miles away, as their new team. They seem to divide their fandom 4 ways, none of which should surprise you: The Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat. But if Seattle should ever get another team, these fans would certainly get behind the new Sonics.

Aside from Seattle Center and its Space Needle, and the stadiums, Seattle's best-known structure is the Pike Place Market. Think of it as their version of the South Street Seaport and Fulton Fish Market. (Or Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market, Baltimore's Harborplace, or Boston's Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall.) It includes the first-ever Starbucks store, which is still open. Downtown, 85 Pike Street at Western Avenue.

Aside from the Pacific Science Center and the Science Fiction Museum, Seattle isn't a big museum city, although the Seattle Art Museum, at 1300 1st Avenue at University Street, might be worth a visit. The State of Washington has never had a President, so there's no Presidential Library.

At 967 feet high, Columbia Center, a.k.a. The Black Tower, is the tallest building in the Northwest, and, for the moment, the tallest building in North America west of the Rocky Mountains except for the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles. (A building going up in San Francisco, and another in Los Angeles, are both expected to top the Black Tower by 2017.) If you're wondering about Seattle's most famous icon, the Space Needle, it was once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, but at 605 feet it is well short of the Black Tower.

Not many TV shows have been filmed in Seattle. Northern Exposure was filmed in the State of Washington, and Twin Peaks was both filmed and set there, but not in the City of Seattle. The science-fiction series Dark Angel, which vaulted Jessica Alba and NCIS' Michael Weatherly to stardom, was set in a dystopian future Seattle, but was filmed in Vancouver. So was Millennium. So was Smallville, but that wasn't meant to be Seattle. Arrow, about another superhero, is filmed in Vancouver, and, perhaps due to Green Arrow wearing a green costume, I've often thought of his hometown of Star City (renamed Starling City on the show) as being DC Comics' analogue for Seattle. While Frasier was set in Seattle, and Grey's Anatomy still is, there were hardly any location shots.

Nor have there been very many movies set in Seattle. The most obvious is Sleepless in Seattle, and the city was home to Matthew Broderick's and Ally Sheedy's characters in WarGames (in which Broderick's computer hacking has much greater consequences than it would 3 years later in the Chicago-based Ferris Bueller's Day Off).

Singles came along in 1992, at the height of grunge and the rise of Starbucks, which helped make Seattle the hippest city in the country in the years of George Bush the father and Bill Clinton's 1st term -- or, as Jason Alexander put it on Seinfeld, "It's the pesto of cities." It also reminded us of how good an actor Matt Dillon is, how gorgeous Kyra Sedgwick is, and that Bridget Fonda (daughter of Peter, niece of Jane and granddaughter of Henry) and Campbell Scott (son of George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst) were worthy of their genes.

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So, if you can afford it, go on out and join your fellow New York footie fans in visiting the Seahawks' nest for a Sounders game. Be advised, though, that it will be a lot harder than being Yankee Fans taking over the Mariners' ballpark. Aside from a Cascadia Derby against Portland (in either city), it may well be the defining MLS experience.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Yanks Can't Quite Complete Minnesota Sweep


The Yankees nearly blew their Saturday afternoon game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis. Perhaps that was a sign that they were going to lose the Sunday game.

Michael Pineda started for the Yankees on Saturday, and, yet again, he didn't have good stuff, not making it out of the 6th inning. He left trailing 4-0.

But the Yankee bats woke up in the top of the 7th. Carlos Beltran led off with a single, and Alex Rodriguez went the opposite way with a home run, his 8th of the season. That made it 4-2. In the 8th, Brett Gardner singled, and Beltran added a home run of his own, his 18th, to tie the game.

The Yankees thought they'd put the game away in the 9th. Chase Headley led off with a walk. Didi Gregorius singled. A passed ball made it runners on 2nd & 3rd with nobody out. Rob Refsnyder was walked intentionally to set up the force play at any base. Starlin Castro struck out, and #YankeesTwitter went into full #HereWeGoAgain mode. (That hashtag didn't actually happen, but it could have.) But Jacoby Ellsbury singled home Headley and Gregorius. A wild pitch moved the runners over. And Gardner hit a sacrifice fly to get Refsnyder home. 7-4 Yankees.

Aroldis Chapman struck out he 1st 2 batters in the bottom of the 9th. But then he made the game much more interesting than he should have, and #YankeesTwitter started demanding that he be traded for a 1st baseman. He gave up home runs to Eduardo Escobar and Kurt Suzuki -- not exactly power threats. Then he got Trevor Plouffe to ground out to end the threat.

Yankees 7, Twins 6. WP: Andrew Miller (4-0). SV: Chapman (13). LP: Fernando Abad (1-1).

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The Sunday game turned out to be what we hoped the Saturday game wouldn't. Nathan Eovaldi pitched every bit as erratically as Pineda, also not getting out of the 6th inning. He was so good nearly all of last season before getting hurt, and again early this season, but he has badly slumped.

The Yankees actually led 2-0 after 4 innings, due in part to the 12th home run of the season by Brian McCann. But neither Eovaldi nor the bullpen could hold the Twins off. A late comeback bid fell short, as we only got single runs in the 8th and the 9th.

Twins 7, Yankees 4. WP: Ervin Santana (2-7). SV: Brandon Kintzler (2). LP: Eovaldi (6-4).

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After 11 weeks of the 26-week season, the Yankees are 34-35, 6 games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Eastern Division. Not good, but not getting worse; more like they've been running in place, but then, so have the Orioles, and so have the Boston Red Sox, 1 game behind the O's.

* The Yankees begin anither 2-game series with the Colorado Rockies, tbis time at home. Here are the projected pitching matchups: Tonight, 7:05 PM: Ivan Nova vs. Chad Bettis.
* Tomorrow_ 1:05 PM: CC Sabathia vs. Mom Gray.

Championship Droughts as of 2016 NBA & Stanley Cup Playoffs

Last won their sport's championship in calendar year 2016: Cleveland Cavaliers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Denver Broncos.

2015: Portland Timbers, Edmonton Eskimos, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Lynx, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Blackhawks, New England Patriots.

2014: Los Angeles Galaxy, Calgary Stampeders, San Francisco Giants, Phoenix Mercury, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Kings, Seattle Seahawks.

2013: Sporting Kansas City, Saskatchwan Roughriders, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Ravens.

2012: Toronto Argonauts, Indiana Fever, Miami Heat, New York Giants.

2011: British Columbia Lions, St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Bruins, Green Bay Packers.

2010: Colorado Rapids, Montreal Alouettes, Seattle Storm, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Saints.

2009: Real Salt Lake, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Steelers.

2008: Columbus Crew, Philadelphia Phillies, Dallas Wings (as Detroit Shock), Boston Celtics, Detroit Red Wings.

2007: Houston Dynamo, Anaheim Ducks, Indianapolis Colts.

2006: Carolina Hurricanes.

2005: Chicago White Sox, Connecticut Sun.

2004: D.C. United, Detroit Pistons, Tampa Bay Lightning.

2003: San Jose Earthquakes, Miami Marlins (as Florida Marlins), New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

2002: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (as Anaheim Angels), Los Angeles Sparks.

2001: Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Avalanche.

2000: Los Angeles Rams (as St. Louis Rams).

1999: Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Dallas Stars.

1998: Chicago Fire, Chicago Bulls.

1996: Dallas Cowboys.

1995: Atlanta Braves, Houston Rockets, San Francisco 49ers.

1994: New York Rangers.

1993: Toronto Blue Jays, Montreal Canadiens.

1992: Washington Redskins.

1991: Minnesota Twins.

1990: Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Cincinnati Reds, Edmonton Oilers.

1989: Oakland Athletics, Calgary Flames.

1988: Los Angeles Dodgers.

1986: New York Mets, Chicago Bears.

1984: Detroit Tigers, Oakland Raiders (as Los Angeles Raiders).

1983: Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Islanders.

1982: Any New York soccer team (old Cosmos, not Red Bulls or City FC).

1979: Vancouver Whitecaps (original), Pittsburgh Pirates, Oklahoma City Thunder (as Seattle SuperSonics), Arizona Coyotes (WHA, as original Winnipeg Jets), Winnipeg Jets (new teams has rights to old team's history).

1978: Washington Wizards (as Washington Bullets).

1977: Portland Trail Blazers.

1976: Any Ottawa football team (Rough Riders, not Redblacks), Any Toronto soccer team (Blizzard, not FC), Brooklyn Nets (ABA, as New York Nets).

1975: Philadelphia Flyers.

1974: Miami Dolphins.

1973: Any Philadelphia soccer team (Atoms, not Union) New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers (ABA).

1971: Any Dallas soccer team (Tornados, not FC), Milwaukee Bucks, Any Utah basketball team (ABA Stars, not NBA Jazz).

1970: Kansas City Chiefs.

1969: New York Jets.

1967: Toronto Maple Leafs.

1965: Buffalo Bills (AFL).

1964: Cleveland Browns.

1963: San Diego Chargers (AFL).

1961: Any Houston football team (AFL Oilers, not NFL Oilers or NFL Texans).

1960: Philadelphia Eagles.

1958: Atlanta Hawks (as St. Louis Hawks).

1957: Detroit Lions, Any Milwaukee baseball team (Braves, not Brewers).

1954: Any Minnesota basketball team (Lakers, not Timberwolves).

1951: Sacramento Kings (as Rochester Royals).

1948: Cleveland Indians.

1947: Arizona Cardinals (as Chicago Cardinals).

1945: Any Indiana men's basketball team (Fort Wayne Pistons, not Indiana Pacers).

1927: Ottawa Senators (original).

1924: Any Washington baseball team (Senators, not Nationals).

1915: Any Vancouver hockey team (Millionaires, not Canucks).

1908: Chicago Cubs.

1902: Any Winnipeg hockey team (Victorias, not Jets).

Never won their sport's championship: FC Dallas, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City, Philadelphia Union, Seattle Sounders, Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps; Ottawa Redblacks; Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals; Atlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, New York Liberty, Washington Mystics; Charlote Hornets, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz; Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets; Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans.

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2012 Giants
2009 Yankees
2003 Devils
1994 Rangers
1986 Mets
1983 Islanders
1976 Nets
1973 Knicks
1969 Jets
Never NYCFC
Never Red Bulls
Never Liberty

Finals Droughts as of 2016 NBA & Stanley Cup Playoffs

Last reached their sport's Finals in calendar year 2016: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors; Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks; Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos.

2015: Edmonton Eskimos, Ottawa Redblacks; Columbus Crew, Portland Timbers; Kansas City Royals, New York Mets; Indiana Fever, Minnesota Lynx; Chicago Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning; New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks.

2014: Calgary Stampeders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats; Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution; San Francisco Giants; Chicago Sky, Phoenix Mercury; Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs; Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers.

2013: Saskatchewan Roughriders; Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City; Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals; Atlanta Dream; Boston Bruins; Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers.

2012: Toronto Argonauts; Houston Dynamo; Detroit Tigers; Oklahoma City Thunder; New Jersey Devils; New York Giants.

2011: British Columbia Lions, Winnipeg Blue Bombers; Texas Rangers; Dallas Mavericks; Vancouver Canucks; Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers.

2010: Montreal Alouettes; Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas; Seattle Storm; Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers; Philadelphia Flyers; Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints.

2009: New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies; Detroit Red Wings; Arizona Cardinals.

2008: New York Red Bulls; Tampa Bay Rays; Dallas Wings (as Detroit Shock), San Antonio Stars (as San Antonio Silver Stars); Orlando Magic.

2007: Colorado Rockies; Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators; Chicago Bears..

2006: Carolina Hurricanes, Edmonton Oilers.

2005: Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros; Connecticut Sun; Detroit Pistons; Philadelphia Eagles.

2004: D.C. United; Calgary Flames.

2003: Chicago Fire, San Jose Earthquakes; Miami Marlins (as Florida Marlin); Los Angeles Sparks; Brooklyn Nets; Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

2002: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (as Anaheim Angels); New York Liberty; Los Angeles Rams (as St. Louis Rams).

2001: Arizona Diamondbacks; Philadelphia 76ers; Colorado Avalanche.

2000: Indiana Pacers; Dallas Stars; Tennessee Titans.

1999: Atlanta Braves; New York Knicks; Buffalo Sabres; Atlanta Falcons.

1998: San Diego Padres; Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz; Washington Capitals.

1997: Cleveland Indians.

1996: Florida Panthers; Dallas Cowboys.

1995: Houston Rockets; San Diego Chargers.

1994: Buffalo Bills.

1993: Toronto Blue Jays; Phoenix Suns; Montreal Canadiens.

1992: Portland Trail Blazers; Washington Redskins.

1991: Minnesota Twins.

1990: Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics.

1989: Cincinnati Bengals.

1988: Los Angeles Dodgers.

1985: Miami Dolphins.

1984: New York Islanders.

1983: Baltimore Orioles.

1982: Seattle Sounders (original version); Milwaukee Brewers.

1979: Vancouver Whitecaps (original version); Pittsburgh Pirates; Washington Wizards (as Washington Bullets); Arizona Coyotes (as the original Winnipeg Jets), Winnipeg Jets (officially, the new ones hold the old team's history).

1977: Minnesota Vikings.

1974: Milwaukee Bucks.

1970: St. Louis Blues; Kansas City Chiefs.

1969: New York Jets.

1967: Toronto Maple Leafs.

1966: Cleveland Browns.

1961: Atlanta Hawks (as St. Louis Hawks).

1957: Detroit Lions.

1951: Sacramento Kings (as Rochester Royals).

1945: Chicago Cubs.

Never reached their sport's Finals: Montreal Impact, New York City FC, Orlando City, Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC; Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals; Washington Mystics; Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Toronto Raptors; Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators; Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars.

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2015 Mets
2014 Rangers
2012 Devils
2012 Giants
2009 Yankees
2008 Red Bulls
2003 Nets
2002 Liberty
1999 Knicks
1984 Islanders
1969 Jets
Never NYCFC

Last Four Droughts as of 2016 NBA & Stanley Cup Playoffs

The last four teams standing in a sports aren't called "the Final Four" except in college basketball. Nevertheless, being one of the last 4 teams standing in your league is a pretty good accomplishment. For some teams, it's as far as they've ever gotten -- or, in the case of the Jets, as far as they've gotten in my lifetime.

Last reached their sport's last 4 in calendar year 2016: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden Sate Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors; Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning; Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots.

2015: Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Ottawa Redblacks; Columbus Crew, FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers; Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays; Indiana Fever, Minnesota Lynx, New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury; Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets; Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers; Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks.

2014: Montreal Alouettes; Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution, Seattle Sounders; Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants; Chicago Sky; Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs; Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens; San Francisco 49ers.

2013: Saskatchewan Roughriders; Houston Dynamo, Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City; Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers; Atlanta Dream; Boston Bruins; Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens.

2012: Toronto Argonauts; D.C. United; New York Yankees; Connecticut Sun, Los Angeles Sparks; Boston Celtics; Arizona Coyotes (as Phoenix Coyotes), New Jersey Devils; New York Giants.

2011: British Columbia Lions, Winnipeg Blue Bombers; Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers; Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks; Vancouver Canucks; Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers.

2010: Colorado Rapids, San Jose Earthquakes; Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays; Seattle Storm; Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns; Philadelphia Flyers; Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints.

2009: Chicago Fire; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; Dallas Wings (as Detroit Shock); Denver Nuggets; Carolina Hurricanes, Detroit Red Wings; Philadelphia Eagles.

2008: San Antonio Stars (as San Antonio Silver Stars); Detroit Pistons; Dallas Stars; San Diego Chargers.

2007: Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies; Utah Jazz; Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers.

2006: Oakland Athletics; Edmonton Oilers.

2005: Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros.

2004: Minnesota Timberwolves; Calgary Flames.

2003: Miami Marlins (as Florida Marlins) Brooklyn Nets (as New Jersey Nets); Minnesota Wild; Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans.

2002: Minnesota Twins; Washington Mystics; Sacramento Kings; Colorado Avalanche; Los Angeles Rams (as St. Louis Rams).

2001: Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners; Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers;

2000: New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers; Toronto Maple Leafs; Jacksonville Jaguars.

1998: San Diego Padres; Washington Capitals.

1996: Florida Panthers; Dallas Cowboys.

1995: Cincinnati Reds.

1994: Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs.

1993: New York Islanders; Miami Dolphins.

1992: Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins.

1990: Cleveland Browns.

1989: Cincinnati Bengals.

1981: Washington Nationals (as Montreal Expos); Vancouver Whitecaps (original version).

1979: Pittsburgh Pirates; Washington Wizards (as Washington Bullets); Winnipeg Jets.

Never reached last 4: Montreal Impact, New York City FC, Orlando City, Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC; Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans; Columbus Blue Jackets, Nashville Predators; Houston Texans.

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2015 Red Bulls
2015 Mets
2015 Liberty
2015 Rangers
2012 Yankees
2012 Devils
2012 Giants
2011 Jets
2003 Nets
2000 Knicks
1993 Islanders
Never NYCFC

Playoff Series Win Droughts as of 2016 NBA & Stanley Cup Playoffs

Last won a postseason round (series or, in the case of the NFL, CFL and MLS, an individual game -- or, in the case of MLS, a 2-game home-and-home total-goals series) in calendar year 2016: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors; Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders; Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals; Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks.

2015: Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Ottawa Redblacks, Winnipeg Blue Bombers; Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Montreal Impact, New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders; Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays; Indiana Fever, Minnesota Lynx, New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury; Chicago Buls, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards; Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers; Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts.

2014: Montreal Alouettes; Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution; Chicago Sky; Brooklyn Nets; Indiana Pacers; Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants; Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings; New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers.

2013: Saskatchewan Roughriders; Houston Dynamo, Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City; Atlanta Dream; New York Knicks; Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays; Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators; Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans.

2012: Toronto Argonauts; New York Yankees; Connecticut Sun, Los Angeles Sparks; Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers; Arizona Coyotes, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers; New York Giants.

2011: British Columbia Lions; Colorado Rapids; Dallas Mavericks; Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers; Vancouver Canucks; Chicago Bears, New York Jets.

2010: San Jose Earthquakes; Philadelphia Phillies; Seattle Storm; Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz; Minnesota Vikings.

2009: Chicago Fire; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; Dallas Wings (as Detroit Shock); Denver Nuggets; Carolina Hurricanes; Philadelphia Eagles.

2008: San Antonio Stars (as San Antonio Silver Stars); Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Pelicans (as New Orleans Hornets); Colorado Avalanche; Jacksonville Jaguars.

2007: Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies; Buffalo Sabres.

2006: Oakland Athletics; Edmonton Oilers; Washington Redskins.

2005: Los Angeles Rams (as St. Louis Rams).

2004: Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings; Tennessee Titans.

2003: Miami Marlins (as Florida Marlins); Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

2002: Minnesota Twins; Washington Mystics; Charlotte Hornets; Toronto Maple Leafs.

2001: Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners; Milwaukee Bucks; Miami Dolphins.

1998: San Diego Padres.

1996: Florida Panthers, Buffalo Bills.

1995: Cincinnati Reds; Cleveland Browns.

1992: Detroit Lions.

1990: Cincinnati Bengals.

1987: Winnipeg Jets.

1981: Vancouver Whitecaps (original version); Washington Nationals (as Montreal Expos).

Never won a postseason round: New York City FC, Orlando City, Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC; Columbus Blue Jackets.

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2016 Islanders
2015 Red Bulls
2015 Mets
2015 Liberty
2015 Rangers
2014 Nets
2013 Knicks
2012 Yankees
2012 Devils
2012 Giants
2011 Jets
Never NYCFC