Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Days until the 2010 World Cup begins in South Africa: 23, June 11, just over 3 weeks. U.S. vs. England the next day.
Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 600th career home run: 46, estimated, probably around July 4.
Days until the World Cup Final: 53, July 11, at Johannesburg, South Africa.
Days until the next Yankees-Red Sox series: 79, starting Friday night, August 6, at Yankee Stadium II.
Days until the new English Premier League season starts: 87, Saturday morning (afternoon, their time), August 14. Up the Arsenal!
Days until the first football game at the new Meadowlands Stadium (still unnamed): 89, Monday night, August 16, Giants vs. Jets, with the Jets as the official home team. If the NFL decides to award Super Bowl XLVIII to the Meadowlands, as it is a finalist to be so awarded, I'll start a countdown for that.
Days until Rutgers plays football again: 106, Thursday night, September 2, at home against Norfolk State.
Days until East Brunswick High School plays football again: 114, Friday night, September 10, against an opponent TBA, possibly at home against Woodbridge, which would be the reverse of the 2009 schedule.
Days until the first regular-season Giants game at the new Meadowlands Stadium: 116, Sunday afternon, September 12, vs. the Carolina Panthers.
Days until the first regular-season Jets game at the new Meadowlands Stadium: 117, Monday night, September 13, vs. the Baltimore Ravens.
Days until the Devils play another local rival: 143, estimated, at around October 9, the first Saturday of the next season.
Days until Rutgers and Army play the first college football game at the new Meadowlands Stadium: 150, Saturday, October 16.
Days until the next East Brunswick-Old Bridge Thanksgiving clash: 190, November 25.
Days until Derek Jeter collects his 3,000th career hit: 365, estimated, probably around one year from today, May 19, 2011.
Days until the Rutgers-Army football game at Yankee Stadium: 542, November 12, 2011.
Days until the last Nets game in New Jersey: 697, estimated, probably around April 15, 2012; presuming new owner Mikhail Prokhorov doesn't decide to stay at the Prudential Center.
Days until the 2012 Olympics begin in London: 785, July 27, 2012.
Days until Alex Rodriguez collects his 3,000th career hit: 865, estimated, could happen around the close of the regular season, September 30, 2012.
Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 700th career home run: 1,136, estimated, could happen around June 27, 2013.
Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 756th career home run to surpass all-time leader Hank Aaron: 1,786. Estimated, could happen around April 8, 2015 -- which would be the 41st Anniversary of Aaron breaking the record. If Aaron lives, he would be 80 years old, or 1 year older than Babe Ruth would have been had he lived to see Hank hit Number 715. Of course, a lot of A-Rod's homers are also suspect, but far fewer than Barry Bonds'.
Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 763rd career home run to become as close to a "real" all-time leader as we are likely to have: 1,810. Estimated, could happen around May 2, 2015. Of course, this does not stop Albert Pujols from surpassing whatever turns out to be A-Rod's final total in the early 2020s -- age and decline might, but Pujols currently has 374 and shows no signs of stopping.