Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Revised Countdowns

The numbers below have been adjusted, to reflect my errors, revised projections, and newly projected events.

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.

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