Sunday, June 13, 2010

Yanks & Krauts Sweep Stros & Aussies

Yankees 9, Astros 5. A sweep of the South Texans. Jorge Posada hits a grand slam for the 2nd game in a row. Phil Hughes gets the job done again.

Unlike Australia. Man, they looked hideous against Germany, who were just toying with them.

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oy, oy, oy.

Still, Everton/Australia star Tim Cahill did not deserve that red card. It was a screwup, not an assault.

Martin Tyler called that game on ABC with Ally McCoist, 1980s and '90s star of Glasgow Rangers. Tyler speaks English well enough to get a "Well done" from Professor Henry Higgins. (Well, he should, he's English.) McCoist, the pride of Protestant Scotland, I couldn't understand 5 out of 6 words he said. But I understood him enough to know that he agreed with me that Cahill deserved a yellow rather than a straight red.

And Slovenia beating 10-man Argentina? That puts pressure on both the U.S. and England in that group.

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Anyway, with Tampa Bay also losing today, the Yankees are back in a tie for first place not just in the American League East, but for the best record in baseball.

With A-Rod's injury, I've had to adjust the countdowns a bit.

Days until the U.S. team's knockout round game: 14, 2 weeks, most likely against Germany, although it could be against Ghana. Unless they actually manage to win the group, in which case I'd have to research it, and I don't feel like doing that right now.

Days until the World Cup Final: 28. 4 weeks.

Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 600th career home run: 35 (estimated).

Days until the next Yankees-Red Sox series: 54, starting Friday night, August 6, at Yankee Stadium II. Under 8 weeks.

Days until the new English Premier League season starts: 62. A shade over 2 months.

Days until the first football game at the new Meadowlands Stadium (still unnamed): 64.

Days until Rutgers plays football again: 83. 12 weeks.

Days until the first regular-season Giants game at the new Meadowlands Stadium: 91. 3 months.

Days until the first regular-season Jets game at the new Meadowlands Stadium: 92.

Days until East Brunswick High School plays football again: 94.

Days until the Devils play another local rival: 118 (estimated, 2010-11 schedule still not released).

Days until Rutgers and Army play the first college football game at the new Meadowlands Stadium: 125.

Days until the next East Brunswick-Old Bridge Thanksgiving clash: 165.

Days until Derek Jeter collects his 3,000th career hit: 340 (estimated).

Days until the Rutgers-Army football game at Yankee Stadium: 517.

Days until the last Nets game in New Jersey: 672 (estimated).

Days until the 2012 Olympics begin in London: 760.

Days until Alex Rodriguez collects his 3,000th career hit: 854 (estimated).

Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 700th career home run: 1,125 (estimated).

Days until Super Bowl XLVIII at the Meadowlands: 1,330.

Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 756th career home run to surpass all-time leader Hank Aaron: 1,776 (estimated).

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: 1,800 (estimated).

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