Saturday, February 23, 2013

Top 10 Mets Movie Titles - And My Countdowns Resume

This was one of those Twitter "contests," running a few days ago, and I forgot about it until now. Take a movie title, and alter it to give it a Mets theme: #MetsMovies

Original Title -> #MetsMovies Title

I came up with a few that I'm going to list as Honorable Mentions:

The House at Pooh Corner -> The House at Kiner's Korner
The Dead Pool -> The Krane Pool
Walk the Line -> Walk the Bases Loaded
A Knight's Tale -> Ray Knight's Tale
The Devil's Advocate -> The Teufel's Advocate ("Teufel" is German for "Devil")
Fever Pitch -> Headache Pitch
Psycho -> Psycho: The Bobby Bonilla Story
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves -> Robin Ventura: Prince of Grand Slams
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly -> same title, starring Dwight Gooden, Pedro Martinez, and Bobby Bonilla
Super 8 -> Not So Super '08

Honorable Mentions by others:

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom -> Cleon Jones and the Temple of Doom
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgoisie -> The Discreet Charm of the Don Aase
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid -> Butch Huskey and the Sundance Kid
You Don't Mess With the Zohan -> You Don't Mess With the Johan (Santana)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three -> The Taking of Pelfrey One Two Three
Dude, Where's My Car? -> Duda, Where's My Car?
Trouble With the Curve -> No name change necessary
Angels In the Outfield -> Idiots In The Outfield

10. Thoroughly Modern Millie -> Thoroughly Modern Mazzilli
9. Dial M for Murder -> Dial M for Mookie
8. The Falcon and the Snowman -> Pete Falcone and the Snowman
7. Lethal Weapon -> Lethal Wilpon
6. Weekend At Bernie's -> Weekend At Bernie Madoff's
5. The A-Team -> The Triple-A Team
4. Broken City -> Broken Citi
3. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days -> How to Lose a Division in 10 Days & How to Lose A Game in 10 Ways
2. Les Miserables -> No name change necessary
1. The Crying Game -> No name change necessary


At last, I resume my countdowns -- but with the future of Alex Rodriguez as a Yankee very much in question now, I have removed all references to his possible milestones.

Days until the Devils play again: 5, this coming Thursday night, at 8:00 Eastern Time, away to the new Winnipeg Jets.  Today, they got shredded 5-1 by the Washington Capitals in D.C.

Days until Arsenal play another competitive match: See the next answer.  Today, Arsenal defeated Birmingham club Aston Villa at home, 2-1, both goals scored by Santi Cazorla.

Days until the next North London Derby: 8, a week from tomorrow, at White Hart Lane.  

Days until the Red Bulls play again: 8, a week from tomorrow, away to the Portland Timbers in Oregon.

Days until the Devils play another local rival: 20, against the Philadelphia Flyers, on Wednesday night, March 15, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly.  They will also play The Philth on Thursday, April 18 (away).  The next game against the New York Rangers (a.k.a. The Scum) will be on Tuesday, March 19 (home); Sunday, April 21 (away); and Saturday, April 27 (away, the regular season finale).  They will play the Islanders on Monday, April 1 (home).

Days until the Red Bulls' home opener: 21, on Saturday, March 16, against D.C. United (or, as Metro fans call them, "The D.C. Scum").  Just 3 weeks.

Days until the Red Bulls next play a "derby," against either the New England Revolution, the Philadelphia Union or D.C. United: See the previous answer.

Days until the U.S. National Soccer Team plays again: 27, on Friday, March 22, against Costa Rica in the last, "Hexagonal" round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers, for the region that encompasses North America, Central America, and the Caribbean nations.  The game will be played at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in the Denver suburb of Commerce City, Colorado, home ground of MLS' Colorado Rapids.  A must-win if America is to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Days until the Yankees play again: 37, on Monday, April 1, at 1:05 PM, at home at Yankee Stadium II, against the Boston Red Sox.  A little over 5 weeks.  Beat The Scum!

Days until the next Yankees-Red Sox series begins: See the previous answer.

Days until Rutgers plays football again: 187, on Thursday night, August 29, away to Fresno State University in California.  A little over 6 months.  The first home game of the 2013 season will be on Saturday, September 7, vs. Norfolk State.  The schedule is far from complete, with only the first 4 games set, all nonconference games.  The question marks surrounding the Big East, including Rutgers' own bolting for the Big Ten, have forced this.

Days until East Brunswick High School plays football again: Uncertain, since the 2013 schedule has not been released.  But if the usual pattern holds, it will be on the 2nd Friday in September... which, next year, just so happens to be a Friday the 13th.  Oy vey.  Anyway, if that's the way it works out, then it's 202 days.  A little under 7 months.  And when it does happen, it will be the first game they play without Marcus Borden as head coach since Thanksgiving Day 1982 (a loss to Colonia High of Woodbridge), as he has left the program.  (Did he jump, or was he pushed? I don't know.)

Days until the next East Brunswick-Old Bridge Thanksgiving clash: 278.  About 9 months.

Days until Super Bowl XLVIII at the Meadowlands: 344 (February 2, 2014).  Under 1 year.  Of course, we have no idea who the opposing teams will be.  The possibility exists that either the Giants or the Jets could be in it -- or both.  To this day, no team has ever played a Super Bowl in its own stadium -- in spite of multiple hostings by Miami, New Orleans and various California teams.  Only 2 have done so in their home metro area: The 1979-80 Los Angeles Rams, whose home field was then the L.A. Coliseum, and they lost to Pittsburgh at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena; and the 1984-85 San Francisco 49ers, whose home field, then as now, was Candlestick Park, and they beat Miami at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, which had a much larger capacity than Candlestick.

Days until the next Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia: 349 (February 7, 2014).

Days until the next World Cup, in Brazil: 474 (June 12, 2014).  Under 16 months.

Days until the next Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 1,259 (August 5, 2016).  Under 4 years.

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