Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Slump? What Slump? Do You See a Slump? I Don't See a Slump

The Yankees averaged 4 runs a game going into their series opener with the Cleveland Indians yesterday.

They got a bit more than 4.

Robinson Cano went 3-for-4, with his first 2 home runs of the year, plus a double, and 3 RBIs, breaking out of his season-starting slump with a bang, or two, or two and a half.  Vernon Wells continued to justify Brian Cashman's faith in him, going 3-for-4.  Travis Hafner also justified his emergency acquisition, going 2-for-3 with his 2nd homer and 4 RBIs, and getting a nice hand from the Cleveland fans he once thrilled so.  The Yankees pounded Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1) and 3 relievers before the Tribe found an answer on the mound.

Hiroki Kuroda was not sharp, which is understandable since he got hurt in the 2nd inning in his previous start and had to leave.  But he hung on long enough to get the win (1-1).

When Boone Logan came on, the score was 11-3 Yankees, and I said, "Even Boone Logan can't blow an 8-run lead." I was right, although Shawn Kelley sure tried, before Joba Chamberlain, a little shaky, finally put an end to a game that ended up being 50 minutes past "the Michael Kay threshhold" of 3 hours.  Yankees 11, Indians 6.

Game 2 of the series is tonight at 7.  Andy Pettitte vs. Carlos Carrasco.


Hours until the Devils play again: 33, tomorrow night, home to the Boston Bruins.  The Devils are currently on thier first 7-game losing streak since 1986.  To give you an idea how long ago that was: Instead of being a broadcaster who eats everything, Chico Resch was a goalie who only looked like he was eating everything -- except pucks.

Days until Arsenal play another competitive match: 4, this Saturday, home to Norfolk club Norwich City.  They beat West Midlands club West Bromwich Albion away 2-0 last Saturday, with the oft-injured Czech "Little Maestro" Tomas Rosicky scoring both goals.  He hadn't scored 2 goals in a game since the 2006 World Cup, leading the Czech Republic to a 3-0 win over the U.S.

Days until the Red Bulls play again: 4, this Saturday night, away to D.C. United.  They blew a 1-0 lead in their last game, losing 3-1 away to the Chicago Fire.

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 Devils play another local rival:  9, a week from Thursday night, away to the Philadelphia Flyers.  Remaining "derby" games are on Sunday, April 21 and Saturday, April 27, both away to the Rangers.

Days until the U.S. National Soccer Team plays again: 50, on Wednesday, May 29, in a friendly against Belgium, featuring Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen.  That game will be played at FirstEnergy Stadium, formerly Cleveland Browns Stadium.  It, and the subsequent Sunday afternoon game against Germany at RFK Stadium in Washington, will be warmups for our next game in the last, "Hexagonal" round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers, for the region that encompasses North America, Central America, and the Caribbean nations.  In our last couple of games, we beat Costa Rica in a snowstorm in the Denver suburbs, and then nicked a hard-fought draw against arch-rival Mexico in the cauldron of the 104,000-fan Estadio Azteca.  Those Mexican fans once again went from booing their opponents to booing their own fans.  Classy.  (Rolleyes.)

Days until the next Yankees-Red Sox series begins: 52, on Friday, May 31, at home.  A little over 7 weeks.  The first Yanks-Sox series of the year at Fenway Park won't begin until Friday, July 19.  Then another series begins at Fenway on Friday, August 16.  Then another in The Bronx on Thursday, September 5, and another at Fenway on Friday, September 13.  Oh yeah, if you're a Red Sox fan, that's a day you want to play the Yankees: Friday the 13th!

Days until the next North London Derby: Unknown, since next season's schedule won't be released until mid-June.  The season will most likely open on the 3rd Saturday in August, in this case August 17, but it's been a long time since Arsenal vs. Tottenham was an early game (possibly 1988-89).  But even if it is that early, that's 132 days.

Days until Rutgers plays football again: 142, on Thursday night, August 29, away to Fresno State University in California.  A little over 4 months.  The first home game of the 2013 season will be on Saturday, September 7, vs. Norfolk State.  The schedule is now complete, with all opponents and locations set in this, Rutgers' last season in the Big East, before starting Big Ten play in 2014.  The only thing that hasn't been set is the kickoff times, with TV in mind.

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 157 days.  A little over 5 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: 233.  Under 8 months.

Days until Super Bowl XLVIII at the Meadowlands: 299 (February 2, 2014).  Under 10 months.  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: 304 (February 7, 2014).

Days until the next World Cup, in Brazil: 429 (June 12, 2014).  A little over 14 months.

Days until the next Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 1,214 (August 5, 2016).  Under 4 years.

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