Sunday, December 25, 2016

My Yankees Gave to Me

On the 12th day of Christmas, my Yankees gave to me...

12 Chase Headley
11 Brett Gardner
10 Phil Rizzuto
9 Roger Maris
8 Yogi Berra
7 Mickey Mantle
6 Joe Torre...

5... Joltin' Joe!
4 Iron Horse
3 Babe Ruth
2 Captain Clutch...

...and 1 little brat named Billy!


Days until The Arsenal play again: 1, tomorrow morning at 10:00 (afternoon at 3:00, their time), "Boxing Day" in Britain, at home at the Emirates Stadium, in a Premier League match against Birmingham-area club West Bromwich Albion.

Days until the New Jersey Devils next play a local rival: 20, on Saturday night, January 14, against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. By a quirk in the schedule, the New York Islanders, a team they usually play several times a season, don't show up on the slate until Saturday night, February 18, 2017, at the Prudential Center. The next game against the Rangers is on Saturday, February 25, at the Prudential Center.

Days until the U.S. national soccer team plays again: 35, on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at 4:00 PM Eastern Time (1:00 local), at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, a friendly against Serbia, designed to warm each team up for their respective continental World Cup Qualifiers. It will be the team's 1st match in the 2nd run as manager for Bruce Arena, now that Jurgen Klinsmann has finally been fired. We next play on Friday, March 24, 2017, home to Honduras, at a venue and time TBA, in a CONCACAF Qualifying Match for the 2018 World Cup.

Days until the New York Red Bulls play again: 59on February 22, 2017, in the 1st leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal, home to the Vancouver Whitecaps. The 2nd leg will be on March 2. The winner will face the winner of the Quarterfinal between 2 Mexican teams: Mexico City-based Pumas de la UNAM, and Monterrey-area team Tigres UANL.

Days until the Red Bulls next play a "derby": Unknown. We may not see the full 2017 MLS schedule for weeks, so we don't know when we'll next play New York City FC, the Philadelphia Union, D.C. United or the New England Revolution. The 1st MLS game of the season will be on Sunday, March 5, 2017, 70 days from now (10 weeks), away to expansion club Atlanta United (their 1st competitive match ever).

Days until the Yankees' 2017 season opener: 98on Sunday, April 2, at 8:00 PM, away to the Tampa Bay Rays. A little over 3 months.

Days until the Yankees' 2017 home opener: 106, on Monday, April 10, at 1:00 PM, home to the Rays.

Days until the next Yankees-Red Sox series: 121, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 7:00 PM, at Fenway Park.

Days until the next North London Derby: 125, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at White Hart Lane. A little over 4 months. It could be moved to the next day, Sunday, April 30, to accommodate the TV networks. It is also possible that Arsenal could face Tottenham again sooner than that, through an FA Cup pairing.

Days until Rutgers University plays football again: 251, on Saturday, September 2, 2017, home to the University of Washington. A little over 8 months.

Days until East Brunswick High School plays football again: Unknown, as the 2017 schedule hasn't been released yet. If history is any guide, it will be on Friday night, September 15, which would be 268 days from now. 

Days until the next election for Governor of New Jersey: 317, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. A little over 10 months.

Days until the next Rutgers-Penn State football game: 321, on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.

Days until the next East Brunswick-Old Bridge Thanksgiving game: 333, 11 months, on Thursday morning, November 23, 2017, at 10:00, and thank God it's at home at Jay Doyle's grove, rather than at the purple shit pit on Route 9.

Days until the next World Cup kicks off in Russia: 536, on June 14, 2018. A little under a year and a half, or 18 months. Now that Klinsmann has been fired, our chances have improved, but did he already ruin them?

Days until the next Congressional election: 681, on November 6, 2018. Under 2 years, or a little over 22 months.

Days until the Baseball Hall of Fame vote is announced, electing Mariano Rivera: 757, on January 9, 2019. A little over 2 years, or 24 months.

Days until the Baseball Hall of Fame vote is announced, electing Derek Jeter: 1,109, on January 8, 2020. A little over 3 years, or 36 months.

Days until the next Summer Olympics begins in Tokyo, Japan: 1,307, on July 24, 2020. A little over 3 1/2 years, or just 43 months.

Days until the next Presidential election: 1,440, on November 3, 2020. Under 4 years, or a little over 46 months.

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