Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Since this past February, the titleholders in 3 of the 4 major sports have been evil:

* The New England Patriots of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
* The Pittsburgh Penguins of Sidney Crosby.
* The Cleveland Cavaliers of LeBron James.

In the cases of the Pens and the Cavs, it's more the fanboys, and the league Commissioners who seem to be fixing the titles, than the individuals. However, Belichick and Brady are cheating scum. The difference being that Belichick was man enough to admit it.

Anyway, the Penguins just got re-fixed. But the Golden State Warriors put an end to the LeBrons' run by eliminating them in 5 games.

All that talk about how the Warriors blew a 3-games-to-1 lead can now be stopped. In 3 Finals, the Warriors have won 11 games, the Cavs 7; the Warriors 2 titles, the Cavs 1.

Thank you, Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, et al.

Hey, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: Fix this!


Days until the Red Bulls play again: 1, tomorrow night, at 8:00, in the 4th Round of the U.S. Open Cup, against New York City FC, a Hudson River Derby at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Although the Red Bulls have played the new version of the New York Cosmos in the Open Cup, the American version of England's FA Cup, this will be the 1st time they've played Manchester City NYC in anything other than an MLS game. This past Saturday night, the Red Bulls lost 1-0 away to the Montreal Impact.

Days until the Red Bulls next play a "derby": See the previous answer. They will next play the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, June 18, at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. They will next play a League edition of the Hudson River Derby against New York City FC on Saturday, June 24, at Red Bull Arena. They will next play the New England Revolution on Wednesday, July 5, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. And they will next play the D.C. Scum on Saturday, September 27, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Days until the U.S. national soccer team plays again: 18, on Saturday, July 1, a friendly against Ghana, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. They played 2 qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup last week. They badly needed to beat Trinidad & Tobago, and did. So a draw away to arch-rival Mexico was not only acceptable, but welcome, and they got that, too. Qualification is not yet assured, but it's much more likely now, under manager Bruce Arena, than it was under the idiot Jurgen Klinsmann.

Days until The Arsenal play again: That depends. If you mean any game, the Gunners will next play on Thursday, July 13, when they begin their preseason tour of Australia and Asia, with a game against A-League winners Sydney FC at Stadium Australia in Sydney. That's 30 days. If you mean a game that means anything, well, FIFA counts the FA Community Shield (formerly known as the Charity Shield), the annual season kickoff between the holders of the League title and the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium in London, that's on Saturday, August 5, and that's 53 days. If you mean a Premier League game, a game that actually counts for something, the season begins the following Saturday, August 12, and that's 60 days, or 2 months. There is a chance, of course, that the TV networks could have Arsenal's match moved to the following Sunday or Monday.

Days until the next Yankees-Red Sox series: 31, on Friday, July 14, at Fenway Park. Just 1 month.

Days until the next North London Derby: Unknown, since the schedule for the 2017-18 season won't be released until tomorrow. But, regardless of the teams involved, derbies are rarely played in August.

Days until Rutgers University plays football again: 80on Friday, September 1, home to the University of Washington. Under 3 months.

Days until East Brunswick High School plays football again: Unknown, as the 2017 schedule hasn't been released yet. I now know that high school football games have been scheduled in Middlesex County, New Jersey for Friday night, September 8. That's 87 days from now.

Days until the New Jersey Devils play again: We don't know, as the 2017-18 NHL schedule has yet to be released. The NHL season usually begins on the 2nd Friday in October, which, in 2017, would be... ugh... Friday the 13th. that's 122 days. Exactly 4 months.

Days until the New Jersey Devils next play a local rival: See the previous answer, although the 1st game isn't likely to be against either the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders or the Philadelphia Flyers.

Days until the Alex Rodriguez Contract From Hell officially runs out, and the Yankees can spend his salary on new players: 140, on October 31.

Days until the next election for Governor of New Jersey: 147, on Tuesday, November 7. Under 5 months.

Days until the next Rutgers-Penn State football game: 151, on Saturday, November 11, at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.

Days until the next East Brunswick-Old Bridge Thanksgiving high school football game: 163, on Thursday, November 23, at 10:00 AM. Under 6 months, and thank God it's at home, at Jay Doyle's Green Grove, rather than at that purple shit pit on Route 9. A little over 5 months.

Days until the next Winter Olympics begins in Pyeongchang, Korea: 247, on February 9, 2018. A little under 8 months.

Days until the next World Cup kicks off in Russia: 366, on June 14, 2018. Almost exactly 1 year, or 12 months. Has Bruce Arena turned our chances around? Maybe. Or maybe, with the tournament on his soil, Vladimir Putin will tell his bitch Donald Trump to tell Bruce Arena to tank the games. Maybe not. Or maybe only if we end up playing Russia. I don't think Arena will listen. If he doesn't, I hope his life insurance is paid up, because Putin has had people killed for defying him.

Days until September 2018 roster call-ups, when we can finally start to expect seeing some of these wonderful "prospects" for whom Yankee general manager Brian Cashman threw away a chance at the 2016 Playoffs: 445. Under a year and a half, or under 15 months. Of course, we could end up seeing one of more of them sooner than that, but since most of them are at Double-A Trenton now, if that, who's kidding who?

Days until the next Congressional election: 511, on November 6, 2018. Under a year and a half, or just 17 months.

Days until the Baseball Hall of Fame vote is announced, electing Mariano Rivera: 575, on January 9, 2019. A little over a year and a half, or a little under 19 months.

Days until the Baseball Hall of Fame vote is announced, electing Derek Jeter: 940, on January 8, 2020. A little over 2 1/2 years, or a little under 31 months.

Days until the next Summer Olympics begins in Tokyo, Japan: 1,145, on July 24, 2020. A little over 3 years, or a little over 37 months.

Days until the next Presidential election: 1,607, on November 3, 2020. Under 3 1/2 years, or a under 41 months.

Days until Liberation Day: 1,685, at noon on January 20, 2021. Under 4 years, or a little over 43 months. Note that this is liberation from the Republican Party, not just from Donald Trump. Having Mike Pence as President wouldn't be better, just differently bad, mixing theocracy with plutocracy, rather than mixing kleptocracy with plutocracy.

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