Sunday==>TOTAL SPORTS OVERLOAD ... yes ... that is what Saturday was for your favorite blogger here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World.
So ... take a deep breath because here comes all of the details ...
At 8:30am Saturday morning my new (to me) 42” flat screen TV went on so I could watch the UCF/Penn State game from Dublin, Ireland, and it went off at 12:45am this morning when the LSU/Wisconsin game was over. Do the math.
The only break came around 5:00pm when I just had to get out of the apartment, so I did about a hour’s worth of walking in my Hell’s Kitchen ‘hood.
During this time in front of the TV: UCF lost 26-24 on the final play of the game; The Wankies got shutout 2-0 on a 1-hitter (details below); ‘Bama held on to beat a tenacious West Virginia 33-23; The Bulldogs beat Clemson 45-21; FSU beat Oklahoma State 37-31; and finally, LSU beat Wisconsin 28-24 in a nail-biter.
There was, of course, a major disappointment ... the Gator/Idaho game ...
The 2014 season opener was suspended late Saturday night after multiple delays due to thunderstorms and lightning in the area. The game was scheduled to start at 7:02pm, but one lightning strike after another, all within the 8-mile radius of The Swamp, kept pushing the kickoff back again and again.
After two hours and 48 minutes the game finally started at 9:50pm. But, after a great kickoff return, with the ball on Idaho’s 14-yard line, the game was again delayed due to lightning in the area and after another 40-minute delay it was called.
At the moment I don’t know when it will be rescheduled.
Yeah ... that was a major downer.
And, yes, when I finally crashed around the usual 2:00am I have to admit that I was in TOTAL SPORTS OVERLOAD!!
Anyway ... now ... some more sports ...
Yesterday afternoon in Toronto The Wankies (70-64) fell victim to a one-hit shutout, losing 2-0 to The Jays (68-67). The winning pitcher, Drew Hutchison, is a native of Lakeland, FL, and a graduate of Lakeland HS. Thanks to Skip Perez for this info.
Jacoby Ellsbury was not in the lineup due to a sprained and sore left ankle.
This afternoon at 1:07pm is the final game of the 3-game series. On the mound for The Wankies will be Brandon McCarthy (8-13) vs. J.A. Happ (8-8) for Toronto.
Now ... to those of my loyal and faithful readers and followers who have stayed with me this long ... we will finally move on to Billi Pod’s entertainment event for today ... an Off Broadway musical ...
6:00==>RED EYE OF LOVE - “A musical comedy about a love triangle which pits Wilmer Flange, a naïve young idealist against O.O. Martinas, the proprietor of the world’s largest meat department store, for the girl they both love, Selma Chargesse, who is torn between her two loves - great wealth and idealism. Can she have both?” (Off Broadway - discounted TDF ticket)
Heading the excellent cast is my Facebook friend Josh Grisetti in the role of Wilmer Flange and this is the reason I opted to see this show because the advance buzz on the chat boards etc. has been mostly so-so to negative.
The show is still in previews, it opens on September 4th, is playing at The Dicapo Opera Theatre of East 76th Street, has a running time of 2:00, with intermission, and runs through September 28th.
In closing ... your favorite blogger must admit, in the name of fair and unbiased reporting, that he committed a major faux pas Friday when he failed to report/mention the birthday of his soul mate Judge Rosemary Barkett, who now is a member of an international tribunal located in The Hague.
SO ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROSEMARY, AND PLEASE FORGIVE ME!
Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>4.35 miles (or, 9,505 steps)
Total mileage for 2014==>977.16 miles (average 4.04 miles per day)
GO YANKEES!! GO GATORS!!
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”