Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sports this 'n' that

Whatever momentum Troy High built from beating Albany High in lacrosse on Thursday dissipated amidst the cold weather Tuesday night in a 17-1 loss to Ballston Spa. The blowout defeat drops Troy to 1-5 on the young season. Derrick Cipriani had the only goal for Troy, his 7th in the last three games. Next stop is Columbia High tomorrow night. Troy plays Ballston Spa in tennis, baseball, & softball later today. Weather permitting, of course.
Would it be fair to suggest that the Mets might've been a little overconfident headed into a return match with Washington on Monday? I'd say so.

The defending NL East champions have taken the first two games of the series at Citi Field, rallying from a 5-run deficit on Monday, and handing ace closer Jeurys Familia his first blown save of the season. Last night, Gio Gonzalez ran his career record in Flushing to 11-1 in outpitching Zack Wheeler as the Nats won, 5-2. Bear in mind, these two series have seen the Mets avoid Washington ace Max Scherzer, whose next start will be on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Yankees split a 2-game interleague series against Miami, but Giancarlo Stanton's early season malaise has gotten so bad, he couldn't get a hit against his former club. It's easy to say that Miami manager Don Mattingly would have everything he needs to know about his former star slugger.

On the other hand, the impatient, spoiled fans in the Bronx want instant results, and when they don't get them, Stanton is getting booed out of the building. They don't understand the nuances of the game, nor do they care. They bleed Yankee blue, and that's all that matters to them. In the Bronx, it's a generational thing.

One more thing. I'm tired of ex-Yankee and current Marlin CEO Derek Jeter being blamed for the fire sale in Miami. He's the face of the ownership group, but I don't think he's the one making the final decisions. The media, on the other hand, has other ideas. Their loss.
You don't see this happen often in Arena Football, but the Albany Empire already has a bye week, sooner than planned.

You see, the Empire were to play Baltimore this Saturday night, but that game's been pushed back about three weeks due to a scheduling conflict involving the NHL's Washington Capitals and the NBA's Washington Wizards, both of whom are in the playoffs. One of those teams has priority on the arena for Saturday, so the Empire gets an unscheduled vacation. I'm not sure if that has happened to the once proud league before this.
If you're a wrestling fan who grew up in the 60's & 70's, chances are you grew up watching Bruno Sammartino as the champion of the World Wide Wrestling Federation. Today's generation only knows of him as a retired grappler turned announcer who had a falling out with Vince McMahon in the late 80's.

Either way, the wrestling world is mourning the passing of Sammartino at 82 in his home in Pittsburgh. Sammartino was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame a few years back after more than two decades of discord, and then inducted his former nemesis and protege, Larry Zbyszko, into the same Hall in 2015.

We'll leave you with a 1974 TV match between Sammartino and Mr. Fuji.

Rest in peace, Bruno.

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