Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Snowball's Chance in Jail

Much attention has been given to the huge snow boulder Shaun Ellis of the Jets tossed into the stands at Qwest Field Sunday, but how about the snowball Todd Kobus took in the puss while being escorted from Gillette Stadium? Hilarious!

Kobus is the fella who rushed onto the field in the fourth quarter Sunday and tackled the Patriots’ Junior Seau on the sideline. Kobus is now saying that he is a big fan of Seau, and meant only to give the linebacker a hug. Whatever the motive, Kobus has been charged with trespassing and assault and battery. Police said Kobus was intoxicated. No kidding! Boston’s Fox 25 has video on its web site of Kobus being led off the field under a shower of snowballs. Enjoy the show.

Above photo: AP Photo/Boston Herald, Matthew West

Bears Heat Up in Record Cold

How cold was it in Chicago last night? Cold enough to be the coldest Bears home game since the NFL began keeping such statistics in 1963. The cold, hard facts about Monday’s night’s weather says the temperature was 2 degrees, and the wind chill made Soldier Field patrons feel as if it were minus 13 degrees as they watched the Bears slip past the Packers in overtime. The Chicago Sun-Times web site has a list today of the Bears top 5 coldest games. The Packers have been the opponent in four of those games.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Seattle Snow

But this photo (see below post) may be the best of Sunday's football action.

Seattle may have the most picturesque stadium… ever!

Oh, Baby! Let It Snow

I was looking through all the snow photos from Sunday's NFL action, and, so far, this is my favorite.

Frozen Phins

Hey, did you hear that the Miami Dolphins played in the coldest game in team history Sunday in Kansas City? Of course you did. Everyone has heard it by now. The temperature was 10 degrees with a wind chill at minus 12 at kickoff. The previous coldest Dolphins game was in December 1977 in Foxboro, Mass. What I want to know is: What was the temperature at the Dolphins coldest home game and when was that game played? Anyone who e-mails me with the correct answer wins a free subscription to this blog.

Jets Shaun Ellis, Hurls Giant Snowball at Seahawks Fans

Bear Weather

From today's Chicago Sun-Times:

Bear weather / BARE weh THUR / n. / Popular -- and much-overused -- term to describe miserably cold conditions for Chicago Bears games at Soldier Field, conditions that die-hard fans can attest don't necessarily help the home team. Bear weather is marked by: steam coming off Brian Urlacher's head, snot frozen to fans' faces, a wicked wind off the lake that sends field goal attempts awry and, perhaps, snow: e.g., tonight's game conditions.

The forecast for tonight's Monday nighter at Soldier Field calls for low temperatures at 11 degrees with windchill at minus 2.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Isola Recalls Last Knicks Snow Day

Snow is hitting hard in many parts of the country, but so far there are no NBA or NHL postponements to report. In today’s N.Y. Daily News, Frank Isola remembers the last time the Knicks had a snow day.

The last time the Knicks had a home game postponed, Don Nelson went bar-hopping on the snow-covered streets of Manhattan. That was back on Jan. 7, 1996, a little more than two months before Nelson was fired despite being nine games over .500.
In ’96, the Sonics were already in New York but the league and the Knicks still decided to postpone the game. The Milwaukee Bucks arrived in Manhattan late Wednesday night and as of noon today the Knicks are still planning to go ahead with the game.

Mass Snow Fall

I just read that Massachusetts is expected to receive 10 to 14 inches of snow from the storm hitting the state today. It’s already white in Foxboro, as you can see in this Gillette Stadium web cam.

White (Sunday Before) Christmas

I’m an idiot.

Of course, if you’re a regular here, you already know that. My latest blunder involves my fantasy football team. Sure, I’m in the championship game, so I must have been doing something right, right? But where I went totally wrong was benching Payton Manning this week in favor of Matt Cassel. Manning tossed for 368 yards and three touchdowns last night in a win over Jacksonville. This Sunday, Cassel will be tossing snowballs.

When the Pats host the Cardinals Sunday, temperatures will be in the 30s and there is a good chance of snow and a wintery mix. Someone on the radio this morning – I don’t remember who – said the conditions could be similar to the Tuck Rule game. (That was a fun game to watch… until the @#$%& Patriots won on a totally bogus, @##$%&&* rule.) Patriots kicker Steve Gostkowski is preparing for whatever conditions arise (or fall) while the Pro Bowlers’ wife is preparing for the warmth of Hawaii. Meanwhile, the Warm-Weather Birds may be a little nervous about leaving the cozy, warm confines of their home dome.

The Panthers play the Giants in the wind tunnel that is the Meadowlands Sunday night in a super important game for both teams. The game forecast calls for temps in the 20s and single-digit wind chill. There’s also a chance for snow and freezing rain. (I’m trying to work in an Earth, Wind and Fire reference, but I’m just not that talented.)

Snow possibilities also are forecasted for Seattle on Sunday where the Jets hope to not allow their playoff chances melt like a snowman at August training camp. Remember when Brett Favre used to be the cold-weather king? I’m not sure that’s the case these days. I think he’d rather be playing indoors and wearing purple.

The Dolphins are staring at back-to-back cold weather games, starting this week in Kansas City where the high temperature is expected to top out at 9 degrees with winds reaching 18 to 24 mph and gusts as high as 33 mph. A week from Sunday the Dolphins travel to play the Jets in what could be a cold, night contest if the game is flexed into primetime, which could happen if the game is to decide the AFC East title.

"Cold weather can be used as an excuse," said Miami and former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "Both teams have to play in it. I did it for eight years. It's really a mind-over-matter type of thing. Cold weather, that's what football is really all about."

It still hurts a little inside to say “former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington.”

Perhaps the coldest game of the week will be Monday night in Chicago were the low temperature is predicted to be 2 degrees when the Bears and Packers kick off.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pat’s Kick Snowballs Giants to Famous Title Tilt

Before the Giants and Colts hooked up for the 1958 NFL Championship – you know, the “Greatest Game Ever Played” – the G-Men had to win a playoff game against the Cleveland Browns. That playoff became necessary on Dec. 14, the final day of the regular season when Giants kicker Pat Summerall nailed a 49-yard game-winning field goal in the snow. ReelSportsFan.com has highlights of the game.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Polar Bears Welcome Brees

The Bears and Saints go toe-to-toe Thursday night in Chicago, and while both teams will be fighting to remain in the playoff hunt, the story of the night will be the Windy City weather.

Forecasters are calling for temperatures to dip to the lower teens with wind gusts as high as 20 mph. That’s not good news for Saints quarterback Drew Brees, whose passer efficiency rating at Soldier Field is 16 points below his career average. Bears linebacker Lance Briggs thinks Brees may be a bit too soft to play in the Chicago cold after Brees has spent his pro career playing in a warm city and indoors.

"Drew Brees has been in San Diego and in New Orleans in a dome,” Briggs said. "So when he comes out here, and he's got his hand-warmer fanny pack, it's a whole different ballgame. He's freezing; his blood is real thin."

In their past two trips to Chicago, the Saints have moved the ball well, but also have committed seven turnovers. The Bears defense also sacked the QB six times.

Last week, Chicago defeated Jacksonville 23-10 in 19-degree temperatures – minus 1 degree if you factor in wind chill. It was the coldest game ever in Jaguars history.

“If you talk to teams that aren’t from Chicago, believe me, they don’t want to come to Chicago this time of the year to play football,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “For us, it’s a part of our everyday life. It’s no issue with us.”

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Flight Crew Weathers Turbulence Better than Jets

On Wednesdays during the NFL season, SI.com posts a photo gallery of some of the league’s cheerleaders from the previous week’s action. The week 13 gallery went online today, and four of the 28 images are of a soaking wet New York Jets Flight Crew. More than half of the gallery is photos of Chargers cheerleaders doing their thing in sunny San Diego and the Vikings gals cheering in the climate controlled Metrodome. Boring. Well, not boring, but you know what I mean. Enjoy the show.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Kirwan Writes about Our Two Favorite Subjects

I knew the rain poured in Tampa during the Bucs game Sunday, but I had no idea that there had been a tornado warning. But, one of my favorite NFL guys, Pat Kirwan did. In his NFL.com column this week, Kirwan delves into weather-related issues from Week 13 that include the importance of ball control through inclement conditions and how the Power I formation can be effective in poor weather. Kirwan also notes that when “rain, snow, and wind become factors, it looks like the fast players slow down and the big old fat linemen seem to get on a level playing field.” You can read Kirwan’s column in its entirety here.

(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Monday, December 01, 2008

Cheering in the Rain

As I sift through the all the photos from rainy football games from the weekend, I think I've decided that this is my favorite. Why would it not be?

Tallahassee Soaker

According to a story on Gainesville.com, 1.34 inches of rain fell on Tallahassee Saturday. Much of the soaker occurred during the Florida Gators 45-15 win over state rival Florida State.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

'Cats Freeze Out Black Bears

Perhaps you heard already – this game was played Saturday – that the University of New Hampshire and University of Maine played in blizzard-like conditions at Maine’s Alfond Stadium. Who won? Who cares? It was a snow game. Well, ok. New Hampshire won, but that’s irrelevant. The snow is the news here, people. Without it, most of the country would not have known this game was played. (AP Photo/Michael C. York)

Leon Lett Thanksgiving Blunder

Today is the 15th anniversary of Leon Lett’s Turkey Day blunder. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hazy in Huskieville

It's a bit foggy in DeKalb, Ill., tonight, and the fog is not working as a home field advantage for Northern Illinois. The homestanding Huskies trail Central Michigan 30-6 with 2:50 to play in the third quarter. No photos have hit the Web yet, but I'm sure plenty of pics will pop up soon. Hey, instead of waiting for me to post photos of the fog fest, why not watch the live action on ESPN 2?

Update: Northern Illinois just put eight points on the board with a touchdown and two-point conversion. The Huskies trail now 30-14 and just recovered an onsides kick with seconds to play in the third frame.

Update II: The fog is getting thick enough to force ESPN 2 to use field-level cameras instead of the traditional broad shot. If the atmospheric conditions aren't enough excitement, the hometown Huskies are making a heck of a comeback, trailing 30-27 midway through fourth quarter.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Outstanding in the Rain

Ok, this post has nothing to do with sports – although, I hear this fella has a mean jump shot – but you have to like a guy who’ll roll up his sleeves and a deliver a speech in the pouring rain. I’ll get back to posting sports-weather stories soon… as soon as there is a weather-inflicted sporting event that is not a cricket match.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Best Series Action Yet

Say what you will about Major League Baseball’s handling of the World Series rain delay and postponement Monday night – it seems everyone has an opinion today – but you have to admit that the rain is the most exciting storyline of this lackluster Series. Several columnists, bloggers and radio personalities are chiming in today, and most are going hard after Bud Selig. I would link to a host of stories, but you people are smart. You know how to Google. Knock yourselves out.

Wait, I do want to link to a couple of items. Here are opposing opinions of the Commish’s actions.

Bud Selig makes a bad call for baseballLA Times

And here’s the other side: (Actually, this is from MLB.com and is more of a skipping-through-a-field-of-daisies argument.)
Silver lining: Another day of baseball

By the way, in case you haven’t heard, the conclusion of Game 5 has been postponed until Wednesday night.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The Rain in Shea...

I have nothing else to do -- actually I have a lot to do, but I'm stalling -- so I'll tell you there's a rain delay in the fifth inning of the Mets-versus-Giants game Shea Stadium. Not many rain delays left at that ol' dump, eh? I shouldn't call it a dump. I've never been there. But those who have, say it's a dump. Anyway, if you're a really bored Mets or Giants fan, you can keep up with the game, once it resumes, on David Lennon's live Newsday.com blog.

By the way, did anyone listen today to Chris Russo on WFAN? I'd liked to know what he had to say about Tim Lincecum getting shelled by Mets batters Tuesday night. I didn't hear Doggie today. I was listening to the Yankees sweep the Rays. Is the SI cover jinx already afecting Lincecum? (That's not a serious question.)

I'm done for now. Have a good night.

Pirates Do it Better in the Rain

The Pittsburgh Pirates survived three hours and seven minutes worth of rain delays Tuesday night to beat the slumping Houston Astros 4-3 at soggy PNC Park. The first delay popped up in the fourth inning, lasting two hours and 30 minutes. The second break in the action lasted 28 minutes and followed less than an hour later in the bottom of the sixth. The delays gave Pittsburgh fans plenty of time to check on the status of the sale of the Steelers. Rain fell steadily at times while the teams played the innings between the two delays. The photo above is from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, which has a full game photo gallery here.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Royal Rain

Heavy rain flooded parts of the outfield before Tuesday's game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. More details at ESPN.com.

UPDATE: The start of the Royals game with the White Sox was not delayed. The first pitch was fired on schedule. Workers at Kauffman Stadium worked swiftly to remove water from the warning track and other parts of the ballpark. Read more about it on the Royals Web site. At last check this game was going into the 11th inning, tied at 5-5. I'm going to bed.

NFL Teams Soon Will Feel the Heat

Hey, it’s hot as hell outside, but at least we’re not out busting our butts, knocking heads with 240-pound linebackers in 98-degree heat. Wait. That kind of sounds like fun. It would be more fun than sitting at a cubicle all day, right? Soon, NFL teams will be back to the grind as training camps open in about two weeks. Here’s a complete schedule. The Jets rookies report July 16. The J-E-T-S need to begin as early as possible. Our world champion New York Football Giants go to camp in Albany July 25. I went to Bengals camp about three years ago. A friend got me and another buddy sideline passes for an intra-squad scrimmage. That was the closest I’ve ever been to NFL action, and it was a blast.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow Is Probably Another Loss for Nats

Is there a chance that a Nats win or two can be found just beyond that double rainbow? Not bloody likely. This photo was taken in late June, just before the Washington club took the field at Nationals Park and were handed an 8-3 defeat by the Angels. The Nationals have only 34 victories this season, the fewest in the major leagues. I still proudly wear my Curly W cap when I go to the store early, before I’ve had a chance to shower. I get a severe case of bed head when I sleep.

Lightning Strike Kills Three Soccer Players

Ordinarily, I like to keep the mood light here at The Rainout Blog, but I should mention the story out of Cambodia last week about three young soccer players – each were in their 20s – who were struck and killed by lightning during a tournament in the Southeast Asian nation’s capital. Three other players were hospitalized following the lightning strike. The game was being played during a monsoon-season thunderstorm. There’s a Reuters photo on the Web showing players carrying a teammate’s body off the field, but I’m not going to post it or link to it here. It’s easily Googled and found if you like looking at dead people. Not me.

R-Braves Dance Around Rain

Nearly three inches of rain fell in 90 minutes Sunday in Richmond, Va., causing postponement of a minor league contest Monday between the hometown Braves and the Pawtucket Red Sox. It was really windy there, too. So much so, that several nails holding down the tarp were blown lose. You want to know more? Read it here…

Monday, July 07, 2008

More Post-Closing Stuff

I wanted to post the above photo last week, but the pic popped up on the Web shortly after I had decided to close The Rainout Blog. Since I’ve stuck to the closing-the-blog decision about as well as I stick to my workout schedule, I thought I’d post this photo of Zheng Jie during a rain delay Thursday against Serena Williams in a semifinal match at Wimbledon.

Braving the Storm

Ok, I’m already tired of writing about fuzzy balls and bald tires. Let’s get back to baseball for a bit. Did I mention I have shut down this blog? Anyway, the scene above is from Sunday’s Braves win over Houston in Atlanta. Mark Teixiera’s bases-loaded single off the left-center field wall in the 17th inning gave the Braves a 7-6 win. The start of the game was delayed for an hour and 50 minutes and, with the extra innings, turned into the longest game ever played at Turner Field.

No Rain Delays on the F1 Track

Lots of rain Sunday, not just at Wimbledon, but also at the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. Lewis Hamilton won the event. I have no idea who that is, but the dude managed to survive the wet track and capture the checkered flag. I don’t like to drive on the Interstate at 65 mph in the rain.

How Will They Vote?

These folks will probably vote for the roof (See below).

Hold the Roof, Please

Hey, that was an epic gentlemen’s final at Wimbledon Sunday, eh? I watched bits and pieces of the match, but there’s no way I could have sat through the whole thing. But some of you did watch it all, point after point, rain delay after rain delay. The Guardian is polling you folks today to learn what you think about the possibility of a roof being built over Center Court for future tournaments. Will a lid over the court ruin the excitement for you? Did the rain delays, threat of more rain and approaching darkness add to the atmosphere? You know how I hate domes and roofs over ballparks and such, so I’m voting against the roof. You can cast your vote on the Guardian’s Web site. Happy voting. I’m out!

Pssssst! It’s me

I’m sneaking very quietly in the back door. Yeah, I know I wrote a few days ago that I was closing this blog, but I thought I’d post one more item. I’m allowed, right? Oh, and don’t think I pulling a Favre here. I just ran across this article on Philly.com about the storied history of Phillies rain delays. Uh, ok. This story comes in the wake the Phils’ 2 hour-and-50-minute rain delay against the Mets Sunday. Anyway, enjoy the story. I’m out of here… for good this time. I promise.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Turn Out the Lights, the Blog is Over

It may be worth mentioning that this past Sunday, June 29, was the second anniversary of the Rainout Blog. Ok, maybe it’s not worth mentioning since I lost interest in updating the blog months ago. But it’s nice to say to I posted items fairly consistently over the past two years. With that, I think it’s finally time to put this worthless thing out of its misery. This is the last post. Thanks to those of you who read the blog the past 24 months. You three people know who you are. And thanks to those who took the time to leave comments – even the crazy lady from PETA. Good night, everyone. Last one out turn off the lights.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

UEFA Dishing Cash to Replace Soaked Pitch

First of all, the Reuters photo above is one of the best sports-weather photos I’ve seen in a while. As for the story behind the super cool pic, UEFA is shelling out cash to replace the pitch at Basel’s St. Jakob-Park following heavy rain Wednesday during Switzerland’s win over Turkey in the first week of Euro 2008 and ahead of Portugal’s quarterfinal match there Thursday. (Man, that was a long sentence.) The park will host another quarterfinal match and a semifinal. I could really get into this tournament if I didn’t have to be at work when the matches were being played. Stupid job… always interfering with my fun.

HOF Game Dies in the Rain

This year’s Major League Baseball Hall of Fame game was to be the last of an annual tradition that began in 1940. Turns out, last year’s game was the last. Does that make sense? Rain knocked out Monday’s exhibition game in Cooperstown between the Cubs and Padres. MLB announced in January that the exhibition game was ending because of scheduling conflicts. The decision was unpopular among many fans, and some are protesting to keep the game alive. Good luck to ‘em. Hell, I didn’t even know the game was scheduled until I heard it had been rained out.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Turkey Plays Better in the Rain

I can't say I've seen much of the European Championships, but I did happen to catch of little of the soaker Wednesday between Turkey and Switzerland. Turkey won, 2-1 and, I think, eliminated Switzerland. I'd look it up, but I have to go cut the grass.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

More Rain Delays at French Open

The French Open is acting a bit like its more popular cousin, Wimbledon, this week by allowing rain to interfere with the tournament. Six hours of action was lost Tuesday because of torrential rain. Above, workers at Roland Garros sweep water from a clay court in preparation for play.

I mentioned below that I’m about to pull the plug on The Rainout Blog, but also I think it’s worth mentioning that this is the 300th post to the blog since I began this nonsense nearly two years ago. I’ll have to check the rules, but I think 300 posts, like 300 wins for a major league pitcher, may get me extra consideration for the blogging hall of fame.

The Rainbow is Coming Into Focus

I haven’t completely given up on The Rainout Blog, but I can see the end from here. Oh, look. Is that a rainbow? In the meantime, as the blog rests comfortably and heavily medicated on the breathing machine that I’m reaching to unplug, I wanted to post this photo of the Yankees game against the Orioles in Baltimore Tuesday night. Yanks manager Joe Girardi – I gotta get on Joe’s diet and exercise program – argued with umpires that the game should have been delayed because of the pouring rain before Hideki Matsui lined out to right field to end the ninth inning. He’s probably right, but turnabout is fair play, I guess. Remember this from last year?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Wigan Rain Woes

Remember back to the NFL season when the Steelers bosses were criticized for poor conditions at Heinz Field after a number of high school and college games had been played there ahead of the Steelers Monday nighter against the Dolphins? Now it seems Wigan – no, not Chief Wiggum – is suffering from a similar conundrum.

Wet Sox in Pictures

Speaking of Monday’s game between the visiting O’s and the homestanding White Sox (see below), ChicagoSports.com has a neat 13-page gallery of the rain-soaked contest that was called after 11 innings with the score tied at 3-3. Knock yourself out. The picture posted here is not from Monday’s game, but from Friday’s first inning rain delay in Chicago.

Derby track is real... and it's spectacular

The 134th Kentucky Derby will be run Saturday at Churchill Downs and the weather forecast looks pretty good. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain with isolated thunderstorms predicted for the area with a high temperature of 72 degrees. Not bad, eh? And you can bet that those Kentucky Derby horses will be running on real dirt, not that artificial stuff that’s creeping up at tracks around the country.

Wimbledon, Wet Sox, Wet Birds and All Wet Rules Changes

There’s a new rule here at The Rainout Blog: Less Writing, More Photos. The rule goes into effect immediately, and… there I go writing again. So let me briefly tell you that the photo above is from Wimbledon 2007. The tournament is making news today, in April, about three months before the ’08 edition takes center stage, because Wimbledon officials have said they will not allow the tournament to be played on the middle Sunday, no matter how many rain delays the tournament suffers during its first week. Good for them. Every one who complains can suck it up. Right? Right.

In other rain out, rain delay news… the Mets and Pirates were rained out at Shea Stadium last night, and the White Sox and Orioles were suspended in the 12th inning because of persistent rain in Chicago. No date to resume the game has been announced. The start of that game was delayed more than two hours because of continuous rain that has plagued the White Sox home stand. The good news for the Damp Sox is that they’ll be playing under the roof in Minnesota over the next few days. Oh, and that Pirates at Mets contest will be played Aug. 11, which had been an off day for both teams. Don’t ya hate being called into work on your day off? At least they have a four-month notice.

All right, so much for writing less. I’ll try harder next time. I swear. Speaking of swearing, today is the 25th anniversary of this

Oh, and can you believe I wrote about wet tennis and never mentioned Maria Sharapova?

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

...and in Texas

There's a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms today in Arlington for the Rangers home opener with the Oakland A's. From Star-Telegram.com:

A Pacific cold front was moving Monday toward North Texas where it's expected meet an abundance moist air from the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in possible storms and thunderstorms on Tuesday.

"This isn't the best setup for thunderstorms," said Dan Huckaby, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. "But it's still a 40 percent chance, which is a decent chance.

"Anytime we get a cold front in springtime, with plenty of humidity ahead of it, you usually have a chance for thunderstorms."

Read the rest of the story here.

Royal Rain Clouds Hover Over KC

The Kansas City Royals are scheduled to play their 2008 home opener later today against the New York Yankees. The Royals and their loyal fans are hoping the rain stops in time for the 3:10 p.m. local time first pitch. They also are counting on the Yankees being a bit tired after the Bombers played and won a Monday night game in the Bronx. The Royals had Monday off to relax and watch the weather radar.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Now Back To The Not-So-Cozy Weather

Two English Premier League matches were played in snow on Sunday. The photo above shows Manchester United playing at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium as the white stuff falls to the pitch. ManU, the EPL leaders, played Middlebrough to a 2-2 tie. Here’s a shot from Goodison Park in Liverpool as Everton battles Derby. Everton blanked Derby 1-love. No wait. This is soccer, not tennis. That score should read 1-nill, right? I’m always confused when it comes to scoring. Just ask my… never mind.

And Now For Something Completely Different

Not all days are filled with ominous rain clouds here at the Rainout Blog. Today, the Pirates and Cubs have a picture-perfect day for baseball at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, as you can clearly see in this Getty Images photo of the first pitch from the Pirates Tom Gorzelanny to Cubbie Alfonzo Soriano. As of this posting, the Cubs lead 8-5 in the top of the sixth. It’s the home opener for the Pirates.

Danica Patrick Gets Wet

Every time I see images like this one of Indy cars racing through rain-slicked tracks, it makes me wish the NASCAR fellas could do the same. This pic is of Tony Kanan on his way to a third place finish in Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Florida, not Russia. Graham Rahal won the race. Danica Patrick, the only racer we ever care to see in a swimsuit, finished tenth.

Friday, April 04, 2008

No Rays of Sunshine at Birdland

In case you missed it, the rubber match of the Rays at Orioles three-game series was rained out Thursday. No make up date has been announced. The O’s are scheduled to open a four-game set today with Seattle at Camden Yards, but the forecast is not promising for that game. The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. You can read more about Thursday’s rainout at the O’s official Web site. In this AP photo, Rays pitchers Al Reyes and J.P. Howell are seen throwing on the Camden Yards field after the game was called.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Rain on Spain's Getafe

Bayern Munich and Getafe played to a lousy 1-1 tie in a quarter-final match of the UEFA Cup in Munich earlier today, and Gatafe’s Ikechukwu Uche looks plenty upset. Perhaps he hates tie games as much as we do. But, there’s no reason to be angry. He and the other fellas got to play outside in the rain today and weren’t stuck in an office someplace.

Royal Treatment

Yesterday, I made mention and posted a photo from Umbrella Night in Baltimore at an Orioles game last year. This year, the Kansas City Royals are passing out golf umbrellas during a May 10 home game with the O’s. Here’s the description from an MLB.com story highlighting this season’s top ballpark promotions:

Kansas City Royals, May 10 vs. Baltimore, Golf Umbrella: There are lots of good golf courses in the Kansas City area, and also lots of rain, so what better tool to solve the occasional convergence of the two? One possible drawback: The umbrella won't help you with the lightning that often hits this part of the country. Maybe next year they'll have Rubber Suit Night.

Rare Delay in LA

Rain eventually hit Dodger Stadium last night, not long after I made the below post and jumped into bed. The result was a 74-minute rain delay and some maddening pitching decisions. You can read the full report at MLB.com. The quotes of the night came from Dodgers skipper Joe Torre, whose team lost 2-1 to the lowly San Francisco Giants.

"I thought I finished with the rain stuff in New York," said Torre.


"We made a decision to go with 11 pitchers," said Torre, "but a night like tonight will change your minds in a hurry."

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Rain Threat Forces Dodgers, Giants Hands

The Giants and Dodgers changed their scheduled pitchers just before Wednesday night's game because of the threat of heavy rain at Dodgers Stadium. I'll let Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News explain:

LOS ANGELES - The Giants scratched Tim Lincecum and started Merkin Valdez in his place because heavy rain was expected to fall at Dodger Stadium Wednesday night.
The Dodgers switched starters first, replacing Chad Billinglsey with reliever Hong-Chih Kuo a half-hour before the first pitch. The Giants followed suit a few minutes later.

Neither club wanted to use a starting pitcher for two or three innings, then force them to sit through what could be a lengthy delay. It was expected that Billingley and Lincecum would pitch at some point during Wednesday's game.

Here's the Los Angeles forecast from NOAA.gov:
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southwest wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

UPDATE: I'm not sure there's anything to this story now. I just caught highlights, and Lincecum is in the game for the Giants.

Good night everybody!

Rainy Thursday?

The weather looks pretty good for most of today’s Major League Baseball schedule, but tomorrow may be a different story. Check out the forecasts on weather.com. I love this photo from Umbrella Day at Campden Yards. I'm not sure of the year this was photo was taken.

Wrigley Throwback

Speaking of cool photos (See below) I found this shot, while searching for other pics, of threatening storm clouds hovering above Wrigley Field during a May 2004 game. The Rainout Blog didn’t exist back then. I’m not sure if I had even heard of the word blog four years ago.