Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The photo above is of Schmidt – he's the fella with the jacket over his head – back in 2003 when he along with Gary Maddox, John Kruk, Bobby Abreu and Larry Bowa were recognized for being voted by fans to the All-Vet team.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know I haven't updated The Rainout Blog since last Friday and I totally missed the biggest sports rain out story of the year so far. Why didn't I write anything over the past several days about the Auto Club 500 rain delay and postponement, you ask? (I'm sure you've been scratching your head for days over this one.) The reason is because A) I was away from my computer, by choice, over the weekend, B) I've been busy, so suck it, and C) maybe I've been a bit lazy.
Anyway, you already know all the details that the Cup race was delayed over and over Sunday and ultimately postponed until Monday. So, there's no need for me to rehash the details.
Besides, you already know about the Nationwide race being postponed until Monday and that it was run right after the Auto Club 500. You already know that practices and qualifying sessions were delayed and postponed. You already know that water was seeping from the track. (Did you see the cool footage of the guys making saw cuts into the track?) You already know that standing water on the track caused a crash in the first 25 laps that involved Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin. You already know that those guys fussed and complained about the track not being ready. You already know that Jeff Gordon remained classy through it all, as usual. (What's up with that guy?) You already know that Tony Stewart began building an ark during the second rain delay Sunday. Ok, maybe you didn’t know that, but now you do.
Friday, February 22, 2008
This isn't sports related, but you have to see the photo that accompanies this story about a snow storm in the Northeast.
Happy Friday to ya!
Well, technically, the game was called off because of a leaky roof at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Initially, tipoff was postponed for 20 minutes, but then the game was called off when maintenance crews at the arena could not guarantee the leaks would stop. The court was wet in the lane near the Yellow Jackets' bench.
Weather forecasts had called for between two and three inches of rain in the Atlanta area Thursday night. The two schools are working on a make-up date.
The Jackets and Cavs stink this year, so I'm not sure anyone really cares if the game is ever played. However, there is one postponement at the University of Virginia that I'm sure will tick off a lot of folks on this Friday night. The Van Halen concert has been postponed.
Friday, February 15, 2008
"When I officially sat down to begin writing, it was kind of intimidating, because I was wondering, 'How could I possibly find time to do this?'" Coste says. "But honestly, there's tons of down time during the season. There were times during rain delays that I'd pop open my laptop and get going. And it was easy to get in the baseball mindset. I was able to almost recapture the same emotions because it was during the season."
Coste’s book is about his journey through the minor leaguers that eventually landed him in the major leagues in 2006 as “The 33-Year-Old Rookie.” Read more here.
Here’s another neat pic from Davis catching Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima and his interpreter, Jeff Yamaguchi, under an umbrella walking from the team’s indoor batting cages to the clubhouse.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Speaking of major league hurlers, Roger Clemens is getting hit pretty hard on Capitol Hill at the moment.
Update: This is from Amalie Benjamin's blog on Boston.com:
Right around 9:30 a.m., the clouds started looking a little ominous. The thunder and lightning were clearly indicating rain was coming. And, yet, Daisuke Matsuzaka remained out on a far bullpen mound without a golf car in sight.
About 15 minutes later, after much of the media had taken refuge in the locker room as the gusts of rain started soaking the facility, Matsuzaka burst through the door, rain dripping off his mullet, his shirt dark red with rain, and his breath short. He had sprinted from the far mound, clearly demonstrating his speed -- Masa Hoshino, his interpreter, plus a group of other personnel. He laughed as he walked in.
And speaking of Matsuzaka, the pitcher has been parking his monster white Hummer in a prime parking spot right by the locker room door, while Hoshino has been driving around in ... a Kia. Not everyone can be a star starter, I guess.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The photo featured to the right is not from today, but from a snowed-out Cubs game with the Astros on April 11.
Don't forget: Only two more days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.
Every time I check the Minnesota Twins ballpark construction cam, there is snow on the ground. And I do mean every time. As of 10:14 a.m. local time, snow was scattered about and the temperature was 6 degrees in Minneapolis. When the Twinkies begin play in the ballpark in 2010, there may be some interesting Aprils in that place. You can view the construction cam here.
Here is a video report from KARE 11 showing construction workers pouring the ballpark's first concrete on a cold late January day. The temperature was minus 4 degrees when the crews began the process at 6 a.m.
If you're still jonesing for more cricket rain delay information, check this photo and cutline.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Fog was the culprit (as you can see in the photo here) at the World Cup Freestyle Skiing Moguls in West Vancouver, British Columbia Saturday. The event was suspended as fog grew heavier. Speaking of heavy fog, check out this photo of a man laboring near the National Olympic Stadium in fog in Beijing, China. The photo was taken in December.
"The weather conditions were very difficult. It was windy. I could feel it while running on one side of the track. Maybe there was a window open?"
To be fair to Bekele, other runners in the 3,000m race said they also felt a bit of a breeze.
That reminds me, I think I saw over the weekend a story about the Steelers electing to stick with natural grass at Heinz Field. Did I really see that story or was it just a dream? I'll check into it. If it's true, good for the Steelers.
By the way, this is post No. 250 on The Rainout Blog. Does that call for a celebration. You bet it does!!!
By the way, the headline to this post – "Raindrops and Curveballs" – was the original name of this blog, which initially was intended to chronicle baseball rainouts and delays. And you think the current format is narrowly focused.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Like the Patriots' offensive line last Sunday, the Hawaiian weather was not at its best as the AFC held its first practice for the Pro Bowl yesterday.
The sky above the Kapolei High School football field, 24 miles west of Waikiki Beach on Oahu's leeward coast, was thick with gray clouds. There wasn't a hint of the subtropical sun that has earned Hawaii the nickname "paradise."
But it didn't rain, and temperatures did hover in the mid 70s.
But the shirt-sleeve climate was no consolation for the several Patriots who are now in Hawaii.
The forecast for Sunday’s Pro Bowl calls for mostly sunny skies with a high a 79 and a 20 percent chance of rain. Darn near perfect, if you ask me.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Is belly dancing a sport? Let's say it is for the sake of posting this video on my sports-weather blog. It's a clip from the new Fit TV series, Shimmy. Included are a few dancing scenes in snow, which, if belly dancing is indeed a sport, justifies posting it here, right? Right!
Numerous newspapers are running stories this week – here's one – to remember the tragedy in which eight Man U players lost their lives, as did eight sports journalists who covered the team and, through their writings, brought to life the matches for their readers.
Monday, February 04, 2008
"Leatherheads" looks like a must-see flick for us football guys. In addition to featuring some big-name Hollywood stars, the trailer promises some nasty gridiron mud action. The only problem is the movie hits the big screen in April, the first month of baseball season. On the other hand, you could argue that April also is the time of the NFL Draft. Speaking of the NFL, have I mentioned 18-1* lately?
Spoiler alert: Both Woolly and Punxatawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter this year. Woolly made his prediction a week before Phil's projection.
If you don't have time to read the full story, check out these quotes from the VP of the Phil's club. No, I'm not kidding!
"Who cares if it’s a week early?" Mike Johnston, vice president of the Inner Circle of the Punxatawney Groundhog Club, said of Woolly’s prediction. "Nobody knows about it.
"I really can’t say anything other than it sounds to me like just another impostor trying to take a ride on the coattails on the real weather forecasting animal in this country. That would be, of course, Punxatawney Phil."
Sounds like fighting words.
I tried to contact Woolly, but he could not be reached for comment and did not return my calls before press time. However, those close to the mammoth say Woolly often says that the groundhog performs a great service… and that groundhogs are best served with gravy. Ok, I'm made that last part.
For the actual exchange of words between the two camps, be sure to read the story linked above.
Hey, we may have a bit of drought in sports/weather content here until baseball season begins. And this photo could help drive up my page views.
FYI: Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in 10 days.
Rain put a wash on the Fed Cup matches between Germany and the United States in La Jolla, Calif., Sunday. The rain delay lasted four hours before officials postponed the matches until Monday. The wet stuff did let up and the, uh, court crew, tried to dry the playing surface for the matches to resume. Suckers! More rain began to fall an hour later, prompting the postponement.
Lindsay Davenport is the U.S. player of note competing in the Fed Cup. The winner of the U.S.–Germany match – that best-of-five match was tied at 1-1 when the rains began to fall Sunday – will move on to play the Russian team, led by, you guessed it, Maria Sharapova.
I ordinarily don't like to mix rainouts with politics, but this is a cool photo.
The caption on this photo says rain is falling, but I think I'm missing… oh, wait. I think I see where rain has landed. Yeah, there it is.
Congratulations to the G-Men.
J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!
Sunday, February 03, 2008
UPDATE: Goodell orders retractable roof closed for the Super Bowl
Friday, February 01, 2008