Maybe rest wasn't what the doctor ordered
Hmm, guess eight days rest wasn’t what the doctor ordered for Ricky Romero, was it?
It’s not that he got drilled last night – the numbers were predictably bad but the game wasn’t out of hand – but skipping a start seemed to have no effect.
And did you see the withering look he gave manager John Farrell when he got the hook?
If I was him, I’d have been thinking, “Hey, it’s a 3-2 game, it’s the fifth inning, you already sat me down for more than a week, why not let me see if I can get out of this mess since it’s a meaningless September game against a go-nowhere team? Maybe I give up a three-run homer or a two-run double and that’d suck but why not let me see if I can get some confidence back by getting myself out of this. Sure, numbers suggest I won’t but maybe I will and wouldn’t that be better for my psyche than getting the hook?”
But that’s just me.
We all know Romero’s been awful for months, he can’t win a game, his stuff is all over the map and this is a season that’s bee circling the toilet bowl since about May. No question he’s been brutal at times, as he’d fully admit.
Theories abound (read Brendan’s game story to see some of them) but I’ll say it again: I think they need to keep running him out there and see if he can turn it around. And the team needs to show that it’s got his back and last night, that’s the last thing that they did and the look on his face told me he knew it.
Anyway, season can’t end soon enough for him, I’d bet.
The TFCs lose and are officially, finally, totally eliminated from playoff contention?
Colour me shocked.
Maybe there’s a Cup they can still win or somesuch.
So this news about Seattle’s new arena has to be met with great glee, doesn’t it?
You’ve got a potential owner who will sink a lot of his own money into the facility and the surrounding infrastructure (to say nothing of offering to buy all the fans a beer if they showed up at a neighbourhood saloon) and if it leads to Seattle getting back in the NBA, I will be as happy as anyone who lives there, and it’s a sentiment shared almost universally among my NBA friends.
One thing I wonder about, though.
Through all this arena chatter, I keep hearing how the city might now be home to an NBA and an NHL team and I cannot imagine that works. I would think it’s a one-sport city in the winter, the first league to get in will do well, I don’t think it would support two teams in the same building, as financially lucrative as that might be to the owners.
And the other, major point is this: If Seattle is going to get an NBA team, it’s going to have to take one from an existing city; there is no chance of expansion happening.
It’ll have to be some kind of steal/purchase of a team and I would think the most logical one right now would be Sacramento, which is stumbling along on its own pursuit of a new arena.
But whatever team it is, there is a sense of inevitability to an NBA return to the Pacific Northwest, which makes entire sense to me. Just hope it doesn’t take too long, I only have so many years left in this gig with this aging body.
One sign that you’re getting a bit long in the tooth? Or that work is about to really begin?
No anticipation of the new TV season.
Remember the time when the new shows debuted the week after Labour Day and we got the TV Guide to read up on them and plan the week’s viewing with new dramas, comedies and the like?
Now the season starts way later, it seems there’s a new show on every week and you can’t possibly keep track of them all, can you?
Now if you’re flipping through the channels and see something new you might stop for a couple of minutes but that’s about it.
Guess it might have as much to do with the proliferation of the number of stations, and the fact once Oct. 1 hits the last thing I have time to do is figure out some new plot given that there are usually games or flights four nights a week.
Kind of a downer, actually. Not a lot to look forward to and not a lot of time to think about it so if anyone’s got some must-see things and I find the time, I’m all ears on what I should watch.
(And thanks to the marvels of on-demand video and computers, I could find time whenever I want to)
Speaking of all ears …
Got lots done Thursday and Friday last week so I could sleep in a bit on Saturday and that was nice so I’d like to do it again.
Now, I don’t want to go piling on teachers ‘cause it’s not nice and they do have, in many ways, tough jobs (not that we all don’t have tough jobs in some respect) but …
Super Son informed me that there is no school tomorrow because it’s a Professional Development day. What? They’ve been in class for, what, seven or eight days and they get a day off? Yeesh.