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And So On
2006-06-23 06:19
by Mark T.R. Donohue

I haven't had much to write about the last few days. Everything speaks for itself. The Rockies didn't sweep the A's, but it's still pretty good that they won two of three. Now they play the Rangers. The U.S. soccer team didn't embarrass themselves in their third and final World Cup game but they didn't do anything to distinguish themselves either. They obviously were the least talented team in their group, although they may well have advanced in one of the weaker pools. The penalty kick awarded to Ghana late in the first half was a bad call, but the United States didn't deserve to win if they couldn't produce any more convincing attacks than they did. I'm rooting for England from here on out since they have the most Liverpool guys, but look out for Holland and Argentina, the two best-looking teams in the first round. (I'm discounting Spain, because traditionally they always look good in the first round and then flame out horrendously in the knockout stages. Prove me wrong, guys!)

I didn't end up going to any of the games in the A's series. I'm going to try and go to one of the games this weekend. It seems like it's been forever since I've been to a game in person, and I feel a little bad about it, but until people start sending me money for attending baseball games, it's not going to get any easier for me to do so. Ah well, you guys know how it is.

Dusty Baker might get fired soon. This qualifies as slightly more newsworthy than the axe finally dropping on Larry Brown in New York, but it's less funny. When the news that Isiah Thomas was taking over as head coach of the Knicks scrolled across the bottom of the US-Ghana game, I made a mental note to remember that moment for next year when the Bulls take Greg Oden with the #1 pick in the NBA draft. Let's go Knicks!

2006-06-23 19:08:02
1.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Francis just completed the fourth inning on five pitches, inducing three weak groundouts. He doesn't have his swing and miss stuff tonight but he's getting it done anyway. And he has a single, too. I love you, Canadian wonderboy!

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