NHL Thanksgiving

The traditional belief around the NHL is if your team is in a playoff spot on US Thanksgiving then there is a very good chance they will still be holding a playoff spot when the regular season ends.

Thanksgiving day (US) is therefore thought of as a sort of magical day.

At this moment, with Thanksgiving mere minutes (90, to be exact) away, the Boston Bruins are two points out of the second wild card spot in the East.

Shit.

After Two Innings

I’m not going to say anything that might jinx things…. So… how to describe….

After two innings, the Yankees are not winning. Someone is winning, 2-0, but it’s not the fucking Yankees.

Are you diggin’ where I’m comin’ from? Are you picking up what I’m putting down.

Go Red Sox.

1978 Revisited

The Red Sox and the Yankees both won. Toronto and Seattle have been eliminated.

The wild card play in game is Tuesday at 8:00 at Fenway Park in Boston, MA.

Unlike the last time these two teams met at Fenway for a one game play off, Bucky Fucking Dent will not be starting at shortstop for New York. Praise be to the Fenway gods.

Whichever team comes out on top on Tuesday will win the honor of getting slaughtered by Tampa Bay.

Go Red Sox.

Wild Card Chaos

Today is the last day of the Major League Baseball regular season. 161 games down, one to go.

How is the American League Wild Card race looking?

It’s looking like friggin’ chaos, that’s how it’s looking.

The Red Sox are in the first wild card slot with a record of 91 wins and 70 losses. The fucking Yankees are in the second slot with a record of 91 wins and 70 losses. The Mariners and the Blue Jays are both one game back with records of 90 wins and 71 losses.

So if the Red Sox and the Yankees both lose today (please, I beg the ghost of Sam Horn do not let that happen, for the Red Sox at least. The Yankees can suck it for all I care) and the Blue Jays and the Mariners both win, then they all finish the season at 91 and 71 and there are doctoral theses* being written to figure out what happens then.

The Red Sox play the Nationals at 3:05 today. The Nationals suck but we needed a ninth inning rally to beat them last night. Chris Sale is pitching today which is awesome, but I would have much rather seen him pitch the wild card game. I guess we take what we can get, right?

Here’s hoping the Red Sox win, and everyone else loses and we get into the wild card game in the first slot and the other three teams can kill each other trying to get the last slot. That would be nice.

Go Red Sox.


  • The plural of thesis is theses. I typed that as if I knew it, but then when I read it over again I had to google it to make sure.

Red Sox = Ulcer

We are down to the last weekend of the Major League Baseball season. My beloved Red Sox are clinging to the final American League playoff spot by the proverbial skin of their proverbial teeth.

Here is the current standings:

We could realistically finish the season on a four way tie in the wild card race. I’ve no clue how that would be handled. I’m sure there are tie breakers built into the standings, but could they all have to have play off games to make it to the play in game?

Note, three of the four teams are from the AL East. That’s crazy, but it gets worse. Check out the “if it ended today” bracket…

The first team the play in winner will face is yet another AL East team. How insane is that?

Needless to say, go Red Sox.

Baseball

Last night when I went to sleep the Yankees were losing 2-0 and I was happy.  This morning when I woke up I read that the Yankees lost 3-0.

Deep breath…
Sigh of relief…
And all was right with the world.

Now the Astros are clear to get pounded to pudding by the Royals in the Division series.

Home Field Advantage

Hello and welcome to the final day of the Major League Baseball regular season. As of yesterday, there is nothing left for the Red Sox to play for. Just as the Sox vs Orioles game was starting, the A’s lost their game. That guaranteed the Red Sox home field advantage through the American League playoffs. The AL’s win at the all star game guarantees the AL pennant winners home field in the World Series. So the Sox could potentially have home field all the way through the post season. That has a nice ring to it.

Boston has 97 wins with one game left to play. After the nightmare horror of last season, I was optimistic that they could win 81 games. Let’s look at the current standings and see where an 81 win season would have placed us. How does second to last in the AL East ahead of only Toronto sound? It sounds like a huge improvement over last year, that’s what it sounds like. It also looks really depressing to finish behind the Yankees yet again. Fortunately, we’re just cruising our way to the best record in the entire American League. I cannot overstate how happy I am with this team. What a great season, and hopefully the best is yet to come.

As for the Division Series match ups, they are set for the Division winners. Oakland plays Detroit and Boston plays the wild card winner. The wild card race is still up in the air. Neither spot in the AL has been clinched yet. With one game still to be played, Cleveland (91-70) has a one game lead over Texas and Tampa Bay (both at 90-71). Tampa Bay plays Toronto today at 1:00, Cleveland plays the Twins at 2:00, and Texas plays the Angels at 3:00 (all times are Eastern). If the race ends with two teams tied for the second wild card spot, there will be a one game playoff on Monday (to decide who gets to play in the one game playoff… confusing, eh? Just wait, it gets worse) with the team that won the season series hosting. If the race ends in a three way tie it gets really strange.

The league has a formula where they designate the three teams as Teams A, B, and C. I am not sure about this, but I think the slotting is based on winning percentage against the other two teams, with the team with the best record getting to chose which slot they want. Cleveland is team A, Tampa Bay is team B, and Texas is team C. What does that mean? On Monday, Cleveland would host Tampa Bay. The winner gets the first wild card slot. On Tuesday, Texas would host the team that lost on Monday with the winner getting the second wild card slot, and the loser getting the opportunity to start Christmas shopping a little early. Then of course, the two wild card teams play each other to determine who wins the chance to lose to the Red Sox in the Division Series.

Part of me is rooting for that three way tie! Imagine having to play three one game playoffs on three consecutive days (I think, the wild card game might be Thursday, but I am pretty sure it’s going to be Wednesday), talk about stress, huh? I don’t really care who wins what, just as long as Tampa Bay doesn’t advance to the Division Series. As far as a Red Sox opponent goes, all three teams scare me, but Tampa Bay’s pitching scares me the most. I would much rather facing the Indians or the Rangers.

We’ll have to hang on and see how it all turns out over the next few days. It definitely looks to be a fun finish to the regular season in the American League, and I haven’t even looked at what’s happening in the National League yet.

The Red Sox are Playoff Bound

I missed the game last night and do I regret it or what! Lackey took a no hitter into the seventh, and then ended up winning 3-1 in a complete game that clinched a wild card spot for the Sox. We are now officially playoff bound.

The magic number for the AL East is now one game, thanks to the combination of the Red Sox winning and the Rays losing last night. Our team could be celebrating a division win tonight if they beat the Blue Jays. Either way, one Red Sox win or Rays loss and we are the AL East champs.

After last season’s schmucko the clown nightmare coming on the heels of the chicken and beer flavored collapse in 2011, none of us thought this team had a chance. I was optimistic that they might finish the season at about .500. I would have been satisfied with that.

Now? It’s World Series or bust at this point. They have become an elite team in major league baseball. They have four pitchers who can match up with almost anyone in the game. They have an offense that can hit off anyone. They have turned into one hell of a baseball team. There is no reason they cannot win it all this year. Detroit will probably still end up being the favorite to win the American League, but it’s got to be a close call. I believe these Red Sox are up to the challenge.

Just wrap up the division tonight and get on with the playoffs!