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Sunday, August 31, 2008

My son's day

My son likes all sports. He and his roomies have this massive entertainment setup with four TVs and they always have sports going on all of them. He has three significant rooting interests:

*Virginia Tech. Went there, taught there a while, may eventually go back there, still lives and works in Blacksburg.
*The Atlanta Braves. Growing up in Richmond with the Braves' AAA team, he came by this honestly.
*Dale Earnhardt Jr. Don't know where that came from, he certainly didn't get it from me. I only went to auto races when somebody paid me and forced me to do so.

The whole point of this is don't put any money on Earnhardt tonight the way the weekend has gone. To recap:

*Tech loses on a late blocked punt, stunning the many Hokies in attendance including my son.
*He calls later from some bar where he and his pals went to dine and drown their sorrows and bond with ECU fans in their hatred of West Virginia. He knew the Braves were up 4-0 at one point. "Dukes just walked with the bases loaded. Game over," I told him. I think he was out of money so there was no way to further drown the sorrows. He's truly worried the Nats will overtake the Braves in the standings.

As for me, I'd still like to see the Nats win the Strasburg Cup. I'm not convinced The One is in the system and I'm not optimistic that CC will be wearing a Curly W next year.

12 comments:

Sean Hogan said...

Yesterday was not a fun day in Blacksburg.

MikeHarris said...

Today's not much better if you are a Braves fan. I'm there now, putting the finishing touches on both my kids' moves. He had the vehicle with XM - and it was not a happy call (for him) when he reported the score going from 4-3 his guys to 8-4 mine!
Maybe the Braves will win the Strasburg Cup!

Hendo said...

If the Nats lose the Strasburg Cup, I'll never shed a tear.

It revolts me to think that any team might be thinking of trying to tank to get the number-1 pick. Happily, individual player motivations -- specifically, to look good at the end of the season and up the ante for next season's suitor(s) -- will almost certainly trump any urge to dump.

MikeHarris said...

I hear you. I want as many wins as possible, for sure.
But *** the thought of him out there.
You know what I'm saying. No tanking but what a nice consolation prize.

The Nationals Enquirer said...

Tank it, baby! Get Strasburg!

George Templeton said...

That Virginia Tech loss was highly amusing, but highly disappointing for the ACC. What an utterly pathetic conference this year.

Anywho, it was loads of fun to listen to the Braves pitchers struggle and struggle and struggle to get Nats out in the eighth. I love it when the shoe is on the other foot.

Sean Hogan said...

I was given a "Kick Ass Blogger" award and with that title am allowed to name 5 more recipients. Congrats, Mike, I named your blog my favorite all-around blog (not that my awards matter in the grand scheme of things, but know that you are very appreciated).

This link is for my Kick Ass Blogger awards:
http://dcsportsplus.blogspot.com/2008/09/little-bit-of-self-promotion.html
This link is for the Kick Ass Blogger award in general:
http://www.mammadawg.com/2008/08/kick-ass-blogger-award.html

MikeHarris said...

I am honored - thank you.
My Triple Crown:
*The honor you just bestowed on me
*No 100 losses
*The Strasburg Cup (without tanking)

Sean Hogan said...

Haha, works for me. This whole winning-but-not-losing-ground-on-Strasburg thing is nice.

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