I so love it when the Phillies pull off a win and don’t scare the bejeezus out of me in the process. And it doesn’t hurt if they make the Yankees look powerless and confused in the process. All those well-paid dudes going down swinging. Love it.
Somewhere I read that the payroll differential between the Yankees and Phillies is in the vicinity of $80,000,000. (Wonder what that comes to per strikeout?)
Anyway – let’s see what Pedro can do tonight. If the good guys prove Jimmy Rollins wrong and take it in 4, I won’t mind. (I could use the sleep!)
In other news, the USWNT faces off against Germany … some places I see it listed as 12 Noon ET and other places I see 1PM. Either way, it ain’t on TV … but you can follow it on MatchTracker (I believe) at the USSF Site. Here’s a tidbit about the coaches … which is interesting but appears to be off by at least a decade … shame on you, USSF! (I’m sending you an e-mail.)
SUNDHAGE AND NEID MEET AGAIN: The international playing careers of U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage and Germany’s Silvia Neid ran somewhat parallel courses with the Swedish international and German international crossing paths on more than several occasions. None was bigger than in first round play at the 2005 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Sweden. In its first game of the tournament, Sweden had been upset, 1-0, by Brazil and was on the verge of elimination in its own country when it fell behind Germany, 2-0, after 42 minutes. The Swedes mounted a furious comeback in the second half, scoring three times, including an 80th minute penalty from Sundhage that tied the score. Malin Andersson scored the dramatic winner in the 86th minute. Both Sundhage and Neid played the entire 90 minutes. Both teams would eventually advance out of the group, but Sweden fell in the quarterfinal to China in penalties and the Germans advanced to the championship with consecutive wins against England and China, only to fall to Norway 2-0 in the title game. Sundhage and Neid both played in the 2006 Olympics, which marked the final international matches for both players, who then launched what have become extremely successful coaching careers.
Oh, and Levi continues to go after Sarah … a squabble being played out in the press. I am thoroughly enjoying it (I know, very unChristian of me).
My new liberal fantasy involves a Hell House centered around the Palin’s – and occasionally visited by the likes of a drug-crazed Rush Limbaugh, an eating-disordered and nasty Ann Coulter, various and sundry licentious GOP law-makers, greedy Wall Street tycoons … you get the picture. I think it could catch on!
Ah well – on to the day.
Alice – are you rooting for the Phillies?