Monday Musings: Devils, On the Diamond, In Group D & Mo’

Let’s start with a shout out to my Detroit Tigers. They played three one-run games against the Reds this weekend in Cincy, winning two. Last night they came back big in the top of the 8th with an improbable shellacking of Aroldis Chapman.

Hopefully it will provide impetus for a rejuvenation. Detroit’s been falling in the standings as of late. Injuries.

I’d settle for a Cincy/ Detroit World Series.

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My new favorite baseball team (Other than the Tigers): The Stony Brook Seawolves.

The upstart nine from the America East Conference bested long time collegiate baseball behemoth LSU in Baton Rouge to become only the second #4 seed ever to make it to Omaha for the College World Series.

Where is Stony Brook you might ask? In New York, I think I’m safe saying that. Exactly where in the Empire State, I’m not sure.

Anyway, the hot hitting Seawolves — They got 50 base knocks in 3 games to LSU’s 15 — will join many of usual suspects as 8 schools battle it out for the national crown at that new stadium that has supplanted iconic Rosenblatt in deepest, darkest Nebraska.

The Bayou Tiger players and fans looked shell-shocked.

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There are heated rivalries. BoSox/ Yankees. Packers/ Bears. Cards/ Cats.

And then there are really really really heated rivalries, with histories that hearken back as far as the 11th century. You know, William the Conqueror, 1066, the Norman and French Conquest of England. I mean, it’s not Trinity vs. St. X, but France vs. England does run deep.

Anyway, in the world of futbol, they are contesting the EuroCup these days. Which, I think, is like the World Cup for Europe only. Thus the name. Anyway, each country fields a Dream Team of its best footballers.

Today is Group D’s opening day.

France vs. England.

You may not be paying attention, but two countries have stopped their business to tune in.

France just tied it 1-1 in the 38th minute.

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U of L’s Silent L Harrell made some USA national team.

I can’t remember the last time a Cardinal made one of these squads.

It’s a good sign for Louisville. If not for Stephan Van Treese.

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There are probably only three or four more of you who care about hockey than do about soccer.

But, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention tonight’s fascinating Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. LA’s Kings skated to a 3-0 lead, but the New Jersey Devils have won the last two, causing, I’m sure, trepidation in the hocky hotbed of Hollywood.

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I think tennis analyst Mary Carillo is as good a commentator as there is for any sport.

In case you never watch tennis, that’s her sport. She and bad boy John McEnroe were a joy to listen to during the French Open.

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Manny Pacquiao — He’s a boxer — was apparently jobbed big time by the official scorekeepers in his fight over the weekend with Timothy Bradley. He lost a split decision in a match that apparently every objective observer felt he won easily.

Which I mention simply to emphasize that boxing is one of two former major sports that have significantly lost their luster in the last half century.

The other that few care much about is . . .

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. . . horse racing.

Generally sports fans around the land could care less for the “Sport of Kings,” except around here, where the Derby is the social event of the year. You don’t see Trish and Cyb having a big soiree the night before Selection Sunday, do you?

Which is to say, it’s really only mildly annoying that I’ll Have Another was scratched from the Belmont, and retired from racing. (At the height of his breeding value, I might observe.)

Given the shady rep of the horse’s trainer, one wag I heard wondered whether the thoroughbred needed to enter drug rehab, like some equine Lindsay Lohan.

– Seedy K

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