September 6, 2011

The Eternal Season - Tuesday September 6th

Hello Again TES Friends!  The unofficial start to fall has arrived, and with it, low 60s and rain here in Gotham.  So glad it held out last night so we could wrap up the weekend at the US Open.

Last night and today, that is, as the long day session meant our night session didn't wrap up til about 1:20 am.  A great 4th round match between top seed Wozinoski and former champ Kuznetsova meant that Roger Federer didn't take to the court until just before midnight.  But, that match against a guy I had never seen play before (Monaco) was a classic beatdown - 2, 1, and 0.  Which is good, as we could not have made it to 5 sets!

And I hope you got your fill of the US Open over the past couple days, as there was a complete washout today, and the forecast for the next 48 hours isn't much better.  It's not clay or grass, let's play tennis in the rain!

Now that the initial weekend of college football has been completed, it's time to reset the calendar here at The Eternal Season.  It never ends, true, but a reset is in order.  Why now? Well, we love football, to be sure.  We enjoy the return of fall with the cooler weather and cooler clothes.  And the return of fall means that other sports we love are just over the horizon.  So while The Eternal Season goes on and on, the 2011-2012 segment has just begun.  Football, take it away!


And what a good 5 day stretch of football we had.  Highlighted of course by the Hawkeyes overcoming a slow start, and then Mother Nature, to win 34-7.  Much more about that game when the Notes are out Thursday night.  Then the storm that caused our delay moved east, and made the Irish loss to South Florida all the more enjoyable, seeing it dragged on for a couple extra hours.  Then the top 5 showdown in Dallas, where LSU made Oregon's gimmicky offense look pretty normal.  And then things were wrapped up last night, as the Maryland football team instantly added themselves to all those terrible uniform lists that pop up every few months.  But at least they won the game, as Miami turned to ball over 5 times, but it took the last one with 40 seconds left to decide the game for the Turtles.

And that was a wrap for college football week 1.  In just two days, the NFL will kick off, and then our weekends will be full of both kinds of gridiron glory.  Thursday night the pros start off with Saints at Packers, 8:30 eastern, on NBC.  A showdown of the last two Super Bowl champs.  Also Thursday, the college boys go head to head with the league as Arizona travels to Oklahoma State, at 8:00 pm on ESPN.  That will get us going on another 5 day stretch of football.  Yippee!!!

In baseball, the Dodgers have been playing well of late, but it's of little consequence as the Diamondbacks have been a couple games better, so LA is still 12 back.  But we knew this year was a loss, and there is news that next year could be much better.  There is a 1.2 billion dollar offer on the table to rid the team of those who will not be named.  Not over yet (MLB and the owners must approve), but things are finally moving in the right direction.

Still a work in progress, that's also how things are at US Soccer.  Lost 1-nil today to Belgium in a friendly.  But the fan base seems confident that Klinsman is the man for the job.  It takes time to install your philosophy.  But we don't have a lot of it, as World Cup qualifying gets started during the fall months. 

All right friends, now that the football season has started, TES will be on our usual off Wednesday and off Saturday schedule.  The Week 2 Hawkeye Game Notes will be out at some point Thursday night.  So we'll see you then, have a great Hump Day!

Where To Find Live Sports On TV:
http://www.tvguide.com/sports/listings/

NCAA Football Scores:
http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/schedule

NFL Scores:
http://www.nfl.com/scores

MLB Games - Regular Season:
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/scoreboard

Soccer aka Football:
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/scores

Tennis:
http://www.tennis.com/livescores

Golf:
http://sports.espn.go.com/golf

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