Late September / early October is a great time for sports fans like me. Plenty of things going on!
The Washington Capitals start their 2014-2015 campaign on October 9. My emotions from of last season are off-center because the Capitals didn’t make the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons. To right the ship, the Capitals have hired a new coach and upgraded the defense…among other things. We shall see soon enough if those changes make a worthy enough difference to get the Capitals back into the postseason…but, I was planning on watching as many of the games as I can, anyway.
And, speaking of the Terrapins…anyone who was nervous that their move to the Big Ten Conference was equal to a sheep accepting an invitation to a wolf’s dinner party can rest assured. At least, for a few more days. They smacked their first B1G opponent, Indiana, last Saturday, 37-15, so we Terrapins fans are starting to feel fairly good about our team.
But, we all know how that sort of thing works. The Terrapins play host to Ohio State this weekend in my home town. I originally said this game was going to represent a “bloodletting,” but the euphoria from last weekend’s game is convincing me to believe the Terrapins will make a serious run at an upset.
But, the realist in me says I’ll believe it when I see it.
And, then I will celebrate it.
I haven’t watched a NASCAR race in I can’t remember how long. But, just as I was starting to convince myself it was because I’m usually wall-to-wall busy on Sundays, I realized I haven’t been paying attention to the WRC, either.
Have I lost my taste for racing?
Not permanently. Consider: the vast majority of my most recent behind-the-wheel time has been spent running errands and shuttling people back and forth and going places I don’t really want to go, rather than just driving for fun. So, based on that, I’ve decided that, once I return to my regularly scheduled vehicular romps, I will find my way back to watching cars that are much faster than mine.
Sounds reasonable to me.
The Baltimore Orioles begin their playoff series this Thursday against the Detroit Tigers. Normally, I go with the old adage that tells us: pitching and defense wins playoff games. But, when you have the type of offense the O’s have, I’m looking forward to a lot of traffic on the base paths.