Thursday, September 18, 2008
"Ike" fallout reigns supreme
Last we left the Houston Astros, they were on a 15-1 tear that put them within striking distance of the NL Wild Card lead. . Enter “Ike”. . The first two games of the Astros’ highly anticipated home showdown with the NL Central-leading Cubbies this past weekend were postponed and moved to “neutral” Milwaukee. . If by “neutral”, one means a 90 minute drive up I-94 from Chicago. . In the ensuing games, the Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano twirled a no-no on Sunday which was followed-up by Ted Lilly, one-hitting the ‘Stros on Monday in front of very-much partisan Cubby crowds. Yeah, Ted Freaking Lilly. . Needless to say, MLB has done the Astros no favors in piling-on after “Ike” and the Astros now face an uphill battle to remain in playoff contention as they are now 4 games back in the wild card chase with 11 left to play. . But wait, there’s more: The Houston Texans’ schedule is also altered as a result of “Ike” and their game against the Ravens originally scheduled for this past weekend will be played on Nov. 9 because of hurricane-related damage to Houston’s Reliant Stadium. . When things like this happen in real life, why is it then that people like Roger Goodell, the NFL commish, think it a good idea to recreate a make-believe hurricane or other natural disaster and schedule regular season NFL games overseas? . Last year’s Giants-Dolphins game in London stunk as surely will this year’s Chargers-Saints game played in the same Wembley Stadium. . Please, Rog… "Ike" has gone away, so to with your ridiculous overseas scheduling idea.