Endings and Beginnings

The English football season approaches its end. Norwich City have just seven more games left. They sit on thirty-two points, eight short of the magic number that has always been enough to stave off relegation. Seven games may seem like more than enough time to accumulate those points, but the last four games are against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea. Form would suggest that expecting even a single point would be an exercise in unwarranted optimism.

Therefore, the next three games become the critical ones. We start on Saturday with Swansea away, followed by WBA at home, and Fulham away. Norwich need to win two of those at least to avoid those last four games turning into a slow, powerless spiral around the drain of relegation. Given Norwich’s results at Fulham, a series of humiliating hidings, the Swansea game becomes a make or break game. I am not sure if I can face starting my weekend with the nerve wracking experience of watching the Canaries struggle through another live game.

On the bright-side, Monday brings with it the optimism of a new season of baseball. I have a ticket for Oakland’s opening game. The fifth year in a row that I gone to see the A’s first home game of the season. The last four years I have seen them lose to the Seattle Mariners in that opener; that dismal sequence part of a far longer run of opening day loses for Oakland.

Given that run of loses, you might ask why I seemed upbeat about the coming season. Apart from the ever present hope that all fans, other than Cubbies, have before the season begins; there are the back to back division titles that Oakland have won. The A’s should once again be competitive, although generally not when I go to see the games.

However, even watching a losing game of baseball is still an enjoyable way to spend a few hours in the Spring and Summer.

Published in: on 28 March, 2014 at 7:20  Leave a Comment  

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