Extra Innings: 09/14/07

Marz’s thoughts:  The Cubs and Cards have a crucial weekend series coming up this weekend and the Cards are in need of a win or they will be added to the Leading Off Elimination pool. The atmosphere will be great there with Ozzie Smith throwing out the first pitch. Plus, with the new stadium it kicks it up a notch… i like it better than the old Busch.
P.S. – Great weekend of sports – college football, EAGLES and BASEBALL – Go Phils…

Cuch’s thoughts:  Predictions for the weekend – Dodgers sweep D-Backs, Cubs split with Cards, Yankees take 2 of 3 from Boston, Tigers take 2 of 3 from Twins, Phillies take 2 of 3 from Mets, Rockies lose 2 of 3 from Marlins and Padres lose 2 of 3 from Giants.
P.S. – Don’t forget – "Don’t hoot with the Owls and then expect to soar with the Eagles!"


Nice Predictions Vin… I know most think it’s football season, but as a baseball fan, nothing beats this time of year. So many great matchups, with so much on the line…



Just a note to let you know, as the baseball season draws down, that the NY Yankee baseball team’s claim to have “won more sports championships than any other team” is not correct. This clam seems to be made once in every TV broadcast of Yankee games.

At least one team, the Gaelic Athletic Association?s Kerry Team (the Kingdom is the nickname) has won 34 to date and is going to try for their 35th on Sunday, September 16, 2007.

Kerry won their first championship, beating London in 1903, the year the Yankees moved their franchise from Baltimore to New York. Kerry lost at the old NY Giants field, the Polo Grounds in 1947. That much-recounted championship game was replayed as a National League game on its 50th anniversary in 1997 in NYC at Downing Stadium on Randal?s Island off west 125 street.

Kerry won this rematch in a well attend game that drew spectators from Europe, Australia and the Far East. Former Mayor Giuliani was part of the festivities. I talked with him myself. I also attended the 1947 game at the Polo Grounds.

From Wikipedia Encyclopedia


“Gaelic football History

Kerry are the most successful team in Gaelic football. They have won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on 34 occasions. The county holds a number of distinctive records in football championship history. Kerry has played in more All-Ireland finals than any other team – 52 in all as of 17 September 2006. Although Wexford has the honour of being the first team to win four-in-a-row, Kerry has won four consecutive titles on two occasions (1929-1932 and 1978-1981).

The Kerry team of the 1970s and 1980s is considered one of the greatest of all time. Of the 20 All-Ireland finals held during those two decades, Kerry participated in 12, with victory coming on 9 occasions. In 1982, Kerry came within one minute of winning an unprecedented fifth All-Ireland title in a row. However, a late goal by Offaly’s Sťamus Darby snatched victory away from the Kingdom. This goal was voted third in a poll to find the Top 20 GAA Moments.

Towards the end of the 1980s Kerry went into decline and failed to appear in an All-Ireland final for 10 years having last appeared in 1986 and not again until 1997. This however markeed the beginning of another Kerry golden era of sorts. Of the last 10 all Irelands, Kerry have contested 6 and won 4. Many have spoke of teams like Armagh and Tyrone, who have both beaten Kerry in recent finals, as becoming successors to Kerry’s reign but Kerry have come back time and again and are the current 2006 champions.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championships: 34

1903, 1904, 1909, 1913, 1914, 1924, 1926, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1962, 1969, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006

Also, check the Webb at gaa.ie

All the best


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