Archive for October 6th, 2007


Saturday, October 6th, 2007

Know Your Enemy: The Ohioan Canadian Soldier

Yankees Rumors & News

Via northcountrytrail.org:

They are called many things (and a few of those names are polite): Canadian soldiers, June bugs, shadflies and a danged nuisance. The prolific and pesky family of aquatic insects known as mayflies may be the most sworn-at creatures in Ohio, but they’re also clean-water barometers for our lakes and streams….Each June, like a scene from a horror film, millions of adult mayflies swarm from the lake’s shallow waters and move inland for a short but spectacular shore leave.

Via Wikipedia:

The lifespan of an adult mayfly can vary from just 30 minutes to one day depending on the species….It often happens that all the mayflies in a population mature at once (the hatch), and for a day or two in the spring or fall, mayflies will be everywhere, dancing around each other in large groups, or resting on every available surface.

The losing — and the taunting — is killing me!

Yankees Rumors & News

For a New York Yankees fan like me, there has been a lot of misery involved in watching the Yankees lose the first two games of their American League Division Series to the Cleveland Indians.

Thursday’s 12-3 blowout was embarrassing. Friday night’s bug-infested 2-1 11-inning loss was torture. Knowing that another Yankee season that promised a happier ending is on the verge of going up in smoke is sickening.

Worse than all of that, however, is the taunting I am having to endure from my wife and 11-year-old son.

See, when my dad was alive he turned my youngest child into an Indians fan. I don’t know how he did it. But, he did it. And now that is haunting me.

I made a small $2 wager (his choice) with my son regarding the outcome of the series. Thursday night I was bombarded with “you better get your 2 bucks ready” taunts.

Friday morning, of course, he was prancing around the house proudly wearing his Indians cap and rubbing it in. Friday night, more of the …

Yankees Rumors & News

Last night was the kind of game that we’ll all remember, but for all the wrong reasons. A swarm of Candian Soilders came into the game at the worst possible time. In the bottom of the 8th as Joba Chamberlain was about to start the inning he signaled to the dugout for bug repellent. The end result of the 8th inning was a leadoff walk, 2 wild pitches and the tying run scoring on the latter of the 2 wild pitches.

Via Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com:

“Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you see something new,” New York shortstop Derek Jeter said. “I guess that’s the home-field advantage for them — just let the bugs out in the eighth inning. It worked.”

Last night ended with a 2-1 Indians win in 11 innings. Travis Hafner had the game winning hit after turning on a 3-2, 2 out, bases loaded pitch from Yankees reliever Luis Vizcaino. With the victory last night the Indians are now up 2-0 in the best of 5 series …

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