Thursday, August 19, 2004


Tonight's Mariners/Royals game has been rained out. The game obviously doesn't have playoff implications. The only implications I can think of are (1) Ichiro might be screwed if he's sitting at .399 or one hit behind George Sisler after 161 games, and (2) the Justin Upton Sweepstakes. Let's root for a Kansas City winning streak, I guess.

So, I'm left wondering what the hell to do tonight, given that my usual nightly post is a roundabout game recap.

My original thoughts upon hearing of the postponement...

-- The post title. Obviously it's adapted from "don't get eliminated" at the end of every episode of Most Extreme Elimination Challenge. Yes, it's that show on the Spike network, the Japanese game show with the brutal overdubs. That and the brutal injuries.

-- Songs using the word "rain." First two to come to mind were "Rain" by the Cult and "Here Comes the Rain Again" by the Eurythmics. "Love Reign Down" by Black Label Society is off by a few letters. "Only Happy When it Rains" by Garbage, well, that's what it is, along with almost all of their material.

-- It's August. It's raining enough to postpone baseball games in Kansas City, but it was sunny and kind of hot here in the Town of B today. The tables have turned.

Other non-Mariner thoughts...

-- I didn't find a way to touch on it the other day, but the return of Kayla Burt to the Husky women's basketball team is a great story, to say the least. She plans to be back, playing with a defibrillator, for the first time since her New Year's Eve 2002 episode of cardiac arrest.

-- Will Derting's got a dislocated wrist. To say the Cougs' defense needs him badly this year would be an understatement.

-- Nolan Baumgartner is back with the Canucks for another year. Well, with the Canucks or Manitoba. He was up with the big club for nine games last year.

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