Michael Rand started RandBall with hopes that he could convince the world to love jumpsuits as much as he does. So far, he's only succeeded in using the word "redacted" a lot. He welcomes suggestions, news tips, links of pure genius, and pictures of pets in Halloween costumes here, though he already knows he will regret that last part.
Follow Randball on Twitter
The annual Great Baseball Road Trip is almost upon us. Everything lined up just right for us to somehow keep a tradition alive that has been going every year since 2000 and carve out four days despite having a 4-month-old at home (whom we will miss terribly, mind you).
We’re also out next week for what amounts in part to a “staycation,” so this prelude is a long-winded way of saying don’t expect regular posts here again until Aug. 25 after today. We’ll jump on with some exploits from the road, we imagine, and next week there will probably be things here and there that we can’t resist.
But yes, back to the road trip: We’re hitting Vikings training camp tomorrow morning, then a minor league game in Burlington, Iowa, tomorrow night. Friday is a St. Louis Cardinals game (never been to the new Busch Stadium), Saturday is Quad Cities, Sunday is the Field of Dreams in Iowa and hopefully a little bit of the town ball tournament in Minnesota before returning home. Golf and other shenanigans are also in play. We’ll probably collapse when it’s all over, but in a good way.
Thinking about the road trip and Vikings camp reminded us of a long conversation with regular GBRT attendee Rocket during a past trip. We had a long walk to Wrigley, and to fill the void we debated this question:
What if the Vikings were guaranteed to win the Super Bowl this season?
[You can tell this is fiction already].
But here’s the catch: You couldn’t watch any of their games this year, including the Super Bowl … and they would never win another Super Bowl during your lifetime. If you had this magic potion to make it happen, would you?
This was about three or four years ago, and we’re honestly still torn. We don’t know. It boils down to just how bad you want the curse lifted and what price you would pay to make it happen.
We look forward to your thoughts in the comment. The next time you hear from us, we’ll likely be in Iowa so send good wishes please.
[Fantastic Super Bowl Homeboy shirt designed by local graphic artist Nate Schimelpfenig].
|Toronto||4||1st Qtr 9:30|
|Golden State||6:30 PM|
|LA Clippers||7:00 PM|
|New Orleans||7:30 PM|
|Nashville||0||1st Prd 17:10|
|Virginia||0||1st Half 13:43|
|Baylor||9||1st Half 12:36|
|Norfolk State||6:30 PM|
|SE Louisiana||6:30 PM|
|Central Arkansas||6:30 PM|
|Sam Houston St|
|NC Central||7:00 PM|
|Incarnate Word||7:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin|
|Texas Southern||7:30 PM|
|Prairie View||7:30 PM|
|Jackson State||7:30 PM|
|Grambling St||8:00 PM|
|Miss Valley St|
|Boston College||8:00 PM|
|Bethune-Cookman||54||2nd Half 3:21|
|Hampton||76||2nd Half 1:26|
|Norfolk State||57||2nd Half 1:20|
|NC Central||26||2nd Half 18:44|
|Texas Southern||42||1st Half 1:40|
|Prairie View||16||1st Half 3:14|
|Jackson State||20||1st Half 6:36|
|Grambling||18||1st Half 3:40|
|Miss Valley St||31|
|Tulsa||6||1st Half 13:56|
|(1) Connecticut||17||1st Half 13:50|
|UCF||8||1st Half 16:26|
|Central Conn St||0||1st Half 19:38|
|Wagner||2||1st Half 17:31|
|Sacred Heart||9||1st Half 15:50|
|St Francis-NY||13||1st Half 14:20|
|Mount St Marys||12||1st Half 15:07|
|Texas Tech||7:00 PM|
|Iowa State||7:00 PM|