Saturday, August 9, 2008

Baseball Round the Clock

This is a feature in the middle weekend of the 15-day NBC World Series, in which you watch 17 games in 56 hours. It is remarkable how popular this has become since being introduced 20 or so years ago. I have toyed with the idea of doing it in the past, when it was truly around the clock, because I could have taken a sleeping bag and napped at the park. Now, they clear the park out after the 1:00 A.M. game, and you have to leave and come back for the 7:00 or 8:00 A.M. one. There is no way I could sleep at home for 3 hours and then get up and go somewhere. But it does seem better for the players not to have to deal with a 3:00 A.M. game! I was surprised the other day to hear folks behind me, who were about my age, talk about plans to participate in the Round the Clock marathon.

At any rate, the current rain will play havoc with the schedule, as at 10:15 A.M. the field is still covered and the 8:00 game has not yet started. At the moment there are 8 undefeated teams left, all of which are scheduled to play tomorrow. These include the 2 Alaska teams, and the perennial favorite Seattle Studs. No Jayhawk League teams remain in the winner's bracket. However, the losers bracket, with 16 teams still alive, has 4 Jayhawk League teams left, which include the Hays Larks, the Liberal BeeJays, the Clarinda A's, and the Nevada Griffons. All 16 of these teams are scheduled to play today.

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