Monday, August 31, 2015

Am I Blue?

Can I just declare that I have a wretched case of the Monday morning blues after missing so many matchups' outcomes? Congratulations to Jake Arrieta on your first career no-hitter. I'm littering the correct choices with yellow highlighing. Yes, that's only thirty-three percent correct because I didn't choose my hometown game for some reason. Yergh.
  1. Detroit at Toronto
  2. Boston at NY Mets
  3. LA Angels at Cleveland
  4. Kansas City at Tampa Bay
  5. NY Yankees at Atlanta
  6. Miami at Washington
  7. San Diego at Philadelphia
  8. Colorado at Pittsburgh
  9. Seattle at ChiSox
  10. Cincinnati at Milwaukee
  11. Houston at Minnesota
  12. Baltimore at Texas    - this one will have to be a push since I actually forgot to choose. Sigh.
  13. St. Louis at San Francisco
  14. Oakland at Arizona
  15. ChiCubs at LA Dodgers
Monday, August 31, 2015
  1. Yankees at Red Sox                        Red Sox
  2. Rays at Orioles                                Orioles
  3. Indians at Blue Jays                         Blue Jays
  4. Marlins at Braves                            Braves
  5. Phillies at Mets                                Mets
  6. Reds at Cubs                                   Cubs
  7. Mariners at Astros                           Astros
  8. Nationals at Cardinals                    Cardinals
  9. D-backs at Rockies                          Rockies
  10. Angels at Athletics                          Athletics
  11. Giants at Dodgers                            Dodgers
  12. Rangers at Padres                            Rangers

NFL Note:
It was fun to see the Texans and Saints playing and listen to J.J. Watt talking on the side lines. Mama and I sat there in our church-best dress discussing penalties, tackles, etc. He is a favorite with me just because he is a nice young man.

Lady Grid out.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Eight Out of Fifteen Spot On!

I barely made over fifty percent of the predictions correct for Saturday. C'est la vie.

1.     Tigers at Blue Jays                  Blue Jays
2.     Red Sox at Mets                      Mets get revenge.
3.     Cardinals at Giants                 Giants keep happy dance going.
4.     Royals at Rays                        Royals
5.     Marlins at Nationals                Marlins because I keep getting burned by the Nats.
6.     Padres at Phillies                     Phillies
7.     Rockies at Pirates                    Pirates
8.     Mariners at White Sox            White Sox, definitely!
9.     Angels at Indians                    Tribe again.
10. Reds at Brewers                      Reds don’t let me down.
11. Astros at Twins                       Astros do your magic.
12. Yankees at Braves                  Yankees, sigh.
13. Orioles at Rangers                   Orioles snap their losing streak ways at my Rangers’ expense.
14. Athletics at Diamondbacks     D-backs again.
15. Cubs at Dodgers                     Cubs get this one since Kershaw pitched last night.

Sunday, August 30, 2015
  1. Detroit at Toronto
  2. Boston at NY Mets
  3. LA Angels at Cleveland
  4. Kansas City at Tampa Bay
  5. NY Yankees at Atlanta
  6. Miami at Washington
  7. San Diego at Philadelphia
  8. Colorado at Pittsburgh
  9. Seattle at ChiSox
  10. Cincinnati at Milwaukee
  11. Houston at Minnesota
  12. Baltimore at Texas
  13. St. Louis at San Francisco
  14. Oakland at Arizona
  15. ChiCubs at LA Dodgers


The Cowboys are 0-3 in preseason, and Dez Bryant has a tweaked hamstring yet managed to jump and chest-bump a teammate after a touchdown in second quarter. Hmm. Here’s hoping Andy Dalton is okay after leaving the Bengals’ game early. Kirk Cousins will start as QB for the Washington Redskins after an independent neurologist said Robert Griffin, III, was not medically cleared to play. Best wishes for a complete recovery from that concussion. Ryan Tannehill looked good against the Falcons in the Dolphins’ victory. Whoop! The Buffalo Bills have a quarterback problem. They did well, and now Coach Rex Ryan has the opportunity to decide which young man will lead his offense for the season. Nice.

Lady Grid out.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

MLB and High School Football

I've got to figure out my percentages for the month of August and report my prediction "batting average." Here is the run-down from Friday's MLB games.
  1. Miami at Washington                        Nope! Burned again!
  2. San Diego at Philadelphia                 Yes!
  3. Colorado at Pittsburgh                      Yes!
  4. Detroit at Toronto                              Yes, what did you expect?
  5. LA Angels at Cleveland                     No, the Tribe managed to win.
  6. Boston at NY Mets                            No, and I was sad.
  7. Kansas City at Tampa Bay                Yes!
  8. NY Yankees at Atlanta                      Yes, that’s what you call a whooping.
  9. Baltimore at Texas                             Yes!
  10. Seattle at ChiSox                                No, Mariners blanked them.
  11. Houston at Minnesota                        No, this one actually shocked me.
  12. Cincinnati at Milwaukee                    No, and wrong again. Another goose egg.
  13. Oakland at Arizona                            Yes, I was beginning to wonder about my choices.
  14. ChiCubs at LA Dodgers                    Yes, and Vin Scully will be back for his 67th year. Woo-hoo!
  15. St. Louis at San Francisco                  No, and I’m glad to be wrong.
Saturday, August 29, 2015 – the last one of the month!
  1. Tigers at Blue Jays                  Blue Jays
  2. Red Sox at Mets                      Mets get revenge.
  3. Cardinals at Giants                 Giants keep happy dance going.
  4. Royals at Rays                        Royals
  5. Marlins at Nationals                Marlins because I keep getting burned by the Nats.
  6. Padres at Phillies                     Phillies
  7. Rockies at Pirates                    Pirates
  8. Mariners at White Sox            White Sox, definitely!
  9. Angels at Indians                    Tribe again.
  10. Reds at Brewers                      Reds don’t let me down.
  11. Astros at Twins                       Astros do your magic.
  12. Yankees at Braves                  Yankees, sigh.
  13. Orioles at Rangers                   Orioles snap their losing streak ways at my Rangers’ expense.
  14. Athletics at Diamondbacks     D-backs again.
  15. Cubs at Dodgers                     Cubs get this one since Kershaw pitched last night.

Football Time
Can you feel a slight change in the air as we begin to cool off from our triple-digit temperatures? It’s time for high school gridiron action! My alma mater Plano East Senior High beat Lake Highlands 36-14. That’s a nice way to start the season. East! East! East! Mama’s Lincoln Tigers need to regroup after being handed a defeat by Ft. Worth Dunbar. Next week, they face Hillcrest. Good luck, Tigers!

Lady Grid out.

MLB Post Script:  As it turns out, if my math is correct, I've predicted correctly for about 57.5 percent of the time. That's not bad for a girl who never played softball and has become quietly addicted to MLB Network over the past few months. Shh, don't tell. LG

Friday, August 28, 2015

Last Friday of August!

It's Friday, kiddies! The playoff picture sometimes appears as clear as mud, but here's today's forecast.
  1. Miami at Washington
  2. San Diego at Philadelphia
  3. Colorado at Pittsburgh
  4. Detroit at Toronto
  5. LA Angels at Cleveland
  6. Boston at NY Mets
  7. Kansas City at Tampa Bay
  8. NY Yankees at Atlanta
  9. Baltimore at Texas
  10. Seattle at ChiSox
  11. Houston at Minnesota
  12. Cincinnati at Milwaukee
  13. Oakland at Arizona
  14. ChiCubs at LA Dodgers
  15. St. Louis at San Francisco

Lady Grid out.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What Happened to the Yankees?

"Tuesday Afternoon," a rather psychedelic song by Moody Blues is running through my mind for some reason. The flute melody keeps circling in my mind; I put it down to being bone-tired at the beginning of the school year as I get my teacher legs back in gear. Enough yak yak about the classroom. The red means I blew my pick. C'est la guerre!

  1. Astros at Yankees                   Astros with a 15-1 pasting!
  2. Padres at Nationals                 Nationals
  3. Mets at Phillies                       Mets
  4. Angels at Tigers                     Angels add insult to injury after the thumping the Reds put on Detroit yesterday.
  5. Brewers at Indians                  Indians
  6. Rockies at Braves                   Braves
  7. Dodgers at Reds                     Dodgers snap their five game losing streak.
  8. Pirates at Marlins                    Pirates
  9. Twins at Rays                         Rays
  10. Blue Jays at Rangers              Rangers
  11. Red Sox at White Sox            Red Sox
  12. Orioles at Royals                    Royals
  13. Cardinals at D-backs              Cardinals
  14. Athletics at Mariners              Athletics after that sloppy, undisciplined play by Robbie Cano.
  15. Cubs at Giants                        Cubs
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - with more series play continuing.
  1. Houston at NY Yankees
  2. Oakland at Seattle
  3. San Diego at Washington
  4. NY Mets at Philadelphia
  5. LA Angels at Detroit
  6. Milwaukee at Cleveland
  7. Colorado at Atlanta
  8. LA Dodgers at Cincinnati
  9. Pittsburgh at Miami
  10. Minnesota at Tampa Bay
  11. Boston at ChiSox
  12. Toronto at Texas
  13. Baltimore at Kansas City
  14. St. Louis at Arizona
  15. ChiCubs at San Francisco
Lady Grid out.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Baseball, Bengals, and a Sober Reminder

The first day of school saps my energy. I didn’t have time to make predictions, but some results were pleasing to me, especially the Pirates’ and Mets’ wins. I got a kick out of seeing Pedro Martinez and Harold Reynolds on MLB Network as they discussed what’s troubling the Dodgers. Bring back Joc!

  1. Astros at Yankees                   Astros
  2. Padres at Nationals                 Nationals
  3. Mets at Phillies                       Mets
  4. Angels at Tigers                     Angels add insult to injury after the thumping the Reds put on Detroit yesterday.
  5. Brewers at Indians                  Indians
  6. Rockies at Braves                   Braves
  7. Dodgers at Reds                     Dodgers snap their five game losing streak.
  8. Pirates at Marlins                    Pirates
  9. Twins at Rays                         Rays
  10. Blue Jays at Rangers               Rangers
  11. Red Sox at White Sox             Red Sox
  12. Orioles at Royals                     Royals
  13. Cardinals at D-backs               Cardinals
  14. Athletics at Mariners               Athletics after that sloppy, undisciplined play by Robbie Cano.
  15. Cubs at Giants                         Cubs

The Cincinnati Bengals must evaluate the dearth of offense firepower. What’s happening with Andy Dalton and A.C. Green’s rapport on field? Why did I turn off the game after that last interception? I was too embarrassed to watch.

My condolences to the grieving family and friends of IndyCar race car driver Justin Wilson who succumbed to injuries sustained in Sunday's race. May the LORD comfort his wife and children especially.

Lady Grid out.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Banner Saturday!


It was a banner Saturday for this little girl! Woo-hoo! I had an eighty percent success rate in game winner predictions.
  1. Cleveland at NY Yankees                 Yes!
  2. Atlanta at ChiCubs                            Yes!
  3. San Francisco at Pittsburgh              Yes!
  4. Minnesota at Baltimore                     No!
  5. Milwaukee at Washington                Yes!
  6. Texas at Detroit                                  Yes!
  7. Kansas City at Boston                       Yes!
  8. Arizona at Cincinnati                        No!
  9. LA Dodgers at Houston                     Yes!
  10. Philadelphia at Miami                       Yes!
  11. NY Mets at Colorado                         Yes!
  12. St. Louis at San Diego                       No!
  13. Toronto at LA Angels                       Yes!
  14. Tampa Bay at Oakland                     Yes!
  15. ChiSox at Seattle                                Yes!

Sunday, August 23, 2015 - Let's see how well things turn out today.
  1. Indians at Yankees    
  2. Rangers at Tigers
  3. D-backs at Reds
  4. Phillies at Marlins
  5. Twins at Orioles
  6. Royals at Red Sox
  7. Brewers at Nationals
  8. Dodgers at Astros
  9. Braves at Cubs
  10. Blue Jays at Angels
  11. Rays at Athletics
  12. White Sox at Mariners
  13. Cardinals at Padres
  14. Mets at Rockies
  15. Giants at Pirates

NFL Notes:

I just loved seeing that big Carolina Panthers DT Terry Redden intercept and run with the ball to provide some added momentum to the team as they quickly capitalized on the turnover. My son who is a Carolina Panthers fan was thrilled, too. My ears are still ringing.

Terrell Suggs ought to be ashamed after going for Sam Bradford’s knees. The object of the game is to defend your end zone so that the opponent doesn’t score. Crippling the opponent intentionally is low class. A good, fair hit to keep him from making a pass warrants no quibble from me. I especially want to see them extend a hand and tell the QB to try again in the spirit of good sportsmanship. A Yellow Flag of Shame to you, Terrell Suggs. For shame!

Lady Grid out.

Friday, August 21, 2015

There Was No Friday Posting

I was at work pretty much all day on Friday getting ready for my newest minions' arrival on Monday morning, so no write up was ready to print. I'll make my predictions for Saturday now if you don't mind.
  1. Cleveland at NY Yankees
  2. Atlanta at ChiCubs
  3. San Francisco at Pittsburgh
  4. Minnesota at Baltimore
  5. Milwaukee at Washington
  6. Texas at Detroit
  7. Kansas City at Boston
  8. Arizona at Cincinnati
  9. LA Dodgers at Houston
  10. Philadelphia at Miami
  11. NY Mets at Colorado
  12. St. Louis at San Diego
  13. Toronto at LA Angels
  14. Tampa Bay at Oakland
  15. ChiSox at Seattle
Lady Grid out.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Long Day's Journey Into Night

I was at my school three hours after we were allowed to leave, but I had work to complete and a quiet setting in which to work. I won't have to put in that extra three hours tomorrow as a result. I love what I do, but I wish I had more time to get everything accomplished a little faster than before. That's life in the big city.  Time for baseball, folks. I'm hoping that the outlook for today's games is much better for my percentages. Play ball!
  1. Twins at Yankees                 Yankees
  2. Mariners at Rangers              Rangers
  3. Marlins at Brewers                Brewers
  4. Dodgers at Athletics              Dodgers
  5. Braves at Padres                    Braves
  6. Mets at Orioles                      Orioles
  7. Blue Jays at Phillies              Blue Jays
  8. D-backs at Pirates                  Pirates
  9. Indians at Red Sox                 Red Sox
  10. Royals at Reds                       Royals
  11. Giants at Cardinals                Cardinals
  12. Tigers at Cubs                        Cubs
  13. Rays at Astros                        Astros
  14. Nationals at Rockies              Nationals (I know it’s risky!)
  15. White Sox at Angels              Angels
Thursday, August 20, 2015
  1. Giants at Pirates
  2. Twins at Orioles
  3. Indians at Yankees
  4. Rangers at Tigers
  5. Royals at Red Sox
  6. D-backs at Reds
  7. Phillies at Marlins
  8. Braves at Cubs
  9. Rays at Astros
  10. Nationals at Rockies
  11. White Sox at Angels
Lady Grid out.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Late Night for the Lady

The lady is a little tired after two days of staff development in preparation for another year as a teacher of middle school students. Now on to the sports. Incorrect picks are highlighted.

1.     NY Mets at Baltimore - Mets
2.     Minnesota at NY Yankees
3.     Toronto at Philadelphia
4.     Arizona at Pittsburgh
5.     Cleveland at Boston
6.     Kansas City at Cincinnati
7.     Detroit at ChiCubs - Detroit
8.     Seattle at Texas
9.     Miami at Milwaukee
10. Tampa Bay at Houston
11. ChiSox at LA Angels
12. San Francisco at St. LouisSan Francisco
13. Washington at Colorado – I got it right. Are they on the road to redemption?
14. LA Dodgers at Oakland - Oakland
15. Atlanta at San Diego - San Diego blanked Atlanta!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
  1. Twins at Yankees                 Yankees
  2. Mariners at Rangers              Rangers
  3. Marlins at Brewers                Brewers
  4. Dodgers at Athletics              Dodgers
  5. Braves at Padres                    Braves
  6. Mets at Orioles                      Orioles
  7. Blue Jays at Phillies              Toronto
  8. D-backs at Pirates                  Pirates
  9. Indians at Red Sox                 Red Sox
  10. Royals at Reds                        Royals
  11. Giants at Cardinals                 Cardinals
  12. Tigers at Cubs                         Cubs
  13. Rays at Astros                         Astros
  14. Nationals at Rockies               Nationals (I know it’s risky!)
  15. White Sox at Angels               Angels
Lady Grid out.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Batting .500

It was nice to see Rougned Odor finally douse Adrian Beltre in celebration after his walk with bases loaded. Beltre is a shifty dude who dodges this tradition whenever he can. The Pirates have to wait another day for win number seventy. Here's hoping it's this evening as they continue the series against the Diamondbacks. I was right half of the time on Monday.
  1. Athletics at Orioles
  2. Twins at Yankees
  3. Diamondbacks at Pirates        (They get win number 70 today!)
  4. Indians at Red Sox
  5. Giants at Cardinals
  6. Mariners at Rangers
  7. Marlins at Brewers
  8. Rays at Astros
  9. White Sox at Angels
  10. Braves at Padres
Tuesday, August 18, 2015—I'll underline my picks for today's games.
  1. NY Mets at Baltimore
  2. Minnesota at NY Yankees
  3. Toronto at Philadelphia
  4. Arizona at Pittsburgh
  5. Cleveland at Boston
  6. Kansas City at Cincinnati
  7. Detroit at ChiCubs
  8. Seattle at Texas
  9. Miami at Milwaukee
  10. Tampa Bay at Houston
  11. ChiSox at LA Angels
  12. San Francisco at St. Louis
  13. Washington at Colorado
  14. LA Dodgers at Oakland
  15. Atlanta at San Diego
My condolences to Kathie Lee Gifford after the loss of her beloved husband Frank Gifford. She gave a loving tribute to him when she returned to Today

Lady Grid out.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Stunning Sunday!

The Marlins beat the Cardinals. No, you're not dreaming. It really happened. Yesterday. The Miami Marlins went to St. Louis and beat them 6-4. Those pesky Royals made the Angels pay in extra innings. Life isn't always fair. Sorry!

  1.  NY Yankees at Toronto                     Toronto snaps back.
  2.  Pittsburgh at NY Mets                        NY Mets
  3. Athletics at Baltimore                         Baltimore
  4.  Seattle at Boston                                 Boston
  5. Arizona at Atlanta                               Atlanta
  6. ChiCubs at ChiSox                             Chicago Cubs
  7. Philadelphia at Milwaukee                 Philadelphia
  8. Cleveland at Minnesota                      Minnesota
  9.  Detroit at Houston                              Houston for sure this time!
  10. Miami at St. Louis                              St. Louis
  11. Tampa Bay at Texas                           Texas
  12. Washington at San Francisco              San Francisco
  13.  Cincinnati at LA Dodgers                   Los Angeles Dodgers
  14. San Diego at Colorado                        San Diego
  15.  LA Angels at Kansas City                  Kansas City

Monday, August 17, 2015 - Home teams for the first nine games.
  1. Athletics at Orioles
  2. Twins at Yankees
  3. Diamondbacks at Pirates        (They get win number 70 today!)
  4. Indians at Red Sox
  5. Giants at Cardinals
  6. Mariners at Rangers
  7. Marlins at Brewers
  8. Rays at Astros
  9. White Sox at Angels
  10. Braves at Padres
Confidential to Tim Tebow: nice showing with the Eagles in preseason action yesterday.

Lady Grid out.