10.08.2005

swept

How many days til spring training?

Now, about those Maple Leafs...

10 comments:

teflonjedi said...

Is Hockey Night in Canada going back on the air? I can't tell from out here...

teflonjedi said...

And yes, Red Sox Nation is very much in mourning this morning. Is it coincidence that the remnants of a tropical storm are pouring down on us right now?

L-girl said...

Is Hockey Night in Canada going back on the air? I can't tell from out here...

I believe it's back today!

And yes, Red Sox Nation is very much in mourning this morning. Is it coincidence that the remnants of a tropical storm are pouring down on us right now?

Fortunately it doesn't hurt as much as it used to. I thought Redsock's post on this was very good.

Of course, it still sucks!

G said...

They stepped up and played a good game, though, and kept it close until the top of the ninth. Some good Chicago D saved the day for the White Sox. If they were going to go out, at least they made it a close one, and kept it interesting all game long. Even I (who loves to criticise all) can't be too critical of that. There's always next season ... look at the Angels, as a prime example of a team back in title contention after an off year.

Expat Traveler said...

For someone (me) who doesn't know this yet.

Why are they called the Toronto Maple Leafs when we have maple leaves on the ground?

That's what I thought up while running this morning... Oh the thoughts you have while you think to yourself...

L-girl said...

There's always next season ...

The motto of baseball fans everywhere: wait til next year.

look at the Angels, as a prime example of a team back in title contention after an off year.

After winning the WS in 1996, the Yankees lost the division series to Cleveland in 1997, then came back as a dynasty. I'm hoping the Red Sox can manage it, too.

Thanks for the good wishes, G. :)

L-girl said...

Why are they called the Toronto Maple Leafs when we have maple leaves on the ground?

Anybody...?

James said...

English has some odd rules concerning pluralization of words ending with "f". Leaf -> leaves, roof -> rooves, but elf -> elfs and proof -> proofs. Not to mention dwarf -> dwarrows. Unless you're J.R.R. Tolkien, in which case it's elf -> elves and dwarf -> dwarves.

Apparently the rule here is that compound nouns ("Maple Leaf", "lowlife", "sabretooth", "still life") are pluralized with -s instead of whatever the last part would normally use. You don't say "lowlives", "sabreteeth", or "still lives". Thus, "Maple Leafs".

Then again, there's "Red Sock" -> "Red Sox"...

L-girl said...

Then again, there's "Red Sock" -> "Red Sox"..

If you read anything written in English before the 18th Century, spelling hadn't yet been standardized, and you get some funny combinations. You might be, for example, a musique fanatique.

I'm pretty sure the Rolling Stones were around then, right? Led by Micque Jaggre?

James said...

Given that the aristocracy was essentially French (Norman), it's not surprising that people would adopt Frenchish spelling to try to look more "sophisticated". :)