BY Deidre Silva 09:10AM 07/18/2011

Crystal Balls: Predictions for the week

Never really intended to be right last week about the Mariners scoring less than six runs in the Texas series. But, no worries, there’s always a little footie to get everyone excited. Even if Rooney has to be reminded that a friendly means no head butting.

Wayne Rooney and his Manchester United team come to Seattle for a friendly triumph./ Wiki Commons


MLB:  Mariners at Blue Jays Tuesday – Thursday; at  Red Sox Friday – Sunday (ROOT)
PREDICTION:
Mariners marketing department starts party preparation for the 15-year anniversary celebration of the team’s 1997 division title.

Mariners hitchhike to Boston after manager Eric Wedge says he needs “some space” after Seattle loses the Toronto series 2-1. Starting pitcher Erik Bedard is released from the DL  Friday for what the team hopes is the first of his two “non-damaged-goods” pre-trade deadline outings. Bedard is pulled after three innings as the salivating Red Sox  – expecting to extend their lead in the AL East with a few easy wins – score nine runs  Friday, five more than the Mariners score during the whole road trip. MLB analysts discuss whether the team’s continued offensive malaise has anything to do with the fact that Chone Figgins (recently assigned to baggage detail) had left the team bats on the curb at SeaTac. Experts conclude that the absence of bats had no effect.

MLS:  British Invasion: Manchester United at Seattle Sounders FC, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Century Link Field (Fox Soccer Channel)
PREDICTION:
Sounders settle down in 88th minute. Too late.

Coming off a 4-1 win over the New England Revolution, Man U’s Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen say all the right things about how they respect the MLS as a quality league. But their attitude to the contrary cannot be so easily masked. Dissatisfied with losing 2-1, the Sounders defensive line allows in a lazy, late-game howler. Sounders lose 3-1. Rooney and Owen are caught on TV stifling laughter.

World Cup aftermath: But…what does it all mean?
PREDICTION:
Nothing.  Just let them play.

Thankfully — at least until next year’s Olympics — sports editors stop contriving headlines from of the words “hope” and “solo.” Fast forward to 2111: Women soccer players realize that athleticism, winning tournaments and converting penalty kicks helps promote a sport better than getting naked.


YourThoughts

  • Sam Kelly

    Thats a good one Deidra about Boston and runs scored….. sad but true

  • Sam Kelly

    Thats a good one Deidra about Boston and runs scored….. sad but true

  • Michael Kaiser

    You mean you do not think that Manchester United decided to spend a week in Seattle in late July (typically, unlike this year, when we are in the throes of our six weeks of summer/sun) just for an extreme work-out against such a well-seasoned foe as the Sounders?   

  • Michael Kaiser

    You mean you do not think that Manchester United decided to spend a week in Seattle in late July (typically, unlike this year, when we are in the throes of our six weeks of summer/sun) just for an extreme work-out against such a well-seasoned foe as the Sounders?   

  • Steverudman

    Thanks for you comments. We appreciate it.

  • Tian Biao

    Something had to happen, but I sure as heck didn’t see this coming. I’ll miss Ichiro, though: he and Felix were the only really exciting players on the team, the only hall of fame caliber players, and now there’s only Felix. It’s the end of an era, that’s for sure. Good luck Ichiro, and thanks for the memories . . .

    • Steverudman

      You make a nice point. He had to go, but I’ll miss him as well. What a great 10-year run he had. Thanks for commenting.