An event is happening this evening that happens only once in a blue moon. That would be a blue moon. A blue moon is the second full moon of a month, so July this year started with a full moon on the first of the month. While not extremely rare, the next blue moon will occur in 2018 almost three years from today, so a blue moon is far from a monthly or even yearly occurrence.
Just how rare is a blue moon? Let’s put the numbers in a baseball perspective. Since organized baseball began in 1876 there have been 697 triple plays and 290 no hitters. In the same time period, since 1876 there have been 105 blue moons. So the blue moon is pretty rare, but not nearly as rare as a perfect game (23 total) or a 4 home run game by an individual (16 total). That should put the blue moon into a perfect perspective. (As for the blue part of the name, there is nothing blue about the moon whatsoever).
Now it is on to the latest in the Maricopa County, Arizona sports front. The Arizona Diamondbacks have apparently put in an offer to the Cincinnati Reds to acquire Aroldis Chapman in a trade. Chapman is the closer who throws 104 MPH flaming heat and who converts nearly every save opportunity that he is given. I have my fingers crossed that this trade goes down and, if it does, it marks a huge shift in management philosophy over previous Diamondbacks feelings. I remember when the team let Jose Valverde go because they felt a closer was not worth paying big bucks to pitch. If they land Chapman, it could represent a paradigm shift in the fortunes of the NL West pennant race.
Meanwhile the Diamondbacks open a three game series at Minute Maid Park against the Houston Astros today. The Diamondbacks are winners of 5 straight and the Astros just swept the Angels, so this should be a great weekend for baseball in the Bayou City.
The Arizona Cardinals camp also opens today amid strong feelings that this team will take right up after the team that was so dominant last season until they were reduced to a forth string quarterback the last four games of the season. Carson Palmer looks like he has fully recovered from the knee injury that took him out last season. Of course real NFL Football is taking a backseat right now to the NFL bitch-slapping Tom Brady.
The PAC-12 Media days were held yesterday and Arizona State was predicted to finish second in the PAC-12 South Division, right behind Southern Cal. I personally have loftier goals for this Sun Devils team, like winning the PAC-12 Title, as does Head Coach Todd Graham. An early game on a neutral site in Houston against Texas A&M may give a hint to just how lofty ASU’s goals are this season.
I was more than a little perplexed yesterday when hearing the news that four featured members of the Ohio State football team have been banned from playing in the Buckeyes’ first game this season against Virginia Tech. Apparently these players broke team policy. The crazy thing about this is that the reason for the one game suspension was leaked. They were caught smoking pot. That sounds like a pretty weak suspension to me. Let me put it another way. If you play for the Buckeyes and get caught smoking weed, you only get a one game suspension.
The Arizona State Football team dropped Nike as its clothing manufacturer and picked up Adidas. All Nike would pay the team was $2.5 million a year. Adidas is paying them $6 million a year. I cannot say that I blame the Sun Devils for switching uniforms. Their new duds were previewed yesterday and they look good to me.
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