Hey! Was anybody worried? Thought I was stranded somewhere/abducted/institutionalized?
Well, in case you were wondering (and by you, I mean the five of you that my site stats are saying came between Monday and today), I'm still here. Work has just been a little bit crazy this week (yes I have a job), and today looks like it will be no different.
Hopefully tomorrow it will settle down some and I'll make some real updates. Until then, here's a quick team-by-team rundown of what's been happening in area sports in the last five days:
1-3. Lost two of three in a weekend series against the Mets, then lost the series opener against the Reds. The Nats are now tied for last place in the National League East, where everyone thought they'd be all along. They are still only two games behind Philadelphia for the Wild Card with 37 games remaining, though.
0-4. Swept in a weekend series in Cleveland. Lost the series opener with the Angels. Any slim hopes of playoff baseball in Baltimore that may have been ignited by the sweep over then-Wild-Card-leading Oakland are long gone.
D.C. United: Sucking.
0-1. OK, that's kind of harsh because they were on a six game unbeaten streak before losing to the Los Angeles Galaxy, 3-2, on Saturday, but we're working on a theme here.
Mystics: Sucking less than they were at last update.
1-1. The Mystics lost to Detroit on Sunday to fall a game behind the Shock for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East and drop their fifth game in a row, then redeemed themselves by beating New York in overtime on Tuesday while Detroit lost to the craptacular 4-27 Charlotte Sting (now 5-27!). The Mystics and Shock are again tied for fourth in the East, now with two games remaining in the regular season for both teams.
Since this is the most interesting thing going on in local sports right now, I'm going to talk about it more.
With two games remaining for both Detroit and Washington and the teams tied for the final playoff spot in the East with matching 15-17 records, things are getting interesting. This is especially true because the teams end their season with a head-to-head match-up. This, folks, is as awesome as women's basketball gets. With Detroit playing second-place Indiana on Thursday and the Mystics playing first-place Connecticut on Friday, there is a good chance that both teams will be sitting on 15-18 records going into Saturday's season-deciding game.
For Saturday's game, the Mystics will be playing for the second night in a row and will be traveling from Connecticut to the nation's capital after the 7:30 p.m. game against the Sun. Detroit has a day off before the crucial match, but they will have to play on Washington's home court.