November 3rd, 2007

there's no arguing with these...

Navy 46, Notre Dame 44 (3 OT)
Islanders 3, Penguins 2
Cornell 5, Quinnipiac 3

Each of those score lines has a great significance to me. The first is the first time since 1963 that the Naval Academy has defeated the Fighting Irish upon the gridiron. The Islanders' win tonight has special significance, as legendary coach Al Arbour - the man who led the Isles to their four Stanley Cups a quarter century ago - came back to the bench on a one-day contract to coach my favorite team for the 1,500th time. And the Big Red notched their first win of the season, staving off a rally (that included a converted penalty shot) by the team that swept them out of the conference tournament seven months ago at Lynah.

Yesterday's duty was not taxing, and today allowed me the opportunity to finally accomplish many important tasks, including paying the rent and doing laundry. I had intended to go out to Durham tonight, but the cyclone formerly known as Tropical Storm Noel nixed those plans, dumping a metric crap ton of rain all over New England today. And besides, UNH isn't exactly in a celebratory mood, after their hockey team lost 2-1 to Northeastern at home (I watched this game, and the Wildcats were flat for most of it). The duty day also provided me with something completely unexpected - a pair of tickets to tomorrow night's Senators @ Bruins game in Boston. It'll be very late by the time I get back up here to Portsmouth after the game, but come on, free tickets? I can't pass those up.

As for tonight, I'm going to make full use of the extra hour afforded me by the shift from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time. After all, it's only once a year that this advantage presents itself, so it must be exploited.