Thursday, September 20, 2012

32 Songs, 4 Hours, 2 Goals, 35 Seconds

Peter Farrell walked in and said "stop what you're doing and get tickets."

To Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, that is.

Farrell, Princeton's women's track and field coach, then said this:

"I've seen the Beatles, the Stones, the Dead, Jimi. I've never seen anything like this."

Lastly, he said this: "It's the best $120 I've ever spent."

Farrell went to see the Boss last night at MetLife Stadium. As it turns out, it was the first time in 30 years that he's seen him.

And he couldn't stop raving.

Eventually, he made TB go to to get the playlist for the concert, which ended this way:

Thunder Road. Born To Run. Rosalita. Dancing In The Dark. Tenth Avenue Freeze Out. And lastly, Twist and Shout.

Not too bad, huh?

For TB's money, there's never been anyone better at anything than Springsteen is in concert. Maybe Michael Jordan as a basketball player, but that's it.

If you've never seen him, you're cheating yourself. The Boss is three days away from his 63rd birthday, and yet there he was last night, out there again, for nearly four more hours of unbridled energy.

As TB said to Farrell, Bruce could sell out that stadium every night for 100 years and people would still be buying tickets. And raving when they left.

Meanwhile, while Farrell was being awed by the Boss, Jen Hoy was scoring three first half goals in Princeton's 5-2 win over Lafayette in women's soccer.

TigerBlog learned from Twitter that Hoy had scored her three goals. 

He didn't realize that two had come 35 seconds apart and that the three were within 18 minutes of each other.

Armed with that knowledge, he went off to the NCAA record book to find out where that all fit in.

After all, two goals in 35 seconds by the same player in soccer? That's not something that happens all the time.

TB's experience in trying to find out where Hoy's feat stands was not exactly successful.

The record book has an entry for fastest consecutive goals by the same player, which is a shocking five seconds. And amazingly, two players share that record: Jill Pearson of Fresno State in 1997 and Stephanie Erickson of Northwestern in 1994.

Five seconds? To have one player score twice?

TB thought he recognized Erickson's name,  and when he looked, he found out she was Harvard's coach for a year before returning to Northwestern to take over the program there.

And the record for three consecutive goals by the same player? Who would have that record?

Well, let's just say that TB didn't have to look up the name once he had it.

Abby Wambach scored three goals in a 2:02 span of a game against Arkansas back in 2000. TB didn't know that Wambach, a Rochester native, played at Florida.

So Hoy's goals weren't a record. But where did they stand?

The record book lists the top 30 fastest goals by the same team, by opposing teams, to start a game - all of those except by one player. And that meant TB couldn't find out where Hoy now stands.

For that matter, he doesn't know if it's a Princeton record or an Ivy record.

He does know that it's fast.

The women's soccer team is now 3-3-1 as it prepares to head to Yale for its Ivy League opener. The Tigers could easily be 5-2, had it not been for two tough stretches against Colgate (a 4-1 lead turned into a 4-4 tie) and UC-Irvine (two late goals led to a 2-1 loss after the Tigers had to play a player down for 70 minutes).

While 5-2 would look better than 3-3-1, it wouldn't really impact Princeton as it heads down the path of the league schedule. Princeton has looked great at times this year, and Hoy, who already has nine goals, is a marvel to watch.

The game Saturday is big, but it's not season-making-or-breaking. A loss would be a setback but not an insurmountable one.

On the other hand, a win would be great, especially with four of the next six league games at home. 

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