Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Out Like A Lamb

TigerBlog is a little too reliant on the weather app on his phone, though if the app is to believed, then it's possible that March will be going out like a lamb, or at least April will be coming in like one.

Actually, before he gets into that, TigerBlog has been told that he spends a lot of time watching TV and obsessing about the weather.

Right now, there is no show on TV that is a must-watch for him. This could be the first time in his life that's the case.

Yes, he's into "House of Cards," which is a great Netflix show. And a few others on Netflix. He's waiting for Season 3 of "Orange Is The New Black" and "Wentworth," which is the grittier Australian version.

He's watching "Bloodline," another Netflix show, which is a pretty good. It's a family drama, and the review he read about it says that it builds to the point where the last four episodes of Season 1 are the best shows Netflix has ever produced. TB is only on Episode 5 of 13.

Other than that? Nope. There's really nothing out there. He's given up on "The Big Bang Theory" and "Modern Family." He'll forgive "Homeland" when it comes on again for the awful ending to Season 4.

He's been into the James Bond movies that have been on whatever is channel 891 on his TV. It seems like there's always a good one on, including, of late, "Goldfinger," "The Spy Who Loved Me," "Octopussy" and "Live and Let Die."

So that's your TV update.

As for the weather, this is the time of year to be focused on it. Spring sports, as they were. Outdoors and all.

The weather around here has been awful for the last few months. It's been worse than awful, actually.

It's been as bad as it can be if you're trying to get fields ready to play. It's frozen, thawed a little, frozen again. It's rained and snowed and then, just when it started to dry up, snowed again.

The men's lacrosse team has played 80% of its home schedule, with four games down and only a game against Harvard at home on April 17 left for the regular season. Of the four games Princeton has played at home, two were played in snow - including one blizzard - and the other two were played on days that started in the 20s and barely reached 40 one day and never got there the other.

At least, though, the field becomes playable once it's plowed. And teams can play in nasty weather. Everyone in Division I has done so. TB saw the Duke-Carolina game Sunday and it was 42 degrees in Chapel Hill.

How about baseball and softball?

Princeton's softball field has the double-whammy of uncooperative weather and a construction project for new dugouts that got derailed by the winter weather.

As a result, Princeton moved its doubleheader against Brown this weekend to nearby Bordentown High School. Apparently it was a logistical success - and an on-field success, as Princeton swept the Bears.

TigerBlog was struck by the picture on the softball page yesterday - which for awhile was the first picture on the front page. It showed a player who was staring directly into the camera while smiling.

It almost looked staged as much as anything else. Actually, she was stepping into the batter's box, or least that's how it looked.

Her name is Skye Jerpbak, a junior from Rescue, Calif. Her high school was named Ponderosa.

She is the team's catcher and third-leading hitter, at .269. She also has two home runs.

TigerBlog can't remember a picture that he's seen where someone looks so happy. She looks like there's nothing else she'd rather be doing than playing softball at Princeton.

And that's how it should be.

TigerBlog figures she'll check out that picture in the coming decades and always be whisked right back to where it was taken. At Bordentown High School.

Oh well. Mother nature sometimes wins out.

As for the coming forecast, according to the weather app, the worst of it is over. The high temperature for the next 10 days is no lower than 52. The low temperature is never below freezing.

It's about time.

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