Month: July 2015

‘When it rains at The Open, they just sit there and get wet’

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TigerWoodsBritishOpenAs far as weather is concerned, the 114th British Open promises to be the British Open of British Opens.
Got that?

The major begins Thursday in St. Andrews and, according to forecasts, wind and rain could play a major role, particularly on the last three days of the four-day event.

The British Open wouldn’t be complete with a bit of rain and swirling winds, right lad?

The Open posted on its Twitter page today a video featuring a handful of pro golfers talking about their experiences with fans in Scotland and the excitement spectators bring to The Open, even in the rain.

My favorite line: “It doesn’t matter if it rains. Anywhere else if it rains, everybody starts running for shelter. When it rains at The Open, they just sit there and get wet.”


Raindrops on Taylor’s guitar? (That’s a dumb headline)

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SwiftRemember the post I wrote earlier today? You know, the one that said I’m no longer going to write about potential bad weather at sporting events?

I’m sticking to that decision… but I didn’t say anything about Taylor Swift concerts.

You’re right; this is sports blog, but other than the Major League Baseball All-Star game – yeah, it’s a big deal – there’s nothing much going on in sports in which weather can play a role. Wait, is there a soccer friendly somewhere tonight?

Anyway, I just read that rain may be a big deal for Swift’s concert tonight at Nationals Park.

This is from the Washington Post:

An evening of storms with heavy rain is setting up across the D.C. region, and the timing could prove to be especially unfortunate for Taylor Swift fans that will be eagerly waiting for her to take the stage at Nationals Park tonight.

The rain will fall on very wet ground, increasing the risk for isolated flash flooding of creeks, streams and other low-lying areas. Some storms could be severe with strong wind gusts. And of course, lightning will pose a threat to everyone outdoors, including those waiting on the field at Nationals Park.

Areas to the south of D.C. have a higher chance of seeing severe storms with damaging wind gusts, while storms to the north of D.C. could end up being weaker and more scattered, though will still contain heavy downpours.

You can read the full story here.

Or better yet, check out the forecast from this awesome D.C. weatherman…

Rain, schmain

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I’ve been writing The Rainout Blog for a little more than nine years, and a few times I’ve crafted posts stating something like “Hey, it may rain at the baseball game tonight,” or “Look out for snow at Sunday’s football game” only for the predicted precipitation to be a no-show.

For the sake of fans who attended those events, like last night’s Home Run Derby in Cincinnati, I’m happy the wet stuff stayed away.

However, rain was the big story leading up to the Monday night long ball contest. There were countless stories, including the one on this website, about the threat of heavy rain and thunderstorms. There even were reports of tornado sirens.

And then last night… the only objects that fell out of the sky – that I’m aware of – were baseballs blasted from the bats of sluggers like Todd Frazier, Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson.

It was a great night – judging from my comfy seat in the man cave – and a great show. But the empty threat of the whole darn thing being potentially shut down because of rain, and then it didn’t happen, has led me to this decision: I’m never, ever writing another story about a sporting event potentially being affected by bad weather.


Now, I know the All-Star game is tonight in Cincinnati, and yeah, there’s potential for thunderstorms around an hour before the game starts and then a chance of rain, according to, an hour after the first pitch, but I’m not writing a post about it.

Forget it!

Raining baseballs tonight… or raining rain?

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I know you all are super stoked about watching guys like Prince Fielder and Todd Frazier blast baseballs out of Great American Ball Park in tonight’s Home Run Derby.

So, I hate to break the news to you: There’s a good chance – a really good chance – the weather in Cincinnati tonight will be a showstopper.

The Queen City forecast says “several rounds of showers and thunderstorms will be possible today and tonight” with a chance of severe storms tonight. “The primary severe weather threat will be damaging winds and locally heavy rainfall,” says the statement from the National Weather Service.

The Home Run Derby is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern. According to, there is a 49 percent chance of rain at 8 and 9 p.m., and a 56 percent chance around 10 p.m. While we’re looking at forecasts, the extended breakdown into Tuesday shows thunderstorms leading up to the All-Star Game, but clearing skies around the time of the first pitch at 8-ish.

Last year, sluggers were forced to wait out a 54-minute rain delay before popping baseballs into the atmosphere at Target Field in Minneapolis.

It has been 27 years since rain canceled a Home Run Derby, which also was in Cincinnati.

How ‘bout that?!?!

Tarp Attack II

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Following the success of Jurassic World, could the next scare-your-pants-off monster movie be about field tarps?

It seems no one — and no city — is safe these days from those ugly creatures.

You saw what happened in Pittsburgh Tuesday night when the field cover at PNC Park nearly swallowed up a grounds crew member. The same could have happened last night in Denver as you can see on this video.

Yes, more rain swept through Coors Field, delaying yet another Rockies game. The two-hour and six-minute delay brings the total of weather stoppages to 22 hours and 24 minutes. The Rockies have had 14 weather delays this season and four postponements.

As for Thursday night, a strong wind blew through the ballpark in the bottom of the first inning, grabbed the tarp and moved it slightly out of position, making it more difficult for the grounds crew to pull the covers over the wet infield dirt. Colorado manager Walt Weiss, first base coach Eric Young and a few Rockies players rushed out on to the field to lend a helping hand.

Weiss told reporters after the game that he had given tarp help before, “but never in the big leagues,” he said.

The delay chased the starting pitchers for both the home team and the visiting Atlanta Braves. The Rockies went on to win 5-3.

The forecast for Denver tonight is calling for only a 20 percent chance of rain at game time. So, perhaps Tarp Attack III – cue the scary music and sound effects – will arrive next in… YOUR CITY!!!

I know. I know. That’s just stupid.

Remembering Stabler’s ‘Run in the Mud’

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Before Kenny Stabler won a Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders in 1976, was named league MVP in ’74 and was selected to four Pro Bowls – and before he became my Uncle Todd’s favorite player – he was a star quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

One thing that can make a football player a star with Bama fans is beating Auburn. In the 1967, Stabler did just that.

Trailing 3-0 in the fourth quarter in a torrential downpour, Stabler ran an option around the right side of the field, sloshed through the mud at Birmingham’s Legion Field and scored a 53-yard touchdown that turned out to be the game winner.

Alabama, 7-1-1 and ranked 8th in the nation going into the game, beat Auburn 7-3. Stabler’s scramble soon became called “The Run in the Mud.”

Stabler, 69, died Thursday of complications from colon cancer.

The one about Brett Gardner’s umbrella holder

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Gardy-UmbrellaEvery year when I go on vacation, I promise myself I’m going to continue to work on The Rainout Blog. I have the best intentions. I conduct a few interviews before my trip – usually to some beach – and vow to set aside some time every other day to write so the blog doesn’t become stagnant with one story hanging over the top like mammatus clouds. (Ahem)

But, once I hit the beach, get lost in the ocean and ride some tasty waves (Spicoli reference), I forget all about blogging. Well, I don’t totally forget. I think about it, but the allure of the ocean always wins my attention.

I’ve missed a lot of sports/weather news over the past two weeks. Tuesday night, while I was rocking out with Imagine Dragons in Charlotte (I’m so hip), there was a bit of tarp incident in Pittsburgh. There’s been a little rain and record heat at Wimbledon. Last weekend, rain delayed the start of a NASCAR race until nearly midnight in Daytona.

Oh, I bet you didn’t see this coming: Rain delayed the start of a Rockies game two hours and seven minutes Wednesday night. That brings the total time in weather delays this season at Coors Field to 20 hours and 18 minutes. But this kid made the most of last night’s delay.

I may go back and revisit a few of those items – which includes a mildly interesting and brief text exchange between a friend and me about that NASCAR race. (“Mildly interesting” may be a bit strong.)

But before I get to all of that – or simply move on like nothing has happened in the past fortnight – let’s start with this intriguing question: In the live interview before Wednesday night’s Yankees game, who was holding Gardy’s umbrella?

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