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Commentary: Attempting to have fun with numbers in the wake of the O's loss

BY DEWEY FOX, dfox@theaegis.com

2:35 PM EDT, October 11, 2012

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Most nights my nightmares fall into one of three categories:

• I haven't been to class all semester, final exams are coming up and I'm surely going to fail out of school;

• I suddenly find myself in a public space, dressed only in my underwear and people are starting to point and stare at me;

• I've committed some sort of heinous crime, and the cops are about to bust through the door to arrest me.

I'm not going to analyze those scenarios beyond saying that I obviously carry around a lot of guilt.

Wednesday night, however, my unconscious mind decided to replay the bottom of the ninth inning of Wednesday's American League Division Series game three, which the Orioles lost, 3-2, to the Yankees.

Baltimore closer Jim Johnson throwing a sinker that didn't sink to pinch hitter Raul Ibanez, and Ibanez parking the pitch in the right field stands to tie that game, was on constant loop in my brain from 1 a.m., until 6 a.m., when I gave up on trying to get a restful night of sleep. Wakefulness has not helped any, as I'm still seeing that one pitch.

But, that's sports, and the O's have at least one more shot at the Yanks (as I'm writing this on Thursday morning).

So, now that I've gotten that off my mind, here's another installment of "by the numbers," which I've done the previous two weeks, and which I'm having a lot of fun putting together.

2 - The number of combined goals by which the Havre de Grace boys soccer team lost two matchups with two of the UCBAC's best teams. Mind you, Havre de Grace, last year's Susquehanna (lower) Division champ, is playing in the Chesapeake (upper) Division for the first time, and that generally means a bunch big losses, as the new team struggles against the higher level of competition. Last Friday, the Warriors held a 1-0 lead until the final two minutes of regulation time in a matchup with last year's UCBAC champ, C. Milton Wright, before conceding the tying tally. CMW scored the game-winner in the sudden-death to take the match, 2-1. On Tuesday, the Warriors held the UCBAC's only undefeated boys soccer team, North Harford, to one goal in a 1-0 loss. There's some negative folks out there who would point out that the score doesn't matter, and that that's still a pair of losses for the Warriors. I, however, say that a Chesapeake Division newcomer pushing the old guard squads to their limits is worth pointing out.

12 - The number of games, as of Thursday morning, the aforementioned North Harford boys soccer team has gone without a loss, including two tournament victories. The only near-blemish on the Hawks' sheet was a 1-1 tie with Patterson Mill from Sept. 20. The Hawks host Bel Air tonight (Friday) in a 6:45 game, and that one should be pretty interesting. I'm hoping for a double-overtime barn burner.

1 - Is how many undefeated football teams are left in the UCBAC after last Friday's round of games. Three teams went into their Week 6 matchups having not lost a game, and only one, Perryville, emerged with its perfect record intact. Fallston, which didn't lose until the final week of the season last year, was knocked off, 19-14, by C. Milton Wright (the Mustangs are no joke this year, and beating Fallston on the road drove that point home to me), while Elkton dropped to 5-1 with a loss to Perryville in the battle of the unbeatens. Now, heading into week seven, there's three teams with 5-1 records, which is pretty impressive.

4-2 - Is the North Harford football team's record thus far, making them the only UCBAC team with that mark through Week 6. I just thought it was interesting that there's one team at 4-2, five teams at 3-3, two teams at 2-4, two teams at 1-5 and one team at 0-6.

The number of times I'm going to replay the ninth inning of Wednesday's ALDS game. It's not going to go away. The only thing that will help is if the Orioles win.