Random thoughts on the schedule
, which at first glance feels a lot better than last year's for wear and tear:
--Two in-and-out trips to Norfolk? Have fun.
--Sundays are at 4 p.m. exclusively because teams wouldn't agree to the 1 p.m. start (and by league rules didn't have to agree).
--Nov. 11 vs. Hershey. Nov. 17 at Hershey. Nov. 21 at Hershey. Gah. (At least Hershey plays games in between. I wanna stay out there Nov. 18-20. Gettysburg, maybe... We'll find stuff to do.)
--March 19 at Worcester. March 21 at Worcester. That'll be an interesting one. Do you stay, or do you go home? It's only two hours, so probably home, but...
--April 12 at Hartford, April 13 vs. Hartford to finish. Just like old times.
--Jan. 16 at Norfolk, Jan. 18 at Philly, Jan. 19 at Albany, Jan. 21 at Portland. That ties for the longest road trip of the season in games. It'll be a tough one in mileage.
--April 2 at Manchester: It's the only trip there, but it caught my eye for a different reason. Bridgeport played there April 2, 2004, too. It was on the road to that game that I got calls confirming two things: The team was off the radio, and the team was getting sued. Not a happy day, so it's weird to see "April 2 at Manchester" again.
--Oct. 20 vs. WBS - and then Bridgeport doesn't see the Penguins again until Feb. 1. And then they see each other seven times
after that. (It's seven out of 34 for Bridgeport, seven out of 36 for WBS.)
--One of those seven games is Feb. 29 at Wachovia Arena, Bridgeport's first leap-day game.
--Jan. 12 vs. Springfield, the only trip in: about a quarter of the Falcons could be former Sound Tigers.
--Only ("only") 11 three-in-threes, the fewest in three seasons. There are another 10 sets of back-to-back games. There are stretches with a lot of games packed into not many more days, but there are at least days off in there; that's something that hasn't always been the case in past years.
(Oh, let's not waste a chance for a table:)
("BTB": Two games in two nights with a day off on both sides
--February 2008 includes three more days off than February 2007. March isn't as vicious, either; there's even a full weekend off, March 22-23.