What Caught My Eye: It’s comedic in the Bronx, and the Isles keep New York’s chances alive


When does it end?
Another day, another Yankee on the Injured List (IL). Over the weekend, Aaron Judge was placed on the IL with an oblique strain. Forget the fact that there are hardly any “big names” left in the lineup, because probably the face of the franchise is out, as well. Every week, we talk about the same thing. Seeing players like Judge on the IL is terrible for the game of baseball. The sport has fallen behind in viewership to flashier sports like football and basketball, and having one of the brightest stars added to an infuriatingly long list of injuries isn’t helping to grow viewership.

Cup hopes alive
If you’re a New York Islanders fan, you are having a pretty good week after a first-round sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The sweep not only made the Islanders feared throughout the bracket but also meant that the dream of the Stanley Cup being won by one of New York state’s three franchises, for the first time since the 1994 Rangers, is still alive. For those who favor the Rangers or the Sabres, good news, the NHL Entry Draft is closing in, and with the Rangers picking at number two and the Sabres at seven, at least there is some positive outcome from the disappointing season.

Late night nail-biter
The Ithaca girls lacrosse team is good. There is hardly anyone that will argue that point. On Friday night, amidst torrential downpours and the lights at Corning Memorial Stadium, the Little Red edged out Corning 12-10 to move to 7-1 on the year. Ithaca saw its lead cut to a one-goal lead, but always had an answer, a testament to the skill and determination of the squad. The more impressive part about the win? It came on the heels of a 13-12 IHS win over Holy Cross of Maryland, one of the top teams in that state.

Hear Mark Shelley regularly with Nick Karski on Between the Lines, from 5 to 6 p.m., on ESPN Ithaca at 107.1 FM/1160 AM. Did we miss something? Contact him at MarkS@VizellaMedia.com.


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