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CANTON, OHIO - JUNE 04: Dakota Prukop #9 of the New Jersey Generals passes against the Memphis Showboats during the fourth quarter of a game at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on June 04, 2023 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/USFL/Getty Images for USFL)

The New Jersey Generals have their proverbial backs to the wall this week when they meet up with the Philadelphia Stars in the next to last week of the USFL regular season.

The Generals stand at 2-6. They are riding a five-game losing streak. By all intents and purposes they should be playing meaningless football at this point, waiting for the season to end when players can disperse and hope to latch on with NFL teams as training camp dates near.

Instead the Generals play in an Eastern Division of the USFL that just can’t make its mind up. Philadelphia is 4-4 after a 27-24 loss to Birmingham in Week 8. Memphis, which beat up on the Generals 25-16 on Sunday is 3-5.  Right now all four teams in the East: Philadelphia, Memphis, New Jersey, and Pittsburgh are 2-2 in divisional play. The Generals and Pittsburgh Maulers share identical 2-6 overall records.

So with two weeks to go, the Gens actually have a shot.

Stranger things do happen.

To get to the playoffs the Generals need a miracle. They need to win their last two games against Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and get a little bit of help. Michigan plays Pittsburgh this week; it would behoove the Generals if Pittsburgh wins that game. If those scenarios play out, the Generals would find their way into the playoff picture at 4-6 overall. They would be 4-2 in division, as compared to Philly and Michigan, both of whom would be 3-3 in division should things play out this way.

Will it happen?

We’ll have to wait and see. For Philadelphia they know they need to win this week to clinch a playoff berth. And if Michigan takes down Pittsburgh this week, the two playoff spots in the East are locked up.

The South is a little more cut and dry. The Birmingham Stallions (6-2) just need to win this week to wrap up their playoff berth. As for New Orleans, Memphis and Houston, all of whom are 5-3, we are looking at a series of tie-breakers to determine the last spot in the postseason.

Buckle up!

4 Spectacular Celestial Events Await You In The Coming Weeks

June is here, and guess what? There are some cool astronomical events coming your way, right above you, as we transition from spring to summer. In June, there are several fascinating celestial events to look forward to. One notable event is the Summer solstice, which marks the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s the day with the longest daylight and shortest night of the year.

Additionally, June often brings a variety of meteor showers, such as the Arietids and the Bootids. These meteor showers offer the opportunity to witness shooting stars streaking across the night sky. Depending on your location and timing, there may be planets visible in the evening or morning sky, such as Jupiter, Saturn, or Venus.

Some people are deeply fascinated with the ever-changing phases of the moon and the breathtaking displays of meteor showers. For them, these celestial events are like magical experiences. These stargazing and astronomy enthusiasts eagerly mark their calendars, ready to immerse themselves in the beauty and wonder of these celestial phenomena whenever they occur.

Get ready to witness these four celestial happenings over the next few weeks.

  • June 3: The Strawberry Moon

    We’re in for a treat on June 3 at 11:42 p.m. It’s going to be the brightest full moon of the season, which is called the Strawberry Moon. The name was given by the Algonquin tribes. It can be seen from the evening of Friday, June 2, all the way till the morning of Monday, June 5, as NASA says.

  • June 7: Peak of Arietid Meteor Shower

    The Arietid meteor shower is happening, and it’s going on until June 17. But here’s the exciting part, it will reach its peak on June 7, says the International Meteor Organization (IMO). It’s a daytime meteor shower, but spotting them might be a bit challenging. These meteors streak across the sky while the sun is shining. But no worries, NASA says if you’re up for the challenge, try looking towards the Aries constellation right before dawn. You might just catch a few of these elusive shooting stars.

  • June 10: Peak of Zeta Perseid Meteor Shower

    Also, coming up in June is the zeta Perseids. They’re going to hit their peak on June 10, according to the IMO. Like many others, this meteor shower may be difficult to see. NASA says you should try gazing 5 degrees above the horizon at sunrise. You might be able to catch a few meteors streaking through the sky.

  • June 21: Summer Solstice

    It’s not only the official beginning of the summer season on June 21, but it’s also one of the longest days of the year. It’s called the summer solstice. This is when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky and starts heading south as the year goes on.

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