August 28, 2015
Duck And Cover
William Weinbaum (ESPNNY) wrote about the recent number of batted balls that hit the pitcher. MLB only allows players to wear approved head gear. I think that means the supplier paid a licensing fee. “Pitchers are and would remain free to wear any protective equipment, regardless of whether baseball has tested or approved it, as long as it doesn’t conflict with on-field competition or licensing agreements. But so far, nearly all have eschewed changes to what they wear atop their heads, citing effects on comfort, delivery and appearance, from padding’s added size and weight.
Bryan Mitchell, who suffered a nasal fracture and was put on the seven-day concussion disabled list for precautionary reasons, joined the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, the Cleveland Indians’ Carlos Carrasco and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Archie Bradley as pitchers who have been hit in the head by a line drive in 2015. All four were struck in the face below the cap line, so none of the three types of cap padding in use or the 2016 product with an ear flap would have cushioned the impact.”
I think that the only true protection would be a batting practice shield.
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “Comedy writer Alan Ray, on dancer Julianne Hough’s upcoming wedding with NHL player Brooks Laich: “The ‘something borrowed’ will be his false teeth.”;
TBS’s Conan O’Brien, after a Nepalese teen set a world record by kicking himself in the head 134 times in one minute: “He broke the previous record of zero.”
Apple is working to develop a driverless car.
They might’ve gotten the idea watching the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offense last season.
At SportsPickle.com: “RG3 expected to be healthy enough to get hurt Week 1.”;
That Bell Signals The End Of Round Six
The SC tells us that, “Creed will be the seventh opus in the Rocky Balboa movie series; it is scheduled for release late this year. In this episode, Apollo Creed’s son wants to take up boxing and gets Rocky Balboa to train him for his fights. I have no idea if the film will be any good – or even marginally interesting – but there is one hopeful sign. At least Rocky is not still fighting for heavyweight championships; Stallone is getting a bit up in years to pull off that kind of casting. Moreover, Rocky fight scenes would stretch credibility due to the bulging of the Depends under the boxing trunks.”
The Sports Curmudgeon Said Not To Even Look At The Water
I have written before, and it has been confirmed recently, that the promise to clean up the water in the venues for watersports will not be honored. In fact, the Brazilians and the IOC are not going to test that water for viruses – only for bacteria – even though the AP took samples for testing and found the virus levels 1.7 million times higher than levels that “would cause alarm on southern California beaches”. I do not want to make California out to be a perfect model for the world, but a factor of 1.7 million is not something to ignore.
Remember the tradition after the rowing events are over is that the winning coxswain gets thrown into the drink. Given the virus content there and the thousands of gallons of raw sewage that pour into the bay every minute, that is probably not such a great idea this time around.
Looking at the MLB playoff schedule, the 7th game of the World Series – should it be necessary – will be in the AL champion’s city on November 4. Neither Boston nor Minnesota look capable of making it to the World Series so I guess I have to root for Toronto to make it along with a malfunction of the retractable roof in Toronto freezing it in the open position. Oh, did I just say “freezing”; I am rooting for snow too. “Baseball” and “November” do not go together.
Finally, Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald lets us in on a potential TV viewing appointment he may have next Spring:
There is YouTube video of a drunk golfer in Wolstanton, England, who got his head stuck in a trash can. If this guy is granted an exemption for next year’s Masters, I’ll watch.”
In Or Out
The SC also said, ““Enablers: Jimbo Fisher had no choice but to accept responsibility for recent events involving Florida State football players striking women – one caught on video, the other being investigated. But it’s not Fisher’s fault. He’s just a cog in the machine. Put the blame on university presidents and other officials for turning a blind eye to what’s involved in the care and feeding of those athletes who don’t belong on campus. The real scandal is these guardians of higher education are never embarrassed enough by a dubious process to do much more than offer lip service to their schools’ true missions.”
All I can say to that is “Preach on, Brother! Can I get an Amen here?” For me the key phrase in that statement is “athletes who don’t belong on campus”. I know my position can be assailed as elitist and exclusionary; nonetheless, I remain convinced that there are loads of people in college who do not belong there and the percentage of such people who happen also to play a “revenue sport” probably approaches 50%.”
Yes, a big AMEN! I still get upset when one of these future millionaires is unable to put 3 words together correctly. Just don’t get me started about double negatives.
The SC On NBA Stuff
“There will be 5 – that is FIVE – NBA games on television on Christmas Day. Forget any religious significance or any traditional family gatherings on that day; treat it as any ordinary day on the calendar and ask yourself this:
Do I care sufficiently about 10 NBA teams such that I might find a 5-game TV schedule even marginally enticing? You may stop chortling about now… Oh well, at least it will be a change from the bazillionth re-running of Miracle on 34th Street come December.”
August 21, 2015
I wouldn’t be able to identify the origin of the smell in Tom Brady’s court room if I walked in there, but I would know what it was if I stepped in it.
Greed And Density A Bad Combo
The Sports Curmudgeon wrote, “There was evidently a law in St. Louis and/or Missouri that required a referendum before the city and or state could shell out taxpayer money to upgrade the Rams’ stadium. That requirement meant the city/state could not meet the NFL deadline for proposing what they would do to keep the Rams in St. Louis. So the folks in charge went to court to get the law that was on the books declared too vague to enforce so that they could pledge taxpayer money without a referendum.
If that is not strange enough, they did that even though the Rams’ owner does not want to stay in St. Louis and would prefer to spend lots of his own money to build a stadium in Inglewood, CA.”
What Was Geno Smith’s Wonderlic Grade?
The Sports Curmudgeon also wrote, “According to a report in the NY Daily News, a “Jets’ source” said that Smith deserved what he got not because of his late payment of the $600 but because he was in Enemkpali’s face pointing at him and perhaps even poking him. If that is the case – and I have no way to know if it is –, then Geno Smith is dumber than toast. None of that would raise the level of Enemkpali’s behavior beyond the level of moronic. Even at the Pop Warner level, players know that they should not purposely take out their own starting QB.”
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote: “I suppose sports fans who are paying attention to current events arrived at the unmistakable and mischievous conclusion that the Buffalo Bills’ move to pick up linebacker IK Enemkpali after his release from the New York Jets for punching quarterback Geno Smith is a “jaw-dropping” decision.
The Washington Generals, put together by the late Red Klotz in 1953 as the foil for the Harlem Globetrotters, disbanded this summer after the Globies severed relations. Thus ends a 62-year tradition of spectacular losing that will never be surpassed. Except, perhaps, by the 76ers. (and maybe the Knicks- bc)
It’s only to be expected that when Notre Dame junior tailback Greg Bryant was ruled academically ineligible that some in the media would reflexively deem it to be a “scandal.” In what sort of warped world does disciplining an athlete for failing to live up to his classroom responsibilities constitute a scandal? The actual and time-honored academic scandal in college sports, we all know, is how few big-time athletes – certainly no star players – are lost due to poor grades or cheating. It’s amazing how that works.
So how do we best assess Clayton Kershaw’s feat of tying Dodger great Sandy Koufax’s franchise record of six consecutive 200-strikeout seasons? For today’s freer-swinging hitters, there’s less of a stigma attached to striking out than when Koufax pitched. On the other hand, Koufax threw off a Himalayan-high mound compared to today’s smaller bump. Call it a wash.
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote: ““Broken jaw to force Geno Smith to miss 18—30 turnovers.”
The Knicks finally signed small forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo, a 2014 draft pick, and one delusional Knicks fan we know is already saying Antetokounmpo is worth 21 points a game.
We’re talking Scrabble, right?
Indoor football QB Jared Lorenzen — the 320-pounder known as The Pillsbury Throwboy — has volunteered his services to the short-handed Jets, saying he looks good in green.
If the Jets say no, maybe the Red Sox could use a Green Monster mascot …
Jason Pierre-Paul’s concussion protocol going forward, you have to assume, won’t include the question: “How many fingers?”
NBC’s Jimmy Fallon, on Hillary Clinton’s $350 billion college-aid plan: “Which has to be better than my parents’ plan to make college affordable: ‘Be good at sports.’ ”;
RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, after a dog in Arkansas somehow survived despite swallowing 23 bullets: “One problem: His hair keeps coming out in bangs.
Rex Ryan, via Twitter, on partaking in the Dog Biscuit Challenge: “With a name Rex, I’ve eaten a lot of dog biscuits in my life.”;
Ryan ate a Milk-Bone dog biscuit to show his support for the Erie County SPCA.
Coincidence? Buffalo visits the Dog Pound this Thursday.
U.S. teen swimmer Katie Ledecky — who set three world records and won five gold medals at last week’s world championships — is delaying her entry into Stanford until after the 2016 Olympics. Too bad.
That “What I Did This Summer” essay could’ve been a doozy.
Overheard during a Jets team meeting late last week: “We like smashmouth football as much as the next guy, fellas, but c’mon …”;
So, Rich Rodriguez was asked at Pac-12 media days is it refreshing to return your starting quarterback at Arizona?
“Refreshing?” Rich-Rod responded. “I think a nice cold beer or a Bacardi and Coke, or maybe even a nice iced tea sweetened, is refreshing. What was the question again?”
Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press, on all the venom directed at Jane Rosenberg over her courtroom sketch of Tom Brady: “Bet she didn’t see that coming when she answered the ‘Can You Draw This Quarterback?’ ad in the back of the magazine.”
Greg Cote of The Miami Herald, after Buffalo signed QB-puncher IK Enemkpali: “First day in the Bills’ locker room, Enemkpali had his lunch money stolen by Richie Incognito.”
Reader Michael Sarro, to the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Wasn’t the Washington Generals’ motto ‘Play Like A Brown’?”
“I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league,” Washington QB Robert Griffith III told D.C.’s WJLA-TV, “and I have to go out and show that.”
Results of RGIII’s hastily arranged drug test were not available at press time
Finally, here is one more comment from Scott Ostler regarding Pete Rose:
Scott Ostler On Pete Rose
“I’m 100 percent in favor of letting Pete Rose into the Hall of Fame, but under my proviso that he has to get past Ray Fosse guarding the door.”
August 14, 2015
A Special And Unique Tree
The sports Curmudgeon told us Tonciu, Romania is a town that thought it needed a soccer pitch for the local youth to play on and to develop their skills on. So, the City Fathers decided to spend about $20K to create such a facility. However, here in Curmudgeon Central, we know well that no good deed goes unpunished and now those City Fathers are being held up to scorn and ridicule for the implantation of their “nice idea” due to the giant oak tree in the middle of the pitch.” The pitch had to be built around the tree.
But now he’s out with a concussion, and that’s troubling because it’s at least his fourth concussion. He’s onl5 25.
Chris Owusu’s final season at Stanford, 2011, was cut short because of a concussion. In a November game against Oregon State, he went down after helmet-to-helmet contact and left the field in an ambulance. It was his second concussion in a three-week span, his third in 13 months.
His skill set intrigued NFL scouts — some felt he had third-round talent — but he didn’t get picked at all. No doubt, teams were concerned about his medical history. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers, also spending time with the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before landing with the Jets last season.
After a strong offseason, Owusu got off to a fast start in camp, moving up the depth chart. He was getting first-team reps in three-receiver packages, working ahead of Jeremy Kerley at times.
I Agree With The SC On This
“Scott Ostler of the SF Chronicle wrote recently that the National Anthem renditions at various sporting events need an upgrade. I could not agree more. Some of the “local talent” they trot out to sing the anthem is enough to make your hair hurt and while it may be “cute” there are precious few sixth grade glee clubs that can sing the song even marginally well. One more note from experience:
Jazz saxophonists have their place in the musical cosmos but standing at home plate and blaring the anthem in to a microphone prior to a baseball game is not their place.”
Robert Merrill was the best I ever heard.
The SC Added
I have said it before and will reiterate it here. José Canseco is the gift that keeps on giving for these sorts of rants. Here is the latest “Canseco antic”:
He is going to spend an entire week living as a woman as a show of support for Caitlyn Jenner. Canseco will be in full drag dress-mode for that whole week.
The fact that Canseco will also be involved in his own “reality show” come next Fall of course has nothing to do with this behavior. It is all about learning what Caitlyn Jenner “feels” and nothing at all about an episode for the Internet reality show Spend a Day with José. Yeah, right…
Boston Did Something Right
The SC wrote, “While I was gone, the good people of Boston – and of Massachusetts as a whole – seemingly came to their senses and terminated their bid to hold the 2024 Olympics there. The mayor of Boston had been a supporter of bidding for the games but when he was faced with signing a “host city contract” that included clauses making Boston responsible for any cost overruns that “might occur”, he balked. Evidently, there was some pressure from various Olympic officials with regard to a deadline for signing and Mayor Marty Walsh would not be cowed by the USOC. The folks in Boston ought to hold a parade for Mayor Walsh.”
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote, “The way it is: Not to exaggerate the dominance of MLB pitching, but doesn’t it seem like that every three or four days a starter takes a no-hitter into the late innings? Makes you wonder how little offensive production there might be in the playoffs, when pitching traditionally dictates.
Hospital report: During NFL training camps, we’re reminded almost daily of the carnage created by the football grind. Spotlighted this week is the grisly injury to Texans running back Arian Foster, who is undergoing surgery today to reattach his groin muscle to the bone. It hurts just to write those words.
Suspicion: A third women’s basketball player from North Carolina’s heralded 2013 recruiting class has transferred this summer, jumping ship before NCAA sanctions are handed down in the paper-class scandal. The loss of another star apparently deepens the paranoia in some Chapel Hill circles that the women’s program will be scapegoated by the university that’s looking to reduce or avoid sanctions on the big money makers: men’s basketball and football.”
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “
Looks like Oregon’s return game is in midseason form.
USC football coach Steve Sarkisian made the mistake of taking a poke at the Ducks at Pac-12 Media Days, saying, “We’re not going to take the field this year in 13 different uniforms in 13 games.”
Bad idea, Sark.
Responded Oregon media-relations staffer Joe Waltasti in a pair of tweets: “Sark 0-5 vs. Oregon as a head coach” and “Oregon has outscored Sark-coached teams 227-97.”
UFC champion Ronda Rousey will be the next Carl’s Jr. spokesman.
Well, why not? Everything she touches turns into hamburger, too.
The top three schools in The Princeton Review’s latest ranking of top party schools — Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin — are all from the same conference.
Little wonder nobody’s sober enough to realize the Big Ten has 14 schools in it.”
The future NBA coach, as a Providence graduate assistant in 1987, predicted Friars star Billy Donovan had a great shot at making the Utah Jazz roster because “they’ve got a guy there that’s in, like, his third year named (John) Stockton that I’m not so sure about. He hasn’t played very much.”;
Donovan — now the Oklahoma City Thunder coach — told The Oklahoman that Van Gundy got this return call immediately after Donovan’s first NBA practice: “Hey, Jeff, remember that comment you made about you’re not sure about Stockton? That’s the best guard I’ve ever played against in my entire life.”
August 7, 2015
I was impressed by Carly Fiorino and Jeb Bush
I read that DN sub-headline which said that John Mara “still doesn’t know how many fingers JPP has.”
I know that if I were Mara, I’d tell him that his checks were still signed by me and if he wanted them to continue he’d better contact us and bring us up to date about his condition. But then again, John Mara is nicer than I am.
Are you kidding me? Those pictures in the DN showing JPP with his hand heavily wrapped and his arm in a sling were very troubling, to say the least, and made me wonder what was really wrong with the hand. John Mara wanted to know how many fingers he had. Maybe when the next shoe falls, we’ll get a look in there. The damage looks greater than was first indicated. But, we’ll have to wait.
The Jason Pierre-Paul situation has created openings and opportunity on the New York Giants’ defensive line. Rookie third-round pick Owamagbe Odighizuwa is one of the players the Giants hope can step forward and seize that opportunity. But first, he has a lot of learning to do.
“I think the biggest thing for me right now is pass rush,” Odighizuwa said Sunday. “They want me to be a great pass-rusher. And so every day, I’m always talking to (defensive line coach Robert Nunn) about what he wants, what I did well or what I need to improve on. They know I bring a lot to the table, and they want to maximize that.”
Odighizuwa was a 3-4 defensive end at UCLA and wasn’t ask ed to develop pass-rush moves or get after the quarterback in that scheme. But the Giants drafted him in the third round because they liked his physical profile — 6-foot-3, 267 pounds, 4.62 in the 40-yard dash and a best-among-defensive-linemen 39-inch vertical jump at the combine — and believed they could develop him into a fearsome pass-rusher
Dan Graziano (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “The New York Giants on Thursday practiced without four of their original five projected starting offensive linemen. One of those, left tackle Will Beatty, has been out since May with a torn pectoral muscle and isn’t due back until November. But the other three — tackle Ereck Flowers, center Weston Richburg and guard Geoff Schwartz — were practicing earlier in camp and are now struggling with injuries.
Flowers has a hip flexor injury and has missed three practices in a row — especially troubling since he’s a rookie trying to get up to speed to start at left tackle in Beatty’s place in Week 1. Coach Tom Coughlin said Flowers is doing better, but he’s definitely concerned about the missed practice time.
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote: “Debategate: I won’t go so far as to say I don’t care anymore about the tiff between Tom Brady and the Patriots and Roger Goodell, but when the landscape of this protracted saga changes so often, I am willing to offer the words a so-called columnist is never supposed to write: “I just don’t know.” I don’t know when or how this will end. Presuming it will someday.
Back and forth: Maybe the silliest here-today-forgotten-tomorrow Deflategate story was the one alleging that the owners of the Colts and Ravens were lobbying Goodell to really give it to Brady good. Because it’s not as if all this time Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who owns a pretty large soapbox, couldn’t have been applying pressure of his own on Brady’s behalf.
In his dignified rant against Goodell, Kraft got in some digs at the lawyers, who when last seen were crying all the way to the bank. No matter how this NFL embarrassment is resolved, it’s the lawyers who always win.
(Bob C- Brady has never said that he didn’t do it- only that there was no smoking gun or evidence. There’s a huge difference between not guilty and innocent. Whatever evidence might be there, it’s probably circumstantial. However there’s so much of it, some has to be true. Nevertheless it makes you wonder why these things always happen to the Patriots.)
Dwight Perry said that if pitcher Happ was, traded from the Mariners, it might allow for the headline: “Happ-less in Seattle.”
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “If Pete Rose were a Buddhist,” wondered Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle, “would he be banned for more than one lifetime?”
At SportsPickle.com: “Dodgers making late push to acquire Toronto Blue Jays before the trade deadline.”
The Miami Marlins serenaded the Washington Nationals on Wednesday with “noises of flatulence” piped through the stadium loudspeakers while the Nats took batting practice.
Well, that’s one way to cut down on whiffs.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson agreed to a new four-year, $87.6 million contract Friday.
Fortunately, Seattle citizens still have vastly less-important issues to hold their attention-like education, transportation and health care.
It’s official, then National Football League training camps are finally in full swing.
“As usual,” cracked NBC’s Seth Meyers, “the New England Patriots camp began with the ceremonial burning of the rule book.”
Comedy writer Tim Hunter, after a German electric car broke a world mark by going from 0 to 62 mph in just 1.779 seconds: “It also set a new record for the world’s longest untangled extension cord.”
Blogger TC Chong, on corpulent Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval: “If Panda gets any bigger, Greenpeace will be trying to save him.”
At SportsPickle.com: “Cowboys believe they may have their most talented underachieving team yet.”;
Latest sign that the apocalypse is near: The Electronic Sports League announced it will randomly drug-test players at competitive video-game tournaments.
Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia earned himself a 162-game suspension for a repeat PED violation — less than a month after completing an 80-gamer for the same offense.
“Once, you might think you’re invulnerable,” noted Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com. “The second time? Proves again that MLB drug testing is also an IQ test.”
Is doing things the right way any different than “Doing things the right way as I see it?” Ask Hillary.”
July 31, 2015
ESPNNY reported, “Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is leaning toward not guaranteeing a postseason berth to a team that wins its division, forcing clubs to finish in the top eight of their conference if they want a shot at the title.
Silver had already said he expected a change from the current format that guarantees division winners no worse than the No. 4 seed. But after discussions with both the competition committee and board of governors, he believes the change will go further than that.
Silver had already said he expected a change from the current format that guarantees division winners no worse than the No. 4 seed. But after discussions with both the competition committee and board of governors, he believes the change will go further than that.
ESPN talked about the results of NFL meetings. “NFL officials will keep closer tabs on football inflation this season, according to multiple media reports.
Readings will now be documented, and there will be random halftime and postgame rechecks.
The new procedures also state that footballs will remain under the watch of NFL officials, who will inspect each one and deliver to a kicking ball coordinator, who will take chain of custody of all footballs until 10 minutes before kickoff.
Footballs will continue to be required to have at least 12.5 pounds per square inch of air and no more than 13 PSI, if a ball falls outside of those numbers it must be adjusted to 13 PSI.
Did Tom Brady get his cell phone from Hillary? It was supposed to have disappearing text messages. Aaron Hernandez would have told him that they’re still out there in the Ethernet somewhere. His story doesn’t pass the smell test.
I have to say though, how did Roger Goodell think that his hearing the appeal of his own ruling wasn’t a conflict of interest? It sounded as though Goodell took a second swig from the “evidence” glass.
Wright Is Still Wrong
David Wright didn’t look good throwing the ball to 1st from 3rd; he was short arming the ball and didn’t have any follow through. Maybe it was just what I saw but it looked like his back was still hurting.
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote: “Talk about having a leg up on the competition.
A 2-year-old racehorse in Australia, born with five legs, is doing her thing after undergoing corrective surgery, with a third-place finish to show for her first two starts.
The filly’s name? Spare Parts.
Five legs? Hey, don’t laugh — Spare Parts certainly beats being a horse with no name.”
Stat of the Week
Nearly two dozen cows escaped from a farmer’s field in Wales and broke into the nearby stadium of the Colwyn Bay soccer team.
Apparently they just wanted to milk the clock.”
Brad Dixon of the Omaha World-Herald on the Irvinstown, Ireland on hosting its first sheep-dung spitting contest. “I’m unfamiliar with the sport, but I’ll go out on a limb and guess the winner’s wife doesn’t run out of the stands to kiss him.”
Ian Hamilton (Regina Leader-Post) after the Angels deployed a helicopter to help dry out their field, “Now that is an infield chopper.”
SportsPickle.com: “Yankees and Red Sox have to be disgusted by Blue Jays trying to buy an AL East title.”
TheOnion.com: “Tour de France won by rowdy, tattooed biker from Harley Davidson team.”
Vin Baker, the 7-foot former NBA player, is training to be a Starbucks manager.
Or as Baker is now known in barista circles, Mr. Double-Tall.
Talk about painful to watch at times: This year’s squad puts the S&M in Seattle Mariners.
RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, after Tiger Woods said he still has his sights on Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 wins in majors: “It was so inspiring, I mailed another marriage proposal to Anne Hathaway.”
Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg, after the U.S. fell to Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup: “Losing in penalty kicks is like losing a beauty contest to a game of rock, paper, scissors.
MLB.com is selling jars of infield dirt from the All-Star Game for $25.
$25? Imagine what NHL.com could demand for a Zamboni snow cone.”
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote: “We have entered the summer doldrums, a period when every domestic sport understands that it’s about to be overshadowed by the NFL preseason. Or even the pre, preseason.
By my unofficial calculations, UAB is receiving roughly 2.5 billion times more media coverage for not playing football than it ever did or ever will for actually putting a team on the field. The worst thing UAB officials could do now is follow through on their promise to restore football. Once the school resumes play, people will return to ignoring it.”
Andrew Marchand (ESPN) wrote, “It is not time to crown Eovaldi as a legitimate starter for the next 10 starts, let alone the next 10 years, but he again showed encouraging signs.
It is the splitter that might be changing Eoavaldi from a guy with talent to a guy the Yankees can rely on. Eovaldi has always had gas, throwing his fastball in the mid-to-high 90s, but major league hitters can take advantage of that — especially when it’s straight and they know it’s coming. The splitter is as hard to master as it is to hit and provides a way to knock batters’ balance off.
“It gets hitters off his fastball,” said Brian McCann, who caught Eovaldi Sunday.
Eovaldi started fooling with the splitter at the end of his time in Miami last season. He has worked on it all season, and it has recently taken off.
“It is a way-above-average pitch,” McCann said.
It could transform Eovaldi from a nice guy with talent to a nice guy with success. He is 10-2 in large part because his run support (more than seven runs per game) is among the best in baseball. He has received four or more runs in 10 of his 20 starts. That makes it pretty easy to win games, even with an ERA of 4.27.”
July 24, 2015
Ian Begley (ESPN) wrote, “Kristaps Porzingis has shown encouraging signs in the Las Vegas Summer League. The No. 4 overall pick is averaging 10.5 points on 48 percent shooting in four games.
At 7-foot-2, Porzingis has also made an impact on defense, blocking 1.8 shots while playing 20.5 minutes per game. New York has outscored its opponents by 7.6 points per 48 minutes with Porzingis on the floor.
While the 19-year-old’s rebounding numbers (3.2 per game) have been underwhelming, Porzingis hasn’t been afraid of contact and has shown an ability to get to the free throw line. He has taken 24 free throws on just 25 field goal attempts for a FTA/FGA ratio of 0.96.
A-Rod’s Changing Role
Andrew Marchand (ESPN) wrote, “There is an acceptance now with Alex Rodriguez. In his own clubhouse, he is one of the guys with his teammates. He is like a big brother they can tease but still respect.
So now, after baseball’s All-Star break, the story is moving to the next phase. Instead of if Rodriguez is accepted and somewhat productive in his return from the largest performance-enhancing drug suspension in major league history, it is: Can he continue to be one of the leaders to return the Yankees to the playoffs for the first time since 2012?
On Friday, to begin the second half of the season, Rodriguez was front and center again, unlocking a tie score in the seventh with an opposite-field solo homer into the Yankees’ bullpen. It made it 4-3, which ended up being the final score in a win over the Mariners.
Until Jason Pierre-Paul suits up and actually gets on a field, it will remain to be pure conjecture about his condition and how he’ll do. He’s already said that he won’t be in camp until he signs his deal. So, let’s wait until all of that transpires before we jump to any conclusions.
The Sports Curmudgeon wrote the Philly baseball team, “The Phillies need to find a way to “goose attendance” and I have an idea for them to consider:
The Phillies need to hire a new manager next year. It will not matter whom they hire; the team is going to be bad again next year. So, maybe the idea would be to hire a manager who would – by his presence – generate interest in the team. Remember, one can generate interest in a positive or a negative way; and with that in mind, perhaps they should consider hiring …
Ozzie will not make the Phillies into contenders but he will get people in Philly talking about and paying attention to the Phillies.”
The Mets hired Casey Stengel as their first field manager. The suits knew that the team was going to be terrible and decided to deflect the ire of the fans by letting Stengel describe the teams play and he had fans calling them “the loveable Mets” while recalling the daffy Dodgers of old.
ESPNNY.com reported, “Baron Davis is attempting an NBA comeback.
The two-time All-Star, out of basketball since suffering a serious knee injury during the 2012 playoffs, said Tuesday he is eyeing a return to the league this season.
Davis, 36, is a 13-year veteran of the league with career averages of 16.1 points and 7.2 assists per game. But his numbers dropped significantly in 2011-12 while a member of the New York Knicks, as he averaged just 6.1 points and 4.7 assists in 29 games.
Then, in the playoffs, he suffered a partial tear of the patella tendon in his right knee and complete tears of the right ACL and MCL.
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote about “Snake” Stabler, “Like me, did you think Ken Stabler, who died last week at 69, was in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? He isn’t, though for those of us of a certain age, he remains one of the most indelible figures of the ’70s, a time his style fit like a PBR at a pig pickin’. For Raiders, who always seemed to be playing a national-TV game, he was the personification of clutch. Even so, his great seasons numbered only about five. Not a Hall of Famer, then. But a player whose reputation resonates.”
Bowling For Dollars
The Sports Curmudgeon wrote:
“Brad Dickson addressed the continued expansion of the number of college football bowl games in the Omaha World-Herald:
‘The NCAA approved several new college football bowl games. We’re running out of decent host cities. Take one of the new games: the Bozeman Pecan Bowl. Then there’s the Dubuque Doughnut Hole Bowl. We need more college football bowl games like television needs more television dance competition shows.’”
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote: “Comebacks? Score it Retired Persons 1, Tiger 0.
Tiger Woods, to critics who say he’s washed up at age 39: “I don’t have my AARP card yet.”
AARP’s response, via Twitter: “@TigerWoods It’s better to be over 50 than it is to be over par.
At SportsPickle.com: “Tiger Woods fires swing coach Charles Barkley.”
Joan Faus Vitoria, the mayor of Ador, Spain, has proclaimed a three-hour nap time for his city’s residents.
Hizzoner apparently stole the idea from Philadelphia, where citizens refer to their three-hour slumber as a Phillies game. Change is inevitable
California has passed a law declaring that pro sports teams must pay their cheerleaders at least minimum wage.
Not that the Raiders are bitter about it or anything, but they reportedly plan to dole it out on payday one quarter at a time: “Two bits, four bits ..”
Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema, to ESPN, on his cooking prowess: “You don’t get this size by chance.”;
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, to the San Francisco Chronicle, on whether he can still dunk after wrenching his back in Game 5 of the NBA Finals: “Could I ever?”;
Minnesota outfielder Torii Hunter turned 40 on July 18, and his fellow Twins marked the occasion by giving him a walker and adult diapers.
Probably not what he had in mind when teammates lauded him as “Mr. Dependable.”
July 17, 2015
As of 7/13, John Kerry has now been sitting at the table 17 days, supposedly negotiating with Iran for a nuclear agreement. As far as I can see Iran is following their usual successful tactic with the US- they keep stalling until the US negotiators run out of patience and agree to undesirable conditions just to get any kind of an agreement. How would Trump negotiate?
Well, the Iranians were able to get exactly what they wanted all along- removal of all of the financial sanctions that supposedly had been removed from consideration. Now they are able to pay for what they want to do.
I watched Kris Porzingis play in that opener in Vegas and was impressed. He went to the hoop confidently and blocked a couple of shots. I can see a need for him to bulk up but he’s only 19 and doesn’t have his “man-muscles” yet. I think when their gotten he has the possibility of turning into a Shaq type center. I hope.
Ian Begley wrote about his 2nd game: “In spots, Porzingis was able to establish strong post position. This is something that many thought the rookie would struggle with because of his slight 230-pound frame. He may have a tough time with this against NBA rotation players, but the Knicks should be content with what they’ve seen thus far.
Porzingis again showed a nice touch around the basket and moved well without the ball, setting screens and cutting well.
He also moved his feet well on the defensive end. He had a strong challenge at the rim on a Jordan Clarkson drive late in the fourth quarter but also was overpowered by Julius Randle on a move in the paint in the fourth.
In spots, Porzingis was able to establish strong post position. This is something that many thought the rookie would struggle with because of his slight 230-pound frame. He may have a tough time with this against NBA rotation players, but the Knicks should be content with what they’ve seen thus far.
Triangle adjustments? The summer league Knicks seem to be getting into their triangle sets much more quickly than the Knicks did in the 2014-15 regular season. Maybe this is a result of some players being familiar with the system. The Knicks also haven’t run the triangle on every possession in summer league. They’re running sets that feature more screen and roll and don’t originate from the triangle’s basic early-possession formation.
Last season, as noted here, the Knicks began to run pick and roll more frequently as the season progress. What we’re seeing in summer league may be a continuation of that trend.
The media covering this mess of a situation went hyperbolic when relating DeAndre Jordan’s value and his defensive prowess. He is indeed a good defender and rebounder but let us keep this in the realm of reality:
DeAndre Jordan is not now and will not be “The Next Bill Russell”.
Somehow, if Mark Cuban – or any owner – reneged on a verbal deal before the signing period opened, I doubt they would be treated nearly as kindly by the folks covering the story.”
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) quoted John Smoltz, “People don’t realize what’s going on out there,” Hall of Famer John Smoltz told USA Today, sounding the alarm on elbow and shoulder injuries to kid pitchers. “I’m blown away with people not having a clue. We’ve asked kids to do too much, too early, and at a high velocity at a young age, and you’re just not able to handle that over time.
“It’s like RPM-ing your car. If you red-line it enough, you’re going to blow your engine.’’
The Minnesota Twins — channeling Christmas’ one-in-a-million optimism from “Dumb and Dumber” — rallied from a 6-1 deficit with two outs in the ninth to beat the Detroit Tigers.
According to ESPN teams entering the final inning trailing by five runs over the past two seasons had only a 0-1,057 record to show for it.
Sure sign that your team’s corpulent slugger might need an intervention: His idea of a nutritional makeover is switching to the new thin Oreos.
“What a rip off!” claimed comedy writer Tim Hunter. “I bought a pair of running shorts; they haven’t moved since I got ‘em!”;
Ex-QB Kenny Stabler, who died Wednesday at age 69, on the swashbuckling Raiders of the 1970s: “We were the only team in pro football whose team picture showed both a front and side view.” Quickie scouting report: Speeds in the mid-90s and tricky curves could make for lots of sliders.
Spotted on a fan’s sign at the All-Star Home Run Derby: “Downtown goes Frazier.”
Solar activity will drop by more than half between 2030 and 2040, triggering a “mini ice age,” according to a statistical model created at England’s Northumbira University.
And if that cold snap reaches hell, Cubs fans — World Series, here we come!
49ers Hall of Famer safety Ronnie Lott, on The Rich Eisen Show, upon seeing his left pinkie finger for the first time after surgeons amputated the tip in 1986: “I’ll never forget. I was sitting there going, ‘Man, that looks like ET’s head.’ ”
Solar activity will drop by more than half between 2030 and 2040, triggering a “mini ice age,” according to a statistical model created at England’s Northumbira University.
And if that cold snap reaches hell, Cubs fans — World Series, here we come!
49ers Hall of Famer safety Ronnie Lott, on The Rich Eisen Show, upon seeing his left pinkie finger for the first time after surgeons amputated the tip in 1986: “I’ll never forget. I was sitting there going, ‘Man, that looks like ET’s head.’
Among this year’s cancelled NFL promotions: The Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul/ “We’re No.1” Foam finger night.
At Cleveland.com, ‘Cavaliers’ payroll taking shape, and that shape is XL.
Yo, Mike Trout: You do know it’s the Baseball All-Star Game and not the Celebrity Softball Game, right?
How else to explain the young Angels star putting up slowpitch numbers — a .500 batting average and a 1.200 slugging percentage — in 10 at-bats against the National League’s best pitchers in four All-Star appearances?”
July 9, 2015
Clinton said that she’s running her campaign “on her own rhythm.” That’s like saying an answer could be yes or no, and if she were pushed for an answer she could answer either way
Can’t Count For Dopiness
Just because Jason Pierre-Paul is earning Millions, it doesn’t mean he won’t do dopy things like playing with fireworks without a signed contract in his pocket.
He had a finger taken off over the Holiday. Another NFL’er lost two fingers over the same Holiday. He’s not alone here. Many other athletes never think about what could happen. Look at that “huckleberry” De Andre Johnson, the supposed all-world QB from FSU. His draft status could very well drop because he punched a girl in the face, in a bar, on camera. What NFL team wants to take on that problem?
Speaking of being dopy- Rory McIlroy is right there with JPP. Ah fame is such a waste when it’s bestowed on the young.
The Sports Curmudgeon said, “In another NBA-related report, the Knicks are supposedly the leaders in the race to sigh Aaron Afflalo and they are offering a 3-year deal worth $38M. Afflalo is a good defender who shoots at a decent percentage aided somewhat by the fact that he only averages 7 or 8 shots per game over his career. Clearly, the Knicks can use any player who is even average on defense; and Lord knows, they do not need anyone else on the floor who wants/needs to take lots of shots. Having said that, I suspect that Knicks’ fans will not create a flash mob that stops traffic for 3 blocks around Madison Square Garden when/if the Knicks finalize this deal. Nor should they.”
Phil Jackson might be the “Zen-Master” when it comes to designing offensive plays, but I think he needs a lot of help with personnel matters. Otherwise the Knicks would have had a better free agent signing period. Even his mentor, Red Holzman, had help in that area.
No Pitch Count
IJason read a release that said that until the installation of John Smoltz into the MLB-HOF, no other member had undergone Tommy John surgery- how come?
Earlier pitchers threw for over 300 innings a season along with posting double digit numbers of complete games with not many complaints- save for a blister here and there.
Are the size of today’s contracts becoming the governing factors?
It’s one thing to lose a $50K pitcher and quite another to lose a $50M pitcher.
Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “So if Rodriguez wants to help his cause the little bit he can help it, he will stay as clean as the uniform laid out for him before every game, lead the New York Yankees to their first playoff appearance since 2012 and then deliver the kind of performance David Ortiz gave the Boston Red Sox in their three championship runs. Or the kind of performance the same Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees in the 2009 postseason, only this time without the help of his friendly neighborhood chemist.”
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “Brian Diagonal, tweeting a picture of Bill Walton standing up in front of him at a Grateful Dead concert: “Bill Walton blocked many shots in his career; here he is blocking one of mine.”
Three-fourths of American high-school students flunked geography on a recent standardized test, The Boston Globe reported.
Considering the NFL thinks Dallas is in the East, Indianapolis is in the South and St. Louis is in the West — well, is it any wonder?”
No wonder Marcus Hanel likes the position closest to the plate.
Hanel — Milwaukee’s bullpen catcher — broke the record for most cheesesteaks consumed at Citizens Bank Park when he downed an astounding 23 of them during the Brewers’ recent four-game series in Philadelphia.”
Which trophy was not awarded after Women’s World Cup final?
a) Carli Lloyd, Golden Ball
b) Hope Solo, Golden Glove
c) Sepp Blatter, Golden Bail
“And in Pamplona, the early score is Bulls 11, Idiots 0.”
Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on the Broncos fining linebacker Von Miller for flatulence during team meetings: “He tried to claim Tom Brady let the air out of him.
Kevin Garnett, 39, will become just the third player in NBA history to play 21 seasons after re-signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, but no contract figures were disclosed.
Apparently the two sides were still haggling over the AARP discount.
The Ever Giving Gift
The Sports Curmudgeon told us about Jose Conseco, “José recently was a “guest designated hitter” playing for the Pittsburg Diamonds in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. He struck out a couple of times in a game against the San Rafael Pacifics and also pitched a couple of innings throwing his infamous knuckleballs which once were going to get him back into MLB. José also recently hosted a high stakes poker game at his home in Nevada where one of the players was a former winner of the World Series of Poker – but he had to call in his regrets that he could not be there to host the game because he was stranded in Pittsburg CA after that baseball game. The gift that keeps on giving…
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote: “If a man were responsible for an own goal that eliminated England from the World Cup, he would endure widespread derision and vilification from Fleet Street and the Twitter-sphere while enjoying barely an ounce of sympathy like that being reserved for Laura Bassett. Sparing Bassett the scorn that would be heaped upon a male in her position is the decent, humane thing to do. For once, the sports world got it right. But the compassionate response also is an indication that the women and their game aren’t being taken seriously.
How much enthusiasm still exists for MLB’s interleague play? I’d say a lot less than a few years ago. Is it really creating more excitement over the long season? Maybe in rare cases, but not enough to justify its continued existence.”
July 3, 2015
Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY.com) wrote: “No matter what inspired this sad scene of men in faded Knicks jerseys moved to the brink of tears, the sentiment was misguided. Nobody has any idea how productive Porzingis will be in the NBA, or how long it will take him to max out his upside, including the $60 million executive who drafted him, Phil Jackson.
“Hopefully he’s going to contribute to us,” the Knicks’ president said. (That doesn’t sound that confident-bc)
Maybe Jackson, newbie executive, found the most talented player in the draft Thursday night, or maybe he just made a catastrophic error in judgment. One time when he was head coach of the Chicago Bulls, the team’s owner, Jerry Reinsdorf, allowed Jackson to make a draft pick against the front office’s wishes, and that 1995 pick, Jason Caffey, taken 20th overall, was enough of a disappointment for the Bulls to trade him two and a half years later.
Twenty years later, Jackson faced much better odds at No. 4 long before he acquired the 19th pick and the nephew of one of his dynastic Bulls, Horace Grant. Jerian Grant got the cheers that Kristaps Porzingis will have to earn, and the Latvian sounds more than willing to earn them. He spoke of honoring New Yorkers’ world-famous work ethic, and of doing all the “dirty jobs” on the court to prove himself a worthy teammate of Carmelo Anthony’s.
He has already given this whole New York thing a lot of thought and decided he wants in, all in. The fans shredded him on introduction, and he didn’t even blink.
From Latvia with love, Kristaps Porzingis acts and sounds like a winner. Phil Jackson had better hope he plays like one, too.
Ian Begley (ESPNNY.com) asked, “What about shooting guard? The Knicks only have three players projected to be under contract in the backcourt (Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon and Langston Galloway). Galloway (6-2) and Grant (6-5) are both combo guards, so it’s reasonable to assume that they will be in active pursuit of a shooting guard in free agency.
San Antonio’s Danny Green and Arron Afflalo will be among those available
The Sport Curmudgeon said, “What I really want to talk about this morning is the resignation of Ryne Sandberg as the Phillies’ manager last week just before game time. Let me be clear about one thing from the start:
The Phillies have not done well in the time that Ryne Sandberg was their manager. That is not Sandberg’s fault.
Having said that, Sandberg’s sudden departure is strange. First of all, he resigned in the middle of his contract meaning that he left money on the table. I know that money is not the most important thing in the world and that Sandberg has made more than a little bit of it over his career such that he does not dine in soup kitchens. Nonetheless, that is not an exit path used by many coaches/managers in sports these days.
Like many other players who made it to the Hall of Fame, managing did not come as easily to Sandberg as did playing the game. However, unlike many other Hall of Famers who went onto the managerial track, he was not handed a top job on a platter. Sandberg spent years in the minor leagues in the Cubs’ system and then in the Phillies’ system. In the minor leagues, his teams won. However, the Phillies with their aging roster and depleted farm system had no chance and it was all unraveling on Sandberg’s watch. I presume – because I cannot possibly know – that the frustration of that situation is what kicked him over the edge and into resignation.”
(My feeling is that Philly’s ownership chose not to give Ryan the horses he needed to succeed, but Ryan was too professional to mention that. Philly has been an historical leader in not spending money, especially in areas that have no immediate return. Bc)
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote, “He grew out of fashion for TV several years ago, but Bud Collins’ whimsical Wimbledon banter is still missed by me and, I trust, other tennis fans of a certain generation. Before analysis was turned over to ex-players, Bud’s droll, but respectful commentary could be as memorable as a Borg-McEnroe final.”
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote:
“Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky returned for his senior season a year ago, explaining, “At the Kohl Center, we play in front of nearly 17,000 fans every single time … I know the NBA has their crazy fans and all, but … there ar it.e games when teams like the Bobcats get hardly any fans, and it looks flat-out boring.”;
Guess who just got drafted by Charlotte?
What, you think it’s easy trimming the King’s crown?
“LeBron is very tedious about how his hair is cut,” Nick Castemanos, LeBron James’ exclusive barber since 2010, told Yahoo Sports. “The beard is the No. 1 thing. He leaves the top up to me. I leave him less bald …
“He just has a few fat patches around the chin that you have to take your time with. You have to have patience. It usually takes about 50 minutes.”
50 minutes, are you kidding. When JoAnn cuts my hair we’re talking 10 minutes. 4 swipes with the shears- that’sit.
“Brian Diagonal, tweeting a picture of Bill Walton standing up in front of him at a Grateful Dead concert: “Bill Walton blocked many shots in his career; here he is blocking one of mine.”
(This Is A Brendan Alert)
Police in Queens, N.Y., arrested former WWE rassler Nicole Bass for trying to walk out of a Stop and Shop store with $1,045 worth of groceries and $159 in beauty supplies that she hadn’t paid for, according to the New York Daily News.
Cops had no difficulty pegging her line of work because she kept referring to the contraband as “foreign objects.”
I’m going to nominate Pete Rose to be included in The Sports Curmudgeon’s “Just Go Away” club.
June 26, 2015
A Rose By Any Other Name Is Still Spelled- Liar
I may have been naïve but I felt that Pete Rose should have been reinstated. But not now. All along Rose said that he didn’t bet on baseball when he was a player. However that’s been proven to have not been true.
How can you tell if Pete Rose is telling a lie? His mouth is moving. Rose was never sorry for what he did wrong. He was only sorry that he was caught.
Ian Begley (ESPNNY.com) told us, “The New York Knicks are “entertaining” the idea of trading down in the draft if Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns, Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell are off the board before they make their pick, sources tell ESPN.com’s Chad Ford.
‘It sounds as if they remain on the fence about both Emmanuel Mudiay and [Kristaps] Porzingis. That’s why they’ve been looking at players such as … Frank Kaminsky in recent workouts. If the Knicks can get a valuable veteran and still land somewhere in the back end of the lottery, it might make more sense for them than taking a player they aren’t sold on at No. 4. We know several teams, including the Nuggets and Pacers, are trying to move up in the draft.”
Team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills have both said that the team would consider all of its options with the No. 4 pick, including the possibility of trading it.’
If you’re looking for more evidence that the Knicks are at least considering the possibility of trading their pick, the club is scheduled to work out three players this week who are projected by most to be taken outside of the top four picks.
So it would be premature to say that the Knicks are “definitely” trading their pick or keeping it at this point. But, according to Ford’s sources, there are scenarios in which they would entertain dealing it.
One of the interesting aspects of Ford’s report is that the Knicks are not sold on any of the prospects that could be available to them in the scenario discussed above, including Mudiay, Porzingis and Winslow. Passing on these three players, of course, could leave New York open to plenty of second-guessing if one of them turned into an elite NBA talent.”
ESPNNY.com discussed Phil Jackson’s recent presser, “Jackson made it clear that he’s committed to running his triangle offense — and he will recruit players based on their ability to fit the system.
I don’t think the offensive system has to take a back seat to anything we do,” Jackson said. Later, he added: “Players who are resistant to it shouldn’t be here.
Jackson delivered another not-so-subtle message to potential free agents when he talked about branding.
We’re not interested in guys who are just interested in the money and in their branding. They have to have a little more to their life than just those selfish desires,” Jackson said.
Jackson made it clear that he’s committed to running his triangle offense — and he will recruit players based on their ability to fit the system.”
Jackson said, “For the time I’m here.” Has he started looking already?
Jackson’s Views On Offenses
“When I watch some of these playoff games, and I look at what’s being run out there, as what people call an offense, it’s really quite remarkable to see how far our game has fallen from a team game,” Jackson told Bleacher Report. “Four guys stand around watching one guy dribble a basketball.
“I watch LeBron James, for example. He might [travel] every other time he catches the basketball if he’s off the ball. He catches the ball, moves both his feet. You see it happen all the time. There’s no structure, there’s no discipline, there’s no ‘How do we play this game’ type of attitude. And it goes all the way through the game. To the point where now guys don’t screen — they push guys off with their hands.”
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “Major League Baseball has canceled out 65 million All-Star Game votes because of improprieties.
“Where were you guys when I could have used you 15 years ago?” asked Al Gore.
Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on All-Star voting run amok: “Six members of the Kansas City Royals are now leading the U.S. presidential race.”
“Broncos linebacker Von Miller revealed he’s been fined by the team for breaking wind in team meetings.
If that doesn’t call for a personal-foul penalty, what does?”
So what if he’s hitting .647 with five homers and 15 RBI in just nine games against Cleveland this season?
Or, as reader David S. put it to The Plain Dealer: “Did Albert Einstein get his definition of insanity by watching the Indians pitch to Miguel Cabrera?”
Switzerland’s ambassador to Venezuela, annoyed at a Caracas Country Club next door to his residence, put up a banner warning that stray golf balls injuring or killing anyone on his property would violate the Vienna Convention.
And if Charles Barkley happens to be playing there, the Geneva Convention.
Sounders forward Clint Dempsey got fired up during a U.S. Open Cup game and tore up the referee’s notebook.
In addition to a three-game suspension, MLS gave him a commemorative, taped-together red card.
Just five of 149 local homes listed by a Gig Harbor rental company for last weekend’s U.S. Open were listed as “rented” on tournament weekend, the Tacoma News-Tribune reported.
What, weren’t the lawns green enough?
The Mariners rank last in baseball in team batting, and 28th in runs scored and on-base percentage?
Here’s hoping new hitting coach Edgar Martinez knows a good recipe for chicken salad.
Golfer Dustin Johnson, the future son-in-law of hockey icon Wayne Gretzky, tied for second in this year’s U.S. Open.
To no one’s surprise, he was a combined 2-under on the five-hole.
There’s a law on the books in Arlington, Va., making it illegal to curse, punishable by a $250 fine and possible jail time.
Hubie Brown, in absentia, just got sentenced to 2,500 years in jail and a $3 million fine.