Dreams Blog

July 24, 2015

Porzingis
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.
JPP
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 “Fail-ees”
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 Guillen.
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.
Comeback
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.
Stabler
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.’”
Perry Patter
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.”

Dreams Blog

July 17, 2015

Wasted Effort
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.
Summer League
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.
Turn Around
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.”
Perry Patter
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?”

Dreams Blog

July 9, 2015

Hillary Said
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.
NBA Related
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.
All-star A-Rod
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.”
Perry Patter
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…
Molinaro Maranara
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.”

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July 3, 2015

Draft Reaction
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
Ryan Sandburg
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)
Molinaro Maranara
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.”
Perry Patter
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.”
Nomination
I’m going to nominate Pete Rose to be included in The Sports Curmudgeon’s “Just Go Away” club.

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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.
Knick Draft
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.
Writes 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.”
Perry Patter
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.

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June 19, 2015

Poor Name
How does our mayor feel about NYC starting to be called “Gun City?” Would the return of “Stop and Frisk” help?
Fenway Tragedy
Dwight Perry told me that: “We don’t know anything about broken bats here in Seattle. Our guys don’t hit anything with their’s,” when I asked him of the bat’s make-up. He told me the Boston Herald wrote:
“The woman struck by a broken bat at Friday’s Red Sox game at Fenway Park “remains in fair condition,” according to a spokeswoman at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Tonya Carpenter’s condition, the hospital added, is “not expected to change today.”
Carpenter was sitting in the second row of the stands on the third base line on Friday night when Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie’s maple bat splintered as he swung at a pitch, sending shards rocketing toward Carpenter, 44, who was hit in the head by the barrel of the bat.”
This is just ANOTHER case of shattered maple bat that seriously injuring someone. How long will this continue? The frequency of the failures in maple bats have prompted 1st and 3rd base coaches as well as any on-field personnel to be mandated to wear helmets or other head protection.
Tanaka’s Recent Outing
Andrew Marchand (ESPNNY.com) talked about his game against DC and Scherzer, “The Yankees have kept their belief in their doctors and Tanaka’s ability, believing and praying Tanaka can remain healthy. While things could change as quickly as Tanaka’s next start, Tanaka all of a sudden has it all working again.
He reached 95 mph once with his fastball, but stayed consistently in the 93 range. He commanded all of his pitches, making it so he didn’t have to rely on his splitter in two-strike counts as the Nationals made quick outs. The final score belies that it was tied at one as late as two outs in the bottom of the seventh when Tanaka was done for the night.
McCann agreed that Tanaka looks like the dominant guy everyone watched a year ago. The very-good-but-not-great pitcher who doubted his velocity to start this season has been transformed back into an ace his first two starts following the five-week respite.
“It is very similar,” Girardi said of the last two starts compared to Tanaka of a year ago. “You talk about the efficiency in those two starts. That is as efficient as he has ever been.”
Tanaka is not the only Yankee starter who’s pitching well. They have allowed two or fewer runs in eight straight starts. But Tanaka’s two starts are the biggest of them all. Pairing him with Michael Pineda is an enticing thought for the regular season and beyond.
On Tuesday, Tanaka had a huge opponent.
“I knew who I was going up against today,” Tanaka said.
Tanaka dominated. The question, of course, remains if his elbow will hold up. That is an unknown. What is known at the moment is that if he is healthy, Tanaka looks as good as new.”
Rule Book Strike Zone
MLB says, “1996 – The Strike Zone is expanded on the lower end, moving from the top of the knees to the bottom of the knees.
1988 – “The Strike Zone is that area over home plate the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the top of the knees. The Strike Zone shall be determined from the batter’s stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball.”
The Sports Curmudgeon talked about how the zone changes, “A stable and predictable strike zone – inning-to-inning for now but someday game-to-game also – could be a way to increase pace of play. Moreover, if that stable and predictable strike zone happened to be the one in the rule book, it would cause batters to be more aggressive and not run deep into every count. Now, how do you get the umpires on board with all of this…?”
Hot Geno
Rich Cimini (ESPNNY.com) wrote about the Jets’ OTA, “Geno Smith ended the three-day camp with another solid performance — no turnovers. His best moment came in a 7-on-7 drill, when he fired a 50-yard strike to Chris Owusu for a touchdown. Everything about the throw was perfect. Afterward, head coach Todd Bowles provided some perspective, noting, “It’s a practice play. I’m not going to make too much of it. We know he can throw the ball when he gets an opportunity.” Translation: Let’s save the evaluations for when the pads go on and the pass rush is live.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote: “Shouldn’t this have happened in Green Bay Packers territory?
Two guys got into a fight over sausage in Madison, N.J., but that wasn’t the wurst of it.
Police arrested the one named Thomas Bacon.
The world’s tallest cow died May 26 in northern Illinois.
But here’s the shocking part: It wasn’t even a Chicago Bull.
Todd Dewey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, after Pittsburgh took shortstops Kevin Newman (Arizona) and Kevin Kramer (UCLA) with their top two picks: “Pirates draft Newman, Kramer, but no Costanza.”
At TheOnion.com: “FIFA advises female players unhappy with turf to spend more time in midair.”
The FBI and Justice Department prosecutors are investigating whether St. Louis Cardinals employees were the ones who hacked into the Houston Astros’ player database.
If so, this could be the most costly “caught stealing” in baseball history.
The Minnesota Twins hit three triples in one inning against the Rangers on Sunday, yet scored only once.
How? Shane Robinson, who hit the second one, got picked off third.
The Indianapolis Colts hung a “2014 AFC Finalist” banner at Lucas Oil Stadium to commemorate their 45-7 loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.
Yes, and Custer was a finalist at the Little Big Horn.”
At TheOnion.com: “Report: 87% of Americans unaware they have been chosen in later rounds of MLB draft.”

Dreams Blog

June 12, 2015

Baseball Draft
Andrew Marchand (ESPNNY.com) suggested: “With most players needing three to five years to develop, there is no point, Cashman said, in drafting for need. By the time a draftee makes the majors, a club’s past weakness might pivot into a strength.
In 1992, the Yankees, at No. 6, decided on a high school kid from Kalamazoo, Michigan, named Derek Jeter. Whatever happened to him?
Scouting and fate determine the future of a franchise. Sitting at No. 16, the Yankees are in their best position in more than two decades.
ESPN.com draft expert Keith Law predicts the Yankees will take Cornelius Randolph, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound shortstop from Griffin, Georgia. He thinks catcher Chris Betts from Long Beach, California, and second baseman Ian Happ from Cincinnati, also are possibilities.
While no one can know for sure what they will do, the Yankees won’t have to rely as much on chance this year to get the player they want.
“There are more people in the pool,” Oppenheimer said.”
Sabathia-Warren
Andrew Marchand wrote about Adam Warren, “His quality start was his fifth straight. No one on the staff has had more in a row this season.
Still, you could imagine the Yankees would ideally like to put him back in the bullpen to pitch the seventh in support of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. It could make the Yankees even better at the back of games. But, if Warren and Sabathia continue to pitch like they have starters, how do you take Warren out of the rotation?
Warren has always been liked, but maybe not loved by the Yankees. He was always been in a group of prospects, but was never the headliner, like the since traded Manny Banuelos.
Warren doesn’t tantalize you with how great he could become, he lulls you into realizing maybe this guy has staying power to be pretty good.
On a team filled with a lot of nice guys, Warren may be the nicest. The guy never seems to be in bad mood, nor does he ever lose his cool. They are not the most important attributes, but his even keel does not hurt. For his sake, he is not thinking about what might be, rather what is.
“I hate to look too far into the future into what might happen,” Warren said.
We don’t have that same dislike and — if the trends continues and there are no injuries — the question that must be asked: How do you take Warren out of the rotation?”
I’m sure the trade talk is abuzz on River Ave. about this time. Let’s see what the next starts bring.
Silver Threads
Kevin Amovitz (ESPNNY.com) wrote about, NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver’s, talk at the NBA finals, “On the suggestion of seeding NBA playoff teams 1 through 16 rather than ordering the top eight in each conference, Silver said concerns over player health and the longer distances teams would travel during early-round matchups were a deterrence.
“I think ultimately where we came out is this notion of 1-through-16 seeding, while it seems attractive in many ways, because of the additional travel that will result, it just doesn’t seem like a good idea at the moment,” Silver said.
He cited the Golden State Warriors, who would have faced the Boston Celtics in the first round of this year’s playoffs under such a scenario.
“This notion of, for example, this team would have played Boston in the first round under a 1-through-16 seeding and would have had to crisscross back and forth across the country, which does not seem like a good idea,” Silver said.
The commissioner said the NBA will make adjustments to the schedule in 2015-16 to limit back-to-back games as another effort to reduce the grind of the season and reduce the number of injuries to players.
“I think the science over time zone travel has gotten much better, where moving four time zones we think may have an effect on players’ bodies that we may not have understood historically,” Silver said. “So this is all something we’re taking a very close look at. We’re working in conjunction with the players’ association on this.”
I don’t feel it has to be one or the other. There has to be some way these smart guys can figure out how to combine the two.
Molinaro Marinara
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote, “Tail wags dog: Alabama-Birmingham president Ray Watts, the man who killed the school’s football program, welcomed it back six months later after the people who write the big checks and others who were making his life a living hell convinced him that a university without football just doesn’t count for much anymore. Isn’t that one not-so-subtle message to emerge from this Bama brouhaha? Though football will create millions in deficits, Watts now says that it would “foster much goodwill” and bring “positive national attention.” The lesson here, boys and girls, is an old one: At almost every level of competition, school administrators are powerless to stop football.
Carolina way: Watch as media and fan interest in the NCAA’s notice of allegations against North Carolina focuses on whether or not Roy Williams and his highly ranked basketball team can escape serious sanctions – not on the years of shameful academic fraud at the school.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote: “Bidding on eBay for a Detroit stadium urinal autographed by ex-Lions star Barry Sanders has surpassed $2,000.
2,000! Imagine what you could get for one signed by Whizzer White.” Hard to believe, yet true,” noted Greg Cote of The Miami Herald. “This is the first NBA Finals since 1998 that does not include Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade or Tim Duncan.”
Alabama-Birmingham reinstated its football program for play in 2016 — just six months after announcing it was scrapping it.
If anyone has any sense of fortuitous timing, the season opener’s very first play call will be a reverse.”
Walmart is taking songs sung by Celine Dion and Justin Bieber off its in-store playlist after complaints from employees.
But when it comes to assaulting the senses, why stop there? No more Phillies games on the TV sets!”

Dreams Blog

June 5, 2015

Lower Crime Stats
Could it be that when certain non-violent crimes were allowed to be cleared by paying a fine, the stats showed a crime reduction?
Tanaka
Although it was a wonderful game pitched by Tanaka against the Mariners, I must remember that it was only one outing and I can’t campaign to book the parade yet.
Mets/Yankees
Both of our teams were tied for first, having played 51 games- 38% of the season. If they want to win 95 games each, the Mets have to win 60% of their remaining games and the Yankees need 62%.
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “Brains to spare? Not this turkey.
An employee of the Pla-Mor bowling alley in Decatur, Ill., told police that a robber split with $2,100 from the safe after landing a KO strike upside her head with a red house ball.
But her story landed in the gutter, the Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph reported, when surveillance video revealed her picking up the ball and striking herself twice on the Brooklyn side of the noggin to create a tell-tale lump.
Police recovered $439 in a Hello Kitty-brand bag from the employee’s car. The rest, she said, went into the alley’s slot machines.
Tuesday was National Paper Airplane Day. So when is National Spitwad Night?
Johnny Depp reportedly faces up to 10 years in prison for illegally bringing his dogs into Australia.
And you wonder why James Dolan won’t let his Knicks play exhibition games there?
ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy, on the Warriors’ lackadaisical start in Game 4 vs. Houston: “There is no carpe in their diem.”
Which of these handy-dandy tips was NOT listed among Yahoo.com’s “three ways to avoid a dangerous air bag”?
a) Stop texting and driving
b) Stop drinking and driving
c) Hit the mute button whenever Skip Bayless comes on
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S. of meddling in FIFA affairs in its prosecution of the soccer-bribery scandal.
Putin reportedly said it with a straight face while standing in seized Ukraine territory.
Brad Rock of Salt Lake City’s Deseret News, on BYU football signing two huge rugby players — a 6-7, 410-pounder from Tonga and a 6-7, 322-pound New Zealander: “If only Andre the Giant were still alive.”
“Playing NBA basketball for a living is a very, very, very good gig,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Everyone should try it.”
The average NBA salary this season, according to reports, is $5.1 million.
Speaking of headlines, what’s the over/under on the first “Soccer loses Blatter control” sighting?
Scrappy Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova — whose contact knocked the Hawks’ Kyle Korver out of the playoffs — is drawing opponents’ ire for diving at their legs for loose balls.
Hawks radio broadcaster Steve Holman, to his listeners during Game 4, when the Cavs’ Dellavedova arrived at the scorer’s table: “Tonya Harding checking in.”
From Fark.com, after Felix Hernandez got rocked for seven runs: “Yankees embarrass the king. This is not a repeat from 1783.”;
Times reader Bill Littlejohn, after Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis injured himself playing kickball: “Isn’t that like Arthur Rubinstein injuring his hand while playing ‘Chopsticks’?”
Someone paid Ticketmaster $36,843 for a courtside seat to Game 1 of the NBA Finals, ESPN reported.
So what does $40,000 get you — a ticket, three beers and parking?
Giants Steps
Dan Graziano (ESPNNY.com) wrote about Damontre Moore, “The Giants hired Steve Spagnuolo to replace Perry Fewell as defensive coordinator this past offseason, and Moore believes the move is a good thing for him and his role with the team. Moore struggled to find the field consistently in games during his first two seasons, mainly because the coaching staff didn’t believe it could trust him to know and execute the schemes without making too many mistakes. Moore has been an impact player on special teams, but his inconsistency in practice, according to Fewell and head coach Tom Coughlin, held them back from offering him more opportunities as a defensive player.
Moore said he got nothing but support from the Giants’ coaching staff when he told them he wanted to stay in Texas and take classes this offseason. They all believe he has plenty of time to get up to speed. He had 5.5 sacks in limited duty last season, and his speed and athleticism should help him add to that total this season. He needs to refine his work in the run game and find ways to stay disciplined in order to continue getting opportunities.
But it’s worth noting that Moore is five months younger, right now, than the defensive end the Giants drafted in the third round this year. Those who have been frustrated with the pace of his development so far would do well to remember how young he still is — and not to give up hope that he might yet turn out to be a good NFL player”
Lingering Thoughts
No matter what’s written, I still think that Tom Thibodeau is the best b-ball coach out there.
Molinaro Maranara
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote, “Hoops du jour: While waiting for the start of the NBA Finals, I’ll tread lightly around the sports talk radio dial, lest I come across one more tiresome, played-out pseudo debate over whether – after five consecutive Finals appearances – LeBron James is fit to lick Michael Jordan’s Nikes. Callers of a certain k connection.
The French Open is well under way, but the tennis-related TV item bemusing me is the ad for a prescription medicine to combat toenail fungus featuring John McEnroe. I call a foot fault. Once both loved and hated for flouting authority, now that he’s toeing the line in an icky commercial, McEnroe deserves to be on the receiving end of his trademark phrase: “You cannot be serious!”
If you look closely, you can see that Rafael Nadal wears a watch on his right wrist during matches. Why? I don’t know. Maybe because he’s double-parked outside the stadium. He’s promoting the bling, of course. But not for a general audience, not even a snooty tennis crowd. The limited-edition Swiss- made watch retails for $850,000.”

Dreams Blog

May 29, 2015

David Wright
Ian Begely (ESPN.com) wrote, “Alderson said that none of the doctors the team has consulted have mentioned surgery as an option for Wright. The doctors believe that Wright’s back ailments will heal in the short-term.
“We just need to wait and see over the next couple of days once we get an additional opinion,” the GM said.
Wright is no stranger to back issues. He missed two months in 2011 with a stress fracture in his lower back. However, Wright was examined by team doctors on May 7 in New York, and the medical team determined that Wright had not suffered a repeat of that injury.
The injury is a concern for the Mets, who have a significant financial commitment to Wright, who is signed through 2020. He will earn $20 million a season through 2018, then receive $15 million in 2019 and $12 million in 2020.
Wright’s ability to stay in the lineup has diminished in recent years. Once an iron man — averaging 159 games a season from 2005 through 2008 — he has averaged only 126 games per season from 2011 through 2014.
What has to be remembered here is that often it’s not what’s said but what’s not said that’s important. The doctors didn’t say he’d be cured but that he’d be healed “in the short term.”
NFL Scheduling
I was under the impression that the team who finishes with a good record would have a tougher schedule for the following year, but Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) pointed out that, “Even if Brady’s suspension remains at four games, the Patriots should be OK. After their first four games, the defending Super Bowl champions face only two teams the remainder of the regular season that reached the playoffs in 2014.”
Can they really be non-partisan?
Pete Rose
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred declined to give an update on Pete Rose’s bid for reinstatement (reported ESPNNY.com’s Jerry Crasnick) from baseball’s ineligible list. He said MLB continues to be in contact with the Reds about the specifics of Rose’s involvement at the upcoming All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14. Manfred said he is not concerned that Rose’s involvement will overshadow the game.
“The idea that any individual could overshadow the great players that we’re going to have at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati is just not something that seems realistic to me,” he said.” YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS, this IS Pete Rose we’re talking about.
Zeke
The Sports Curmudgeon was being kind with his brief take on Thomas’ most recent foray into the world of management. “I agree completely that James Dolan – owner of the Knicks and Liberty and major domo for MSG was tone-deaf in getting Thomas involved in this matter in the first place. However, his tone-deafness may or may not be a reason to deny Thomas this “business venture”. I do not know for whom to root in this contretemps.”
It shouldn’t be Thomas.
I give the Liberty 3 months before the wheels come off.
Nets’ Thoughts
Mark Stein and Mike Mazzeo (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “Will Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young be back in Brooklyn next season?
The Nets can only hope.
There really is no alternative scenario for them.
General manager Billy King has made no secret of the fact that retaining his frontcourt twosome is Brooklyn’s No. 1 priority this summer, which is easily understood, given the Nets’ financial predicament.
Yet there are also persistent rumbles in league circles that the real reason the Nets aren’t being actively shopped to potential bidders is the structure of the deal Prokhorov struck to buy the team mandates he sell Barclays Center in conjunction with his basketball team. Word is the entities can’t be sold separately, which is said to have chilled the market due to the complexities involved in such a transaction and the significant price tag it would carry.
What about Prokhorov’s basketball people?
At the Nets’ nadir, when they lost consecutive games by 35-plus points in January and rumbles of player discontent with the coach were commonplace, some in NBA coaching circles believed Hollins was only being preserved by the thick layer of insulation that comes in year one a four-year deal believed to be in excess of $20 million.
To his credit, though, Hollins eventually found some common ground with Lopez after their rocky start and got the most he could out of a limited group to not only win the “race” for the East’s final playoff berth but also push the Hawks to six games in Round 1. Hollins thus seems poised to become the first coach in the Nets’ Brooklyn history to reach Year 2 of his contract.
Draft Picks
They don’t mean anything but here is the top of my board: If he is still there-Towns C, if not then Russell PG, if not then Winslow SF. Don’t get distracted.
Perry Patter
From Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) we have: “The minor-league Fresno Grizzlies are offering up a $7 menu item called the Frankenslice — a slice of pizza with hot dogs baked into the crust.
Any fan who can eat a whole pie,” noted Fark.com, “gets to be carted off on the seventh-inning stretcher.”
The American Fitness Index deemed Washington, D.C., the fittest city in the U.S., while Grammarly, an automated proofreading company that tracks online reader comments, declared that city’s pro football fans the NFL’s worst spellers.
“So what?” said one Hog fanatic. “At least we’re fysically phit.
Looks like the honeymoon might be over for this mayor- at least with his soccer-loving constituents. CS Gilfortui, a fourth division team in Targu Carbunesti, Romania had to play a scheduled home game 25 miles out of town because hizoner Mihai Mizilu had rented the team’s stadium for his daughter’s wedding. No word on whether any well-wishers threw soccer balls instead of rice.
Marlins GM Dan Jennings– 2-6 since replacing fired manager Mike Redmond in the Miami dugout- last coached a high-school team in the 1980’s. It hasn’t gone unnoticed: three parents called up to complain about their son’s lack of playing time.

Dreams Blog

May 22, 2015

Draft Lottery
As soon as I saw Mills sit at the Knicks’ desk I knew it was a lost cause.
Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “You win 17 games in the NBA, you deserve exactly what you get. And for those who would follow that logic to the conclusion that 16-win Minnesota sure didn’t deserve the No. 1 pick, hey, at least the Timberwolves had their owner, Glen Taylor, sit up there with his dunce cap on.
What a joke. Jackson had an opportunity to prove that he’s not merely a detached consultant who took the job, according to his former GM in Chicago, Jerry Krause, because he wanted to pocket James Dolan’s money. Jackson had a chance to show everyone he isn’t already reviewing future exit strategies as eagerly as he’s scouting future pros.
But he just wouldn’t reduce himself to a prop on that stage. Instead Knicks fans discovered something else Steve Mills isn’t particularly adept at — being a good-luck charm.
“Towns was the prospect who best matches up with those images, and the Knicks scout who trailed him all season at Kentucky, Mark Warkentien, had fallen hard for him. So had every basketball lifer who watched Towns grow from a long-range shooter at a New Jersey high school, St. Joseph of Metuchen, into a defensive anchor with enough developing low-post moves to lead Kentucky to 38 consecutive victories and a place in the Final Four.
“In my mind he’s the No. 1 pick in the draft,” Bob Hurley Sr., the legendary New Jersey high school coach, said during the NCAA tournament. “Okafor is a more polished offensive player, but Towns is a better defender, rebounder, and foul shooter, and is a bit more versatile now. He’s personable, a great interview, plays with passion, and has a more outgoing personality than most big kids do. You can put him on the Knicks and he’s an NBA All-Star.”
Only you can’t put him on the Knicks now. Towns will be long gone, and so will Okafor, when the Knicks step to the plate in the unwelcome role as the draft’s cleanup hitter.”
“I think it’s not a setback at all,” Mills said. (BC- can you say knucklehead? We can still hope for a trade with Minny for #1)
Robert Kraft
I felt Robert Kraft’s reasons for stopping the “deflate-gate” rhetoric were admirable and showed good sp ortsmanship as well as a desire to move on and stop the negativity being attached to the New England Patriots.
I know, I know that might sound naïve and still might prove to be so, the Pats being the Pats, but for now, I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Beantown Pitching Woes
The Sports Curmudgeon told us about Boston’s solution, “Well, so far this year, the Sox pitching staff as a whole – starters and relievers – has been well beneath “questionable”. And what did the Sox do to deal with that situation: Trade for Cole Hamels? No. Bring up their top pitching prospects? No. Lure Roger Clemens out of retirement? Thankfully, no.
What they did was to fire their pitching coach, Juan Nieves, who was the same pitching coach upon whom everyone lavished heaps of praise when he guided the Sox pitching staff that won the World Series. That was in 2013 which means Nieves got really dumb really fast…”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote about “deflate-gate” by saying, “What do the Vietnam War and Deflategate have in common?
Answer: Both inspired sit-ins.
Four Tom Brady fanatics — angered over the Patriot QB’s four-game suspension for his role in deflating footballs — handcuffed themselves together in the lobby of NFL headquarters for 15 minutes Tuesday before New York’s finest hauled them away.
“Hopefully it goes somewhere,” Chris Spagnuol, a protest organizer, told the New York Post, “but obviously it only went to central booking.”;
Tweeted protester Dave Portnoy in advance: “I don’t want to beg, but a GoFundMe for our bail would be nice.” Sideline Chatter
A baseball fan in Chicago, eschewing the typical player’s jersey, went to last Thursday’s Cubs-Mets game dressed as the Wrigley Field ivy.
So what’s next, the Incredible Hulk showing up in Boston to salute the Green Monster?
At SportsPickle.com: “On this day in history, one day ago: Patriots claim their equipment guys use the term ‘deflation’ to talk about weight loss.”
A woman in Lexington, Ky., being strangled by a burglar with a bra KO’d her female attacker with a ceramic chicken, CNN reported.
The loser immediately claimed a pre-existing shoulder injury, claimed she’d won the fight on points and demanded a rematch.
A Las Vegas musical based on TV’s “Duck Dynasty” is shutting down because of poor ticket sales.
Guess it wasn’t all it was quacked up to be.
Comedian Argus Hamilton, with the latest Deflategate update: “Vladimir Putin just gave back Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring, saying if a team can’t play by the rules, it isn’t worth having.”
Bo Jackson, to ESPN, when asked if he misses playing football or baseball: “OK, you’re a CPA. Do you miss doing somebody’s taxes when you’re on vacation?”;
RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, on Prince William and Kate naming their newborn daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana: “NHL translation: Charsy.”;
History will be made when the new span connecting Detroit to Windsor, Ontario, is named in honor of hockey great Gordie Howe.
It’s believed to be the first Howe-inspired bridge that wasn’t installed by a dentist.
The most common injuries in the NBA involve:
a) ankles
b) knees
c) leg muscles
d) a ricochet from a Dwight Howard free throw
Cynics “R” Us
I agree with Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) when he wrote, “The national poll showing that the overwhelming majority of people who identify themselves as NFL fans support Brady’s four-game suspension also reveals that even more people believe every NFL team pushes the envelope – the latest euphemism for cheating. It appears that Roger Goodell’s homilies concerning the “integrity of the game” are not getting through. Not that there’s any reason they should.”

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