Dreams Blog

November 25, 2011

Ryan’s Holiday Ode
Coach Rex Ryan
Sat down a cryin’
Eating a holiday humble pie.
He stuck in a pin
And pulled out a win
Then said what a good coach am I!
Healthcare
Greg Cote (Miami Herald) said that Miami’s Dr.Krop High School was fined $35K for using an ineligible basketball player in a game. “When Dr. Krop breaks the rules, do they call it malpractice?”
Onion.com Headline
Dwight Perry (Seattle.com) passed this along, “Joe Theisman’s contract enters 26th year.”
This Is A Real Kick
Sam Farmer (LA Times) pointed out that now these are personal kicking coaches for NFL kickers, kicking camps and punting camps for younger kickers, and even camps for long snappers.
The expectation has changed in the league. Detroit kicker Jason Hanson said ‘If they put you out there, you’re supposed to make it.’ All of a sudden, a 48-yarder has become like one from the 32.”
WHA?
The Detroit Lions QB, Matthew Stafford, was fined $7500 for grabbing an opposing player by the helmet and throwing him to the ground.
Earl Bennett of the Chicago Bears was fined $10000 for wearing orange shoes in a game.
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) said that it was a good thing that Stafford wasn’t wearing orange shoes when he committed that foul.
NY Giants-Phila. Eagles Week 11
The Eagles (4-6) beat the Giants (6-4)17-10 in a typical Eagles-Giants neighborhood game complete with late hits, cheap shots, and punch-ups. The NY “D” allowed 258 passing yds, 136 rushing yds, and 87 return yards. The Giants didn’t lose the game late in the fourth-it was a game-long problem.
Tom Canavan (AP) included this in his game recap: “DeSean Jackson, who was benched last week for missing a team meeting, finished with six catches for 88 yards. Cooper had five receptions for 75 yards, while LeSean McCoy added 113 yards rushing, with 60 coming on a late run that iced the game.”
Upon Further Review
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) asked, “How would the Immaculate Reception hold up under the instant replay hood?”
Passing By Tebow
I’d hate to see QB Tim Tebow ever become afflicted by a kidney stone.
Everybody knows that he can’t pass.
Debunking A Myth
Rich Cimini (ESPN.com) along passed along this bit of information: “A disciplined team doesn’t guarantee team success. Three of the four leaders (as of 11/21) in fewest penalties — Dolphins, Jaguars and Redskins — have a combined record of 8-21. The fourth team is the Packers, who seems to do just about everything well.
The Face Behind The NBA Curtain
Jeffrey Kessler has become known for his success as THE legal eagle of sports’ antitrust cases. Lance Pugmire (LA Times) wrote this profile saying, “Kessler, 57, made his reputation by handling complex antitrust and sports law cases and also teaches at Columbia Law School. He said the NBA labor dispute is easy to resolve.
“Remember, this is a lockout. The NBA can end this lockout if it wants right now. Open up the doors and the players will show up,” Kessler said. “The players are asserting their antitrust rights now and very much want there to be a season.
“In the 1970s, Kessler’s antitrust work at a New York law firm got him involved in a class-action case NBA star Oscar Robertson filed against the league. A settlement was struck, eliminating the league’s reserve clause and opening the door to free agency.
“Kessler then presided over the 1987 antitrust suit against the NBA that ultimately led to unrestricted free agency. And he has negotiated every labor deal since — in 1996, 1999 and 2005. But the current negotiations have been contentious.
“In the previous labor deal, NBA players earned 57% of basketball-related income, worth more than $2.15 billion last season. Now, owners want players to accept as little as 49%, while installing a strict luxury tax on teams that exceed the salary cap while reducing guaranteed money and shortening the lengths of contracts.
“The NBA is trying to severely penalize “players No. 4 through 10 on the roster,” he contends.
So, expected in court soon are superstars such as Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant, plus Derrick Williams, the La Mirada High grad who’s part of the Minnesota lawsuit, awaiting his first NBA contract — all led by their experienced attorney.”
Jose Reyes Game Plan
Jose Reyes’ game is all about Jose Reyes. He’s only played in 259 games for the Mets in the last two seasons- that’s 80% of the games. I wonder if he offered to return 20% of his salary. I don’t think so. Don’t forget Reyes took himself out of the final game to preserve his BA to finish with the top average in the NL. If you asked any member of the Yankees murderers row line-up what was his BA. He didn’t know. They only cared about wins.
Yankees Shortstop
I hope that the Yankees don’t trade Eduordo Nunez- they’re going to need him.
Jair Jurrjens is going to be a free agent in two years. His stats aren’t that hot (50-33 in 5-yrs. 1.28 WHIP, 2:1 K to BB, RGT-hander)
Pacquiao-Marquez
I watched the fight’s replay and saw it as 115-113 Marquez.
I appreciate good counter and recall Willie Pep saying that he could win a round without throwing a punch and in a different round without throwing a lead- he backed itup!
In The Loop
Greg Drinnan wrote in the Kamloops News- “With some chatter in our country about the future of the beaver as a national symbol, Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald wondered: ‘How can a country obsessed with hockey have a mascot with teeth?’
“He’d rather we used a young and smiling Bobby Clarke?
“Sidney Crosby must be about ready to return to the Pittsburgh Penguins. We know this because the Penguins have sent enforcer Steve MacIntyre to the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on a conditioning assignment. MacIntyre, who is expected to be to Crosby what Dave Semenko was to Wayne Gretzky, signed as a free agent on July 12. However, MacIntyre played just four games with Pittsburgh in Sid the Kid’s absence.”

Dreams Blog

November 18, 2011

Arturo Gatti
A Quebec medical examiner ‘s report said there wasn’t any hard evidence that Gatti was murdered. The report listed the “probable” cause of death was “asphyxiation by neck constriction” from a blood stained strap from a purse belonging to his wife Amanda Rodrigues. But the remaining big question is if the constriction was caused by another party.
The Canadian coroner, Jean Brochu said, “The Brazilian authorities mishandled forensic evidence making it difficult to conclude with certainty what happened. Due to the fact there is no clear evidence of foul play, I cannot dismiss the formal conclusions reached by the authorities of the country where it occurred.”
Gatti’s widow, Amanda, felt this was a vindication of her position of not being involved with the death, which was maintained by her from the beginning.
In Brazil, where Gatti died in 2009, authorities said the fighter’s death was a suicide. However the private investigator hired by Gatti’s manager Pat Lynch, said Gatti was happy-go-lucky guy who liked to party and was murdered.
Gatti’s family is still engaged in a legal dispute, in Canada, over trusts created by Gatti for his daughter Sofia, borne by his one-time girl friend, and the final disposition of the balance of the $3.9million estate.
This could go on for a while and one day appear as a segment on “Law and Order Ripped From the Headlines.” I can almost hear those two tones- bum,bum.
My troubling feeling is that I don’t know how somebody could hang themselves by a purse strap without it breaking.
Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao (53-22, 38KOs) began his pro-boxing career weighing 106lbs. Now, 16-years later he was at 144lbs. I wonder if he traveled the high road or the low road to get to this weight.
A Questionable Decision For Manny
Pacquiao won by a majority decision that was disputed by a lot of attendees. Thr scores read were 114-114, 115-113, 116-112. The CompuBox stats were 578 punches thrown by Pacquiao to 436 by Marquez they landed 176 to 138.
Generally American judges will score punchers higher than counter-punchers.
Tim Smith of the NY Daily News scored it 116-112 Marquez; Michael Woods said the rounds were hard to score but gave the nod to Pacquiao. Lance Pugmire (LA Times) didn’t give a score but hinted Marquez. He said to score it yourself when the replay is aired.
Giants/Jets Week 10
The NY Giants (6-3) played the SF Forty-niners (8-1) in Frisco and the game was a good one won by the ‘Niners 27-20. The final outcome wasn’t decided until the last minute when the last Giant pass fell incomplete.
Harbaugh pulled out all the tricks with an on-side kick in the 2nd and a 2pt conversion late to secure the win.
Jets Thursday night Week 11
The Jets (5-4) turned over a win to the Patriots (6-3) 37-30. The Jets lost 1 fumble, threw 2 INTs and1 intentional grounding, allowed 5 sacks. In the final analysis this wasn’t a very good game for the entire team.
Jets-Broncos Week 11
The NY Jets were upset by the Denver Broncos 17-14, when Denver QB Tim Tebow ran for 20 yards with under a minute remaining in the game to finalize a 95-yd. drive with a TD. This loss is likely to put the Jets in danger of sinking under the surface of the Sea of Mediocrity.
The Jets’ “ground and pound” game didn’t have that much success by rushing 28 times for only 83yards.
Sanchez was 25/40, 252yds. with 1 INT. and 3 sacks. There were also 3 fumbles, 1lost.
Shanahan?
Greg Easterbrook (ESPN.com) pointed out that Mike Shanahan had an NFL coaching record of 54-18 ( .750) with John Elway as his QB and he’s 108-96 (.529) with anyone else as his QB.
That proves the point that good QBs will always improve a coach’s smarts.
Unlikely BFF’s
Tom Friend (ESPN.com) wrote that Pete Rose was sitting on the corner of “Irrevalence and Oblivian” when he was contacted by Alex Rodriguez, who moved Rose to the corner of “Pertinent and Grateful.” A-Rod asked Rose for his hitting advice and, more importantly, attitude advice. Friend referred to them as a new “Odd Couple.”
A-Rod still hasn’t mastered his attitude problems in the post-season, so it’s still a work-in-progress.
Two (un)moveable Forces
Let’s see- on one side, you have billionaire and millionaire owners of NBA teams who are trying to squeeze another percentage point out of their players and on the opposite side, the players are trying to squeeze another percentage point out of the owners in the negotiations for a new CBA using the BRI (basketball related income) golden egg.
Make no mistake; this is NO labor-management dispute.
How long will it be before both sides realize the craving for BB tickets and merchandise by purchasers will be satisfied by college basketball?
Radio Daze I remember listening to the third fight, the rubber match, between Ingemar Johanson and Floyd Patterson, on the radio. It took place on a night in June of 1961. I sat at the kitchen table with a soda and some pretzels. Anyway, we turned on the family radio to the NBC- Gillette Cavalcade of Sports. That was the program that began with a bell chime and the announcer saying, “To look sharp; feel sharp, be sharp-use Gillette Razor Blades everyday.” Don Dunphy was telling us that this was the fight to settle all the arguments about who was better- Patterson or Johanson. Patterson weighed in at 194lbs after weighing 182 in the first and 190 in the second which is pretty light by today’s standards. Johanson knocked Patterson down twice, with what Johanson referred to as his “tunder”( his right hand), in the first and was knocked down once himself in that first round. The fight lasted until the sixth when Patterson knocked Johanson down and he was unable to beat the ten-count. Those were the days when you didn’t have to ask “For what group?” when somebody mentioned the heavyweight champion of the world. This was a fight that took place fifty years ago and its memory has lasted.

November 17, 2011

11/17/11

Radio Daze I remember listening to the third fight, the rubber match, between Ingemar Johanson and Floyd Patterson, on the radio. It took place on a night in June of 1961 and I was on a date (we caught an early movie and went back to the apartment where Marion lived with her parents). I was sitting at the kitchen table with a soda and some pretzels when her Dad came into the room and told me to come into the living room. I should have known something was amiss when Marion rolled her eyes. How was I to know that her Dad was a big sports guy. Anyway, he turned on the family radio to the NBC- Gillette Cavalcade of Sports. That was the program that began with a bell chime and the announcer saying, “To look sharp; feel sharp, be sharp-use Gillette Razor Blades everyday.” Don Dunphy was telling us that this was the fight to settle all the arguments about who was better- Patterson or Johanson. Patterson weighed in at 194lbs after weighing 182 in the first and 190 in the second which is pretty light by today’s standards. Johanson knocked Patterson down twice, with what Johanson referred to as his “tunder”( his right hand), in the first and was knocked down once himself in that first round. The fight lasted until the sixth when Patterson knocked Johanson down and he was unable to beat the ten count. Those were the days when you didn’t have to ask “For what group?” when somebody mentioned the heavyweight champion of the world. This is a fight that took place fifty years ago and its memory has lasted- even though Marion didn’t.

Dreams Blog

November 11, 2011

Joe Frazier
The first time I met Joe Frazier was at the finals of the NY Daily News Golden Gloves a few years back where they unveiled the new issue of the Sugar Ray Robinson postal stamp. I was sitting along side Carmine Basilio and Joey Giardello. My son, Sean, slipped out to get me a cup of coffee and Frazier quietly came in and sat down NEXT TO ME!
Joey G., who never lost his Brooklyn attitude, yelled, kiddingly at Frazier, “Hey Frazier- get out of that seat, you bum. It belongs to Bob’s son who has to help him with his wheelchair!” Frazier looked around sheepishly and stood up apologizing that he didn’t know. Giardello then said I should have spoken up.
I answered that I was too much in awe of the heavyweight champion of the world to say anything.
Giants-Jets Week 9
The Giants (6-2) beat the Patriots (5-3) 24-20 in an exciting upset that saw the Giants go 80yds in the final minute and a half for the go-ahead TD to win the game. The g-men had only one 3rd down conversion in 11 possessions and then were 3-3 on their final possession. The tension mounted until that last pass into the end zone.
The Jets (5-3) went into Buffalo and beat the Bills (5-3) 27-11 moving them into first place. That Jets-Giants Christmas game is looking bigger and bigger every week. “Gang Green” is going to have to hold onto the ball better. They had three fumbles against the Bills. Their D held the Buffalo runners to 92 yards on 22 rushes- Fred Jackson rushed 8 times for 82 yards by himself.
Big Hits
Giles Marotte played hockey for the Rangers and was known as “Captain Crunch” for his solid hits on fore-checks. There wasn’t a lot of head-hunting done in those days because it seemed that each team had a “policeman” who prevented a lot of head-hunting being done just with their presence (see Orland Kurtenbach). Now this type of self-government has been largely legislated out of existence and stars like Sidney Crosby (injured since January) have been targeted by goons.
New MLB Ownerships
I’m reminded that MLB owners who secured their teams through leveraged buy-outs are paper-rich and often are cash poor so they can’t pay the milkman when those cash payments come due.
World Series Post Script
Greg Drinnan (Kamloops Daily News) noted that Ron Washington’s biggest problem managing the Texas Rangers in the WS was that he couldn’t bring in Nolan Ryan from the front row to pitch in the 10th inning of game 6.
Jair Jurrjen
Jurrjen’s name has been mentioned as a trade target for the Yankees (25yrs, righty, 6’1”200lbs,40-33in 5 yrs, knee injury last 2 yrs, 1.9k-BB, 1.25WHIP) but is viewed as a mid-rotation or an NL addition
Players Share
There’s been a lot of talking being done about the $9billion of basketball-related-income.
Under last year’s contract, the players received 54% or $162million/team, or over $10million/player. That’s not too bad to get before they lace-up their sneakers.
QBs As Coaches
Dan Daly (DC Times) wrote before his Redskins played the 49ers, “Why haven’t more NFL quarterbacks made good NFL coaches? Better yet, why haven’t more good NFL quarterbacks made good NFL coaches.
JimHarbaugh, in his first season as an NFL head man, has the Niners running away in the NFC West at 6-1. This wouldn’t be so noteworthy if, as previously stated, NFL quarterbacks didn’t have such a poor track record in these jobs.
Part of the reason may be that NFL QBs don’t have to become coaches when their playing days are over. They’re recognizable names, many of them, and can trade on that in the business and media worlds. Why stand on the sideline, hearing the boos, when you can sit in a nice, comfy broadcast booth and do the booing yourself — or hang out in a luxury box with a client and drink the booze?
Sonny Jurgensen, you’ll notice, was too intelligent to become an NFL coach. Same with John Elway, who would rather run the Denver Broncos‘ football operations than wear a headset. Joe Montana? Get thee to a winery.
Good NFL quarterbacks haven’t tended to make good NFL coaches. Here are the five Hall of Fame QBs in modern times who have gone on to be head coaches — and the records they’ve compiled:
• Sammy Baugh, 18-24, .429 winning percentage.
• Bob Waterfield, 9-24-1, .279.
• Norm Van Brocklin, 66-100-7, .402.
• Otto Graham, 17-22-3, .440
• Bart Starr, 52-76-3, .408.
The only quarterback who had a decent pro career and went on to be a successful NFL head coach was … (drum roll, please) Tom Flores.”
Lupica’s Good Post
When it’s good, I have to say it. “When Lindsay Lohan showed up at the morgue for her community service the other day — did she spot her career there?”
Fight News
Jorge Teron(25-3,17) was KO’d in the 2nd round by Pier Olivier Cote (18-0,13KO) at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec on 11/5. Cote took advantage of a lazy left Jab by Teron and threw an overhand right that landed right on the button.
Peter Quillin (26-0,20KO) stopped Craig McEwen (19-2,10 KO) by TKO in the 6th round in Cancun, Mexico on 11/5.
Quillin closed McEwen’s right eye with heavy rights that began in the first round.
When the ref stopped the fight the commentators said the stoppage was premature but I watched that last round several times and I thought the ref did the right thing. It was clear to me that McEwen wasn’t defending himself properly and quite possibly have suffered permanent damage if the match continued. In any event Kid Chocolate announced his arrival as a major player on the middleweight scene with this win.
No Biz Like Snow Biz
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “Wyoming had an unusual promotion for its game against TCU: Show up a couple of days early to shovel snow out of the stands for two hours- and get a free ticket.
Which certainly gives a new meaning to ‘finding your seat.’”

Dreams Blog

November 8, 2011

11/8/11

Joe Frazier,RIP
The first time I met Joe Frazier was at the finals of the NY Daily News Golden Gloves a few years back where they unveiled the new issue of the Sugar Ray Robinson postal stamp. I was sitting alongside Carmine Basilio and Joey Giardello. My son, Sean, slipped out to get me a cup of coffee and Frazier quietly came in and sat down NEXT TO ME!
Joey G., who never lost his Brooklyn attitude, yelled at Frazier, “Hey Frazier- get out of that seat, you bum. It belongs to Bob’s son who has to help him with his wheelchair!” Frazier looked around sheepishly and stood up apologizing that he didn’t know somebody else needed the seat. Giardello then said I should have spoken up.
I answered that I was too much in awe of the heavyweight champion of the world to say anything.
Jets-Patriots
The Jets play the Patriots, next, at home and they are coming off two consecutive losses for the first time in nearly ten years. The Jets have a chance to put some room between themselves and the rest of the AFC-East.
HOW-EVAH- they’ll be facing a fired-up New England team that has been under fire from the print & broadcast media who’ve been saying that the “Pats” best isn’t good enough as well as that they’re running with the pack, not leading it, and are headed in the wrong direction.
Giants Outlook
Eli needs better help from up front to keep him from passing the ball off his back foot. Because when he does that bad things often happen.
They didn’y happen more often against the Patriots because NE has a pass “D” that was rated 31st in the league
Peyton Manning
Those medical reports coming out of Indianapolis don’t sound too encouraging for Peyton Manning. It might be too much of a medical risk, in the long run, to rush his return to play this season or ever- three neck surgeries in 19 months ARE ENOUGH!
NBA Owners and Players
I think that NBA owners and players are supposed to be negotiating for a new CBA instead of trying to see who will look worse in the court of public opinion.
The owners have been giving stereotypical fat-cat corporate gluttons a bad name while the players seem to be masquerading as Marie Antoinette while saying “Let them eat cake,”

Dreams Blog

November 4, 2011

Giants (5-2)
The Giants eked out a 20-17 win over the Dolphins (0-7) by having Eli light it up in the 2nd half. The G-Men racked up over 400yds. in the game with only 58yds coming from 23 rushes. Reggie Bush rushed 15 times for 103yds.
Eli threw 31 for 349 while the D had 5 sacks and 1 INT.
It would have been a disaster if they lost this game and they MUST play at a higher level and much better next week against the Patriots.
NFL
Does NFL stand for National Flag League? Not as in “Flag Football” (well, maybe) but as in a lot of penalties for physical play are being called. And, some interference penalties and roughing the passer calls are like “pitty-pat” fouls. They’re fouls that wouldn’t even crack a saltine.
Tom Coughlin
Ian O’Connor (ESPN.com) said that the HC of the NY Giants, Yom Coughlin is unlike the Coach of the Jets in that “he doesn’t talk bigger than his team plays.”
Al Davis
Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle) wrote about Al Davis saying, “When the Raiders trained in Santa Rosa, Davis had a private booth in the hotel’s restaurant, equipped with a then-hip telephone. John Lee Hooker had a private booth in his Fillmore blues joint, the Boom Boom Room. Davis was hired by the Raiders in 1963, a year after Hooker had a hit with “Boom Boom.” Each man cultivated a bad-ass mystique. They had a lot in common, the bluesman and the bruise man. Seems fitting that they now rest next to one another.”
Negotiations
Norman Chad writing as “The Couch Slouch” posted, with tongue in cheek, that he would like to , “Ask (NBA) Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov(about the NBA lockout) if he knows any persuasive Russian ‘negotiators.’”
Cardinal Chaos
The button pushing St. Louis Cardinal manager, Tony LaRussa, experienced a mental or mechanical blow-up.
Let’s set the stage- its game 5 in the WS; the score and the series is tied at 2; its inning 7; Cardinal Pitcher Chris Carpenter has thrown 101 pitches when LaRussa comes out and yanks him (Carpenter often throws more than
The reliever gives up a double and a walk. LaRussa brings in Rzepcznski who turns a DP into an infield hit. LaRussa claimed he asked the bull pen to have Rzepcznski and Mott (who throws 100MPH) warm up. The pen says they heard Rzepczski and Lynn (who should have been unavailable) and heard Lynn twice (that’s their story).
Thomas Boswell (DC Post) wrote, “LaRussa loves to pull levers more than anyone in baseball. But this time, every one was connected to a keg of dynamite. BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Out go the lights.”
I’ve been hearing that a lot of pressure was put on Joe Torre to call game 6 early by the TV people. The network people would rather have game 7 on Friday night than on Thursday. The NL people weren’t against that because it gave Carpenter an extra day’s rest so he was able to start that 7th game.
I also heard that the skies cleared after the game was called. Frankie Frisch and Dizzy Dean must have been working on the other side.
Possible Yankees Targets
Roy Oswalt 33yrs, righty,159-93 but 22-23 last 3/yr,220IP, 180k/yr, 3.5 K/BB 1.19WHIP, but his lower back health is questionable.
Mark Buehrle 32yrs,lefty, 161-119, 223IP/yr, 126K/Y,2.5K/BB,1.28WHIP
Edwin Jackson 27yrs,righty,60-60, 195IP/yr, 195K/yr,140K/y,3.7 k/BB, 1.48 WHIP
All 3 of them are back of the rotation pitchers and might be not as good as Freddy Garcia- 34yrs. righty,145-95, 215IP/yr,154K/yr, 2.11K/BB, 1.3WHIP
A Good Read
DJ Gallo (ESPN.com) said we should read the Wake Forrest football program and check out the team’s roster that includes the names of TE Gelo Orange and TE Dino Folino and he said, “If you don’t like saying ‘Dino Folino,’ we can’t be friends.”
BTW, DJ Gallo is the founder of SportsPickle.com.
Pro Basketball News
Do you miss reading about NBA games, who won, who was the leading scorer, who was arrested? I sure don’t!
A Hole In One
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) asked, “Hear about the guy who got booted from the golf-themed funeral?
He broke the silence by blurting, ‘Get in the hole!’”
More From Dwight
“Two Drake University basketball players were arrested for shoplifting.
“Which certainly puts a whole new spin on ‘pickup game.’”
Sonny Boy
Bill Conlin (Philly Daily News) wrote about heavyweight champ Sonny Liston, whose contract was owned by Blinky Palermo and Frankie Carbo (“two proud alums of New York’s Lucchesi “Murder Incorporated” family”).
He was an imposing and scary figure who used to pick up extra pocket cash by making collections for some of Philly’s under world. After he KO’d Floyd Patterson he returned to Philly and Larry Merchant wrote, “Emily Post would probably recommend a ticker-tape parade. For confetti, we can use shredded warrants of arrest.”
He was even scarier than Tyson , of whom Conlin wrote, “Tyson’s physical and psychological annihilation in Atlantic City of Michael Spinks answered the question: “Are boxers ever scared before a fight?” Michael looked so terrified, I figured he had to be wearing Depends to avoid an involuntary “startage” in a bout where he got involuntary “stoppage” instead.”
This was all a lead in to his thoughts on the Hopkins-Dawson debacle. “Referee Pat Russell and the California State Athletic Commission stole $60 from me.
That’s what it cost to watch HBO present 46-year-old Philly homeboy Bernard Hopkins and light-heavyweight challenger Chad Dawson go two rounds with one more tackle than scoring blows.
Toward the end of a listless Round 2, B-Hop threw a right Dawson ducked under. Everybody but Russell saw Chad wrap both gloves around the X-Man’s legs, lift him and throw him through the ropes and onto the ring apron.
If the Eagles had tackled like that this season, they’d be 6-0.
Look, it was a foul. The result should have been either an immediate disqualification of Dawson or, what the WBC decided it was Thursday, a Technical No Decision. California won’t rule until December. But who cares?”
Fantasy Draft
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) told us, “Well, duh: The No. 1 pick in our Professional Bull Riders fantasy league was Ryan Dirteater.”