Dreams Blog

June 29, 2012

 

Make It Clear

Clemens was found Not Guilty ONLY (not innocent) of lying to Congress not innocent of taking PEDs.

The Pols must have thought it was for lying IN Congress and that they were at work on the floor of the house.

ROBBED!

Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) wrote about a previous boxing travesty. “The erosion of interest in boxing is not exactly breaking news, but Manny Pacquiao’s controversial split-decision loss in Las Vegas recalls a ringside heist 19 years ago that seemed to resonate even more with the general sporting public.                             I was at the Alamodome in San Antonio in 1993 when Norfolk’s Pernell “Sweetpea” Whitaker clearly beat Jose Cesar Chavez, who came into the ring 87-0 with 75 knockouts. Two of the three judges stole the fight from Sweetpea.                                                        Though the third judge gave the fight to Whitaker, he had to settle for what was declared a “majority draw,” a travesty by any other name.                                                                                         Naturally, this was an important story in the pages of The Virginian-Pilot. But it was a lot bigger than that. On the cover of Sports Illustrated the following week, Whitaker was shown landing a right hand to Chavez’s jaw above the headline, “Robbed!”                            I’ll be surprised if Pac-Man and Timothy Bradley are the primary attractions on this week’s S.I. cover, but if so, it will be the exception that proves the rule.                                                           A boxing renaissance grew out of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics that featured Whitaker, Evander Holyfield, Mark Breland and Meldrick Taylor. As in years past, boxing was a staple of Olympic TV coverage.                                                                                        Like Whitaker and Holyfield, the best boxers moved seamlessly from the Olympics to the pro ranks and into the public’s consciousness. Muhammad Ali. Joe Frazier. George Foreman. Sugar Ray Leonard. Roy Jones Jr. They captured our imagination at the Olympics.                                                                              But that’s mostly changed, as has our view of the sport. As carrier and choreographer of the Olympics, NBC barely recognizes boxing’s presence – in part, because Olympic broadcasts are now tailored for women.                                                                           Had Whitaker come along 10 years later with a career that followed the same trajectory, would he have been an S.I. cover boy? Probably not.                                                                                 The fight game is more walled-off from mainstream tastes than when Sweetpea was robbed in a dome in front of 65,000 people, though larceny remains at the bottom of its dark soul.

I watched the replay and scored it 117-111 for Pacquiao. What match were two of the judges watching to score it 115-113 Bradley. That would have meant Pac-Man lost 8 rounds.

If it’s Ever On DVD Grab It

TJ Simers (LA Times) wrote about Joe Torre’s “Safe At Home Foundation”  Dinner where Vin Scully talked on stage with Torre, Tony LaRussa, Mike Scosia, Tommy Lasorda, and Don Mattingly.

Their stories are well worth a purchase.

Torre talked about on argument he had with umpire Dutch Rennert, “”Dutch misses a play at first and I go running out,” Torre says. “I say, ‘Dutch, why are you such a good umpire behind the plate and so [horrible] on the bases?’
“Dutch looks at me and says, ‘Isn’t that something?’
“I just turned around and went back to the dugout.”

Not Again! Enough Already!

The Sports Curmudgeon delivered a rant on the latest Lance Armstrong attack. I’ve decided that when I grow up I’m going to try being an independent arbitrator. “The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) again accuses Lance Armstrong of doping; and by issuing its report, Armstrong is banned from competing in any triathlons. If that last sentence makes you think that the USADA lacks the typical checks and balances that exist in other US institutions, you will be happy to know that – – wait for it – – independent arbitrators hired by USADA will conduct the hearing on the validity of the USADA report.                                         Obviously, I only know what the press has reported here and the press only knows what USADA has chosen to put in its report. Let me say that I am singularly unimpressed with what the report says. According to a story in the Washington Post, the report says that blood samples taken from Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 are:       “… fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.”                                                        Often in these rants, I go out of my way to tell you that I am not a lawyer when I discuss a legal matter; the same goes for my lack of economic training when I try to discuss macroeconomic concepts. However, this time I do bring expertise to the table. My training is as a chemist; I have a PhD in chemistry dating back to 1970, which means I would fail miserably if I had to take my PhD preliminary exams again today, but I do know my way around an analytical laboratory.                                                                                    That wording in the USADA report stands far short of a declaration by a laboratory scientist that there is qualitative and/or quantitative evidence that a specifically banned substance was detected in the blood sample. If in fact a real lab scientist made such a finding, that fact would be stated explicitly. Moreover, because lab science demands reproducibility, there would be a reference to the exact tests and methods used to arrive at the results so that a totally independent laboratory might follow the procedures and achieve the same results. In other words, my reading of that phraseology in the USADA report translates to: “These samples are not like blood samples you would find in Joe Flabeetz when he comes in for his annual physical with his primary care physician but we are unable to identify how or why it is different.”                                                                                 Rambling With The Knicks

When Jeremy Lin was a healthy point guard, he distributed the ball well enough to have the team post quite a few “W’s”.

I don’t think the Knicks should try to sign Steve Nash. While he’s a HOF candidate, he’s 38 and has a salary that’d put NY’s cap out of whack.

Pop Quiz

Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) sent a quiz before going on vacation. Here is one question, “What’s rarer today, an NBA draft pick with a diploma or one without multiple tattoos?”

 

 

 

 

 

Dreams Blog

June 22, 2012

 

 

Marshall Faulk Speaks Against Less NFL Violence

Bryan Burwell (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) asked Marshall Faulk for his views on the legislation limiting NFL violence. “Now 39 years old, retired and almost one year into his life as a recently inducted Hall of Famer, Faulk also perfectly represents the contradictory dilemma facing his sport as his NFL community wrestles with the complex repercussions of its violent nature.                                                  ‘It’s pretty simple for me,’ Faulk said. ‘Player safety is. Go play golf. Go play basketball where they call fouls for slapping you on the hand.’                                                                                               … But it’s football. I hope guys get to play longer and there aren’t as many injuries as there were in the past. But I’m sorry, it is a contact sport. And I will feel cheated to a certain extent (if too many changes are made) because I want to watch the contact sport that I grew up loving and watching, but I know that’s no longer possible.’                                                                                             When I asked him if it was possible to make the game safer, he shrugged his shoulders. ‘And have it remain the game we love?’ he said. ‘I don’t think so.’                                                               Faulk takes pride in the fact that he is one of the rare football miracles whose body seems to have weathered the storm.                                                                                                                             But even as he talked about how lucky he is, Faulk admitted that he can’t predict the future and really won’t know for years if all those blows he took and delivered might have produced some bell-ringing damage that went undetected and now is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.                                                                                                          ‘I’m lucky,’ he said. ‘But I hope we’re having a conversation 10 years from now and I can still say I am lucky.’”

Mantle And Mays                                                                                                  Dan Daly (DC Times) wrote about a new Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays- not too much pressure, huh, “It’s early, sure, but you get the sense these two outfielders are going to be playing Highlight Tag for the next decade or so. They’re the sports equivalent of Irish twins — Trout breaking in with the Angels midway through last season, Harper being called up by the Nats 20 games into this one. Indeed, they remind you a little of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, center fielders supreme, debuting in 1951 at 19 (Mantle) and 20 (Mays).

Mickey, of course, went on to wallop 536 homers, and Willie reached an even loftier total: 660. Better still, they shared the same city in the early part of their careers (in the years, that is, before the Giants moved to San Francisco). Harper and Trout won’t enjoy quite the same proximity, their home bases being 2,500 miles apart, but the world is a much smaller place than it was half a century ago. Besides, as he showed at Rogers Centre this week, Bryce might be able to hit the ball 2,500 miles.

At last glance, Harper had a .303/.384/.548 line (OPS+: 150), and Trout — 14 months older, for those of you scoring at home — was at .341/.401/.541 (OPS+: 163). Nice starting points, especially if you want to make some history. After all, Alex Rodriguez reached The Show at 18, Ken Griffey Jr. at 19 and Frank Robinson and Eddie Mathews, to name two more legends, at 20. All topped 500 homers, and all are either in Cooperstown or headed in that direction.

In other words, for all the hand-wringing about “rushing” phenoms such as these, many of the greats made it to the majors — and did damage there — before they reached drinking age. It’s one of the reasons they were so great.

Just think how entertaining it’ll be, in the years ahead, to debate the relative merits of these two prodigies. Will Harper’s raw power give him the edge at the plate? Will Trout’s athleticism give him the nod on the bases and in the field? How will they stack up statistically? It could be like The Mick and the Say Hey Kid all over again. A man can hope, at least.

No Hitter?

The Official Scorer called BJ Upton’s first inning hot smash down the third base line a hit even though Mets David Wright got a hand on it.  After it was reviewed, as was being cried for, it were called an error, RA Dickey would have been credited for a no hitter. However, you can’t go back and un-break an egg.

I don’t think the ruling should change.  

He’s in attack mode                                                                                                     Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) commented about Tommy Lasorda’s health, “Tommy Lasorda had a heart attack? Ex-Dodger Kirk Gibson wasn’t surprised.                                                          ‘Probably went out and pounded a huge meal, and went down,” the Diamondbacks manager told AP. “I’ve eaten several meals with him, so I know what it’s like. I felt like I was having a heart attack after eating with him as well.’”                                                             

Breaking news                                                                                                                   Dwight  commented about the Pacquiao-Bradley scoring,                                                       “Boxer Timothy Bradley suffered a broken left foot in Saturday’s controversial victory over Manny Pacquiao.                                                                                                  Though two of the three ringside doctors scored it 115-113, nonfracture.”

Soccer Shoot-outs?

The Sports Curmudgeon looked at them and wrote, “In the past, my comments about FIFA as an organization and about Sepp Blatter as its President have not always been laudatory. Today, I want to offer unadorned praise for President Blatter. Last month,  he tasked Franz Beckenbauer – – as the Chairman of Football Task Force 2014 – – to come up with a way to determine championships in football. Speaking to a FIFA Congress in Budapest, Blatter said:

“Football can be a tragedy when you go to penalty kicks. Football should not go to one to one, when it goes to penalty kicks football loses its essence … Perhaps Franz Beckenbauer with his Football 2014 group can show us a solution perhaps not today but in the future.”

So there is no ambiguity here, let me say:

I could not agree more.”

 

-Me either

Exercise

Greg Drinnin (Kamloops Daily News) wrote that, “Scrolling, in a vain attempt to find tennis, I saw Pilates With Susan Lucci. I believe she used to date Pontius.”

 

 

 

 

Dreams Blog

June 15, 2012

 

 

NBA-OT

Gwen Knapp (SF Chronicle) suggested allowing another personal foul to eligible players in NBA games. “The NBA, and the college game for that matter, should add an extra foul for every two overtime periods. If a player had been benched in regulation, he would remain disqualified. But if a player can get through a full 48 minutes of NBA basketball, he should get something akin to a fresh start if the game keeps going.                                                                                                                              The current formula is simple. Colleges allow five over 40 minutes and the NBA six over 48 – one for every eight minutes. Allowing another for every two periods of overtime – 10 minutes – requires even more careful budgeting. It won’t produce a goon effect, with endless walks to the free-throw line. It will prevent the telecast of a great game from becoming a constant pan to the bench, showing the real players watching the action rather than delivering it.”       

Jenkins’ Jottings

Bruce Jenkins (SF Chronicle) gave us these thoughts: “We have no idea what Saturday night’s Game 7 (written before Miami beat Boston) may bring, just as we’re not sure how Tiger will fare on the spectacularly narrow fairways of the Olympic Club next week. We only know that nobody stirs the public’s interest quite like Tiger and LeBron. Some recoil, some rejoice. No one turns away. 

Please, give us just one look at Manny Ramirez in an A’s uniform. It could be terribly depressing, but on this club, what’s the downside?”

Backup Plan

Ian O’Connor (ESPN) wrote that Tim Tebow will really fill the need for a competent 2nd stringer who could step in in case of an injury. “As a second-stringer with some first-string qualities, as an athlete acquired to attack an area of weakness, Tim Tebow always made perfect football sense. Rex Ryan never had a worthy quarterback behind Mark Sanchez, and Tebow changed that in a New York minute.                                                                                                                   Tebow was hired to pump new blood into a fake contender desperate for some. He radiates a positive, can-do vibe; even the haters have to concede as much. Tebow can be a difference-maker in what was a divided, dysfunctional locker room in 2011.                     ‘I think everybody sees Tim for what he is,’ Ryan said after his final OTA, ‘and that’s a super-competitive guy, and he’s good with teammates. He’s always building guys up, I noticed, and by the way, he’s a talented kid.’                                                                                Ryan told a little story from his podium, told of walking into the weight room to find a big, beefy lineman challenging Tebow to a duel. The lineman grabbed a heavy weight with each hand, stretched his arms out wide as if to form a cross and held them for about a minute and four seconds, shaking the whole time before turning over the weights to Tebow.                                                                                                                              And Tim went for a minute and 18,” Ryan said.                                                              The coach went on about Tebow’s willingness to tuck the ball and run in practice, even when the defense is in a pass-friendly alignment and chirping at the newbie to put it in the air. ‘He’s done some things in previous practices,’ Ryan said, ‘where it’s like, ‘Wow, that’s a football player.’”

Shea’s Bull Pen

John Shea (SF Chronicle) filled us in about, “Albert Pujols‘ team? Until further notice, the Angels are Mike Trout‘s team. They were 6-14. Then promoted Trout. Since then, they’re 25-15.

All We Are Saying

Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle) called for his Giants to use Barry Bonds as a hitting coach. “Bonds, based on anecdotal evidence and his own claims, has a near-mystical knowledge of the art and science of hitting. It is at least possible he could make an impact on this team.

No major shakeup needed. The Giants could have Bonds work with a few hitters behind the scenes.

Bonds’ calling card was selective – very selective – aggression. At his peak, he had no weakness, no holes or flaws in his swing or approach. And he knew why he was doing what he was doing. He knows stuff nobody else knows.

What if Bonds could unleash the dormant power of Brandon Belt? Or sell Pablo Sandoval on the value of patience?

All we are saying is give Bonds a chance.”

X Games                                                                                         Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) told us that, “The L.A. Coliseum, home to USC’s football team, was used as the scene of a pornographic movie 10 years ago, it was recently revealed.                                                                                       Red-faced school officials say they really shouldn’t comment until they’ve had a chance to study the films.”                                              More Dwight

“LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman, the Orioles’ first-round draft pick, superstitiously eats a doughnut before each game he pitches and four more during it.                                                                              To no one’s surprise, his out pitch is a glazing fastball.”

OOOF!

Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, to the Chicago Tribune, on why there are so few knuckleball pitchers: “There’s not one scout looking for the next Hoyt Wilhelm.”

Question

Q- How can you tell if Bob Arum isn’t being truthful?                               A- His mouth is open.

A Good Commentator

Bernard Hopkins spent five years behind bars for armed robbery and wasn’t isolated from the general population as is Floyd Mayweather. So, he is a good reference source about how Mayweather might be doing. “It will be easier for him to think about hjs plusses and minuses. He wants to go home to his mansion. But if he’d gone there instead to his girl friend’s place and assaulted her in front of her children, he wouldn’t be sitting in his jail cell now thinking there’s no place like home.”

SC’s Thoughts

The Sports Curmudgeon wrote, “Now, Pacquiao has lost a fight in a controversial decision. Just about everyone who covered the fight says that Pacquiao won the fight handily but two judges ruled that Bradley won the fight so that is the way it stands on the record. That event happened as Mayweather is in jail serving a 90-day sentence. So now, we have both fighters with “damaged reputations” and they can fight now with “Redemption” as the promotional theme.                                                                             Some folks have called for an investigation of the two judges who gave the decision to Bradley. That is not necessary- any more than it’s necessary to investigate ‘rassling’ referees.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreams Blog

June 8, 2012

 

 

 

It Makes Me Proud

I’m proud to say I’ve known Peter Quillin since he appeared, in a four rounder, on a John Duddy St. Patrick’s Day card at the Garden. Quillin (27-0, 20KO) has matured, improved his skills and become a force, within the Middleweight boxing division, with whom to be reckoned.

He won his match with Winky Wright handily (97-92, 98-91, 98-91). But it was the way he allowed Wright to finish on his feet (51-6-1, 25KO) when he had Wright rocked in the ninth that impressed me the most. Quillin was aware that this ex-World Champ had never been KO’d.

I Vote NO About Instant Replay

It’s pretty much a given that the quality of play among today’s Major Leaguers is not as high as it once was because the number  of Major League teams has increased and the player-selection pools are smaller. Likewise, the prospective umpire pools have gotten smaller.

So, don’t be so quick to jump on the instant replay bandwagon.

Initiation of instant replays will eliminate the human factor from baseball to a large degree. The game will become sterile, shiny, and glimmer like stainless steel. It’s the human factor that allows fans to be able to argue over interpretations among themselves ( I STILL think Jackie Robinson was out when he tried to steal home in the World Series but was tagged by Yogi Berra),

Bruce Jenkins (SF Chronicle) disagreed and said, “Umpires will lose quite a bit of authority. But they have lost the right – through sheer incompetence – to keep the traditional system. Technology is worthless if you don’t put it in play.”

I figure there were an average of 260 pitches to be called per game; plus 51 put-outs called in a game; figure 310 times 162 games per season; times 14.5 teams= almost ¾ of a million umpire calls.

Umpires DO matter, need to be in charge, and be the live arbiters.
Another Annoying Thing

When I read or hear a recap about a pitcher’s no hitter and the reporter refers to it as a “no-no,” it makes me shudder as though I just heard nails scraping across a blackboard.                                  It isn’t cute or hip.

Rogue Ump

Joe Girardi is playing down Russell Martin’s trip to the AL office to talk about the back-and-forth he had with umpire Laz          Diaz.  Diaz might have just had a bad day before coming to the park because after Martin complained about some balls and strikes calls, Diaz refused to allow Martin to throw replacement balls back to the pitcher, saying that Martin had to EARN (?) that privilege. The league might have their eyes on Diaz to see if there’s a repeat. 

I Feel A Draft

There are 40 rounds in this year’s amateur draft for MLB. At the max, it could mean that 1200 players could be chosen. You might have to find a new newspaper delivery person.                         Steve Rosenbloom (ChiTrib) wrote in his “Rosenblog”, “That the amateur draft will continue, I believe, until every graduating high school student in America is selected.”                                                                                     Former ChiSox GM, Ron Scheuler, drafted his daughter in the 43rd round of the 1993 draft.                                                                        

What A Difference An “A” Makes

It didn’t seem too long after Osi Umenyiora parted ways with his agent Tony Agnone that the Giants announced that Osi’s contract was “restructured.” Umenyiora said he wasn’t going to sign on with another agent for now. We might see Agnone return at the nd of next season when Osi’s interim deal expires.

NBA Draft

Brad Dickson (Omaha World-Herald) comment about this year’s NBA draft lottery, “As usual Kim Kardashian got first pick.” Local Amateur Draft

It’s always near impossible to predict where these players will be in four years.

At first look, I’d give the Mets a C+ by picking Gavin Cecchini (shortstop) as # 1 and Kevin Plawecki (catcher).

The Yankees get a B from me for picking Ty Hensley (right handed P) as #1; Austin Aune (cf) and Peter O’Brien (catcher) in the 2nd round.

Start Me Up

Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle) wrote, “The Warriors took about a week to iindentify a new arena site, make plans and announce their intent. Meanwhile, Bud Selig‘s blue-ribbon committee is making plans to celebrate its fourth season of dithering.

— That blue-ribbon committee has been around longer than the Rolling Stones.”  Scott also wrote: “If you are a person who whines, ‘C’mon, refs, let the players decide the game,’ next time you are the victim of a crime, don’t call the cops, work it out with the criminal.”                                                                                                         

A Crisis In Waiting

The Sports Curmudgeon looked at the upcoming NHL talks with doubts, “Well, you do have to consider that the NHLPA has a new leader. Donald Fehr is now in charge there and Donald Fehr has a history of work stoppages and obstructionism that goes along with any and all of the benefits that he has accrued for players in unions under his direction. Moreover, Donald Fehr has an ego-bruise that he needs to soothe. When last we saw Donald Fehr in a “starring role” he was sitting in a Congressional hearing room being dressed down like an impudent schoolboy by a bunch of Congressthings over his obstructionism regarding steroid testing in MLB. He has a need to remind folks that he is indeed the “smartest guy in the room”                                                                                              Remember you read it here second!

Mutt-check time                                                                      Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “A veterinarian told CBS he’s spotted golf balls, fish hooks, needles and toys when X-raying a dog’s stomach.                                                                                       ‘They’ve pretty much seen it all,’ noted Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express, ‘… well, except homework.’”

How Fitting

Dwight remarked that the Charlotte Bobcats, “After posting the worst winning percentage in NBA history- couldn’t win the draft lottery, either.”                                                                        Dwight passed this along from Brad Dickson (Omaha Neb. World-Herald), on Barry Bonds’ desire to work for the Giants in some capacity: “Baseball executives said Bonds will be welcomed back with open arms, just as soon as the commissioner can find jobs for the 1919 Chicago Black Sox.”

 

 

 

 

Dreams Blog

June 1, 2012

 

 

Heat Brings Feet

I’m hoping that Memorial Day will signal A-Rod’s bat to wake up. Last season Derek Jeter kept hearing that he was over the hill early in the year. But then as the weather grew warmer so did his game.

Hopefully the pin strippers will come out of hibernation .

I wonder if warm Yankee Stadium winds give lift and distance to fly balls.

The Darkened Light

The Chicago Cubs hired Theo Epstein to carry the light that would lead the team into the Word Series winners circle. But as of 5/22 the Cubbies have a record of 15-26, are in last place in the NL-Central, and have lost their last six.

So, my question to Theo is- How is it working out for you, so far?

HMMM, my Yankees aren’t doing that much better right now. They’ve gone 3-7 in the last 10 and lost the last three.

Theo shed some light on this problem. He’s gathering as much young talent for the Cubs that he can and not rush bringing them up to the big club.

Their calendars for ML service time won’t start moving toward player arbitration until they do reach the majors. The ideal theory here is that they’ll all develop together (think the “Core Four” here).

So, maybe Epstein DOES have a plan.

Nova-Coates

I looked at Ivan Nova’s (3-yrs,; 23-8; 4.27 ERA) career and how it seems that the Yankees always seem to hit well behind him and it reminded me of retired NY right hander Jim Coates.

Coates’ 9-yrs show a 43-22 overall record but  37-15 in 5-yrs in NY. His 9-yr ERA was 4.00 but his NY ERA was 3.64. The Yankee bats came alive when he pitched.

It seems Nova has had the same effect in  regard to Yank hitting. He has a 23-8 record and a, not-so-stellar, ERA OF 4.27.    

Changing Of The Guard

“The old order changes,” wrote Tom Boswell (DC Post). “Often, it’s hard to know who is arriving. But it’s usually clear who’s leaving. This time it’s the Red Sox, Yankees and Phillies.

Don’t say “goodbye” to these household-name teams; they have the most wins in baseball over the last nine years. But feel free to say “see you around,” as in, see you around second, third or fourth place but not much on the top of the heap for several years.

The most basic reason the Yanks, Red Sox and Phils have had mundane springs can be found in the simplest location: the disabled list. The better you are, the harder you probably play. The further you advance in postseason, the more games you endure, year after year. Parades have a price.

The inevitable link between age and injury is only exacerbated by long contracts. Success in baseball forges its own anchors. Sooner or later, almost every World Series winner, hoping to keep everybody happy, signs a contract so long and so dumb that, with hindsight, you can hardly believe it.”

NBA West  

San Antonio is going up against Oklahoma City and Bruce Jenkins is rooting for the Thunder to beat Greg Popovich, Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker. He wrote, “We can only hope it goes seven. In the wake of injuries, thuggery,  dissention and incompetence we’ve seen too often in the playoffs so far, we could all use a break.”                                                                                                          The Ax-man Cometh

The Orlando Magic fired their coach Stan VanGundy and “split” with GM Otis Smith. So I guess that Dwight Howard won their power struggle.

It’s always easier to swallow the salaries of the coach and GM than eat the salary of the player.

I Have To Say It

Lupica (NY Daily News) had a really good thought when he said that the Orlando Magic should ask Donnie Walsh to be the general manager. I agree.

Auerbach’s Damnation

Frank Fitzpatrick (Philly Inquirer) wrote a letter he might have written to Red Auerbach in his column. “I thought,” he composed, “I’d write because I wasn’t sure they had wireless in hell.”

He is just as mad at Auerbach as I still am. All of those Boston wins in the 60’s and 70’s sting and that infernal victory cigar, that infernal cigar still smells badly. “I don’t know how the eternal-damnation works, but if you ever get a day off from the brimstone and suffering, please reply. I’m not expecting you too, though. I hear the mail service is horrible in hell, even though the place is teeming with disgruntled postal workers.”   

Perry Posts

Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) sent along these posts: “Talk about astronomical: Houston’s Astrodome cost $35 million in 1965 to build. It would cost $70 million to demolish it now.                Eugene Polley, inventor of the TV remote control, has died at age 96.                                                                                                  Couch potatoes immediately honored him with a mute-button moment of silence.”

Knucklehead-Of-The-Week

Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle) nominated the Raiders’ new coach Dennis Allen for the award Memorial Day Weekend. He wrote, “The Raiders‘ new coach – and general manager Reggie McKenzie – vowed to change the Raider image and build with character. No criminals or outlaws.

Allen says his players won’t necessarily be held accountable for “past sins,” those committed prior to his hiring.                                                                                                 Really? As long as a Raiders player hasn’t shot at anyone in the last couple months, or his crime wasn’t committed on company property, he’s good to go?

Somewhere, Al Davis is winking.”

Safeguards

There have been many reports about the presences of CTE (Chronic Trauma Encephalopathy) with regard to head injuries suffered by athletes.

More than one retired NFL player has said that he wasn’t going to allow his children play school football. Naturally these statements elicited replies that said, “So and So made a lot of money playing football in the NFL and now he’s turning his back on the league.”

Of course these people would never allow their children ride in an automobile without being strapped in or being in a car seat.

Theme Song

“RJ Currie has a theme song,” Greg Drinnan (Kamloops News) wrote- “Suggestion for the New Jersey Devils’ playoff run: “He ain’t heavy, he’s my Brodeur.”