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December 29, 2014

Week 17
The kindest thing I can pass along is that the season is over
Nathan Eovaldi
Cashman gave up a lot in a trade that brought him to NY. He’s only 25, so there’s time. Last year he threw 199 innings and gave up 223 hits- the most in MLB for a starter. His K average was low (6.9/9inn) for someone with a 96MPH fastball- so let’s see.
“Jet-itty”
The Jets had a GM named Izzy,
Who put the team in a tizzy,
He drafted all wrong, gave away his stars for a song,
Them had his QB, Geno, very dizzy!
Jets Suggestion
The Sports Curmudgeon forwarded this and it could be applied to the team in green, “Here is a cogent observation from Gregg Drinnan form a recent iteration of his blog, Keeping Score:
“The Los Angeles Dodgers, who are undergoing almost a complete makeover, may have one of those rare management groups that chose to keep the manager and fire the players.”
Factfinders R Us
The Sports Curmudgeon, also, gave his opinion about Mueller’s Non-Report, “Last week, I asked rhetorically what might be taking so long for a report by Robert Mueller on how the NFL got the “Ray Rice Affair” so very wrong. Well, it appears that I am not alone in wondering about the pace of the investigation. Here is an item from Scott Ostler just this weekend in the SF Chronicle:
“Robert Mueller, the ex-FBI guy heading up the investigation into the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice elevator video, finally got around to obtaining e-mail and phone records of office employees. It took Mueller’s crack investigative team nearly four months to get to this stage. You don’t want ’em to rush to judgment, but you don’t want ’em to get lapped by a glacier.”
Professor Ostler’s last sentence there is important. There are far too many times when a rush to judgment – often fueled by an intense desire for an initial report to be true – leads to wrong conclusions and wrongheaded actions. Rushes to judgment are probably no better than 50/50 to arrive at the correct endpoint. And then, there is glacial progress…
Let me demonstrate how a rush to judgment can get one out on a limb. I would be willing to wager that within the NFL Security Division – or whatever its official organizational title might be – there are more than a couple of folks who were once employed at the FBI. So, I could put two and two together and “suggest” that Mueller has been dragging his feet so that those ex-FBIers have a chance to cover their tracks. Were I writing a mystery novel that might actually be a semi-interesting plot line? However if I posit that motive as part of an opinion piece or as a direct accusation, I should be required to provide some kind of evidence to support it and that evidence would have to be a lot more than Professor Ostler’s comment above plus the fact that the NFL hired some people who used to work for the FBI in the Security Department.
I do not know what the delay(s) may be here. I do know that I am eager to read whatever the NFL makes public of the Mueller report because I really do want to know how and why the folks in NFL Security did not find a way to get hold of the tapes that TMZ got hold of. To paraphrase Senator Howard Baker, I really would like to know who in the NFL knew what and when he/she knew it.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote: “Fuzzy Thurston, one of the pulling guards in Vince Lombardi’s famed Packer sweep who died last Sunday at age 80, grew to be 6 feet 1 and 245 pounds in his NFL days.
“He had a growth spurt in college — or maybe a weight spurt,” ex-line mate Jerry Kramer told The New York Times. “I think he found beer, or something.
Stat of the Week
“The Seahawks won three playoff games in 2014 — or three times as many as the Detroit Lions have won since 1957.”
“SportsDeke.com said, after the Panthers beat the Capitals in an NHL-record 20-round shootout: “The last time a shootout used that many rounds, it was ended by Doc Holliday.”
Former NBA draft bust Darko Milicic, 29, lost in his kickboxing debut, but he wasn’t at a loss for words.
‘The next time, it will be better,’ Milicic told AP. ‘I’m invincible.’
‘Really?’ asked Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review­Journal. “Apparently invincible has a much different meaning in Serbia.”
Stampeders punter Rob Maver, to the Calgary Sun, on the enormity of a hit he absorbed in the Grey Cup game: “I was trying to breathe and throw up, and I couldn’t do either.”
Mike Florio of NBCsports.com, after Bears QB Jay Cutler said “everyone could get axed”: “Cutler’s predictions regarding the team’s future could end up being a lot more accurate than many of his passes.”
This probably wasn’t music to Rory McIlroy’s ears.
While the golf champ was getting interviewed by BBC at halftime of the Ulster-Connacht rugby match in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the stadium loudspeakers serendipitously started playing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.”
McIlroy, of course, broke off his celebrated engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki seven months ago.
Deep Thoughts, Cheap Shots
Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle) recommended that we, “File under “stuff to look forward to in 2015, or 2016, or …”: The announcement of findings by Bud Selig’s blue ribbon committee studying the A’s proposed move to San Jose, and the results of Robert Mueller’s investigation into when the NFL saw the Ray Rice elevator video.”
Random Evidence Of A Cluttered Mind
Greg Cote (Miami Herald) wrote: “British Tabloids report David Beckham has approached U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard about joining his Miami MLS team.
Which would be exciting if Beckham actually, you know, had a Miami MLS team”
“Giants pitcher and World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner once dated a girl named Madison Bumgarner. Had they married, I wonder if she would have gone by Madison Bumgarner-Bumgarner?”

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December 21, 2014

Week 15 Patriots (12-3) 17 Jets (3-12) 16
The Jets’ D pretty much manhandled Brady, sacking him 4 times, hitting him, and rushing him. You can say what you want about Rex Ryan, but you can’t say he’s not a good defensive coach. NE only rushed for 85 on 24 carries, and passed 23/35,182. As far as I can see, Geno’s 1 INT and Folk’s missed FG turned the game away from the Jets.
Giants (6-9) 37 Rams (6-9) 27
The Rams appeared to think they could get the Giants off their game with rough stuff but NY only had that 1 incident protecting Beckham where 2 s players were bounced. The Rams didn’t stop and later on one of the Ram defenders launched himself at Beckham who stopped short and the Ram hit his own team mate, injuring him.
The Giants ran McAdoo’s offense pretty well and totaled 514 yards to the Rams’ 387. Williams rushed 26-110yds. Beckham caught 8 for 148yds. and 2 TDs.
Yankee Hot Stove
Andrew Marchand (ESPNNY.com) said, “Brian Cashman is preaching patience and insists the Yankees should not and will not do anything they are not comfortable doing. Basically, the current organizational philosophy is discipline over big splashes.
Now it is time to see if it stays that way.
As each starter falls off the board, the bread crumbs lead to the Yankees maybe making a late run at Scherzer if they want to be true playoff and World Series contenders in 2015.
Scherzer offers the innings and the dominant stuff to combine with a strong bullpen that could vault the Yankees back into October. All the Yankees need to do is change their newfound policy of not giving long-term deals to 30-something pitchers. Just because the Yankees sat out the winter meetings doesn’t mean they plan to sit out the winter, and certainly self-proclaimed “finance geek” Hal Steinbrenner must know it’s bad business to send out basically the same team in 2015 that missed the playoffs in 2014 — and 2013, for that matter — and expect anyone but the most naive or foolish to buy tickets to watch it play.
Baseball is a business, and Yankees baseball is the biggest business of all, and if Hal S. and his baseball brain trust think they had problems at the gate and on the YES Network last year, just wait until they see how many people bother to peek in at essentially the same team that won a meager 84 games last year, only minus Robertson and Derek Jeter, and with Alex Rodriguez.
That is why I don’t think the Yankees’ roster you see now is the one you will see on Opening Day 2015, or even opening day of spring training, which is still more than two months away.
Boras is looking for $200 million or so for Scherzer. It is such a large deal, that even Boras termed it an “ownership-level” decision. So it is up to Hal Steinbrenner how much of his money he wants to spend. It is a boatload, but it might be what the Yankees have to do.”
Baseball is a business, and Yankees baseball is the biggest business of all, and if Hal S. and his baseball brain trust think they had problems at the gate and on the YES Network last year, just wait until they see how many people bother to peek in at essentially the same team that won a meager 84 games last year, only minus Robertson and Derek Jeter, and with Alex Rodriguez.
That is why I don’t think the Yankees’ roster you see now is the one you will see on Opening Day 2015, or even opening day of spring training, which is still more than two months away.”
James Shields- 32yrs, 6-3,215- 9yrs/mlb,114-90, ave227inn/yr, 194k,54bb- 1.22WHIP
The Yankees will have 2 uniforms making over $50 each (Headley at 51 and A-Rod 61m) when spring training begins. I’m not a fan of Headley’s bat or A-Rod’s glove.
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) forwarded this, “At TheOnion.com: “Lakers confident they just need another once-in-a-generation player to get back on track.”
“So what if Mary had a little lamb? Jim Harbaugh has a cow every week.”
Sneaks thief
A Memphis man has been charged with stealing a truck containing 7,500 pairs — $1.5 million worth — of the latest LeBron 12 Nike shoes.
Prosecutors, in keeping with the theme, say they’ll push for a slam­dunk conviction.
“When Jaguars defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks took down Titans QB Charlie Whitehurst on the game’s final play Thursday night, it triggered the eight-sack clause in Marks’ contract that calls for a $600,000 bonus.
That’s what you call a big gain on the play.
Odell Beckham
Dan Graziano (ESPNNY.com) talked about Beckham’s impact, “Beckham gives the Giants license to dream of a big, bright future. And it’s not because of one great catch or one great game. It’s because of what he’s doing every single week, at the highest possible level. The most eye-popping thing about Odell Beckham Jr. right now is that he’s making the eye-popping stuff routine.”
NFL Hot Seats
The Sports Curmudgeon talked about the Jets, “Then there is Rex Ryan with the Jets. The only question I have is this: “Will the Jets wait until the Monday morning after the final game to fire him or will they do it as soon as the team clears the locker room after the final game?” But is there anyon better?” Then there’s Jim Harbaugh, “The folks who run and own the Niners have gotten cross-wise with Jim Harbaugh to a degree that is irreconcilable even if only half the reports out there are true. Harbaugh has one more year to go on his contract so the Niners could trade him although they have given up a lot of leverage in that area by allowing so many negative reports to hit the streets. Maybe Harbaugh is the “glamor-hire” that Steven Ross covets? In any event, I count Jim Harbaugh as “Gone” from the Niners in 2015.

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December 14, 2014

Week 15 Giants (5-9) 24 Washington (3-11) 13
I don’t know if NY’s defense would have gotten those 7 sacks if McCoy was able to remain on the field, but in the final analysis they did pretty well. However they had trouble with Griffin running the ball and allowed 238 passing yards and only 49 rushing yards. Manning threw the ball 34times with no INTs. Beckham had 12 catches for 143 yards and 3 TDs.
Jets (3-11) 16 Titans (2-12) 11
Tenn. had more total yards (342-277) largely due to passing yards (263-153). Geno was sacked 3 times but didn’t fumble or throw an INT. This was a physical game and wasn’t decided until the last minute.
Added Time
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) told us, “Daniel Engelbrecht, the German soccer player who collapsed during a match and underwent four heart surgeries in 16 months, not only returned to the Stuttgarter Kickers with a defibrillator in his chest but scored the winning goal against Wehen-Wiesbaden in the 90th minute.
“That was the greatest of feelings, and it’s probably the best day of my life,” Engelbrecht said. “It’s a story you couldn’t have scripted better. My first thought was always to just be able to return to the pitch. Everything else was really just wishful thinking — and now it’s gotten even better.”
Pretending To Be A Senator
The Sports Curmudgeon gave this good point, “When a US Senator gets up to speak, he/she usually begins by asking for unanimous consent to revise and extend his/her remarks after the fact. Setting aside for the moment the idea that Senators would be accountable for their words simply because they are among the first people to scream for “accountability” for everyone else when something goes awry, this just means they can go back and make it seem that they made no errors when they spoke. If I could have done that, I would have gotten a perfect score on my SAT exams…”
Giant/Jet ESPN Review
Dan Graziano on the Giants: “The win means nothing for their long-lost playoff chances. It hurts their standing in the draft. It might not be enough to save the jobs of coaches on the hot seat. But that macro perspective doesn’t exist or matter inside their locker room or on their practice field, where the players have been banging their heads against the wall for two months with nothing to show for it.”
Rich Cimini on the Jets: “Instead of suffering another meltdown, Smith did something that impressed his teammates and coach: He rallied. It turned out to be one of his better performances, the silver lining on a gray day that ended in heartbreaking fashion — an 87-yard touchdown by the Vikings in overtime. He has to do a better job in the red zone. The Jets were 0-for-5 in the red area, in part because of Smith. He was 2-of-5, with a sack, inside the Vikings’ 20. One incompletion was a drop by Jeff Cumberland in the end zone.
Smith also has to do a better job in crunch time. In the final two minutes of regulation and overtime, he completed only 2-of-5 for 33 yards, settling for a game-tying field goal in the fourth quarter after a first down at the Vikings’ 32.”
Different Levels Of Parity
As week 14 has ended we see that close to 20% of the NFL teams (Jets, Titans, J’ville, Oakland, Tampa) have a record of 2/11. The Washingtons have won 3. All of them have allowed between 346 and 356 poinnts. Do you think any of this group will try to position themselves to get the top draft spot?
QB Bermuda Triangle
Dan Daly wrote: “For whatever reason(s), there’s a Bermuda Triangle aspect to certain NFL records. They’re-10 just hard to break — harder than you’d think they’d be. Norm Van Brocklin’s record of 554 passing yards in a game, for instance, still stands 63 years later, even though the deck is increasingly stacked in favor of quarterbacks. And Johnny Unitas’ record of throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games wasn’t seriously threatened for more than half a century.
The latter record, now in the possession of the Saints’ Drew Brees (54), continues to prove elusive. The Patriots’ Tom Brady made it to 52 last season, only to be stopped by the Bengals on a rainy day in Cincinnati. And Sunday (12/7), the Broncos’ Peyton Manning had a 51-game run end against the Bills on a perfectly lovely day in Denver.
Versatility
Dan Daly told us, “The definition of an athlete used to be: a guy who can do pretty much anything. And it just seems that, over time, NFL teams have asked their best athletes to do less and less.
In 1941, the single-platoon era, Bears Hall of Famer George McAfee scored a touchdown five different ways (run, catch, punt, kickoff, interception). He also threw for a score. A bit more recently — 1959 — the Cardinals’ Bobby Joe Conrad completed another kind of pentathlon, scoring two TDs rushing, three receiving, one punt returning, and booting six field goals and 30 extra points. (Too bad they didn’t have the two-point conversion back then.) He, too, threw for a score.
Raise your hand if you’d like to see somebody do either of those things again.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry sent this along, “Some sack-The NFL suspended Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata for four games for using a banned performance enhancing substance.
Team officials figured something was amiss when he missed the quarterback and toppled the goal post.
Among the safeties on the Kansas football roster is junior Fish Smithson.
To no one’s surprise, he tends to bite on hook patterns.
Hawaii play­by­play broadcaster Robert Kekaula has apologized for signing off from a telecast at Fresno State with the words “Good night from the armpit of America.”
Coincidence? His player of the game was the right guard.”
Not Hardly Worth It
Chase Headley after 9 years in the majors, last year he had 661abs, .265 AVE, 16HR, 70 RBI, .756 OPS, while striking out 150 times. Do you think he’s worth those big bucks being talked about? I don’t- go with the kids.

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December 8, 2014

Week 14 Minn (6-7) 30 Jets (2-11) 24
The Jets played pretty well except for the opening play- which was a pick 6. The Jets had 410 total yard and the Vikings had 411. They each had 3 sacks and 1 INT. NY passed for 242 and ran for 168. This is all well and good but the result was the same- an L.
Giants (4-9) 36 Tenn (2-11) 7
NY was supposed to dominate and they did with 402 total yards to 226, 2 INT, and 8 sacks. They gained 260 passing and 142 rushing. They had a few examples of poor self-discipline and Eli threw to a Titan once.
Unappealing
I’m sure that you’ve seen the stories saying that Ray Rice won his appeal against the NFL. However th passed forey can’t say he was innocent. The win was a result of a technicality not a majority of evidence. He still punched a woman and knocked her unconscious. That sounds like felony assault, to me, and he should spend time behind bars.
Quite A Rout
Dan Daly wrote about the Washington loss. “On Dec. 8, 1940, the Chicago Bears barreled into Washington’s Griffith Stadium and beat the Redskins 73-0 in the NFL championship game — the biggest smack down in league history.
Bears end Ken Kavanaugh: “I bought 26 tickets for friends of mine from Arkansas, Louisiana and around Chicago, and I think three of ‘em were picked up. So when we get to Washington, I’ve got 23 tickets at $4 a head in my pocket. Our bus arrives at the stadium, and I go out in front and start selling the tickets. It takes me about a half-hour or so, but I finally get rid of them.
“Later I’m in the locker room getting dressed, and [Coach George] Halas says, ‘Where the hell have you been, eating another sandwich?’ He used to get on me because I’d eat a sandwich before games. We didn’t have any pregame meal or anything, you see. We just went out and played. Anyway, I said, ‘George, I had 23 tickets to sell at $4 apiece, and I don’t know if we’re going to make that much playing this game, so I was out front selling ‘em. Are we ready to go out [for warmups]?’ And he says, ‘In about 10 minutes.’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s all I need.’
Note: Kavanaugh needn’t have worried. The winning Bears each received $873.99, which would have more than covered the cost of the 23 tickets he got stuck with.”
Perry Patter
This is from Dwight Perry (Seattle Times), “Stat of the Week:
“Washington State football coach Mike Leach — 12-25 with the Cougars — would need to go 54-2 over the next five seasons to match the 66-27 mark that got Bo Pelini fired at Nebraska.
Only in soccer:
“Seattle’s Sounders FC ties 0-0 in its final first-round MLS playoff game and advances. Then it wins its final second-round playoff game 2-1 and gets eliminated.
Deep-Sixered
“Sunday marked the midseason finale for AMC’s “Walking Dead,” but at least some good came of it.
The 0-17 Philadelphia 76ers got the hint and actually won a game.”
Goodell, Rozelle and Justice
Dan Daly wrote, “Part of Roger Goodell’s image problem is that he’s always being compared to The Ghost of Pete Rozelle. But even Rozelle, I’ll just point out, was known to overstep his bounds in the dispensing of discipline. One time was in 1974, his 15th year on the job. A federal appeals panel ruled he couldn’t just impose a $200 fine on players — 106 in all — who had left the bench during a fight. It was something that had to be collectively bargained. The players association had brought the suit, which was initially rejected by the National Labor Relations Board.
“Judge Gerald W. Heaney, writing for the judges, said if Rozelle was the agent for bot h the owners and the players ‘and promulgated the rule as their agent,’ United Press International reported, ‘one must assume a serious breach of ethics by the commissioner if he talked to only one of his principals. And no one suggests that the commissioner is an unethical man.’”
Ergo, Teflon Pete did it unilaterally, at the behest of the owners.
John Beliveau, RIP
Montreal Canadiens legend John Beliveau passed away at the age of 83. His name appears etched on the Stanley Cup as a winner 17 times. He was a true gentleman who I hated to see on the ice playing against the Rangers. I should clarify that and say that I hated that he didn’t play FOR the Rangers.
Andrew Miller- free agent
6-7, 210 lbs. (L) 30 years old, 9 yrs. MLB, while pitching for BOS 4 yrs. he K’d. 218 in 178 innings.
A Fastball By Any Other Name Is Just As Quick
I’ve heard a fastball called a heater, the heat, high cheese, a ball with mustard on it, or even the Ace. However the ones that I thought were the most clever or descriptive were; the Radio ball- you can’t see it but you can hear it and the Linda Ronstadt ball- it Blue Bayou.
Veterans Committee Hope
Bruce Jenkins (SF Chronicle) had this hope, “Here’s a silent vote for Gil Hodges, Maury Wills, Luis Tiant, Minnie Minoso and Dick Allen as the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee makes its Monday announcement about Golden Era (1947-72) candidates bypassed during their years of eligibility. Not that there’s much room for optimism. The last time this era was considered, in 2011, only Ron Santo got in.”
I remember back in the day when Ritchie Allen (he hadn’t become Dick Allen yet) was playing 1B for the ChiSox and was warming up the infield between innings. The late Ron Luciano was umping at 1B and throwing pebbles at Allen’s back as he was about to catch the throw. After several unsuccessful requests to stop the pebble tosses, Allen let a throw go through and it hit the ump in the chest. After hearing an OOF Allen turned, smiling. Luciano laughingly said, “OK, you got me.”

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December 2, 2014

Week 13 J’ville (3-9) 25 NY (3-9) 24
Once again the Giants lost the game in the 2nd half. What does Fewell do during the halftime break? It certainly seems that he doesn’t make the necessary defensive adjustments needed to “hold the line.” Yeah, I know that isn’t so this time because the Jags scored 2 TDs on fumble recoveries- but I’m annoyed that the Giants lost to the Jags even though they had possession 30% more of the time and a 21-3 lead at half time.
Miami (7-5) 16 NY (2-10) 13
Miami was ripe and ready to be picked for a win. But did that happen? Nope!
One of the “Color-Guys” said in the 3rd Q “How many ways can the Jets give up the win?” They had more time of possession, 277 rushing yards, but had a red zone success % of 0.00, and when the Dolphins had 8 defenders on the line- the Jets ran into the line. I don’t know what else to say
NY Sports Thanksgiving
Johnette Howard (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “When it comes to the New York sports scene, the need for Thanksgiving has taken a holiday. But there are plenty of turkeys – ‘duds, losers, persons or things of little appeal’ — if you look around. Other than Odell Beckham Jr., and promising starts by the Islanders and Rangers, what do New York sports fans have to be thankful for right now?”
Let me take a look and pass along my ratings for their GM’s: Knicks- Jackson c-, Nets- King c-, Jets- Idzik F, Yanks- Cashman c+, Mets- Alderson d, Rangers- Sather c+, Islanders- Snow c.
Eyeball Test
The ESPN.com forwarded this release, “The NFL players’ union has appealed the league’s suspension of Adrian Peterson.”
In a letter to its player representatives and executive committee obtained by ESPN and other media outlets Thursday, the NFLPA calls commissioner Roger Goodell’s punishment “unprecedented, arbitrary and unlawful” and demands an independent, neutral arbitrator hears Peterson’s case.
I didn’t see the word wrong in there. I wonder how Peterson feel’s being taken to the proverbial woodshed for the same type of whipping that he gave to his son. Of course, his representatives are doing the explaining for him.
Rumors
Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle) said he made up this rumor, “How about this astounding rumor that I just made up: The Giants will let Sandoval go (to the Bosox) and fill the third-base void by taking Alex Rodriguez off the Yankees’ hands, bringing A-Rod to the city and team he once said he’d love to play for, cashing in on his chase of Barry Bonds’ home-run record.”
Free Agents
Max Scherzer 6-3, 220, righty, 30-yrs old, 7 yrs in MLB, WHIP .118, ERA 3.58
John Lester 6-4, 240, lefty, 30-yrs old, 9 yrs in MLB, WHIP .107, ERA 2.35
Lester looks better in the overall picture. But he’s from Boston and might not want NY. Cashman doesn’t want to give long or big contracts to 30year-olds.
Giant Steps
Johnette Howard (ESPNNY.com) said, “Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell’s shocking inability to adjust to Seattle’s read-option during a highly winnable game, combined with his defenses’ bottom-feeder finishes in the NFL rankings the past four years, should mean Fewell doesn’t come back next season.”
She also said that Coughlin would be back for another year. Rumor has it that the Giants might bring back the very popular Steve Spagnulo to replace Fewell and create a little competition between Spags and OC Ben McAdoo with the winner stepping into Coughlins spot upon his retirement.
Mismatch
The Sports Curmudgeon commented about Tiger Woods’ unwise decision to go after, legendary writer, Dan Jenkins, “Memo to Tiger Woods: If you are even thinking about carrying on some kind of feud with Dan Jenkins and/or Golf Digest, you might want to heed the advice of Mark Twain:
‘Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.’
Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel had a very interesting take on this nascent squabble:
“Did you see where Tiger Woods got angry about quotes attributed to him in a satirical, parody interview written by sports writing legend Dan Jenkins? That’s right, Tiger claims he was misquoted in a FAKE interview: This is even worse than Charles Barkley saying he was misquoted in his own autobiography.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “Instead of trying to dig all that snow out of Ralph Wilson Stadium, NFL officials shifted Sunday’s Jets-Bills game to Detroit.
Or to put it in football terms, they took a shovel pass.
“Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on the NFL moving the Jets-Bills game out of snow-ravaged Buffalo: “This is the first time anyone’s ever gone to Detroit to be safe.
“Kentucky’s average height is taller than every NBA team except one,” noted comic Torben Rolfsen. “Analysts are still comparing average salaries.”
And your family thinks you might take your fantasy-football team a tad too seriously? Police in Oslo, Norway, stormed an apartment after neighbors reported loud screaming only to find a man, unharmed — but angry after continually losing at computer chess.
“Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel, after Tar Heel football players put graffiti on the walls of the visitors’ locker room at Duke: ‘North Carolina will pay for damages, and the players involved will be required to pretend to attend a course on sportsmanship.’”
“The Brick Industry Association is predicting a huge year for bricks in 2015, anticipating a worldwide construction boom.
Either that or they’ve seen the Philadelphia 76ers try to shoot a basketball.”
Auburn tight end C.J. Uzomah says he was once given the finger in rival Tuscaloosa — by a 5-year-old.
“I don’t know if I can see that topped,” Uzomah told FlyWarEagle.com. “If I see a little baby flip me off, that’s probably going to top it.”
“A 13-year, $325 million contract means (Marlins slugger Giancarlo) Stanton will ‘earn’ $68,493 per day, year round, before taxes,” wrote Greg Cote of the Miami Herald. “That’s $2,854 per hour, nonstop, around the clock. That’s $48 a minute.
In the time it took you to read the preceding few paragraphs, I think Stanton just made enough money to buy the Bahamas.”