Dreams Blog

March 13, 2015

Molinaro Maranara
Good writing, to me, will exhibit a rhythm that will allow the words when they’re aligned correctly to achieve a pleasant musical arrangement. There’s music in the way Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) writes, “Any small emotional investment I make in the many (too many) conference tournaments this week and next will be reserved for the mid-major and small-time rodeos that determine a conference’s lone representative in the NCAA field. Something sort of tangible is at stake in these less-celebrated intramural tournaments, whereas the power conferences hold what are essentially exhibition games that allow for the printing of more money and the over-exercising of Dick Vitale’s vocal chords.
After avoiding a possible strike, Major League Soccer begins its 20th season tonight. That’s quite an accomplishment. Not many leagues could survive while being ignored for so long.”
Mr. Congeniality
Andrew Marchand (ESPNNY.com) wrote: “After Jose Lobaton’s bat flew into the stands and hit a woman in the front row, Mr. October turned into Mr. March. Reggie Jackson left his dugout seat next to Girardi to go into the crowd. Jackson signed autographs for the woman that Lobaton’s bat struck and sat with her for a little bit.
The best:Jackson gave Jose Pirela quite an endorsement Sunday. He told ESPN Deportes’ Marly Rivera that Pirela is the best hitter in the entire organization. That says a lot about Pirela and also something about the rest of the Yankees, considering Pirela has a grand total of 24 major league at-bats.
On Sunday, Pirela went 2-for-3, including a double. He is hitting .455 so far as he fights for the second base job with Stephen Drew and Rob Refsnyder.”
Jackson might have done all of that, on instructions, to avoid a legal action (I know, I know- that’s cynical).
Perry Patter
Dwight wrote, “Ex-NBA center Greg Ostertag, to USA Hockey magazine, on being a 7-foot, 280-pound rec player in Arizona: “I don’t (sic) handle the puck great, but I know how to get into position, and sometimes I get lucky. I try to be a screen as much as I can and get out of the way at the last second.”;
Kobe Bryant, answering critics who say he shoots too much in a GQ interview, compared himself to Wolfgang Mozart.
Hey, don’t laugh: Whose career cranked out the most scores? At Fark.com: “Patriots decline to pick up the option on Vince Wilfork, thus creating two open roster spots.”
Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo sends his hairstylist to Madrid’s Museo de Cera every 45 days to fix the hair on his wax statue there.
The guy certainly ought to know the part by now.
Unnamed reader, to the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, on which quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will draft with the No. 1 pick: “The wrong one.”
Police in Caldwell, Idaho, nabbed 22-year-old Joey Patterson of Boise — wanted for several months on a felony arrest warrant for violating his probation — after he made the mistake of announcing his upcoming softball schedule on Facebook.
“We keep a close eye on that stuff,” Caldwell Police Sgt. Joey Hoadley told Boise’s KTVB-TV. “Surprisingly, even fugitives can’t keep from updating their Facebook status, and it leads to some great arrests.”
“The Jets traded for receiver Brandon Marshall but still have no decent quarterback,” wrote Greg Cote of the Miami Herald. “That’s like someone who can’t cook buying a great set of pots and pans.”
“2015 has started off as a wild year,” noted comedy writer Alex Kaseberg. “Two llamas escape, nobody can agree on the colors of a dress, and Harrison Ford has hit more fairways than Tiger Wood
Ex-heavyweight Joe Bugner, 65, to the Brisbane (Australia) Courier-Mail, on what it was like to punch Muhammad Ali in the face: “Very difficult.”
Jet Fuel
ESPN was reporting that the Jets were looking at Brian Hoyer, who lost the starting QB job with the Browns. It’s no great loss if they don’t get him. “Hoyer, 29, won the starting job in Cleveland last season in a training camp competition with Johnny Manziel and got off to a fast start.
He brought the Browns back from a 27-3 halftime deficit to tie the season opener in Pittsburgh before the Steelers won on a last-second field goal, and guided the biggest road comeback in NFL history in a 29-28 win over Tennessee.
Hoyer threw three interceptions in Atlanta in November but led a last-minute drive that won the game. At that point, the Browns were 7-4 and in the playoff chase.
But he was yanked the following week in Buffalo, and his season was never the same. Hoyer played tight the next week against the Colts and lost his job as the starter to Manziel the next week. Hoyer returned only when Manziel pulled a hamstring after six woeful quarters on the field.
For the season, Hoyer threw for 3,326 yards with 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His season rating was 76.5, which ranked 31st in the league. But Hoyer is the only one of the Browns’ 22 starting quarterbacks since 1999 to have a winning record as a starter (10-6).
Hoyer spent three seasons as Tom Brady’s backup and got his chance with the Browns in 2013. He led the team to wins over Cincinnati and Minnesota before tearing his ACL less than five minutes into a win over Buffalo.”
Daly News
Dan Daly wrote about the last player in the NFL who played without a helmet, “In 1938 Dick Plasman, the last man to go without a helmet in the NFL, a receiver, ran into the wall trying to catch a pass. He suffered a broken wrist, a cut-and-bruised head and who knows what else. (He also met his future wife — one of his nurses — in the hospital, so it wasn’t a total loss for him.) That really wasn’t that long ago.
Brendan Alert
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) said, “MMA champ Ronda Rousey needed just 14 seconds to win on Saturday night.
As for her next bout, it’ll be between pitches at a Yankees-Red Sox game.”


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