Dreams Blog

July 31, 2015

NBA BOUNCES
ESPNNY reported, “Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is leaning toward not guaranteeing a postseason berth to a team that wins its division, forcing clubs to finish in the top eight of their conference if they want a shot at the title.
Silver had already said he expected a change from the current format that guarantees division winners no worse than the No. 4 seed. But after discussions with both the competition committee and board of governors, he believes the change will go further than that.
Silver had already said he expected a change from the current format that guarantees division winners no worse than the No. 4 seed. But after discussions with both the competition committee and board of governors, he believes the change will go further than that.
NFL Deflations
ESPN talked about the results of NFL meetings. “NFL officials will keep closer tabs on football inflation this season, according to multiple media reports.
Pregame pressure
Readings will now be documented, and there will be random halftime and postgame rechecks.
The new procedures also state that footballs will remain under the watch of NFL officials, who will inspect each one and deliver to a kicking ball coordinator, who will take chain of custody of all footballs until 10 minutes before kickoff.
Footballs will continue to be required to have at least 12.5 pounds per square inch of air and no more than 13 PSI, if a ball falls outside of those numbers it must be adjusted to 13 PSI.
Did Tom Brady get his cell phone from Hillary? It was supposed to have disappearing text messages. Aaron Hernandez would have told him that they’re still out there in the Ethernet somewhere. His story doesn’t pass the smell test.
I have to say though, how did Roger Goodell think that his hearing the appeal of his own ruling wasn’t a conflict of interest? It sounded as though Goodell took a second swig from the “evidence” glass.
Wright Is Still Wrong
David Wright didn’t look good throwing the ball to 1st from 3rd; he was short arming the ball and didn’t have any follow through. Maybe it was just what I saw but it looked like his back was still hurting.
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote: “Talk about having a leg up on the competition.
A 2-year-old racehorse in Australia, born with five legs, is doing her thing after undergoing corrective surgery, with a third-place finish to show for her first two starts.
The filly’s name? Spare Parts.
Five legs? Hey, don’t laugh — Spare Parts certainly beats being a horse with no name.”
Stat of the Week
Nearly two dozen cows escaped from a farmer’s field in Wales and broke into the nearby stadium of the Colwyn Bay soccer team.
Apparently they just wanted to milk the clock.”
Brad Dixon of the Omaha World-Herald on the Irvinstown, Ireland on hosting its first sheep-dung spitting contest. “I’m unfamiliar with the sport, but I’ll go out on a limb and guess the winner’s wife doesn’t run out of the stands to kiss him.”
Ian Hamilton (Regina Leader-Post) after the Angels deployed a helicopter to help dry out their field, “Now that is an infield chopper.”
SportsPickle.com: “Yankees and Red Sox have to be disgusted by Blue Jays trying to buy an AL East title.”
TheOnion.com: “Tour de France won by rowdy, tattooed biker from Harley Davidson team.”
Vin Baker, the 7-foot former NBA player, is training to be a Starbucks manager.
Or as Baker is now known in barista circles, Mr. Double-Tall.
Talk about painful to watch at times: This year’s squad puts the S&M in Seattle Mariners.
RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, after Tiger Woods said he still has his sights on Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 wins in majors: “It was so inspiring, I mailed another marriage proposal to Anne Hathaway.”
Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg, after the U.S. fell to Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup: “Losing in penalty kicks is like losing a beauty contest to a game of rock, paper, scissors.
MLB.com is selling jars of infield dirt from the All-Star Game for $25.
$25? Imagine what NHL.com could demand for a Zamboni snow cone.”
Molinaro Maranara
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote: “We have entered the summer doldrums, a period when every domestic sport understands that it’s about to be overshadowed by the NFL preseason. Or even the pre, preseason.
By my unofficial calculations, UAB is receiving roughly 2.5 billion times more media coverage for not playing football than it ever did or ever will for actually putting a team on the field. The worst thing UAB officials could do now is follow through on their promise to restore football. Once the school resumes play, people will return to ignoring it.”
EVO! EVO!
Andrew Marchand (ESPN) wrote, “It is not time to crown Eovaldi as a legitimate starter for the next 10 starts, let alone the next 10 years, but he again showed encouraging signs.
It is the splitter that might be changing Eoavaldi from a guy with talent to a guy the Yankees can rely on. Eovaldi has always had gas, throwing his fastball in the mid-to-high 90s, but major league hitters can take advantage of that — especially when it’s straight and they know it’s coming. The splitter is as hard to master as it is to hit and provides a way to knock batters’ balance off.
“It gets hitters off his fastball,” said Brian McCann, who caught Eovaldi Sunday.
Eovaldi started fooling with the splitter at the end of his time in Miami last season. He has worked on it all season, and it has recently taken off.
“It is a way-above-average pitch,” McCann said.
It could transform Eovaldi from a nice guy with talent to a nice guy with success. He is 10-2 in large part because his run support (more than seven runs per game) is among the best in baseball. He has received four or more runs in 10 of his 20 starts. That makes it pretty easy to win games, even with an ERA of 4.27.”

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Dreams Blog

July 24, 2015

Porzingis
Ian Begley (ESPN) wrote, “Kristaps Porzingis has shown encouraging signs in the Las Vegas Summer League. The No. 4 overall pick is averaging 10.5 points on 48 percent shooting in four games.
At 7-foot-2, Porzingis has also made an impact on defense, blocking 1.8 shots while playing 20.5 minutes per game. New York has outscored its opponents by 7.6 points per 48 minutes with Porzingis on the floor.
While the 19-year-old’s rebounding numbers (3.2 per game) have been underwhelming, Porzingis hasn’t been afraid of contact and has shown an ability to get to the free throw line. He has taken 24 free throws on just 25 field goal attempts for a FTA/FGA ratio of 0.96.
A-Rod’s Changing Role
Andrew Marchand (ESPN) wrote, “There is an acceptance now with Alex Rodriguez. In his own clubhouse, he is one of the guys with his teammates. He is like a big brother they can tease but still respect.
So now, after baseball’s All-Star break, the story is moving to the next phase. Instead of if Rodriguez is accepted and somewhat productive in his return from the largest performance-enhancing drug suspension in major league history, it is: Can he continue to be one of the leaders to return the Yankees to the playoffs for the first time since 2012?
On Friday, to begin the second half of the season, Rodriguez was front and center again, unlocking a tie score in the seventh with an opposite-field solo homer into the Yankees’ bullpen. It made it 4-3, which ended up being the final score in a win over the Mariners.
JPP
Until Jason Pierre-Paul suits up and actually gets on a field, it will remain to be pure conjecture about his condition and how he’ll do. He’s already said that he won’t be in camp until he signs his deal. So, let’s wait until all of that transpires before we jump to any conclusions.
The “Fail-ees”
The Sports Curmudgeon wrote the Philly baseball team, “The Phillies need to find a way to “goose attendance” and I have an idea for them to consider:
The Phillies need to hire a new manager next year. It will not matter whom they hire; the team is going to be bad again next year. So, maybe the idea would be to hire a manager who would – by his presence – generate interest in the team. Remember, one can generate interest in a positive or a negative way; and with that in mind, perhaps they should consider hiring …
Ozzie Guillen.
Ozzie will not make the Phillies into contenders but he will get people in Philly talking about and paying attention to the Phillies.”
The Mets hired Casey Stengel as their first field manager. The suits knew that the team was going to be terrible and decided to deflect the ire of the fans by letting Stengel describe the teams play and he had fans calling them “the loveable Mets” while recalling the daffy Dodgers of old.
Comeback
ESPNNY.com reported, “Baron Davis is attempting an NBA comeback.
The two-time All-Star, out of basketball since suffering a serious knee injury during the 2012 playoffs, said Tuesday he is eyeing a return to the league this season.
Davis, 36, is a 13-year veteran of the league with career averages of 16.1 points and 7.2 assists per game. But his numbers dropped significantly in 2011-12 while a member of the New York Knicks, as he averaged just 6.1 points and 4.7 assists in 29 games.
Then, in the playoffs, he suffered a partial tear of the patella tendon in his right knee and complete tears of the right ACL and MCL.
Stabler
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote about “Snake” Stabler, “Like me, did you think Ken Stabler, who died last week at 69, was in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? He isn’t, though for those of us of a certain age, he remains one of the most indelible figures of the ’70s, a time his style fit like a PBR at a pig pickin’. For Raiders, who always seemed to be playing a national-TV game, he was the personification of clutch. Even so, his great seasons numbered only about five. Not a Hall of Famer, then. But a player whose reputation resonates.”
Bowling For Dollars
The Sports Curmudgeon wrote:
“Brad Dickson addressed the continued expansion of the number of college football bowl games in the Omaha World-Herald:
‘The NCAA approved several new college football bowl games. We’re running out of decent host cities. Take one of the new games: the Bozeman Pecan Bowl. Then there’s the Dubuque Doughnut Hole Bowl. We need more college football bowl games like television needs more television dance competition shows.’”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote: “Comebacks? Score it Retired Persons 1, Tiger 0.
Tiger Woods, to critics who say he’s washed up at age 39: “I don’t have my AARP card yet.”
AARP’s response, via Twitter: “@TigerWoods It’s better to be over 50 than it is to be over par.
At SportsPickle.com: “Tiger Woods fires swing coach Charles Barkley.”
Joan Faus Vitoria, the mayor of Ador, Spain, has proclaimed a three-hour nap time for his city’s residents.
Hizzoner apparently stole the idea from Philadelphia, where citizens refer to their three-hour slumber as a Phillies game. Change is inevitable
California has passed a law declaring that pro sports teams must pay their cheerleaders at least minimum wage.
Not that the Raiders are bitter about it or anything, but they reportedly plan to dole it out on payday one quarter at a time: “Two bits, four bits ..”
Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema, to ESPN, on his cooking prowess: “You don’t get this size by chance.”;
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, to the San Francisco Chronicle, on whether he can still dunk after wrenching his back in Game 5 of the NBA Finals: “Could I ever?”;
Minnesota outfielder Torii Hunter turned 40 on July 18, and his fellow Twins marked the occasion by giving him a walker and adult diapers.
Probably not what he had in mind when teammates lauded him as “Mr. Dependable.”

Dreams Blog

July 17, 2015

Wasted Effort
As of 7/13, John Kerry has now been sitting at the table 17 days, supposedly negotiating with Iran for a nuclear agreement. As far as I can see Iran is following their usual successful tactic with the US- they keep stalling until the US negotiators run out of patience and agree to undesirable conditions just to get any kind of an agreement. How would Trump negotiate?
Well, the Iranians were able to get exactly what they wanted all along- removal of all of the financial sanctions that supposedly had been removed from consideration. Now they are able to pay for what they want to do.
Summer League
I watched Kris Porzingis play in that opener in Vegas and was impressed. He went to the hoop confidently and blocked a couple of shots. I can see a need for him to bulk up but he’s only 19 and doesn’t have his “man-muscles” yet. I think when their gotten he has the possibility of turning into a Shaq type center. I hope.
Ian Begley wrote about his 2nd game: “In spots, Porzingis was able to establish strong post position. This is something that many thought the rookie would struggle with because of his slight 230-pound frame. He may have a tough time with this against NBA rotation players, but the Knicks should be content with what they’ve seen thus far.
Porzingis again showed a nice touch around the basket and moved well without the ball, setting screens and cutting well.
He also moved his feet well on the defensive end. He had a strong challenge at the rim on a Jordan Clarkson drive late in the fourth quarter but also was overpowered by Julius Randle on a move in the paint in the fourth.
In spots, Porzingis was able to establish strong post position. This is something that many thought the rookie would struggle with because of his slight 230-pound frame. He may have a tough time with this against NBA rotation players, but the Knicks should be content with what they’ve seen thus far.
Triangle adjustments? The summer league Knicks seem to be getting into their triangle sets much more quickly than the Knicks did in the 2014-15 regular season. Maybe this is a result of some players being familiar with the system. The Knicks also haven’t run the triangle on every possession in summer league. They’re running sets that feature more screen and roll and don’t originate from the triangle’s basic early-possession formation.
Last season, as noted here, the Knicks began to run pick and roll more frequently as the season progress. What we’re seeing in summer league may be a continuation of that trend.
Turn Around
The media covering this mess of a situation went hyperbolic when relating DeAndre Jordan’s value and his defensive prowess. He is indeed a good defender and rebounder but let us keep this in the realm of reality:
DeAndre Jordan is not now and will not be “The Next Bill Russell”.
Somehow, if Mark Cuban – or any owner – reneged on a verbal deal before the signing period opened, I doubt they would be treated nearly as kindly by the folks covering the story.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) quoted John Smoltz, “People don’t realize what’s going on out there,” Hall of Famer John Smoltz told USA Today, sounding the alarm on elbow and shoulder injuries to kid pitchers. “I’m blown away with people not having a clue. We’ve asked kids to do too much, too early, and at a high velocity at a young age, and you’re just not able to handle that over time.
“It’s like RPM-ing your car. If you red-line it enough, you’re going to blow your engine.’’
The Minnesota Twins — channeling Christmas’ one-in-a-million optimism from “Dumb and Dumber” — rallied from a 6-1 deficit with two outs in the ninth to beat the Detroit Tigers.
According to ESPN teams entering the final inning trailing by five runs over the past two seasons had only a 0-1,057 record to show for it.
Sure sign that your team’s corpulent slugger might need an intervention: His idea of a nutritional makeover is switching to the new thin Oreos.
“What a rip off!” claimed comedy writer Tim Hunter. “I bought a pair of running shorts; they haven’t moved since I got ‘em!”;
Ex-QB Kenny Stabler, who died Wednesday at age 69, on the swashbuckling Raiders of the 1970s: “We were the only team in pro football whose team picture showed both a front and side view.” Quickie scouting report: Speeds in the mid-90s and tricky curves could make for lots of sliders.
Spotted on a fan’s sign at the All-Star Home Run Derby: “Downtown goes Frazier.”
Solar activity will drop by more than half between 2030 and 2040, triggering a “mini ice age,” according to a statistical model created at England’s Northumbira University.
And if that cold snap reaches hell, Cubs fans — World Series, here we come!
49ers Hall of Famer safety Ronnie Lott, on The Rich Eisen Show, upon seeing his left pinkie finger for the first time after surgeons amputated the tip in 1986: “I’ll never forget. I was sitting there going, ‘Man, that looks like ET’s head.’ ”
Solar activity will drop by more than half between 2030 and 2040, triggering a “mini ice age,” according to a statistical model created at England’s Northumbira University.
And if that cold snap reaches hell, Cubs fans — World Series, here we come!
49ers Hall of Famer safety Ronnie Lott, on The Rich Eisen Show, upon seeing his left pinkie finger for the first time after surgeons amputated the tip in 1986: “I’ll never forget. I was sitting there going, ‘Man, that looks like ET’s head.’ 
Among this year’s cancelled NFL promotions: The Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul/ “We’re No.1” Foam finger night.
At Cleveland.com, ‘Cavaliers’ payroll taking shape, and that shape is XL.
Yo, Mike Trout: You do know it’s the Baseball All-Star Game and not the Celebrity Softball Game, right?
How else to explain the young Angels star putting up slowpitch numbers — a .500 batting average and a 1.200 slugging percentage — in 10 at-bats against the National League’s best pitchers in four All-Star appearances?”

Dreams Blog

July 9, 2015

Hillary Said
Clinton said that she’s running her campaign “on her own rhythm.” That’s like saying an answer could be yes or no, and if she were pushed for an answer she could answer either way
Can’t Count For Dopiness
Just because Jason Pierre-Paul is earning Millions, it doesn’t mean he won’t do dopy things like playing with fireworks without a signed contract in his pocket.
He had a finger taken off over the Holiday. Another NFL’er lost two fingers over the same Holiday. He’s not alone here. Many other athletes never think about what could happen. Look at that “huckleberry” De Andre Johnson, the supposed all-world QB from FSU. His draft status could very well drop because he punched a girl in the face, in a bar, on camera. What NFL team wants to take on that problem?
Speaking of being dopy- Rory McIlroy is right there with JPP. Ah fame is such a waste when it’s bestowed on the young.
NBA Related
The Sports Curmudgeon said, “In another NBA-related report, the Knicks are supposedly the leaders in the race to sigh Aaron Afflalo and they are offering a 3-year deal worth $38M. Afflalo is a good defender who shoots at a decent percentage aided somewhat by the fact that he only averages 7 or 8 shots per game over his career. Clearly, the Knicks can use any player who is even average on defense; and Lord knows, they do not need anyone else on the floor who wants/needs to take lots of shots. Having said that, I suspect that Knicks’ fans will not create a flash mob that stops traffic for 3 blocks around Madison Square Garden when/if the Knicks finalize this deal. Nor should they.”
Phil Jackson might be the “Zen-Master” when it comes to designing offensive plays, but I think he needs a lot of help with personnel matters. Otherwise the Knicks would have had a better free agent signing period. Even his mentor, Red Holzman, had help in that area.
No Pitch Count
IJason read a release that said that until the installation of John Smoltz into the MLB-HOF, no other member had undergone Tommy John surgery- how come?
Earlier pitchers threw for over 300 innings a season along with posting double digit numbers of complete games with not many complaints- save for a blister here and there.
Are the size of today’s contracts becoming the governing factors?
It’s one thing to lose a $50K pitcher and quite another to lose a $50M pitcher.
All-star A-Rod
Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “So if Rodriguez wants to help his cause the little bit he can help it, he will stay as clean as the uniform laid out for him before every game, lead the New York Yankees to their first playoff appearance since 2012 and then deliver the kind of performance David Ortiz gave the Boston Red Sox in their three championship runs. Or the kind of performance the same Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees in the 2009 postseason, only this time without the help of his friendly neighborhood chemist.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “Brian Diagonal, tweeting a picture of Bill Walton standing up in front of him at a Grateful Dead concert: “Bill Walton blocked many shots in his career; here he is blocking one of mine.”
Three-fourths of American high-school students flunked geography on a recent standardized test, The Boston Globe reported.
Considering the NFL thinks Dallas is in the East, Indianapolis is in the South and St. Louis is in the West — well, is it any wonder?”
No wonder Marcus Hanel likes the position closest to the plate.
Hanel — Milwaukee’s bullpen catcher — broke the record for most cheesesteaks consumed at Citizens Bank Park when he downed an astounding 23 of them during the Brewers’ recent four-game series in Philadelphia.”
Which trophy was not awarded after Women’s World Cup final?
a) Carli Lloyd, Golden Ball
b) Hope Solo, Golden Glove
c) Sepp Blatter, Golden Bail
“And in Pamplona, the early score is Bulls 11, Idiots 0.”
Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on the Broncos fining linebacker Von Miller for flatulence during team meetings: “He tried to claim Tom Brady let the air out of him.
Kevin Garnett, 39, will become just the third player in NBA history to play 21 seasons after re-signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, but no contract figures were disclosed.
Apparently the two sides were still haggling over the AARP discount.
The Ever Giving Gift
The Sports Curmudgeon told us about Jose Conseco, “José recently was a “guest designated hitter” playing for the Pittsburg Diamonds in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. He struck out a couple of times in a game against the San Rafael Pacifics and also pitched a couple of innings throwing his infamous knuckleballs which once were going to get him back into MLB. José also recently hosted a high stakes poker game at his home in Nevada where one of the players was a former winner of the World Series of Poker – but he had to call in his regrets that he could not be there to host the game because he was stranded in Pittsburg CA after that baseball game. The gift that keeps on giving…
Molinaro Maranara
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote: “If a man were responsible for an own goal that eliminated England from the World Cup, he would endure widespread derision and vilification from Fleet Street and the Twitter-sphere while enjoying barely an ounce of sympathy like that being reserved for Laura Bassett. Sparing Bassett the scorn that would be heaped upon a male in her position is the decent, humane thing to do. For once, the sports world got it right. But the compassionate response also is an indication that the women and their game aren’t being taken seriously.
How much enthusiasm still exists for MLB’s interleague play? I’d say a lot less than a few years ago. Is it really creating more excitement over the long season? Maybe in rare cases, but not enough to justify its continued existence.”

Dreams Blog

July 3, 2015

Draft Reaction
Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY.com) wrote: “No matter what inspired this sad scene of men in faded Knicks jerseys moved to the brink of tears, the sentiment was misguided. Nobody has any idea how productive Porzingis will be in the NBA, or how long it will take him to max out his upside, including the $60 million executive who drafted him, Phil Jackson.
“Hopefully he’s going to contribute to us,” the Knicks’ president said. (That doesn’t sound that confident-bc)
Maybe Jackson, newbie executive, found the most talented player in the draft Thursday night, or maybe he just made a catastrophic error in judgment. One time when he was head coach of the Chicago Bulls, the team’s owner, Jerry Reinsdorf, allowed Jackson to make a draft pick against the front office’s wishes, and that 1995 pick, Jason Caffey, taken 20th overall, was enough of a disappointment for the Bulls to trade him two and a half years later.
Twenty years later, Jackson faced much better odds at No. 4 long before he acquired the 19th pick and the nephew of one of his dynastic Bulls, Horace Grant. Jerian Grant got the cheers that Kristaps Porzingis will have to earn, and the Latvian sounds more than willing to earn them. He spoke of honoring New Yorkers’ world-famous work ethic, and of doing all the “dirty jobs” on the court to prove himself a worthy teammate of Carmelo Anthony’s.
He has already given this whole New York thing a lot of thought and decided he wants in, all in. The fans shredded him on introduction, and he didn’t even blink.
From Latvia with love, Kristaps Porzingis acts and sounds like a winner. Phil Jackson had better hope he plays like one, too.
Ian Begley (ESPNNY.com) asked, “What about shooting guard? The Knicks only have three players projected to be under contract in the backcourt (Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon and Langston Galloway). Galloway (6-2) and Grant (6-5) are both combo guards, so it’s reasonable to assume that they will be in active pursuit of a shooting guard in free agency.
San Antonio’s Danny Green and Arron Afflalo will be among those available
Ryan Sandburg
The Sport Curmudgeon said, “What I really want to talk about this morning is the resignation of Ryne Sandberg as the Phillies’ manager last week just before game time. Let me be clear about one thing from the start:
The Phillies have not done well in the time that Ryne Sandberg was their manager. That is not Sandberg’s fault.
Having said that, Sandberg’s sudden departure is strange. First of all, he resigned in the middle of his contract meaning that he left money on the table. I know that money is not the most important thing in the world and that Sandberg has made more than a little bit of it over his career such that he does not dine in soup kitchens. Nonetheless, that is not an exit path used by many coaches/managers in sports these days.
Like many other players who made it to the Hall of Fame, managing did not come as easily to Sandberg as did playing the game. However, unlike many other Hall of Famers who went onto the managerial track, he was not handed a top job on a platter. Sandberg spent years in the minor leagues in the Cubs’ system and then in the Phillies’ system. In the minor leagues, his teams won. However, the Phillies with their aging roster and depleted farm system had no chance and it was all unraveling on Sandberg’s watch. I presume – because I cannot possibly know – that the frustration of that situation is what kicked him over the edge and into resignation.”
(My feeling is that Philly’s ownership chose not to give Ryan the horses he needed to succeed, but Ryan was too professional to mention that. Philly has been an historical leader in not spending money, especially in areas that have no immediate return. Bc)
Molinaro Maranara
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote, “He grew out of fashion for TV several years ago, but Bud Collins’ whimsical Wimbledon banter is still missed by me and, I trust, other tennis fans of a certain generation. Before analysis was turned over to ex-players, Bud’s droll, but respectful commentary could be as memorable as a Borg-McEnroe final.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote:
“Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky returned for his senior season a year ago, explaining, “At the Kohl Center, we play in front of nearly 17,000 fans every single time … I know the NBA has their crazy fans and all, but … there ar it.e games when teams like the Bobcats get hardly any fans, and it looks flat-out boring.”;
Guess who just got drafted by Charlotte?
What, you think it’s easy trimming the King’s crown?
“LeBron is very tedious about how his hair is cut,” Nick Castemanos, LeBron James’ exclusive barber since 2010, told Yahoo Sports. “The beard is the No. 1 thing. He leaves the top up to me. I leave him less bald …
“He just has a few fat patches around the chin that you have to take your time with. You have to have patience. It usually takes about 50 minutes.”
50 minutes, are you kidding. When JoAnn cuts my hair we’re talking 10 minutes. 4 swipes with the shears- that’sit.
“Brian Diagonal, tweeting a picture of Bill Walton standing up in front of him at a Grateful Dead concert: “Bill Walton blocked many shots in his career; here he is blocking one of mine.”
(This Is A Brendan Alert)
Police in Queens, N.Y., arrested former WWE rassler Nicole Bass for trying to walk out of a Stop and Shop store with $1,045 worth of groceries and $159 in beauty supplies that she hadn’t paid for, according to the New York Daily News.
Cops had no difficulty pegging her line of work because she kept referring to the contraband as “foreign objects.”
Nomination
I’m going to nominate Pete Rose to be included in The Sports Curmudgeon’s “Just Go Away” club.