Dreams Blog

September 25, 2015

Giants 32 DCs 31
Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY) wrote, “The game was too hard on the eye — on both sides — to stamp it as some sign of grander things to come. But the result does offer a reminder that Manning might remain the same resilient and opportunistic threat he was during his second Super Bowl MVP run four years ago, after the 7-7 Giants hobbled into a Christmas eve matchup with the Jets.”
Jets 20 Colts 7
The Jets were QB’d by, journeyman, Ryan Fitzpatrick in this upset and featured 3 INT’s by an active D
Falcons 24 Giants 20
This is the 2nd week that I ended the game by yelling at the TV. The media wrote that the team choked but to have choked the team had to have been able to play well to begin. The Falcons out passed NY 340-290 Wait- Eli is supposed to be able do it, at least his HUGE paycheck says so. But living up to that is hard. Let’s see what happens in D.C. after 4 days of regrouping.
JPP
The middle finger that was wrapped had a procedure done on it less than two weeks ago, on Sept. 4. Sources have told ESPN that it was the last of many procedures Pierre-Paul has had to repair damage to the skin and bones of his thumb and fingers and that he’s focused now on rehab. Pierre-Paul has had several skin graft surgeries on his hand, and the photos do seem to show some discoloration of his right ring and pinkie fingers, which suffered damage as well. They do not offer a clear look at his palm, which sources have said also needed to be repaired. Pierre-Paul stayed away from the Giants following the accident, even refusing to let team trainer Ronnie Barnes see him in his hospital room in the days that followed. He finally showed up Sept. 7 and allowed team doctors to examine him. At that time, he offered to play if he and team could figure out a way to protect the hand during practice and games, but the Giants declined and told him they’d reconvene in a few weeks to decide whether he was ready to play at that time.
World Series Foes
The Sports Curmudgeon looked ahead and wrote, “I said before I wanted Toronto in the World Series in November so that there might be a snow-out for one of the games. (Yes, I know; I said there would have to be a roof malfunction in Toronto to make this happen.) Baseball should be over before November. Now that I look at the standings, I think I want to see the Mets play the Blue Jays in the World Series. Here is why:
This would feature both Yeonis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson.
Both of these players were deemed to be expendable/replaceable by the Moneyball guru who runs the Oakland A’s.
Any bets he will not be one of the studio guest commentators on MLB Network if that happens?”
Molinaro Marainara
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote, “Have you gotten your fill of the fantasy football league ads that promise “a shot at $1 million!”? Speaking of a million, that’s how many TV spots for FanDuel and Draft Kings seemed to have run during the first week of action. The NFL, which is nominally opposed to sports gambling, conveniently permits individual teams to form sponsorship deals with fantasy franchises, thereby ratcheting up the promotional machinery. Aren’t the fantasy leagues just elaborate gambling networks? But the logic used by the NFL is as ingenious as it is cynical: The fact that these commercials are allowed to inundate the airwaves during games means fantasy football isn’t gambling. Because the NFL, you see, frowns upon gambling. Prepare to be pummeled by more TV spots. Come back, Cialis ads. All is forgiven.
The enshrinement process for the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., can be an inscrutable business, and not just because Lefty Driesell has been snubbed these many years. Last week, Kentucky’s John Calipari was inducted, and while he’s been a big winner at three colleges, his teams at Massachusetts and Memphis had Final Four appearances vacated after the discovery of NCAA violations. Calipari, it’s true, was never specifically implicated in either case. Of course not. How silly of anyone to think that a coach could possibly know what was going on inside his own programs?”
Betting Info From The Sports Curmudgeon
I agree with the SC’s theoretical conflagration wish. “I believe that daily fantasy sports should be treated under the law exactly the same way poker and/or wagering on the outcome of individual sports games are treated under the law.
I have indeed grown immensely tired of the non-stop ads touting both DraftKings and Fan Duel to the point that I want the ad agencies that produce them to burn to the ground.”
Shocking, I Say, Shocking
The Sports Curmudgeon wrote,” Finally, here is an item from Greg Cote in the Miami Herald demonstrating that some football coaches may indeed be from another galaxy:
“A football assistant coach at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, took a high-voltage shot from a Taser gun last week in a morale-boosting stunt to increase team unity. It worked, as afterward players unanimously agreed the coach was an idiot.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on the flap over coaches’ communications going haywire during the NFL opener: “The Patriots have an alibi. At the time the headsets began acting up, they were busy letting the air out of the Pittsburgh team bus tires.”
Stat of the week
The Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto became the first catcher in 35 years to hit an inside-the-park home run and a conventional home run in the same game — and the inside-the-park job went 22 feet farther on the fly (406 to 384) than the one that left the park did.
At TheOnion.com: “Giants move Tom Coughlin to assisted-coaching facility.”;
Name of the Week
College Football Division, courtesy of Mike Bianchi of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel: “The Oklahoma safety who gave the one-finger salute to Tennessee fans last week in Knoxville: Hatari Byrd.”

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Dreams Blog

September 18, 2015

HOO RAH!
The Sports Curmudgeon said: “Dwight Perry wrote the 3500th iteration of Sideline Chatter in the Seattle Times. That is a whole lot of puns and plays on words. He began writing these columns in December 1999 – 189 months ago. He wrote this-
“If Mariners ace pitcher Felix Hernandez is The King, what does that make their best outfielder — Lord of the Flies?”
And … “A former corrections officer was arrested after throwing two footballs stuffed with drugs and contraband into the prison yard at the Richland (Ohio) Correctional Institution, the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum reported.
Prosecutors can’t decide whether to charge her with drug trafficking or detentional grounding.”
And So The Games Begin
Game 1 is a game that gives the fans a lot of answers and more questions.
To begin- I don’t like the Cowboys-The Giants lost to Dallas 27-26 in the final seconds. And YES I think the officials missed that holding call where the Giant TE was held at the line. That being said, NY has NO pass rush or pass coverage. DC Spagnuolo has his job cut out for him especially when, as Dan Graziano (ESPNNY) wrote: “The New York Giants feel the damage to Jason Pierre-Paul’s right hand is worse than they were led to believe, sources said, and after the team got a chance to examine him on Monday, there are people in the organization who fear he might not be able to return to the field at all this year.”
The Jets beat the Browns 31-10, but remember this was the Browns they were playing. McKown started at QB for Cleveland but was knocked out of the game after the first series bringing in Johnny Manziel. Cleveland had 321total yards and the Jets had 333yards. Fumbles by the Browns helped the Jets to no end. The Jets ran for154 and passed for179 while the Browns had 104 and 217.
Why Does It Always Happen To The Pats?
So there is, yet, still another dark cloud over the Patriots. This time it’s about the Steelers’ headsets picking up a Boston radio play-by-play instead of the Pittsburgh coaches communications with each other. This has happened to different teams quite a bit in the last few years.
Coach Bill always puts wears the same expression, “What are you talking about. I don’t understand that stuff.”
Arte Johnson would have said on laugh in, “Veeery Interesting.”
“Self- Bloviating”
Rich Cimini (ESPNNY.com) wro-10te: “New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, addressing reporters for the first time since his infamous locker-room altercation, said Monday he has no plans to file charges against former teammate IK Enemkpali for breaking his jaw with one punch.
Smith refused to provide any details about the incident, which occurred four weeks ago, but he painted himself as an innocent victim. He said “some things will be clarified” once the NFL completes its investigation into a possible personal-conduct violation by Enemkpali — suggesting he did nothing to provoke it.
Even though he was on the receiving end of what coach Todd Bowles called “a sucker punch,” Smith was criticized by fans and media for allowing the situation to escalate. Sources said he pointed his finger in Enemkpali’s face. His leadership was questioned.
Smith didn’t respond to direct questions of that nature, but he clearly felt he had no culpability.”
It was presumptuous of smith to say he wasn’t going to why am I not sue when he was the one who caused the whole thing. But, why am I not surprised.
Help, Help Me Ronda
The Sports Curmudgeon told us that, “I am not a big fan of MMA. I may watch a few minutes of a bout if I happen to pass through it while grazing channels but under no circumstances am I a fan or a connoisseur. The sport seems to me to be very much like pro ‘rassling with its hype and feuding but with undetermined bout outcomes and real blood/injuries. Like I said, I am not a connoisseur…
With that as background, I have to admit that I do not understand the media fascination with Ronda Rousey. I understand that she is an undefeated MMA fighter and that she has dominated all of her opponents there. Somehow, that has translated into her becoming the focus of paparazzi and gossip mongers. If I paid more attention to MMA, I might understand why that is. In any event, Greg Cote had this item in the Miami Herald recently:
“UFC star Ronda Rousey accepted an invitation to the Marine Corps Ball as the date of a Philadelphia soldier. He’ll be a perfect gentleman, or she’ll beat the !@#$ out of him.”
Iron man
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote: “As he starts his 10th season at left tackle for the New York Jets, former U.Va. All-American D’Brickashaw Ferguson hasn’t only played in every game of his career – all 144 – he hasn’t missed a practice in nine years.”
Perry Patter
And from the Sometimes These Items Just Write Themselves file comes word that organizers in Hawaii canceled the annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim, citing high surf and … rough water conditions.
Two Kansas City Royals — Kelvin Herrera and Alex Rios — are sidelined with chickenpox.
But not any Atlanta Braves. They can’t catch much of anything these days.
Two Olympic shot-put medalists — Canada’s Dylan Armstrong and Russia’s Yevgeniya Kolodko — have announced their engagement.
If wedding planners get their way, well-wishers will be throwing 16-pound balls instead of rice.”
Two western Pennsylvania teams lit up the scoreboard Friday night, Meadville winning, 107-90.
The Beavers (Dubois) got a 741-yard passing performance from Matt Miller, rang up 90 points — and still lost by 17!
That’s largely because Journey Brown of the Bulldogs (Meadville) rushed for 722 yards and 10 touchdowns.
At SportsPickle.com: “Patriots say they heard Steelers admit they’re just jealous in secret recordings of Steelers locker room.”
At BorowitzReport.com: “Patriots never bothered to steal Jets’ playbook.”
Strangest three-and-out in football history: The Cleveland Browns kick off the season Sunday with a GM, coach and player suspended.

Dreams Blog

September 11, 2015

Omen
There is a new film scheduled to be released on Christmas day entitled “Concussion.” It’s reputed to be powerful with ties to pro football that will, in all likelihood, initiate deep discussions from owners and players about the future of the NFL.
Cubbies Rebirth By The Sports Curmudgeon
“It certainly appears that the Chicago Cubs are poised to shed their ”identity” as lovable losers over the next couple of years. The Cubs are playoff bound this year barring a catastrophic collapse and they are a team of young players who project to improve in the near future. The only quibble you might have with that last statement is that their starting rotation is not full of young pitchers. However, I would counter that Dan Harren at age 34 is the only “old-timer” in the group; the starters may not be “Young Turks”, but they are not “geezers” either.
A small part of the improvement for the Cubbies comes from a trade made by Cubs’ GM, Theo Epstein at the trade deadline last year. He sent starter Jeff Samardija to the A’s along with starter Jason Hammel to acquire Addison Russell and two other prospects. Hammel turned out to be a “rental” for the A’s because he went back to the Cubs as a free agent over the winter. Russell has been a fixture at second base for the Cubs at age 21 while the A’s gleaned three players who have been OK for them this year in exchange for Samardija over the winter. In all of that shuffling, Addison Russell looks to be most valuable asset.
Oh, and by the way, acquiring Joe Maddon over the winter to run the club on the field was another good move by Epstein. Maddon has shown in the past that he can get a young team to believe that they can win now and not necessarily have to wait for the future to arrive. He seems to be doing just that with the Cubs again this year.”
SC’s Snacks
With the baseball season on the wane, you have precious little time left to head out to the ballpark to stuff your face with these culinary monstrosities:
In Milwaukee – at Miller Park – the Brewers tempt their fans with a series of gut bombs: Inside the Park Nachos: This is ground beef with taco seasoning on a stick covered with doritos, nacho cheese and sour cream. It is basically nachos that you can eat while walking around. Oh, and of course it comes with a salsa dipping sauce.
Pulled Pork Parfait: This is alternating layers of pulled pork – duh! – and mashed potatoes covered with chives and gravy. You eat this bad boy with a Spork.
The Beast: This is a bratwurst that has been stuffed with a hot dog then wrapped in bacon and topped with sauerkraut and onions on a pretzel roll. I don’t know if you can get a side order of Crestor with this puppy.
It is too late this season to go and see the Fresno Grizzlies so you will have to hope they bring back “The Frankenslice” next year. This concoction is a slice of pepperoni pizza with a full sized hot dog baked into the rolled over crust. If the creator of this dish did not win a James Beard Award, I have no idea what the judges could have been thinking.
Let me close with this observation regarding Messr. Mayweather by Greg Cote of the Miami Herald:
“Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced his final fight before retiring would be Sept. 12, with no date set yet for his final fight after that one.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote:
“Pat Dooley of the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, proclaiming the Tennessee football team as “the Kardashians of the SEC”: “They look good, but they haven’t done anything.”
Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg, after Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta flummoxed the Dodgers: “Best no-hitter I’ve seen since the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.”
Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on the hype that Ronda Rousey’s next opponent will give her a competitive fight: “I had no idea Godzilla joined the UFC.”
Seven pitchers named Jim have tossed no-hitters since 1960: Abbott, Bibby, Bunning, Colborn, Hunter (better known as “Catfish”), Maloney (twice) and Palmer.
The Electronic Sports League says it will start testing its video-game players for juicing.The first 120 volts are on the house.
RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, on Canada’s world-champion pole vaulter, Shawn Barber: “It’s easy to spot Barber: His pole has red and white stripes.”;
Got your bloomers in a bunch over Alma Mater U’s season-opening defeat? Cheer up out there.
“Last year, Ohio State lost early and dropped out of the Top 10 in the early polls,” pointed out Jack Finarelli of SportsCurmudgeon.com
“Oregon lost early and dropped out of the Top 10 in the early polls. Now, which two teams played for the College Football Championship at the end of the season?
“The prosecution rests, Your Honor.”
At TheOnion.com: “Tom Brady haunted by destroyed cellphone ringing beneath floorboards.”;
A Dunkin’ Donuts in Maine has offered Richard Berman, the judge in the Tom Brady case, free coffee for life.
If he accepts it, of course, that’s grounds for appeal.
Reader Ted, to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, on the Browns’ 24-0 exhibition loss to the Bears: “Is this the first time in NFL history that a complete team was inactive for a game?”
Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel, on Wrigley Field’s aptly named inhabitants: “These Cubs are so young, they think manager Joe Maddon invented the football video game.”;

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September 4, 2015

The Sports Curmudgeon On Roger Goodell
For me, there has never been sufficient evidence that the balls in question were purposely deflated – let alone evidence that Tom Brady was involved in that activity even it actually happened. Judge Berman evidently thought that was important too because he reportedly kept asking the NFL attorneys what evidence they could present to show that Tom Brady had anything to do with tampering with game balls on January 18, 2015. And they could present no such evidence.
For me, there were procedural inadequacies from start to finish in the case that should have rendered it moot. Most important in those inadequacies was the fact that The Wells Report – paid for by the NFL with the intent of showing wrongdoing in the matter and costing somewhere between $3M and $5M – could only come to the conclusion that Tom Brady might have been generally aware of something that it had to use pseudo-science to determine had happened. Ted Wells is an attorney and has to consider his reputation and the reputation of his firm even in light of the $3-5M he was getting in billable hours for this report. He could not/would not put his name on the line to say “this guy did that thing because here is the evidence.”
Just the same, Judge Berman never said Brady was innocent. BTW, who is hearing the NFL appeal- Goodell?
Mets Batting Coach
Before this season began I praised the Mets hiring Keven Long as batting coach and the team’s long ball totals bear me out. Bob Molinaro (Pilot Online.com) added: “After struggling at the plate for most of the season – in part due to a balky knee – Chesapeake’s Michael Cuddyer broke loose for five RBIs and a home run in a pair of Mets victories over Philadelphia.”
I Was Naïve When…
I wrote about Geno Smith’s big mouth disorder. ESPN hinted that the argument wasn’t about owed money but a “Catfishing Scheme.” One of the guys had to tell me that the scheme has one group making a second individual believe that he’s on-line with a girl when there isn’t one. It seems that Enemkpali was a “dupee” while in college. Evidently Smith threw this info at the LB who got mad about it.
This Is The Fellow Who Believes The Iranians
It does pay to hit to all fields.
At least it did for ex-Yankee great Derek Jeter, who got the best of President Obama during a golf outing last November
“When we got to the practice range, he was shanking balls everywhere,” Obama told attendees at a Nevada Democratic fundraiser. “I said, ‘You play golf, Derek?’ And he said, ‘I just started 2 weeks ago.’ ”;
So Obama spotted Jeter 30 strokes, to his immediate regret.
“We had to take a picture of me handing Derek Jeter money at the end of the game.”
Isn’t This A Wagering Site?
Draft Kings – one of those websites that offers daily/weekly fantasy leagues – has just signed a partnership agreement with the Dallas Cowboys. The agreement will give the company a branded fantasy sports lounge inside AT&T stadium and “access to Cowboys’ fans as part of the team’s digital, TV and radio networks”. In part, that translates into Draft Kings being able to offer its customers things like tickets to Cowboys’ games and VIP events in that fantasy sports lounge.
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “At SportsPickle.com: “RG3 expected to be healthy enough to get hurt Week 1.”;
Former Olympic 1,500-meter champ Sebastian Coe of England defeated former 20-foot vaulter Sergey Bubka of Ukraine, 115-92, to become president of IAAF, track & field’s governing body.
Moral of the story: It doesn’t pay to run against Coe, even if you are No. 1 in the poles.
A bystander at Green Meadows Golf Course in Charlotte, N.C., was shocked to see an unhinged service door from a commercial airliner pinwheel from the sky and land 40 yards from the seventh-hole green.
Golf historians immediately declared it the mother of all drops.
The National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern football players will not be allowed to form a union.
The Wildcats insist they’ll set up a picket line on punt returns anyway.
Angler Jacob Wheeler, to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, after two that got away cost him the lead at a bass-fishing tournament in nearby Hot Springs: “If I’d caught those fish, I’d be as fine as frog hair now.”
Rays catcher Curt Casali had to leave Tuesday night’s 11-7 loss to the Twins after straining his left hamstring rounding first base — during his home-run trot.
“Flying disk sports, including Ultimate Frisbee, have been granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee.
“’We got next!’ said lawn darts.”
The International Olympic Committee has recognized ultimate frisbee as a sport. I believe this was pushed by the ‘It’s no dumber than synchronized swimming’ committee.” [Brad Dickson, Omaha World-Herald].”
It only took seven years of fantasy football to turn Gary Dzen from casual player to stereotypical fanatic.
“It was a minor distraction, and it was fun,” Dzen wrote at Boston.com. “So how the hell did I get from there to this past Saturday, live-drafting through an iPhone video chat an hour before my stepbrother’s wedding? …;
“I squint into the phone, trying to determine who’s been picked and who’s left for me to take in Round 2. ‘Dude, hurry up,’ my friend implores me through the phone …;
“I hear the wedding was beautiful.”
Comedian Argus Hamilton, on USC students’ reaction to football coach Steve Sarkisian’s drunken rant: “He received bids to pledge Beta Theta Pi, Alpha Tau Omega and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.”
Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg, after Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta flummoxed the Dodgers: “Best no-hitter I’ve seen since the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.”;
Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on the hype that Ronda Rousey’s next opponent will give her a competitive fight: “I had no idea Godzilla joined the UFC.”
Negeri Sembilan FA, a Malaysian soccer team, released all but six of its players, saying they faked injuries so as not to play but still collect pay.
Things apparently came to a header when one claimed his paycheck gave him a paper cut.”

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August 28, 2015

Duck And Cover
William Weinbaum (ESPNNY) wrote about the recent number of batted balls that hit the pitcher. MLB only allows players to wear approved head gear. I think that means the supplier paid a licensing fee. “Pitchers are and would remain free to wear any protective equipment, regardless of whether baseball has tested or approved it, as long as it doesn’t conflict with on-field competition or licensing agreements. But so far, nearly all have eschewed changes to what they wear atop their heads, citing effects on comfort, delivery and appearance, from padding’s added size and weight.
Bryan Mitchell, who suffered a nasal fracture and was put on the seven-day concussion disabled list for precautionary reasons, joined the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, the Cleveland Indians’ Carlos Carrasco and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Archie Bradley as pitchers who have been hit in the head by a line drive in 2015. All four were struck in the face below the cap line, so none of the three types of cap padding in use or the 2016 product with an ear flap would have cushioned the impact.”
I think that the only true protection would be a batting practice shield.
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “Comedy writer Alan Ray, on dancer Julianne Hough’s upcoming wedding with NHL player Brooks Laich: “The ‘something borrowed’ will be his false teeth.”;
TBS’s Conan O’Brien, after a Nepalese teen set a world record by kicking himself in the head 134 times in one minute: “He broke the previous record of zero.”
Apple is working to develop a driverless car.
They might’ve gotten the idea watching the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offense last season.
At SportsPickle.com: “RG3 expected to be healthy enough to get hurt Week 1.”;

That Bell Signals The End Of Round Six
The SC tells us that, “Creed will be the seventh opus in the Rocky Balboa movie series; it is scheduled for release late this year. In this episode, Apollo Creed’s son wants to take up boxing and gets Rocky Balboa to train him for his fights. I have no idea if the film will be any good – or even marginally interesting – but there is one hopeful sign. At least Rocky is not still fighting for heavyweight championships; Stallone is getting a bit up in years to pull off that kind of casting. Moreover, Rocky fight scenes would stretch credibility due to the bulging of the Depends under the boxing trunks.”
The Sports Curmudgeon Said Not To Even Look At The Water
I have written before, and it has been confirmed recently, that the promise to clean up the water in the venues for watersports will not be honored. In fact, the Brazilians and the IOC are not going to test that water for viruses – only for bacteria – even though the AP took samples for testing and found the virus levels 1.7 million times higher than levels that “would cause alarm on southern California beaches”. I do not want to make California out to be a perfect model for the world, but a factor of 1.7 million is not something to ignore.
Remember the tradition after the rowing events are over is that the winning coxswain gets thrown into the drink. Given the virus content there and the thousands of gallons of raw sewage that pour into the bay every minute, that is probably not such a great idea this time around.
Looking at the MLB playoff schedule, the 7th game of the World Series – should it be necessary – will be in the AL champion’s city on November 4. Neither Boston nor Minnesota look capable of making it to the World Series so I guess I have to root for Toronto to make it along with a malfunction of the retractable roof in Toronto freezing it in the open position. Oh, did I just say “freezing”; I am rooting for snow too. “Baseball” and “November” do not go together.
Finally, Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald lets us in on a potential TV viewing appointment he may have next Spring:
There is YouTube video of a drunk golfer in Wolstanton, England, who got his head stuck in a trash can. If this guy is granted an exemption for next year’s Masters, I’ll watch.”
In Or Out
The SC also said, ““Enablers: Jimbo Fisher had no choice but to accept responsibility for recent events involving Florida State football players striking women – one caught on video, the other being investigated. But it’s not Fisher’s fault. He’s just a cog in the machine. Put the blame on university presidents and other officials for turning a blind eye to what’s involved in the care and feeding of those athletes who don’t belong on campus. The real scandal is these guardians of higher education are never embarrassed enough by a dubious process to do much more than offer lip service to their schools’ true missions.”
All I can say to that is “Preach on, Brother! Can I get an Amen here?” For me the key phrase in that statement is “athletes who don’t belong on campus”. I know my position can be assailed as elitist and exclusionary; nonetheless, I remain convinced that there are loads of people in college who do not belong there and the percentage of such people who happen also to play a “revenue sport” probably approaches 50%.”
Yes, a big AMEN! I still get upset when one of these future millionaires is unable to put 3 words together correctly. Just don’t get me started about double negatives.
The SC On NBA Stuff
“There will be 5 – that is FIVE – NBA games on television on Christmas Day. Forget any religious significance or any traditional family gatherings on that day; treat it as any ordinary day on the calendar and ask yourself this:
Do I care sufficiently about 10 NBA teams such that I might find a 5-game TV schedule even marginally enticing? You may stop chortling about now… Oh well, at least it will be a change from the bazillionth re-running of Miracle on 34th Street come December.”

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August 21, 2015

NFL Hi-jinx
I wouldn’t be able to identify the origin of the smell in Tom Brady’s court room if I walked in there, but I would know what it was if I stepped in it.
Greed And Density A Bad Combo
The Sports Curmudgeon wrote, “There was evidently a law in St. Louis and/or Missouri that required a referendum before the city and or state could shell out taxpayer money to upgrade the Rams’ stadium. That requirement meant the city/state could not meet the NFL deadline for proposing what they would do to keep the Rams in St. Louis. So the folks in charge went to court to get the law that was on the books declared too vague to enforce so that they could pledge taxpayer money without a referendum.
If that is not strange enough, they did that even though the Rams’ owner does not want to stay in St. Louis and would prefer to spend lots of his own money to build a stadium in Inglewood, CA.”
What Was Geno Smith’s Wonderlic Grade?
The Sports Curmudgeon also wrote, “According to a report in the NY Daily News, a “Jets’ source” said that Smith deserved what he got not because of his late payment of the $600 but because he was in Enemkpali’s face pointing at him and perhaps even poking him. If that is the case – and I have no way to know if it is –, then Geno Smith is dumber than toast. None of that would raise the level of Enemkpali’s behavior beyond the level of moronic. Even at the Pop Warner level, players know that they should not purposely take out their own starting QB.”
Molinaro Maranara
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote: “I suppose sports fans who are paying attention to current events arrived at the unmistakable and mischievous conclusion that the Buffalo Bills’ move to pick up linebacker IK Enemkpali after his release from the New York Jets for punching quarterback Geno Smith is a “jaw-dropping” decision.
The Washington Generals, put together by the late Red Klotz in 1953 as the foil for the Harlem Globetrotters, disbanded this summer after the Globies severed relations. Thus ends a 62-year tradition of spectacular losing that will never be surpassed. Except, perhaps, by the 76ers. (and maybe the Knicks- bc)
It’s only to be expected that when Notre Dame junior tailback Greg Bryant was ruled academically ineligible that some in the media would reflexively deem it to be a “scandal.” In what sort of warped world does disciplining an athlete for failing to live up to his classroom responsibilities constitute a scandal? The actual and time-honored academic scandal in college sports, we all know, is how few big-time athletes – certainly no star players – are lost due to poor grades or cheating. It’s amazing how that works.
So how do we best assess Clayton Kershaw’s feat of tying Dodger great Sandy Koufax’s franchise record of six consecutive 200-strikeout seasons? For today’s freer-swinging hitters, there’s less of a stigma attached to striking out than when Koufax pitched. On the other hand, Koufax threw off a Himalayan-high mound compared to today’s smaller bump. Call it a wash.
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote: ““Broken jaw to force Geno Smith to miss 18—30 turnovers.”
The Knicks finally signed small forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo, a 2014 draft pick, and one delusional Knicks fan we know is already saying Antetokounmpo is worth 21 points a game.
We’re talking Scrabble, right?
Indoor football QB Jared Lorenzen — the 320-pounder known as The Pillsbury Throwboy — has volunteered his services to the short-handed Jets, saying he looks good in green.
If the Jets say no, maybe the Red Sox could use a Green Monster mascot …
Jason Pierre-Paul’s concussion protocol going forward, you have to assume, won’t include the question: “How many fingers?”
NBC’s Jimmy Fallon, on Hillary Clinton’s $350 billion college-aid plan: “Which has to be better than my parents’ plan to make college affordable: ‘Be good at sports.’ ”;
RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, after a dog in Arkansas somehow survived despite swallowing 23 bullets: “One problem: His hair keeps coming out in bangs.
Rex Ryan, via Twitter, on partaking in the Dog Biscuit Challenge: “With a name Rex, I’ve eaten a lot of dog biscuits in my life.”;
Ryan ate a Milk-Bone dog biscuit to show his support for the Erie County SPCA.
Coincidence? Buffalo visits the Dog Pound this Thursday.
U.S. teen swimmer Katie Ledecky — who set three world records and won five gold medals at last week’s world championships — is delaying her entry into Stanford until after the 2016 Olympics. Too bad.
That “What I Did This Summer” essay could’ve been a doozy.
Overheard during a Jets team meeting late last week: “We like smashmouth football as much as the next guy, fellas, but c’mon …”;
So, Rich Rodriguez was asked at Pac-12 media days is it refreshing to return your starting quarterback at Arizona?
“Refreshing?” Rich-Rod responded. “I think a nice cold beer or a Bacardi and Coke, or maybe even a nice iced tea sweetened, is refreshing. What was the question again?”
Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press, on all the venom directed at Jane Rosenberg over her courtroom sketch of Tom Brady: “Bet she didn’t see that coming when she answered the ‘Can You Draw This Quarterback?’ ad in the back of the magazine.”
Greg Cote of The Miami Herald, after Buffalo signed QB-puncher IK Enemkpali: “First day in the Bills’ locker room, Enemkpali had his lunch money stolen by Richie Incognito.”
Reader Michael Sarro, to the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Wasn’t the Washington Generals’ motto ‘Play Like A Brown’?”
“I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league,” Washington QB Robert Griffith III told D.C.’s WJLA-TV, “and I have to go out and show that.”
Results of RGIII’s hastily arranged drug test were not available at press time
Finally, here is one more comment from Scott Ostler regarding Pete Rose:
Scott Ostler On Pete Rose
“I’m 100 percent in favor of letting Pete Rose into the Hall of Fame, but under my proviso that he has to get past Ray Fosse guarding the door.”

Dreams Blog

August 14, 2015

A Special And Unique Tree
The sports Curmudgeon told us Tonciu, Romania is a town that thought it needed a soccer pitch for the local youth to play on and to develop their skills on. So, the City Fathers decided to spend about $20K to create such a facility. However, here in Curmudgeon Central, we know well that no good deed goes unpunished and now those City Fathers are being held up to scorn and ridicule for the implantation of their “nice idea” due to the giant oak tree in the middle of the pitch.” The pitch had to be built around the tree.
Jet WR
But now he’s out with a concussion, and that’s troubling because it’s at least his fourth concussion. He’s onl5 25.
Chris Owusu’s final season at Stanford, 2011, was cut short because of a concussion. In a November game against Oregon State, he went down after helmet-to-helmet contact and left the field in an ambulance. It was his second concussion in a three-week span, his third in 13 months.
His skill set intrigued NFL scouts — some felt he had third-round talent — but he didn’t get picked at all. No doubt, teams were concerned about his medical history. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers, also spending time with the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before landing with the Jets last season.
After a strong offseason, Owusu got off to a fast start in camp, moving up the depth chart. He was getting first-team reps in three-receiver packages, working ahead of Jeremy Kerley at times.
I Agree With The SC On This
“Scott Ostler of the SF Chronicle wrote recently that the National Anthem renditions at various sporting events need an upgrade. I could not agree more. Some of the “local talent” they trot out to sing the anthem is enough to make your hair hurt and while it may be “cute” there are precious few sixth grade glee clubs that can sing the song even marginally well. One more note from experience:
Jazz saxophonists have their place in the musical cosmos but standing at home plate and blaring the anthem in to a microphone prior to a baseball game is not their place.”
Robert Merrill was the best I ever heard.
The SC Added
I have said it before and will reiterate it here. José Canseco is the gift that keeps on giving for these sorts of rants. Here is the latest “Canseco antic”:
He is going to spend an entire week living as a woman as a show of support for Caitlyn Jenner. Canseco will be in full drag dress-mode for that whole week.
Seriously…
The fact that Canseco will also be involved in his own “reality show” come next Fall of course has nothing to do with this behavior. It is all about learning what Caitlyn Jenner “feels” and nothing at all about an episode for the Internet reality show Spend a Day with José. Yeah, right…
Boston Did Something Right
The SC wrote, “While I was gone, the good people of Boston – and of Massachusetts as a whole – seemingly came to their senses and terminated their bid to hold the 2024 Olympics there. The mayor of Boston had been a supporter of bidding for the games but when he was faced with signing a “host city contract” that included clauses making Boston responsible for any cost overruns that “might occur”, he balked. Evidently, there was some pressure from various Olympic officials with regard to a deadline for signing and Mayor Marty Walsh would not be cowed by the USOC. The folks in Boston ought to hold a parade for Mayor Walsh.”
Molinaro Maranara
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote, “The way it is: Not to exaggerate the dominance of MLB pitching, but doesn’t it seem like that every three or four days a starter takes a no-hitter into the late innings? Makes you wonder how little offensive production there might be in the playoffs, when pitching traditionally dictates.
Hospital report: During NFL training camps, we’re reminded almost daily of the carnage created by the football grind. Spotlighted this week is the grisly injury to Texans running back Arian Foster, who is undergoing surgery today to reattach his groin muscle to the bone. It hurts just to write those words.
Suspicion: A third women’s basketball player from North Carolina’s heralded 2013 recruiting class has transferred this summer, jumping ship before NCAA sanctions are handed down in the paper-class scandal. The loss of another star apparently deepens the paranoia in some Chapel Hill circles that the women’s program will be scapegoated by the university that’s looking to reduce or avoid sanctions on the big money makers: men’s basketball and football.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “
Looks like Oregon’s return game is in midseason form.
USC football coach Steve Sarkisian made the mistake of taking a poke at the Ducks at Pac-12 Media Days, saying, “We’re not going to take the field this year in 13 different uniforms in 13 games.”
Bad idea, Sark.
Responded Oregon media-relations staffer Joe Waltasti in a pair of tweets: “Sark 0-5 vs. Oregon as a head coach” and “Oregon has outscored Sark-coached teams 227-97.”
UFC champion Ronda Rousey will be the next Carl’s Jr. spokesman.
Well, why not? Everything she touches turns into hamburger, too.
The top three schools in The Princeton Review’s latest ranking of top party schools — Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin — are all from the same conference.
Little wonder nobody’s sober enough to realize the Big Ten has 14 schools in it.”
The future NBA coach, as a Providence graduate assistant in 1987, predicted Friars star Billy Donovan had a great shot at making the Utah Jazz roster because “they’ve got a guy there that’s in, like, his third year named (John) Stockton that I’m not so sure about. He hasn’t played very much.”;
Donovan — now the Oklahoma City Thunder coach — told The Oklahoman that Van Gundy got this return call immediately after Donovan’s first NBA practice: “Hey, Jeff, remember that comment you made about you’re not sure about Stockton? That’s the best guard I’ve ever played against in my entire life.”

Dreams Blog

August 7, 2015

REP. Debates
I was impressed by Carly Fiorino and Jeb Bush
JPP
I read that DN sub-headline which said that John Mara “still doesn’t know how many fingers JPP has.”
I know that if I were Mara, I’d tell him that his checks were still signed by me and if he wanted them to continue he’d better contact us and bring us up to date about his condition. But then again, John Mara is nicer than I am.
Are you kidding me? Those pictures in the DN showing JPP with his hand heavily wrapped and his arm in a sling were very troubling, to say the least, and made me wonder what was really wrong with the hand. John Mara wanted to know how many fingers he had. Maybe when the next shoe falls, we’ll get a look in there. The damage looks greater than was first indicated. But, we’ll have to wait.
Owa
The Jason Pierre-Paul situation has created openings and opportunity on the New York Giants’ defensive line. Rookie third-round pick Owamagbe Odighizuwa is one of the players the Giants hope can step forward and seize that opportunity. But first, he has a lot of learning to do.
“I think the biggest thing for me right now is pass rush,” Odighizuwa said Sunday. “They want me to be a great pass-rusher. And so every day, I’m always talking to (defensive line coach Robert Nunn) about what he wants, what I did well or what I need to improve on. They know I bring a lot to the table, and they want to maximize that.”
Odighizuwa was a 3-4 defensive end at UCLA and wasn’t ask ed to develop pass-rush moves or get after the quarterback in that scheme. But the Giants drafted him in the third round because they liked his physical profile — 6-foot-3, 267 pounds, 4.62 in the 40-yard dash and a best-among-defensive-linemen 39-inch vertical jump at the combine — and believed they could develop him into a fearsome pass-rusher
O-Line
Dan Graziano (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “The New York Giants on Thursday practiced without four of their original five projected starting offensive linemen. One of those, left tackle Will Beatty, has been out since May with a torn pectoral muscle and isn’t due back until November. But the other three — tackle Ereck Flowers, center Weston Richburg and guard Geoff Schwartz — were practicing earlier in camp and are now struggling with injuries.
Flowers has a hip flexor injury and has missed three practices in a row — especially troubling since he’s a rookie trying to get up to speed to start at left tackle in Beatty’s place in Week 1. Coach Tom Coughlin said Flowers is doing better, but he’s definitely concerned about the missed practice time.
Molinaro Maranara
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote: “Debategate: I won’t go so far as to say I don’t care anymore about the tiff between Tom Brady and the Patriots and Roger Goodell, but when the landscape of this protracted saga changes so often, I am willing to offer the words a so-called columnist is never supposed to write: “I just don’t know.” I don’t know when or how this will end. Presuming it will someday.
Back and forth: Maybe the silliest here-today-forgotten-tomorrow Deflategate story was the one alleging that the owners of the Colts and Ravens were lobbying Goodell to really give it to Brady good. Because it’s not as if all this time Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who owns a pretty large soapbox, couldn’t have been applying pressure of his own on Brady’s behalf.
In his dignified rant against Goodell, Kraft got in some digs at the lawyers, who when last seen were crying all the way to the bank. No matter how this NFL embarrassment is resolved, it’s the lawyers who always win.
(Bob C- Brady has never said that he didn’t do it- only that there was no smoking gun or evidence. There’s a huge difference between not guilty and innocent. Whatever evidence might be there, it’s probably circumstantial. However there’s so much of it, some has to be true. Nevertheless it makes you wonder why these things always happen to the Patriots.)
JA Happ
Dwight Perry said that if pitcher Happ was, traded from the Mariners, it might allow for the headline: “Happ-less in Seattle.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “If Pete Rose were a Buddhist,” wondered Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle, “would he be banned for more than one lifetime?”
At SportsPickle.com: “Dodgers making late push to acquire Toronto Blue Jays before the trade deadline.”
The Miami Marlins serenaded the Washington Nationals on Wednesday with “noises of flatulence” piped through the stadium loudspeakers while the Nats took batting practice.
Well, that’s one way to cut down on whiffs.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson agreed to a new four-year, $87.6 million contract Friday.
Fortunately, Seattle citizens still have vastly less-important issues to hold their attention-like education, transportation and health care.
It’s official, then National Football League training camps are finally in full swing.
“As usual,” cracked NBC’s Seth Meyers, “the New England Patriots camp began with the ceremonial burning of the rule book.”
Comedy writer Tim Hunter, after a German electric car broke a world mark by going from 0 to 62 mph in just 1.779 seconds: “It also set a new record for the world’s longest untangled extension cord.”
Blogger TC Chong, on corpulent Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval: “If Panda gets any bigger, Greenpeace will be trying to save him.”
At SportsPickle.com: “Cowboys believe they may have their most talented underachieving team yet.”;
Latest sign that the apocalypse is near: The Electronic Sports League announced it will randomly drug-test players at competitive video-game tournaments.
Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia earned himself a 162-game suspension for a repeat PED violation — less than a month after completing an 80-gamer for the same offense.
“Once, you might think you’re invulnerable,” noted Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com. “The second time? Proves again that MLB drug testing is also an IQ test.”
Difference
Is doing things the right way any different than “Doing things the right way as I see it?” Ask Hillary.”
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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.”

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.”