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Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend.......
13) Louis Oosthuizen got the first double eagle on the 2nd hole at Augusta National; he tossed the ball in the crowd, where a 59-year old guy caught it. Powers that be at Augusta wound up getting the ball back from the guy, but I hope he cleaned up. No one was talking about what they gave him.
12) Bronx Bombers and Red Sox are both 0-3 in same season for first time since 1966; Boston had a horrendous loss Sunday, blowing a 3-run lead in the 9th inning and a 2-run lead in the 11th. Not good.
11) Alfredo Aceves' career as Boston's closer may already be over; so far he has thrown 14 pitches, given up four hits, gotten no one out. That means it could be Daniel Bard's turn to try and close until Andrew Bailey's thumb is healed. Rough start for Bobby Valentine's tenure in Boston.
10) Surprised to see Jeremy Hellickson on mound for 118 pitches Sunday, in his first start of the season; guess Joe Maddon felt it was important to sweep the Bronx Bombers. I'm willing to bet that Hellickson won't throw 118 pitches in any other start this season.
9) Giants had a 6-0 lead in Arizona with Matt Cain on the mound and lost; what are the odds of that? Diamondbacks swept the weekend series.
8) Interesting tidbit from Terry Francona on Sunday Night Baseball; when he managed Diasuke Matsuzaka, the pitcher often complained about length of plane flights in this country, saying he was too tired to pitch after cross country flights. In Japan, most of the travel is done by train.
7) Francona, by the way, is very good on TV, a natural. He is just what you want, a guy who sounds like a buddy you hang out with to watch games.
6) Saturday night, Evan Longoria hit a homer that was caught by a fan out in rightfield, a guy wearing a Bronx Bomber jersey; it was close whether the guy reached over the fence or not, but he was rooting for the Bombers, so it was shocking when the hideous Joe West overturned the home run and took two Tampa Bay runs off the scoreboard, because a fan of the other team interfered with the ball.
5) Orioles and Mets are both 3-0. Not sure if this says more about them or more about the Twins and Braves, the teams they swept.
4) "I'm not good enough ... I don't have the thing I need to have. In 13 years I've come to the conclusion that I need to play for second or third place." That was Sergio Garcia talking about his chances of ever winning a major. Guess he never met Norman Vincent Peale.
3) Still cracks me up how CBS uses the same graphics for The Masters that they used 25 years ago; the white males that run Augusta National must be thrilled to death that someone named Bubba is their new champ.
2) First round matchups in the Stanley Cup playoffs:
East: Ottawa-Rangers; Caps-Boston; Devils-Florida; Philly-Penguins
West: Canucks-Kings; Sharks-Blues; Chicago-Phoenix; Detroit-Nashville.
1) The AD at Arkansas doesn't want to fire Bobby Petrino because Petrino wins games and fans love his offense, so the AD sits there and does nothing, probably hoping some other disaster happens so the Petrino situation gets buried in the headlines. The way this world is now, that might just happen.
Loved one game today and it was this afternoon. Just was at physical therapy and could not post it. But JimmydaGreek knew about it. So that leaves nothing for the forum. I like a few plays but not sure where I should go so I will pick the one that I am following from my buddy. Lots more ahead so no sense to force the issue.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS/CINCINNATI REDS OVER 9 RUNS
Also like Mets if you care to go with another as well.
-- Barry Zito got the Giants' first win with a CG 4-hit shutout at Coors Field; surprising, to say the least.
-- Zito threw 41 balls, 73 strikes. Colorado pitchers threw 80 balls, 106 strikes, Very difficult to win that throwing so many balls.
-- Speaking of surprises, the Mets are 4-0.
-- Atlanta made four errors in an 8-3 loss at Houston. 0-4 Braves are off to a horrible start.
-- Yu Darvish gave up four runs in his first big league inning, then settled down and wound up giving up five runs in 5.2 IP. Helps when hitters on your team score 11 runs-- Darvish and Texas beat the Mariners, 11-5.
-- Tommy Milone blanked the Royals for eight innings without striking a batter out; he got only three misses on 38 swings, and threw 93 pitches in his eight innings. Your fielders field better when a pitcher throws strikes.
Tuesday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but........
13) Here is yet another reason why I’m seriously considering not posting info on the NBA after this season; it’s a league that has gone insane.
Lamar Odom is making $8.9M this season, bringing his career earnings (I’m not making this up) to $107,767,658, yet Dallas Mavericks just told him to stay home for the rest of the season, then will pay him another $2.4M this summer to never come back, that’s how useless he’s been for them since coming over from the Lakers.
12) Effort should never be negotiable; how a guy making $8.9M a year can be sent home (with pay) for being useless is absolutely beyond me.
No wonder some teams seem to prefer foreign players; they haven’t been poisoned by our system of amateur basketball the way American kids have.
11) By way of review, Odom went to several high schools, including Redemption Christian Academy in Troy. They wouldn’t give him a high school diploma, which is saying something, so after basketball season that year, he went to St Thomas More Prep in Connecticut, where he miraculously got his high school diploma, and then shuffled off to Rhode Island, where he led Jim Harrick’s Rams to the NCAA tournament in his only year at URI.
Then he was off to pro ball, where he found his niche as a supporting player on the Lakers and married a reality TV attention junkie. What a country, right?
10) But now he’s in his early 30’s and seems disinterested in playing for anyone other than the Lakers. Hopefully he’s saved a good chunk of his money, or at least hid it from the Kardashian Klan. I’m telling you, you couldn’t make this stuff up, you’d get laughed at.
9) Another sign we have too much media: SI.com had an article Monday speculating on who will take Peyton Manning’s place as starting QB of the Broncos. Seriously. Nothing like getting ahead of yourself.
8) One of the cool things about sports is that stars come from all walks of life, from all over the country. Bubba Watson was once a golfer at Faulkner State CC, wherever that is. Now he’s on top of the golf world. Who knew?
7) Astros drew only 14,195 for their Easter game with Colorado, smallest home crowd they’ve had since moving to Minute Maid Park.
6) Neither Saints or Raiders have a pick in first two rounds of this year’s NFL Draft. Of course, the Saints also have a GM/coach who will be suspended, and some players too, so this could be a lost year for them.
5) Eagles just signed a free agent lineman from Northwestern State in Louisiana named Demetress Bell; his father is Karl Malone.
4) Tweet of the Day
"Canada and Mexico should switch places. Canada would get better weather and Mexico would get a border that nobody's watching." Al Snow
3) Can’t stand the McDonald’s commercial where the guy curries favor with his boss by losing to him on purpose while playing cards; would you want a weasel like that working for you?
I’d want a guy who was honest and competitive, someone you can trust for a solid effort, even if he did beat my butt playing cards.
2) OK, so the TCU basketball coach just jumped ship to go back to the MAC, a step down in class from the Big X. He gets replaced at TCU by a guy who jumped ship at LSU, another guy taking a step down, at least as far as the prominence of the basketball program. Just a weird exchange of coaches, and both voluntary moves. TCU goes into the Big X as a potential doormat. Trent Johnson will have do great work to make them competitive in the Big X, but he had to feel uncomfortable enough at LSU to bolt to the Horned Frogs.
1) I had a shop teacher in high school who scolded kids who talked too much, telling them they had “diarrhea of the mouth, it just never stops running.” Well, hopefully Mr Brunn is an Ozzie Guillen fan these days, because the Marlins’ manager has the same problem, he can’t shut up.
Now he’s in trouble for making a comment about Fidel Castro; I’m not even sure what he said, but I know that’s a very, very sensitive subject in south Florida, and now the Marlins are doing damage control in the community. All this, and the season’s not a week old yet. Guillen is going to have to do a lot of fast talking Tuesday morning, if he wants to save his job.
Like one NBA game tonight but hate NBA and really are more focused on NHL playoffs anyway so will stick to bases as we get started with a long winning baseball season. Lets ride the Orange and Blue tonight once again.
-- First two names suggested to replace Bobby Petrino at Arkansas are Tommy Bowden and Gus Malzahn.
-- Baylor got good news: Quincy Miller will be back for his sophomore season. Good news for Miller too. Leaving too early can be a disaster.
-- Loyola Greyhound basketball coach Jimmy Patsos threw out the first ball before the Orioles game last night.
-- Duquesne hired LIU coach Ferry, who was replaced from within by the Blackbirds. Ferry did an excellent job at LIU, but Duquesne is in a tough league. Ron Everhart is a good coach who couldn't get it done there.
-- Guy named Greg Shaheen is out as head of the NCAA tournament, it is rare to hear of a guy who is loved by both coaches/media. Politics can be a ridiculously petty thing, and it appears that Shaheen got hosed.
-- David Wright has a broken bone in the pinky on his throwing hand; he will wear a splint until further notice.