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SPOOKY'S MAN I'M TIRED OF BEING RIGHT ALL THE TIME WEEKLY EXPRESS
Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend........
13) Clippers were down 27 at one point, but ended game on a 28-3 run to totally stun the Grizzlies 99-98 in the last and weirdest Game 1 played this weekend. LA lost Caron Butler with a broken hand, though.
12) There was report on Twitter Sunday that boxer Floyd Mayweather bet $1.8M on the Clippers in Game 1. Wow.
11) Kellen Moore went 50-3 at Boise Sate, couldn't get drafted; the kid at Houston started four years in the same offense as Robert Griffin III, but in C-USA, so Case Keenum had to sign with the Texans as a free agent. How does Brock Osweiler get drafted but not Moore/Keenum? Anyone?
10) ESPN's Sunday night crew is good; you actually learn stuff now, they talk about baseball like friends sitting around, which is what makes for good TV. Anyway, they said last night the Tampa Bay pitchers have the right to call off the defensive shifts, if they see fit. Rays put a lot of shifts on, they are well thought out, but the pitcher still has veto power over them.
9) Max Scherzer had no chance in the Bronx Sunday; umpire Rob Drake, whose history leans slightly toward the pitcher, refused to call strikes on the corners Sunday. Scherzer threw 119 pitches in 4.2 tedious innings- 57 of the 69 pitches Bronx hitters took were called balls.
By way of contrast, 36 of 54 pitches Tiger hitters took were called strikes.
8) Mets' SS Ruben Tejada went 10-17 in Denver this weekend, raising his batting average from .239 to .310.
7) After throwing his perfect game last week in Seattle, Philip Humber took the time to write a letter to his college coach at Rice, Wayne Graham-- this is the letter, which was posted at riceowls.com. Cool to see a guy who isn't too big to thank those who helped him along the way.
6) Angels are 7-15, nine games out of first and Albert Pujols has gone 88 ABs without a homer. Ervin Santana has lost eight straight decisions. Not a time for panic, but they'll be glad when the calendar turns to May.
5) Orioles are six games over .500 for the first time since 2005; they'll get a stern test this week when they visit the expensive ballpark in the Bronx.
4) Week-to-week fantasy leagues are lot of fun, but when guys leave games with injuries on Sundays, it makes for difficult decisions, as far as setting your lineup for the next week. Josh Hamilton/Nick Swisher both left their games on Sunday. Hamilton's situation (back) is especially puzzling.
3) Ron Washington got tossed from Sunday night's game for arguing balls and strikes after Ian Kinsler was called out in the 7th inning. Washington turned 60 years old Sunday, the 7th current manager who is 60+.
2) Jon Lester threw 122 pitches Saturday, then Josh Beckett threw 126 on Sunday; its one thing not to trust your bullpen, but you need those starting pitchers all year long. Will be interesting to track how long this goes on.
1) If the baseball playoffs started Monday morning, these would be those teams that made it (two Wild Cards in each league now).......
For all you young phucks that weren't even born yet, here's the story on this picture.
The two most famous moments of Monday's career were both associated with the Dodgers. In the first, on April 25, 1976, during a game at Dodger Stadium, two protesters, William Thomas and his 11-year-old son, ran into the outfield and tried to set fire to an American flag they had brought with them. Monday, then playing with the Cubs, noticed they had placed the flag on the ground and were fumbling with matches and lighter fluid; he then dashed over and grabbed the flag from the ground to thunderous cheers. He handed the flag to Los Angeles pitcher Doug Rau, after which the ballpark police officers arrested the two intruders. When he came up to bat in the next half-inning, he got a standing ovation from the crowd and the big message board behind the left-field bleachers in the stadium flashed the message, "RICK MONDAY... YOU MADE A GREAT PLAY..." He later said, "If you're going to burn the flag, don't do it around me. I've been to too many veterans' hospitals and seen too many broken bodies of guys who tried to protect it. Monday was a U.S. Military member himself, having served a commitment with the Marine Corps Reserve as part of his ROTC obligation after leaving Arizona State. On August 25, 2008, Monday was presented with an American flag flown over Valley Forge National Historical Park in honor of his 1976 rescue. Monday is still in possession of the flag he rescued from the protestors; he has had offers to sell it (for up to $1 million) but has declined all offers.
-- Knicks lost by 10 at Miami, then Amare Stoudemire punched a fire extinguisher case and smashed the glass, cutting his hand open, needing attention from paramedics. Things aren't going well for New York.
-- Thunder made 37-39 from the foul line, beating Dallas 102-99, taking a 2-0 series lead. Two excellent games, though.
-- Pacers were down a hoop at halftime, then outscored Orlando 30-13 in third quarter to even series at 1-1 with a 93-78 win.
-- Capitals won 3-2 at Madison Square Garden, evening their series 1-1. Is it me, or are the NHL playoffs more interesting than the NBA's?
-- LA Kings won 5-2 at St Louis; they're now 5-0 on road in playoffs. Not bad for the #8 seed in the West.
-- Miami Marlins have now lost eight of their last nine games, and as they head out west, first game of the road trip is against Matt Cain. Yikes.