13) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons had an interesting week;
Sunday: ejected, Monday: ejected.
Tuesday-Thursday: suspended in connection with Sunday’s ejection
Friday/Saturday: He actually managed the whole game both days.
Sunday: ejected– good work if you can get it.
12) Washington Nationals played 13 of their first 44 games against Miami; now the teams will play only six more times the rest of this season. .
11) Albuquerque Isotopes are the Rockies’ AAA team; they’re having a bad year, losing six games in a row and 10 of last 12.
Things are so bad that the team employee who wears the “jar of salsa” costume during the Chile Race promotion pulled a leg muscle this weekend nad is now out of action.
10) From 2013-15, Hillary Clinton made 94 speaking engagements, earned $21.6M doing so. Thats million, with an M. Yikes.
9) Phil Mickelson agreed to forfeit nearly $1 million that the Securities/Exchange Commission said was unfairly earned on a tip from an insider trading scheme run by a former corporate director and a professional gambler.
Who plays Mickelson in the movie that will inevitably be made about this?
8) Thunder 133, Warriors 105— This makes Game 4 a very interesting game. if the Spurs/Warriors go a combined 140-24 in the regular season and neither makes the NBA Finals, teams will be resting players constantly next season. No bueno.
7) I’m sitting here watching the 1995 movie Jury Duty, a movie so stunningly bad that I can’t turn it off. For some reason, Dick Vitale was in this movie as a TV leegal analyst, basically playing his TV role, yelling and screaming. 21 years later, this movie is still on pay TV– is this a great country or what?
6) I was watching the 1991 movie Forget Paris the other night, where Billy Crystal is an NBA ref; in the opening scene, he makes a critical call in a playoff game against the Phoenix Suns, who had Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle.
25 years later, Barkley is the best studio analyst the NBA has; Majerle is the coach at Grand Canyon College an up-and-coming D-I team and Johnson somehow is mayor of Sacramento, where he has saved the NBA’s Kings from moving several times.
Real life is often stranger than fiction.
5) Then there is the 1973 movie “World’s Greatest Athlete”, where Seahawk coach Pete Carroll had an untitled role as a college football player. Also in this fine movie are the guy who played Mr Whipple in the old Charmin TV commercials, the guy who played General Burkhalter on Hogan’s Heroes and former Viking QB Joe Kapp.
4) Why do the Texas Rangers want a new stadium? The one they play in is only 22 years old- teams should have to stay at least 40 years in a new stadium.
3) Tim Lincecum signed with the Angels for $2.5M; Halos are in even worse shape than the A’s- their payroll is $164,673,333, compared to Oakland’s $86,806,234.
2) While I am on this subject, the A’s are 19-26 this year with a starting pitching rotation that is totally in shambles with Sonny Gray ineffective/hurt. After making the playoffs in 2012-14, the Ivy League genuses in the Oakland front office decided to trade Yoenis Cespedes for Jon Lester so they could win the 2014 World Series. The plan failed…..miserably.
109-154, thats the A’s record since July 31, 2014- they pay Billy Butler $10M a year, Jed Lowrie $7M, Coco Crisp $11M. People talk about Moneyball all the time, but the 2001-03 A’s were good for three reasons– Hudson, Mulder, Zito. Starting pitchers.
Without solid starting pitchers (6+ innings most every night) your team has absolutely zero chance to contend. None. Pitching is the most critical element in baseball.
1) Congratulations to my friend Gary DiNola for being inducted into the Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Fame last night. I spent four years (1994-98) as one of his assistants and it one was one of the most interesting/fun eperiences of my life.