13) On June 21, 1989, I had a job interview for a court assistant position, which would’ve meant a substantial raise for me; the interview didn’t go too well, in part because the job sounded like it wasn’t much fun— you had to take vacation when the judge took vacation, stuff like that. The last time I worked the first two days of the NCAA Tournament was 1983; I valued having some flexibility with my days off.
How do I remember the exact date? Well, the A’s traded for Rickey Henderson that day, which cemented them as World Series contenders. They traded Luis Polonia, Eric Plunk and Greg Cadaret to New York, so when I walked in my parents’ house, I was smiling.
My mother perks up, “The job interview went well?!?!?”
“No, it wasn’t good, but the A’s got Rickey Henderson.”
She wasn’t quite as enthusiastic about it as I was.
12) Former Cubs’ SS Addison Russell is expected to sign with the Kiwoom Heroes in the KBO; each KBO team can have three foreign players, but only one can be a position player.
11) Basketball great Bill Russell led the American team to a gold medal at the 1956 Olympic Games, but had he chosen to, he could’ve participated in track and field instead.
At that time, Russell was the 7th-ranked high jumper in the world, #2 in this country, but there was a rule you could only participate in one sport, and Russell chose basketball.
10) In his first seven years in the NBA, Wilt Chamberlain led the league in scoring all seven years, but the Boston Celtics won the championship every season. In his 8th season, he didn’t win the scoring title, but his team won the championship. Go figure.
9) 255 father/son combinations have played in the major leagues.
8) 62-year old Bernhard Langer shot 2-under par Sunday, became the first PGA golfer in 30 years to be over the age of 60 and shoot under par in every round.
Langer won the Hilton Head tournament 35 years ago, 12 years before Collin Morikawa was born.
7) Former Southern Miss/Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall was introduced over the weekend as the new head coach at Chipola College, a junior college in Florida.
Tyndall was given a 10-year show-cause order by the NCAA for breaking the rules regarding academic fraud while at Southern Miss; he can’t be a D-I coach again until 2026.
6) Apparently the state of California has an unprecedented backlog in both divorce cases and family law cases.
5) Golfer Michelle Wie had a baby daughter this weekend; she is married to Jonnie West, who played basketball at West Virginia— he is Jerry West’s son. Pretty good genes.
4) College football stat from Ralph Michaels:
In BYU’s last 16 season openers, 15 of them stayed under the total; only one of the 16 that went over got over the total on a Hail Mary on the last play of the game.
3) Some high schools are hosting graduation ceremonies at drive-in theaters, so families can drive there and everyone can watch a virtual ceremony on the big screen. Clever idea.
2) Dak Prescott is expected to sign a $31.4M franchise tag for this season; he would then have until July 15 to sign a long-term deal with Dallas, which be the best-case scenario for Dallas.
1) People can’t agree on much these days, but everyone has to agree with this; 2020 has been a lousy year to be a statue.
TV highlights of the day: Solid weekend for movies:
— A Few Good Men
— A Star is Born
— Bull Durham
— Hangover II
Golf tournament was also entertaining.