13) Unusually busy week for August:
— Baseball pennant races
— First week of NFL exhibition games
— NBA Summer League, which is usually in mid-July.
Lot of good stuff going on; in this area, the horses are in Saratoga, too.
12) Rick Scott is the acting GM of the New York Mets, who currently have 16 guys on the IL; when asked by the media why all these soft tissue injuries are happening to their players, Scott threw the Mets’ players under the proverbial bus.
“Most of the time, I’ll be honest, it’s compliance issues. Actually following the plan because these are all individuals and control their own bodies. Sometimes they’re not as compliant as they should be.”
When a team is floundering, then the interim GM doesn’t defend the players, makes you wonder if that is coming straight from the owner’s box.
11) Hadn’t thought about this until I heard a talking head discussing it, but how on God’s green earth is Mike Holmgren not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
— 161-111 in regular season, 13-11 in playoff games
— won Super Bowl with Green Bay, lost two others (one each in Green Bay-Seattle)
Since retiring from coaching, he has disappeared from the public eye, unlike Jimmy Johnson/Bill Cowher, but that shouldn’t matter, should it?
10) Dallas Mavericks’ star Luka Doncic signed a 5-year, $207M contract; right now, there are 11 NBA players who will be making $40M+ next season. If a player is making $41M a year, that works out to $500,000 a game, pretty good cash to shoot hoops.
9) Dennis Schroder signed a 1-year, $5.9M deal with the Celtics Tuesday, which sounds pretty good, until you remember that Schroder turned down a 4-year, $84M deal with the Lakers last winter.
8) Felt old watching Cole Anthony play in Orlando’s summer league game Tuesday from Las Vegas; his dad Greg Anthony was a great player at UNLV— his name is on a banner up in the rafters at the Thomas & Mack Center.
7) On May 21, Tampa Bay traded SS Willie Adames to Milwaukee in a 4-player deal; at the time, Adames was hitting .197 with a .625 OPS.
In 67 games since the trade, Adames is hitting .293 with a .930 OPS. Advantage, Brewers.
6) Going to be a fun time coming up for Shohei Ohtani’s agent; Ohtani is making $3M this year, $5.5M next year, then he goes to arbitration before the 2023 season, before breaking the bank the following winter. If he keeps going the way he is, he’s going to be making serious $$$.
5) Tampa Bay Rays are 69-44, lead AL East by five games; if every baseball game this year was five innings instead of nine, the Rays would be 44-43-26— they’ve improved by 25 wins in innings 5-9 this season. Last four games, they outscored opponents 25-2 from innings 7-9.
4) Valparaiso University switched its school mascot from Crusaders to “Beacons” this week, with the new logo a lighthouse shining a bright light.
3) New Orleans Saints’ kicker Will Lutz will miss the start of the season with a core muscle injury that required surgery. Saints signed Brett Maher to replace him; Maher was the Dallas kicker in 2018-19.
2) If the baseball playoffs started today (they don’t):
NL: Phillies, Brewers, Giants. Wild Card: San Diego @ Los Angeles
AL: Rays, White Sox, Astros. Wild Card: Boston @ Oakland
1) Long time ago, back in the 90’s, I coached Little League for a few years; some of it was fun- the kids were good to deal with, the parents were not.
We played at a field where the dugouts were next to each other on the third base line— there was a hill that ran down the first base line, so the two dugouts could pretty much hear everything that was said.
We’re playing a division rival, and their 3B is having a rough time; he missed a couple balls, and their coach is getting on the kid pretty good, unusually so. Finally, the kid had enough; he turns to the coach and snaps, “Hey!!! You’re the one that put me here!!!”
I had to walk pretty far away until I stopped laughing; one of the great lines ever.