Here is another helping of odds and ends as I go back off the air for about a week. We were home just long enough to do laundry and re-pack the bags. I will be back late next week.
Jack Tatum passed away yesterday. Tatum was most widely known for the hit he made on Darryl Stingley that left Stingley paralyzed for life. When his autobiography was published, someone thought that the title, They Call Me Assassin, would sell books. What it did was to stigmatize Tatum as a dirty player, which he was not.
RIP, Jack Tatum.
I received an e-mail last night from a former colleague who started reading these rants long before they showed up on the Internet. He alerted me to the box score of a Little League baseball game played between a team from the Philippines and Viet Nam. The game lasted only 4 innings due to a mercy rule. Here is the summary:
Philippines 32 – 17 – 4
Viet Nam 1 – 1 – 15
The 15 errors in 4 innings by the team from Viet Nam only begin to tell the story here. The Vietnamese team also yielded 17 stolen bases in the game. Only 4 of the 32 runs scored by the Filipino team were earned. As my former colleague pointed out:
“Baseball fundamentals need to be addressed in Ho Chi Minh City.”
Go here to see the entire box score of that game.
Maurice Clarett is out of jail and he has returned to Ohio State University not as a football player but as a student. He spent about 3 years behind bars on a 7-year sentence for aggravated robbery. Clarett said that it feels surreal for him to be back at Ohio State and that he does not intend to be a distraction or a nuisance to the football team.
I want to offer congratulations to Maurice Clarett for enrolling at Ohio State with the intention to take courses, learn things and potentially to earn a degree. There is little to suggest that he had any of those objectives in his first tenure there. In addition, here are three suggestions as to how he can avoid being a “distraction” or a “nuisance” to the football team:
1. Do not hold any press conferences or issue any more statements than the guy who sits two rows behind you in calculus class.
2. Do not accidentally drop by the practice field.
3. Do not rob anyone.
The Baltimore Ravens are not having a lot of luck with their second round draft picks. Sergio Kindle (LB, Texas) fell down a flight of stairs and suffered a head injury. Some reports say he fractured his skull. That will keep him out of practice for a while. In addition, Terrence Cody (DT, Alabama) reported to camp unable to complete the fitness drills and will not be allowed to practice until he is in sufficient physical condition to practice “safely”. The Ravens look to be a contender this year but if you believe in omens…
I do not pretend to follow the Canadian Football League closely, but unless there are two people with the same name who own teams in the CFL, they have a situation where one guy owns two of the teams – - BC and Toronto. The only example of anything like this that I can recall is in MLS during its early days when one guy owned half the teams in the league until he could sell off franchises one-by-one.
Memo to the CFL: If this is actually the case, you have to find a way to fix this immediately. Over to you folks…
A judge in Connecticut ruled that cheerleading is not a sport that can be used by schools as part of their compliance with Title IX. Fortunately, the case wrapped up in only a few weeks. If the judge from the OJ Simpson murder trial had heard this case, it might have stretched into 2012 before they got to the summation…
Here is a Tweet from Bernie Lincicome that appeared on his blog regarding the announced retirement of Lou Piniella at the end of this season:
“When a 67 year old crank like Lou Piniella quits to spend more time with his family, he ought to ask the family first.”
Nick Saban made the news when he called agents who have been improperly in contact with college football players pimps. Scott Ostler of the SF Chronicle had this comment on Saban’s remarks:
“The Cynic’s Dictionary says the difference between a pimp and a big-time college football coach is a whistle.”
Here is another comment from Professor Ostler on the USC/Reggie Bush matter:
“Reggie Bush is in deep doo-doo, but not because he cheated. His mistake was stiffing those cheesy guys for the $290,000 they fronted Reggie and his family. Had he not cheated the cheaters who were helping him cheat, Bush would have been golden.”
Bob Molinaro of the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot chimed in with this cogent observation:
“Real life: The least surprising headline that could possibly appear in a newspaper these days is, ‘More trouble for Michael Vick’. “
Finally, here is comment from Greg Cote of the Miami Herald that is on point:
“Southern Cal football, of course, is scandalized, as well, with talk that Reggie Bush will be made to return his 2005 Heisman Trophy. The good news? He never will be the most shamed USC Heisman winner as long as O.J. Simpson is drawing breath.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports…