Friday, July 28, 2017

Briefly.

In the 1980’s, 44 percent of MLB General Managers had played in the majors and 68 percent had played in the minors. By the 2010’s those figures were 10 and 15 percent, respectively, and the main qualification for front-office work was an Ivy League degree.

Trivia: Who is the active leader for career strikeouts? Bartolo Colon, John Lester, CC Sabathia, Justin Verlander, Zach Greinke or John Lackey

Riddle: You have two dogs. How can you give one away, yet keep both?

Whoddu thunk this year’s British Open Championship would out-do last year’s Stenson/Mickelson battle? Those last 6 holes were incredible!

Useless headline of the week: “Michael Phelps vs. great white shark: Who won?” 

Remember Mel Allen and “This Week In Baseball” on Saturday mornings? That was the best! Youngsters today don‘t understand that that television program was our only peek into the happenings in MLB outside of Boston. 

Wearing neckties may increase  your risk for glaucoma – keep it loose!

We’re still in July and Chris Sale has 211 strikeouts. He broke the AL record for quickest to 200 in a single season. Sale, by the way, has not allowed a run in 20 2/3 innings over three starts since the All-Star break. 

Hong Kong’s 7.4 million residents create a lot of trash – 15,000 tons of garbage are disposed every day. But at only 427 square miles, the city is quickly running out of space to put all that garbage. Hong Kong has three operational landfills taking up 560 acres of land and all of them are nearly full. Hong Kong government estimates  all three landfills will be completely full sometime in the next few years.

The Baltimore Ravens donated $1.5 million to keep a Baltimore high school open. Team owner Steve Bisciotti was so moved by stories of students at Renaissance Academy High School in Baltimore, and the devotion they showed to the school when officials threatened to close its doors, he and the team decided to pay for the renovations. Good for the Ravens! 

“What-the…” headline of the week: “McDonald’s debuts McDelivery clothing line featuring a Big Mac onesie and a fry-themed sweat suit.” 

Eck/Price – what goes on during a team flight should stay on the plane. Please end the nonsense.

Manu Ginobili, the Argentian who turns 40 today, has tweeted that he will return for a 16thseason with the San Antonio Spurs. 

The tailgate experience at Mizzou football games will have another element this fall: pregame concerts. Each concert will feature a “nationally prominent artist” and will go off 2 � hours before kickoff. Admission to the one-hour concerts is free and does not require a game ticket. 

I commented on the Patriots’ schedule when it first came out but it is worth noting again. Their last 9 games are against the AFC. 5 of their last 6 games are against the AFC East – two vs. Miami (within three weeks of each other), two vs. Buffalo (within four weeks of each other), one vs. the Jets and another against the Pittsburgh. Which begs the question: Why is there an ‘h’ at the end of Pittsburgh? 

In case you missed it… Todd Frasier, the guy the Red Sox did not trade for, was traded to the yankees and hit into a triple play in his first at bat with his new team. Yes, a run did score on the play and yes he did homer in his next game, but so what. 

Quote of the week: “How about that!” – Mel Allen 

Trivia Answer: CC Sabathia with 2,797

Riddle: Give one away and rename the remaining dog “Both”. (ouch!) 

R.I.P. – Stubbs. The 20-year old yellow feline, was the unofficial mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, winning as a write-in in 1997. The town has no human mayor. Fun fact: In 1992 I paid $5 for a beer and a shower at a bar in Talkeetna, then home of Haverhillite Steve Gilroy. 

“I’ll sing my song to the wide open spaces

I’ll sing my heart out to the infinite sea

I’ll sing my visions to the sky high mountains

I’ll sing my song to the free, to the free”

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