Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ginger ale the way to celebrate

The beauty of the Major League Baseball season is that it has a rhythm that develops over a 162-game schedule as teams play virtually every day and use every player on their rosters. And then come the playoffs. . . . Hey, Bud, are the Phillies still in this thing? Come on, five days off is completely ludicrous. . . . In commissioner Bud Selig's world, teams soon will need only two starters to run the playoff table. . . . Finally, Brett Favre looks like what he is - an aging quarterback whose mobility has deserted him except when the baying hounds of the media are closing in. . . . After Favre and the Minnesota Vikings lost to the host New York Jets on Monday, the New York Post headline was: Brett Comes Up Short. . . . Tiger Woods. . . . Brett Favre. . . . Who's next? . . . And now we've got the story of the Chilean miner whose wife and mistress met while he was trapped underground. Gotta wonder how many cold shoulders he got. . . .

Kelowna Rockets WHL team logo A 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll has ranked Jennifer Aniston as the world's most-eligible woman, ahead of Halle Berry and Elin Nordegren. . . . Who finished fourth? . . . Betty White, and has anyone had a better year than her? . . . Happy birthday to Lorraine Hall, one of The Daily News Christmas Cheer Fund's original friends. Lorraine turned 90 on Oct. 8. . . . The Houston Chronicle reports that a couple of wide receivers off the Baylor University football team were in a Taco Bell drive-through lane the other day at 2 a.m., when the driver of the car fell asleep. Waco Police investigated and found some bags of bud in the vehicle, so the two have been charged with possession. . . . Feel free to insert your own Waco taco joke here. . . .
There are some people out there who seem to think that Mark Nelson, the Edmonton Eskimos' linebackers coach, resembles a certain movie star. “Over the years, a lot of people have said, 'You look like Nick Nolte,' or 'You sound like him,' ” Nelson told the Edmonton Sun. “The last picture I saw of Nick Nolte, I don't know if that's a very nice compliment because he didn't look very good.” . . . Last season, after Week 5, the NFL had five teams that had yet to taste defeat. This season, there are none. Zero. Nada. Zilch. . . . Is it parity, or is it mediocrity? . . . The San Francisco 49ers are 0-5 but aren't out of it because they have two games left with the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals, who are 3-2. . . . Best wishes in retirement to colleague Lyndon Little, who spent 37 years at the Vancouver Sun. He is recovering nicely from a Sept. 25 heart attack that resulted in his retiring a month earlier than planned. . . .
Prior to a race at the Commonwealth Games, New Zealand swimmer Daniel Bell flashed a palm for the TV cameras. “Hi Audi” was written on the hand. Turns out it had nothing to do with an auto sponsorship. Bell was just saying hi to his dog. The really amazing thing is that Audi sat up and waved back. . . . Christmas must be nearing because the first email of the season has arrived from Jim Doan of the Western Karate Academy. Doan and his bunch are huge supporters of the Christmas Cheer Fund. They now are taking pledges for the second annual Kick-A-Thon that's set for Dec. 1-2. . . . Over the last eight years, the academy has kicked more than 14 grand into your Christmas Cheer Fund. . . .
As Utah's football team posted a recent 68-27 victory, one of the TV talking heads referred to the offensive “trickeration” it had used. To which Brad Rock of the Deseret News wrote: “Which, of course, led to the waxification, dispatchification and humilification of Iowa State.” . . . When Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said he would be out for a couple of weeks with an injury, Janice Hough, the Left Coast Sports Babe, offered: “Wonder how long that is in dog years?” . . . Three cheers for the Texas Rangers. If you missed it, they celebrated their AL division series victory on Tuesday night with ginger ale. While the Rangers did it because of outfielder Josh Hamilton's history of substance abuse, more teams should think about setting that kind of example, instead of spraying booze all over the place. . . .
The U of Michigan came up with US$1.8 million to add permanent lights to the Big House. This was done for ONE game - against Notre Dame next season. Which led to this question from Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel: “Doesn't everyone other than Tiger Woods think that sounds awfully expensive for a one-night stand?” . . . With its recent history, should the Kamloops Minor Hockey Association website's Risk Management section really be under construction at this late date? Apparently, it's been under construction since July 29. . . . With Graham James and all he stands for back in the news, you couldn't be faulted for thinking that part of the website is kind of important. . . . By the way, whatever happened to the KMHA constitution that disappeared off the website a couple of years ago, never to be seen again? . . . Hey, just asking. . . .
Glen Coffee, a former NFL running back who quit the San Francisco 49ers a while back in order to enter the ministry, was arrested in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., when a cocked pistol was found in his car during a traffic stop. As Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times noted: “Apparently he's touting the gospel of Matthew, Mark, Smith & Wesson.” . . . Mike Lupica, in the New York Daily News: “Let me get this straight: John Henry of the Red Sox can pay $500 million for the Liverpool soccer team and couldn't find enough money under the bed for Mark Teixeira?” . . . It was in 1999 when the U.S. Postal Service gave Secretariat his own postage stamp. “And coincidentally,” noted CBS-TV's Craig Ferguson, “he was also the glue on the back of it.”

Gregg Drinnan is sports editor of The Daily News. Email him at gdrinnan@kamloopsnews.ca,
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