Sunday, August 21, 2011
If you are a fan of the movie Field of Dreams, and a lot of people are, you should know that the field, all 193 acres of it in eastern Iowa, is for sale. It’ll set you back US$5.4 million. According to the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, there hasn’t been a lot of interest expressed so there’s still time. . . . Gotta love Dennis Rodman. In his Basketball Hall of Fame acceptance speech, he thanked shock jock Howard Stern but never mentioned David Stern, the NBA commissioner. . . . According to TV host Jimmy Fallon, “A new study says eating healthy adds $380 to your grocery costs yearly. Or, as Americans put it, 'Cool, I saved $380 this year!' " . . .
After the Chicago Cubs signed first baseman Trevor Gretzky, Janet and Wayne’s 18-year-old son, last week, Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times noted “protecting him in the lineup shouldn't be a problem. He'll reportedly bat between two fellow signees named McSorley and Semenko.” . . . One more from Perry: “A hiker's dog had to be airlifted out of Angeles National Forest when it got too sore and tired to continue. No truth to the rumor they've already renamed it ‘Haynesworth.’ ” . . . The Little League World Series is on the go in South Williamsport, Pa. Did you know that game tickets and parking are free? . . .
Dave Deibert, in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix: “There's plenty of controversy . . . around The Longhorn Network, a TV channel owned by ESPN and devoting around-the-clock coverage to the University of Texas. In Canada, we're already used to such a thing. TSN has been operating as the Toronto Sports Network for as long as anyone can remember.” . . . There are people who follow track and field who feel that Kamloops shot putter Dylan Armstrong is Canada’s best — some say only — hope for a medal at the World Championships in Athletics that open Aug. 27 in Daegu, South Korea. . . . The aptly named Armstrong has had an incredible season and could put quite a top on it with podium finishes in Daegu and at the Diamond League Finals in Brussels next month. . . .
Rob Ryan, the Dallas Cowboys’ rather recognizable defensive co-ordinator, has a bit of a different goal this season: “I just want to be able to go get groceries all year long,” he told Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. “I don't want to have one of those games where I'm scared to get outside. I want to be good." . . . During Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship, legendary writer Dan Jenkins tweeted: “A word about the CBS PGA telecast: I’ve never seen so many promos for shows I don’t care to see this fall.” . . . Ain’t that the truth! . . . Prior to the third round of the PGA, Jenkins tweeted: “Scores of fans are streaming in today. They must not have gotten memo about Tiger.” . . . During the second round, Jenkins came out with: “Last cut Tiger missed in a major was Turnberry in '09, when they say he took it out on his rental house. Hope they put away the good china.”
“Somebody in the (Toronto Blue) Jays’ marketing department should book a pre-game concert with the Five Man Electrical Band,” writes Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun. “Just so they can play: ‘Sign, sign, everywhere a sign . . . Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?’ ” . . . Here’s Simmons again: “I hate when this happens: Bill Parcells absolutely ignores media members and treats them with disdain when he works in football. But the minute he’s out of a job, guess what he does? He becomes a media guy.” . . . Phil Mushnick, in the New York Post: “Bill Parcells, who had done time in NBC's, MSG's and ESPN's studios, is back with ESPN as a studio analyst. Perhaps this time he'll say something worth knowing. ESPN also has added Jerry Rice, the cast of Disney on Ice and the woodwind section from the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.” . . .
Headline at SportsPickle.com: London 2012 adds demonstrating as a demonstration sport. . . . First baseman Prince Fielder will be a free agent after this season. His agent is Scott Boras. The prince is soon to be paid a king’s ransom. . . . Ron Judd, in the Seattle Times: “Gov. Rick Perry, R-Electric Chair, is jumping into the race for president. Perfect timing. We were just saying the other day that what this country really needs is another God-fearin', shallow-thinkin' former governor of Texas at the helm.” . . . Is New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick into social media? Here’s what he told the Boston Herald: “I don't Twitter, I don't MyFace, I don't use Yearbook. I don't do any of that stuff." . . . It’s true. An Argentine sports writer and his wife have named twin daughters Mara and Dona. Yes, in honour of Diego Maradona. . . . A spy tells me that Costco in Kamloops has had Christmas gear out since early this week. Seriously. . . . Jingle Bells. . . . Jingle Bells. . . .
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