Saturday, November 19, 2011





Joey Chestnut, the famed eater, and New York Yankees southpaw CC Sabathia both attended Vallejo, Calif., High School. As Dwight Perry wrote in the Seattle Times: “No word on which was voted Most Likely To Be A World Hot-Dog Eating Champion.” . . . Just wondering, but what does Chestnut put beside Occupation on his income tax return? Eater? Consumer advocate? . . . Scott Ostler, in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Albert Pujols put up a 10-foot statue of himself in front of his St. Louis restaurant. The last restaurateur to do that was Bob the Big Boy.” . . . Ostler continued: “Can you do that, erect a statue of yourself? Wait ‘til Barry Bonds hears about this.” . . . Just wondering, but shouldn’t every day be Remembrance Day? . . .
When the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets went on the road and played the New York Islanders earlier this month, the 50/50 winner picked up about $1,000. When the Jets returned home and faced the Florida Panthers, the 50/50 winner took home more than $40,000. . . . Headline at Fark.com: Kidnapped Major League baseball catcher Wilson Ramos safe at home. . . . Without Peter Loubardias calling the play on Sportsnet, it was the Subway Series, with nothing super about it. . . . If I’m watching football on TV, I want TSN’s Glen Suitor or Mike Mayock of the NFL Network as the analyst. No one does a better job of explaining what you have just seen. . . .
“Nick Faldo says that Tiger Woods’ era of domination is over,” notes comedy writer Jim Barach. “Which apparently means that Woods is back to only dating one woman at a time.” . . . Think about this one for a moment: When Detroit beat the visiting Edmonton Oilers 3-0 last week, Red Wings defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom became the first player in NHL history to play in 900 regular-season victories with one team. . . . You may have noticed that Tim Tebow, a quarterback who wears his faith on his sleeve and No. 15 on his back, is penning an amazing story with the NFL’s Denver Broncos. Now there is word that Broncos fan are purchasing No. 15 Denver jerseys and having ‘Jesus’ put on the nameplate. . . . Thus, the Left Coast Sports Babe wonders “if there’s any truth to the rumour that God is giving Jesus a football jersey with Tebow’s name on it.” . . .
Ron Judd of the Seattle Times points out that Nike’s place in Beaverton, Ore., has a Joe Paterno Child Development Center and that it’s near the Tiger Woods Conference Center and the Lance Armstrong Sports & Fitness Center. “Nike’s future campus installations — the Marion Jones Center for Situational Ethics and the Pete Rose Casino & Sports Book — reportedly are on hold until shoe-factory wages dip a bit more in Indonesia,” Judd writes. . . . Here’s Judd, again: “The Washington State Board of Education has voted to increase state high-school graduation requirements beginning in 2016. They’re adding an additional year of English, another half-year of social studies, and three more months of texting while driving.” . . .
When the Toronto Maple Leafs chose not to confirm to the media that goaltender James Reimer had a concussion, Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star called Reimer’s mother. Toronto head coach Ron Wilson didn’t think that was appropriate, which resulted in Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun writing: “Applications are being accepted now for the Ron Wilson Journalism School. Courses include: Questions you can and can’t ask parents. Nothing is being offered regarding how to kill penalties but, if you want, you can major in snarky.” . . . Wilson has since declared that all Toronto injuries will be of the upper body variety. . . .
Old friend Howie Stalwick, in the Kitsap Sun, brings word of a report in the Fresno Bee about Lenny Young, who was kicked off the Fresno Pacific basketball team for missing a game and promptly went on a bit of a tear. According to the Bee: “Leonard Tyrell Young, 21, ran naked through a convenience store parking lot, tried to steal a police car, beat a police officer and police dog and withstood three Taser strikes before finally being subdued, police said.” . . . To which Stalwick responded: “Personally, when I got cut from a team, I tended to walk home — with my clothes on — and make myself a peanut butter sandwich.” . . . So the Winnipeg Blue Bombers cut receiver Terence Jeffers-Harris this week due to violation of team rules. He was, according to head coach Paul LaPolice, a repeat offender. On Friday, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats signed Jeffers-Harris, with head coach Marcel Bellefeuille saying “he’s strictly here for the future.” And I’m thinking that future is Sunday, when the Ticats meet the Bombers in the eastern final. . . .
Mike Krzyzewski, the head coach of the men’s basketball team at Duke, won his 903rd game the other night, moving him past Bobby Knight as the all-time winningest coach in U.S. men’s college basketball. However, as Richmond-based T.C. Chong points out, “Knight still leads comfortably in tantrums thrown and chairs tossed.” . . . And then there was this, from Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald: “It’s reported there’s an Occupy Green Bay movement with one guy sleeping in a park. Turns out it was just Brett Favre demanding his old job back.” . . . Don’t forget The Daily News Christmas Cheer Fund is open for business. Again. . . . We close with this, from Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post: “As part of their divorce settlement, Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has to pay his ex-wife Jamie $131 million. Through force of habit, the New York Yankees offered her $150 million.”

Gregg Drinnan is sports editor of The Daily News. Email him at gdrinnan@kamloopsnews.ca, follow him at twitter.com/gdrinnan, or visit his blog at gdrinnan.blogspot.com. Keeping Score appears Saturdays.

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