Sunday, September 9, 2012





From Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post: “Frank Amonte, a 76-year-old jockey, has filed a discrimination complaint against a Boston-area racetrack that won’t let Amonte ride anymore because of his age. Track officials say it’s a safety issue with Amonte, which seems to suggest the old greyhair, he ain’t what he used to be.” . . .  Goaltender Braden Krogfoss, who was in camp with the Kamloops Blazers and would be third on their depth chart, is with the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters. . . .

Best wishes to Rob Morphy, a well-known sportsman and hockey scout in these parts. He’s recovering in a Vancouver hospital after checking in for a bit of a tuneup. When he’s back on his feet, Morph will get back to work as the director of scouting/head scout for the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks. . . . Andy Clovechok’s banner year continues. Earlier this summer, he and the lovely Molly celebrated their 65th anniversary. Next up is induction into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 20 as a member of the 1945-46 Vancouver Canucks, who won the Pacific Coast Hockey League championship. Clovechok and the Canucks also will be saluted the next night when the Vancouver Giants open their regular-season against the Victoria Royals at Pacific Coliseum. . . .

The Savannah State Tigers absorbed an 84-0 whipping at the hands of the host Oklahoma State Cowboys a week ago. The Cowboys, ranked 19th at the time, went in as 67 1/2-point favourites and covered the largest spread in the history of college football. . . . Today, Savannah State is on the road again, this time playing the No. 7 Florida State Seminoles, who are 70½-point favourites. . . . So why do these teams agree to absorb such shellackings? You guessed it. Money. Savannah State received $385,000 for filling a slot on Oklahoma State’s early schedule, and will get $475,000 from Florida State. . . . A week ago, Florida State opened with a 69-3 clobbering of Murray State, which went home with $450,000 in its jeans. . . . Hey, you gotta love NCAA football! . . .

When the Boston Red Sox met the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on Tuesday night, there were only 12,754 fans on hand. When the Red Sox aren’t competitive, it hurts everyone at the gate. . . . Can’t believe Seattle baseball fans wouldn’t show up to boo Bobby Valentine, though. . . . A Wednesday tweet from Kamloops’ own James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail: “KHL to add teams in Italy and Croatia for 2013, according to @IIHFHockey. Still not touching Glendale, Ariz.” . . . Headline at The Onion: Andy Roddick Retires At Top Of Everyone Else's Game. . . .

“Restaurants in Burlington, Vermont, are adding gratuities of 18 per cent to foreigners’ bills because they tend to leave small tips,” notes Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express. “In a related story, Canadian tourists are boycotting Burlington, Vermont.” . . . “A study reveals that 33 per cent of Americans have high blood pressure,” notes Richmond blogger T.C. Chong. “If you remove the ones living in Bellingham who have to share their space with cross-border shoppers, that figure drops to 24 per cent.” . . . After a whole lot of spuds were swiped from a Lower Mainland farm, Chong wrote: “RCMP are monitoring eBay and Craigslist for sellers of hot potatoes.” . . .

Steve Simmons, in the Toronto Sun: “It wasn’t exactly described this way, but the Pittsburgh Penguins essentially replaced their medical staff because Sidney Crosby wasn’t happy with the care he was receiving.” . . . Forward Connor McDavid, 15, is the next great one; he’s playing with the OHL’s Erie Otters only because of an OHL rule that allows exemptions for players who apply and are ruled to be exceptional. “I’ve had a lot of players over the years who get you out of your seat,” Erie GM Sherry Bassin told Simmons. “Connor is different. He gets me jumping out my seat.” . . . Bassin, one of junior hockey’s legends, has been around since the invention of ice so he would know. . . .

“What’s this fuss about the ‘rules’ the (Dallas) Cowboys reportedly attached to Dez Bryant?,” writes Phil Mushnick in the New York Post. “No strip clubs, no late-night boozing, et. al. Those aren’t new; they’re the same rules issued to husbands before golf trips to Myrtle Beach.” . . . "Coincidentally," writes Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press, "it's the same restrictions the Royal Family is putting on Prince Harry." . . . Here’s Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle: “Those restrictions on Bryant could pose a problem. Don't the Cowboys hold some of their team meetings in strip clubs?” . . . Here’s Ostler, again: “Who can read all the true-confession books by dopers on bikes? So much simpler if they all got together and wrote one book: ‘We Juiced With Lance!’ ” . . . You may have heard that Bill (Spaceman) Lee is still pitching. Has arm, will travel. As he told Ostler: "People say, 'What do you do for a living?' I answer the phone."

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